Peace world I go by R.O. & I’m an M.C. from Poughkeepsie, NY currently living in Charlotte, NC. My music has it’s own sound because it’s a true reflection of who I am, my thoughts & experiences. I love music and the form of expression through songs.
Nas has been one of my most favorite rappers since I started listening to hip-hop…which now feels like ions ago. Let’s just say 10+ years ago!!! I might have to make it to ROCK THE BELLS this year, I haven’t been in about 4 years but NAS is performing & it’s well worth the HEAT!!!
Nas is embarking on an 11 date European Promo Tour starting in Manchester, UK on June 25th! We hope to see all of our European Street Desciples out there on the road. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to dates on this tour, make sure you check out the dates below.
June 9 – Detroit, MI – Chene Riverfront Park Amphitheater
June 25 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
June 26 – Edinburgh – Picturehouse
June 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
June 29 – Brussels, Belgium – Couleur Café Festival
June 30 – Frankfurt, Germany – 100 Yards Bloc Party
July 1 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
July 3 – Paris, France – Bataclan
July 4 – Munchen, Germany – Backstage Werk
July 5 – Novalja, Croatia – Fresh Island Festival
July 6 – Grafenhainichen – Splash Festival
July 7 – Frauenfeld, Switzerland – Openair Frauenfeld
July 19 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Twilight
August 19 – San Bernardino, California – National Orange Show Complex (ROCK THE BELLS)
August 25 – Somerset, Wisconsin – Somerset Amphitheatre
August 26 – Mountain View, California – Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 2 – Holmdel, New Jersey – PNC Bank Arts Center
First off I would like to thank LYFETYME for taking time to answer my questions, this is my 1st OFFICIAL Q&A and I couldn’t have chosen a better person. Not only is his music inspiring & a breath of fresh air, but it’s also what he stands for he isn’t your average EMCEE. A very special thank you to him, because Lyfe has been supporting me & my blog since we have become acquainted. So mad LOVE to you LYFETYME, you good people with a great soul!!! XOXO thank you for supporting me always!!!
lyfetyme: Lyfetyme is my self given name that describes what I’m about and my character as a person. Love, Hope, positivity, freedom, truth, and awareness are all thing I represent. [his government name is a secret, he might have to kill you LOL]
sxyvee: Where are you from?
lyfetyme: I am from Flatbush/Carnarsie Brooklyn Nyc.
sxyvee: Is that where you grew up?
lyfetyme: I grew up both in Flatbush & Carnarsie & love all the lessons I learned from both hoods.
sxyvee: What type of music do you do?
lyfetyme: I make Hip Hop from the heart and Soul. I make honest music that sheds light on the struggles of myself and others. I make music to inspire others to believe in themselves. I want listeners to feel empowered after listening to my music. “I paint pictures with words that can be ugly or beautiful depending on the message I am trying to convey to my audience.” [real talk, it can't get any realer than this!]
sxyvee: When did you start making music?
lyfetyme: I started making music in Junior High School, I started freestyling then eventually in HS I started battling other kids around my way and in school. [so he just started like 2yrs ago, J/K]
sxyvee: Who have been your musical inspirations?
lyfetyme: My biggest inspiration musically I would have to say is Method Man because his first album was the first album I bought and studied. It was like giving someone raw cocaine who never smoked anything or ever had a drink before. I was hooked ever since to HipHop and became a lifelong fan of the genre. Wu-Tang, Redman, Tupac, Biggie, Nas , & Jay-Z have all been huge inspirations. [he's so EAST COAST!]
sxyvee: Who would you compare yourself to & why?
lyfetyme: I have been told I sound like Jay-z, Nas, and even Raekwon. I don’t believe I sound like any of them and I am too much of a fan of their music to compare myself to them. If anything I think it’s a New York sound people might pick up.
sxyvee: Have you ever been signed to a label?
lyfetyme: No I have never been signed. I have been to the labels and AnRs but nothing ever transpired. Right now my music is on Itunes and I do everything independently. I am not against getting signed to a major label I am however against signing a 360 deal. I believe 360 deals are legal extortion.
sxyvee: What is your goal? Where do you see yourself in this music industry in the next 5 years?
lyfetyme: My goal is to make an impact in Hip Hop and the culture as a whole and get us to value family, loyalty, and self respect instead of the false dreams the corporations sell us. I want to visit schools and speak to our kids and tell them the truth. 5 years from now I want at least 4 classic albums added to my catalogue and even venture off into movies. There is so much more than the prisons we build around us mentally in the hood and I want to be able to help many understand that with my music.
sxyvee: If someone wanted to book you, who would they contact (i.e. mgmt)?
lyfetyme: I can be contacted at email@example.com or BBM: 32D6FC71
sxyvee: Do you do live shows? If so, what has been your most favorable one?
lyfetyme: Yes I love performing!! Nothing like connecting with the crowd and them giving you back that energy. One of my favorite performances was at a bar mitzvah, watching lawyers and doctors and their kids enjoy your music is a great feeling lol. It wasn’t the typical crowd I perform for but it was fun.
sxyvee: Do you produce your own beats?
lyfetyme: No I wish! Lol, my producer DJ Twist Aqua does the majority of my production. He’s a humble talented individual.
sxyvee: What inspires you to write?
lyfetyme: My inspiration comes from within most of the times. My own experiences and things I have witnessed growing up both good and bad. Usually I clear my thoughts before I write then I zone out to the beat. Sometimes the track can determine what type of song I write. I tap into self and use my words as colors to paint the picture. [I am really his inspiration LOL]
lyfetyme: Thank you for giving me a platform to connect with fans!!!
S/O to my team JO-JO, Ceelo, Lugz, Twist, Reemo, & Droc and everyone else that holds me down and continue to support my growth and rise to the top. [AHEM let's not forget SXYVEE ]
NY Times — WILMINGTON, N.C. — After several anxious days of dire forecasts that forced much of the East Coast into unprecedented levels of lockdown, a weakened but still ferocious Hurricane Irene made landfall on Saturday morning along the southern coast of North Carolina.
It announced itself with howling winds, hammering rains and a gradual, destructive move northward toward the battened-down cities of Washington, New York and Boston.
Shortly after daybreak in Nags Head, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surging waves ate away at the dunes, while winds peeled the siding from vacated beach houses — as if to challenge the National Hurricane Center’s early morning decision to downgrade Irene to a Category 1 hurricane, whose maximum sustained winds would reach only — only — 90 miles an hour, with occasional stronger gusts.
“Some weakening is expected after Irene reaches the coast of North Carolina,” an update by the hurricane center at 8 a.m. said. “But Irene is forecast to remain a hurricane as it moves near or over the mid-Atlantic states and New England.”
The massive storm was expected to push out to sea again later Saturday and then head north toward New York, where the specter of an electrical shutdown was added to the list of potential consequences. The region prepared to face powerhouse winds that could drive a wall of water over the beaches of the Rockaway Peninsula and between the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan.
The city scrambled to complete evacuation of about 300,000 residents in low-lying areas where officials expected flooding to follow the storm. Officials also ordered the entire public transportation system — subways, buses and commuter rail lines — to shut down Saturday for what they said was the first time in history. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said mass transit was “unlikely to be back” in service on Monday, but electricity in Lower Manhattan could remain out.
“This is just the beginning,” the mayor said at a morning news conference in Coney Island, Brooklyn, where he and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly inspected boats that emergency workers could use in neighborhoods they could not travel through any other way. “This is a life-threatening storm.”
Officials said the central concern at the moment was the storm surge of such a large, slow-moving hurricane — the deluge to be dumped from the sky or thrown onto shore by violent waves moving like snapped blankets. “I would very much take this seriously,” Brian McNoldy, a research associate of the Department of Atmospheric Research at Colorado State University, said. “Don’t be concerned if it’s a Category 1, 2, 3, 4. If you’re on the coast, you don’t want to be there. Wind isn’t your problem.”
Mazie Swindell Smith, the county manager in Hyde County, N.C., which is expecting storm surge from the inland bay that abuts it, agreed. “The storm is moving more slowly than expected,” Ms. Smith said. “That’s not good as far as rainfall, because it will just sit here and dump rain.”
With the first hurricane to make landfall in the continental United State since 2008, government officials issued evacuation orders for about 2.3 million people, according to The Associated Press — from 100,000 people in Delaware to 1 million people in New Jersey, where the governor, Chris Christie, told everyone to “Get the hell off the beach.” And in New York City, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took the historic step of ordering the evacuation of several waterfront areas, including Manhattan’s Battery Park City.
On Saturday, both Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York were stressing the seriousness of the situation, telling residents in the evacuation zones to get out for their own safety. On Friday, city officials issued what they called an unprecedented order for the evacuation of about 370,000 residents of low-lying areas, while on Long Island, county and town officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of about 400,000 people. FULL STORY!