The Fleet Mag reporter Becky G, AKA DJ PynkDyamond caught up with rapper and businessman BIG7 for a one on one interview. They discussed the music business, how he got his start in the industry and more. Check out the interview with this Hip Hop legend.
DyPynkdyamond: How are you? Let’s talk about who Big 7 really is.
Big7: Well I’m a New Jersey HipHop Legend, I been rapping since the early 90s, I am now managing artists, and running a radio station which is now on all platforms called Time2Grind Radio. My real passion is making artists an A List artist.
DyPynkdyamond: Who inspired you to get in the music business?
Big7: My mentor was a guy name Hasaan and it started from there. I actually came in break dancing into the music business and from there I explored the business in more depth. As an artist, I opened up for Dougie Fresh and then I fell in love with it. I was the first young rapper in Newark, NJ, but I was the “Iconic” HipHop Legend Artist of NJ.
DjPynkDyamond: How do you feel social media has impacted the music business considering it did not exist when you started performing?
Big7: It can be a gift or curse, what I mean you have to build or rebuild the era. My radio station has been in effect for over 2 years and we do lots of shows, listening to different artist music. My Goal is to get on Revolt and I am going to reach that sooner than later. Time2Grind radio is on all platforms such as Spotify, IHeart Radio, and even Pandora.
DyPynkdyamond: Who are your favorite Top artists that you like the best?
Big7: Jay-Z I actually met him. Tupac, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Rakim, and my own artist that I am currently managing Trece7. These artists have inspired me and I still listen to them today. Now, I will include Honorable Mention Biggie Smalls.
DjPynkDyamond: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Big7: RIP DjKaySlay told me “Get what you are worth”. Ever since he told me this, I have taken his advice.
DjPynkDyamond: What do you feel is the most challenging part of being an artist?
Big7: Breaking all the way though, meaning I have to go super hard, Break barriers, build my artist, because its so many saturated artists and “no one wants to be a fan.”
DjPynkDyamond: How do you balance your life as an entertainer with your family life?
Big7: I don’t really sacrifice, I have no balance but I know I need to spend more time with my family, here’s the break down, eighty percent business, twenty percent family. Being successful I know I need to make a sacrifice. I got plans for my artist Trece7 and to bring him to the majors.
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