Interview with John Wolf Emmanuel
I really want to push the Intro live recording video and get the YouTube video a lot of views and a lot of blog placements. Here’s a story about the song too: “Being born in Miami is a blessing but it’s also sometimes a curse. I used to throw the craziest parties in high school. I was a gifted and honor student for as long as I can remember so majority of my friends were rich but I lived in a neighborhood called Ives Estates or sometimes we just call it Ives Dairy. The neighborhood wasn’t too wealthy but it’s also where our High School, Dr. Michael Krop Sr. High School, was located. It’s the same school that Trayvon Martin attended and we were homies.” “Anyways, I attended many Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs in middle school and I have a lot of love and respect for my classmates in which they love and respect me too. They didn’t live in Ives Estates though. So I was able to go to some luxury parties while some of my friends back in the neighborhood weren’t able to get in. I was also able to connect some of the rich folks with the middle class folks when I hosted my own parties.”
“I started noticing that he did have bad intentions and I won’t get into details of the other crazy things he’s done but one day he told all of his friends that his mom went out of town. The odd part was that she left him with his baby brother (probably four years old) and he was driving her Benz. My mom would barely let me drive her car and we all knew his mom wouldn’t let him drive her Benz but we just went with the flow because the last thing that would be on your mind is a kid killing their own parent.” “Later on, we went to his house and smelled horrible and my homie was like ‘yo it smells like a dead rat! Let’s find that shit’ and the kid was like nah it’s nothing just spark the blunt and the smell will go away. In my head, I just thought he wasn’t taking care of the house while his mom is out of town which is why I had the verse ‘before the marijuana smoke you had to hold your nose’ in the Intro track. He then told me to text all my friends to come to his house for a party. Many people came out and we all had a good time while his dead mom was rotting in her room. No one, besides the kid, had any idea there was a dead body in the house.”
“Eventually the kid’s family member caught on and called the cops and when the news broke, I was like damn, why didn’t I put the pieces to the puzzle. There’s more to the story but I just don’t want to put more damage to the kid’s name although I never ever want to meet with him again. He was sentence to about 22 years.” “Now with my other homie, we called him Doobies. He was a super humble and funny guy that everyone loved. Also, he didn’t have a wealthy family but he didn’t care about the party lifestyle. He just wanted to get his life together. Doobies got himself a gun because his side of town was also rough. One day, his friend grabbed Doobies’ gun and the friend thought it wasn’t loaded so he pulled the trigger which caused a bullet to strike Doobies head. My little sister died but I never met her so I didn’t really shed a tear. When I heard the news about Doobies, a tear came down my eye.” “I was part of my art magnet program, so I remember Doobies begged me to draw him so I drew him for homework and then later on he got murdered so I drew an even better photo of him. Doobies was well-loved by many people and I had to include him to my ‘Intro’ track. I’ve known him since elementary school too.” “To be honest, there’re so many other tragedies but on the Intro track, I spoke about another one. It was about my friend that we call Fatnose. I remember the day like yesterday when three guys approached a group of us asking questions. I won’t get into details about that but I knew something was off. Instead, Fatnose was like nah everything is good now, y’all boys go home so I can chill with my girl. Also, his girlfriend was pregnant with his kid at that time as well. So I left and in the morning I get a call from my homie. He told me that Fatnose got shot and later I found out he got hit with about six bullets. Luckily he survived and he’s learning to walk. He also won a nice case because of the bad security at his community.”
What drew you to the music industry? I grew into the music industry back in high school around 10th grade when my friend told me what a blog was. I decided to make my own blog and then it started to blow up. I started getting emails from labels like WBR, Atlantic Records, Universal Music, Republic Records, 300 Ent. And many more as well as a lot of well known PR firms. During my time blogging, I went through a lot in my childhood but I wasn’t interested in rapping. I first wanted to produce and be a DJ and be in the EDM industry. That wasn’t really going well and a lot of lyrics/poems were popping in my head so I decided to rap and produce hip hop beats. My dad is also a famous radio host for a radio station based in Miami which also gave me influence to have music as a career. Who are you inspired by? I’m inspired by a lot of people. I like all types of music but I can say who really saved me and motivated me when I was at an all time low we’re J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Meek Mill, Drake and Tyler, The Creator. I’m also motivated by music executives like Scooter Bruan and Jay-Z (even though he’s a musician as well). I’m also get inspiration by actors and actresses like Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson because not only are they talented but they were well educated and went to Ivy League schools. I’m also into technology so even people like Steve Job inspired me.
Please explain your creative process. I don’t really have a creative process. Lyrics just usually bounce in my head and they’re usually realistic things I’ve been through. Same when producing, I just get on a midi keyboard and just start playing around with some sounds and if something sounds catchy, I start working more on it.
What’s an average day like for you? I own my own blog, PricesGoUp.com so usually on a daily basis I post articles, sometimes I have to assign a photographer to take photos of an upcoming event to create a recap article, then I’ll probably write some lyrics down or work on a beat and after all the hard work, I’ll probably watch some shows on like HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu or even television shows. I also love going to the movies so I’m a big fan of the filming industry. Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? There’re not really any hidden messages in my music. I’m more direct and truthful. There might be some hidden punchlines that might take listeners a little while to realize what I said. Also, I sometimes talk about negative things but I want the outcome message to be positive to not repeat the things my friends or I have done. Do you collaborate with others? What is that process? Many people have been sending me DMs to collaborate and I have a homie, Jay-Premier, that produces electronic/alternative style music but he has a lot of knowledge with Pro Tools and Ableton so we work together on that. My upcoming EP will be only my productions and no features but in the future I’d love to work on other productions for official releases and have features from artists. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans. IRight now, a lot of fans been sending me messages through Instagram and Facebook. I try my best to answer them and thank them for their feedback. I want to help save lives and I also want to get people have fun because in Miami, all we did was party so I still have that party lifestyle in me.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why? My favorite part of working with music is the freedom. You can put out whatever you want, do what ever you want but sometimes that has a negative effect with your fans if you do dumb stuff. Also with the law if you think you’re above the law. What I least like about this line of work is some people are very egotistical. Also, in the music business, some people have to suck up to other people to get their help. I’m not that type of person. I don’t have an ego and I won’t suck up to anybody just to get a co-sign, feature or support. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? I never dealt with performance anxiety, I’m good with the crowd and I was even a DJ at my college’s radio station and had listeners call in and recommend what to play so I’m pretty well at multitasking while dealing with a lot of listeners. I also DJed a New Years party and it was my first performance ever and it went very well and it was fun. I don’t have stage fright. I do sometimes have social anxiety and that’s outside of music. Sometimes I prefer to be alone then to go out to the club with friends. I was very social as a kid but then I started getting anxiety when I go out. I think it’s just me growing up. Tell me about your favorite performance venues. I haven’t really performed as a rapper yet but I can’t wait. My favorite performance though was when I DJed this New Year’s party for the first time. I had people dancing and hyped and I didn’t mess up while I was spinning live music. It was very fun to see everyone happy. So I know when I perform my raps, some of my songs are emotional and I hope I can connect to those that felt the same pain. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in yourfootsteps? My advice is to promote your music as much as possible but also get some serious feedback from people. During my time in art classes, my teacher was cold and if your art work sucked, he would say this is bad. And I loved him for that because that’s how you get better. Sometimes if you ask your friend for feedback, they wouldn’t want to let you down. You need people to give you serious feedback so post music online, promote it and see the feedback you get from random people. You’ll learn what you have to fix or do better. Also don’t let negative feedback hurt you. Not everyone has the same taste or maybe you just have to step up your lyrics/production a little harder. Also, learn how to be poetic or learn how to seriously produce and don’t be cheap with your equipment.