GAME CHANGERS…TEZ McCLAIN [INTERVIEW]
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 by Team Greedmont | No Comments | Category: Entertainment, Music, Uncategorized
Recently I had an opportunity to chop it up with Atlanta native and upcoming rapper, Cortez “Tez” McClain. This CAU alum has been receiving major love especially on the west coast being fresh off a tour with Mistah Fab. Mixing his love of hip-hop with his ability to express emotion, he’s been crowned a “game changer.”
GP:What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
TEZ:Just being able to be on the position I’m in right now. To continue to make a quality brand of music after all the setbacks a nigga been through. Alot of people would have quit a minute ago.
GP:What do you consider your sound to be?
TEZ:It’s a laid back style. I’m influenced by all eras of Hip Hop.
GP:How have ( or are) you separating yourself from other emerging artists?
TEZ:My single “Jordans & A Gold Chain” was featured in Slam Magazine, which is not a music publication. For my song to be noticed by a basketball magazine separates me from alot of artist because it gets me attention from another demographic. Also I’m a up and coming rapper from the south making noise and moves on the west coast. I don’t know many other unsigned artist from the Atlanta touring on the west coast.
GP:What are your upcoming/future projects?
TEZ:My new mixtape The Graduate: Wishful Thinking Vol.2 will be dropping later this summer. After that, I’m releasing my first indie album first quarter 2012.
GP:What was your inspiration to begin rapping? At what age?
TEZ:I was 14 when I first began recording, just being around good hip-hop so much during the 90′s was what lead me to try it out.
GP:Where do you see yourself in the industry in five years?
TEZ:A house hold name. I will be in the position to help out the next person feel me.
GP:Are you currently signed? Are you looking to remain independent?
TEZ:Nah, I’m independent as fuck right now. (laughs)
GP:How did you get your start?
TEZ:Yeah I was rapping in a group from the ages 14 to 17 that’s how I started off.
GP:What do you want your legacy to be in the industry?
TEZ:I wanna make timeless music.
GP:Are you looking to move beyond rap; other aspects of entertaining or the industry?
TEZ:Of course, I would love to act, model, & produce.