HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
OfficialVybe. My name was Swaggaman at first, then another rapper took my name. So, one day before I sign my deal with Blacksmoke Records I was listening to Kendrick Lamar please “Don’t Kill My Vibe“, so I was like, maybe I can make music that can vibe and groove too. I came up with the name “Official” so people of the name stealing from other rappers to let people know this is one me the only “OfficialVybe“.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursuit a career in music?
OfficialVybe. Well I was a fan at first I was buying other main stream artist Ludacris word the mouth album I could never understand how he put words together so well so people I grew up with was rapping and they wanted me to try it out so I started trying to rhyme and it sounded so wack it took years to get this good that I am now I love music not for the money fame and girls it was because I wanted to be a part of the culture and it’s just something I feel in love with so I knew this is what I really wanted to do.
HCM. On your upcoming release… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
OfficialVybe. Well right now I’m releasing at R&B song with artist Bonni3 we both signed a distribution deal with Equity/Roc Nation. It was a song I re-did and made better and knew that it was a potential hit all along.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
OfficialVybe. Everything comes with a budget. The more budget you have, the more you push your music. I don’t have no label machine behind me. It was only me helping myself and my mentor. That’s it! I work every day on my craft and I think about it all day every day on how can I make my music blow up fast. My work ethic is insane and I work harder than anyone I know.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
OfficialVybe. I would like to shout my daughter I’m doing this for her. I want to shout out my mentor Bernard over at Ruff Rhyme Records. Check him out, he got some good artist on the label. My mom, my brother and the fans out there showing love. Without them none of this would have been possible. Shout out to Hood Critic for interviewing me. Thank you!
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