Thursday, April 17, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Precise

Below is a quick Q&A with Chicago native Precise. He is one of the good guys in hip-hop making music that shows more positive vibes rather than negative. In a genre that has been said to spark violence in people, it's refreshing to see that there are artists that genuinely care about the future of hip-hop. I hope you enjoy this interview as well as check out his music. Comment below with your thoughts!

Introduce yourself:
Peace, I am Precise from the Southside of Chicago.

Where did you get the name Precise from?

When I first started rhyming I went with a few different names. The first one I chose was Steele, like the brother from the movie Juice. It’s funny when I think about it now.

I am a huge fan of Gangstarr and Guru and they have a song called “Precisely the Right Rhyme”. I have always been drawn to the song. I decided to make Precise my name because of how I view my style, sharp, exact and direct.

What pushes you to make music that holds positive messages?

I’m from an era of Hip Hop that was informative and entertaining at the same time. I think back to the artist that influenced me musically and I can see how they have influenced my life overall. Music is powerful. The marriage between the music and words can start wars or evoke peace. I choose the latter. I understand what can be done when we are deliberate with respect to how we want to affect the world. This gift I have been given by the creator is to add to the greatness of our lives and keep our vibrations high. There is so much going on in this world that can pull us into a negative direction. I choose to be the reminder that we can be positive and all things will work out for our good. Our children’s lives are at stake we have an obligation to show them that it is ok to be decent, happy and loving. The possibility of shifting the universe into our favor is what drives me. We are powerful and loved and the best way that I can express this is through my music.

What do you hope to accomplish with your music?

My goal is to be the opposite of what is being fed to us from the media every single day. If you were to turn on the television, radio or log into any social media site I can almost guarantee that you will be bombarded with some type of horrible news that is going to affect your emotion in some negative way. I stand to be the balance. Right now we are in the midst of a shift in consciousness. Many of us are becoming more enlightened and aware of who we are where we come from and our abilities. We are amazing beings with the ability to be great. We come from a source of love and we should share it to tip the scales in our favor.

Any artists that inspire you to elevate your craft?

I’m inspired by any artist who is not afraid to be who they are. Common, Kanye, Lupe, Mos Def, Krs One, Santigold, Janelle Monae, De La Soul, Herbie Hancock, Sting, George Benson, and all of my peers from Chicago. That list can get long. Special Shout to Narda El Soul, Harry Hunt, T-Y Green, Phenom, KLove, Just Flo, Uneq’ka and LyghtSkin.

What's the biggest moment in your musical career thus far?

I’ve been fortunate to have a few memorable moments in my musical career thus far. About 3 yrs ago I had the opportunity to open up for Saul Williams. I helped raise money for my Haitian brethren after the earthquake in 2012 with the help of my friends and family. This year I headlined my first show on my birthday. That was pretty awesome. I expect great moments everyday and I anticipate many more.

What can we expect from you this year?

I expect more greatness this year.

I have a few projects I’m working on right now. My project “Ladies Love Mixtapes the Ep” is being released May 20th. The bulk of the production is by Tye Hill and also features production by D.J. Thunder, Crankz and myself. “Ladies Love Mixtapes the Ep” was inspired by the lack of music that we really put out with the women of Hip Hop in mind. It’s inspired by relationships and love. The official release event will be at The Silver Room on May 24th 2014 in Chicago.

I also expect to start touring the world doing some performances and motivational speaking.

How do you plan on making these expectations a reality?

I am one who believes and understands that once we put it into the universe that it will not come back void. Wirth this belief and a focused determination and hard work anything can be accomplished.

Where can people hear your music?

You can hear my music in a few places

Anything else you'd like to say?

I would like to say thank you for this interview. I am very grateful. I would also like to say to the world not be be discouraged. We have been given the tools to be great and amazing. We don’t have anything to worry about. All things work in our favor. God is Awesome and so are YOU!
Stay Focused, Positive and Productive - Precise

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