6 Questions: with… Bless 1
I’m back with another edition of 6 Questions. This time I have Bless 1, an emcee (and producer) from Chicago. First time I heard Bless 1 I was instantly impressed with his flow. He raps intelligent, smooth, soulful, and catchy rhymes. I was also surprised to see how little exposure he seemed to have so far, criminal! So, on the cusp of his debut album release Starving Artist, I have the answers straight from the man himself…
1. Who are you? Bless 1 from the west side of Chicago.
2. What do you do? I’m a hip-hop artist. I rap and produce tracks.
3. Why do you do it? I’ve had a love for hip-hop since high school. Writing rhymes came natural for me and I used to love to freestyle in ciphers.
A couple years back I tried to link up with local producers to create some music, but nothing was working out. I began getting into production myself, and the learning process was exciting to me. I started to understand how some of my favourite songs were created. Creating beats was like falling in love with the music again, and I began to have tracks to flow over.
The funny thing about it is that once I started to post my songs on MySpace, different producers began contacting me to work together.
4. So what’s new? Well I just finished recording the songs for my first album called “Starving Artist”. A French producer, Rythm From Art, produced the entire album except for two tracks that I did myself.
The album will be available for free download probably by the end of this month. If I don’t have my website by then, it will be linked on my MySpace page.
5. Who are you listening to at the moment? I listen to a lot of different music, but I’ve got a couple of favourite hip-hop songs that get repeated play, Devin the Dude – “What a Job”, Nas and Jay-Z – “Black Republicans”, Lupe Fiasco – “Dedicated”, and Talib Kweli – “Black Girl Pain”.
I’ve been bumping Rythm’s beat tapes and a song called “My Existence” off of my album too.
6. What’s your best nugget of wisdom? I don’t know where I heard it from, but about a year ago I heard the saying, “Prayer without works is dead”. Living in the hood you see as many churches as liquor stores, but progress has escaped us. I’ve seen too many people rely only on going to church and praying but not putting the hard work into changing their situation.
I’m a firm believer in the Creator, but I also believe that you need to work hard as well as keeping the faith for Him to bless you with an increase.
Our rewards are not always in arms reach, but they are always reachable.
Bless 1 was also kind enough to share the title track from the upcoming debut LP Starving Artist…
My thanks go out to Bless 1 for making me aware of his music, taking his time to answer the 6 Questions, and also sharing a track from the LP. Now please take your time to visit his MySpace page, add him to your friends, and cop Starving Artist when it comes out shortly – it will be free, everyone’s a winner baby!