First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
My professional career started after winning a string of talent shows and hooking up with my first entertainment lawyer Karen Thompson. Karen worked with a firm that represented Outkast, Ill and Al Scratch amongst other artist. She begin taking me to auditions for soundtracks and helping me shop my first demo which Barry Weiss of Jive/Zomba heavily considered signing me. The only thing that stopped him was Ice Cube co-signing another group being looked at and vowing to help push the project.
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
I would tell beginners that everyone who performs is nervous because nothing ever goes as planned. But always remember that the show must go on! No Matter What happens on stage, the audience does not know what you have in store for them so improvise and keep it going. Also, a trick that I use is to look in a mirror while practicing and imagine a crowd; but when you get in front of a crowd reverse it and imagine looking in the mirror. As far as creating new content, just do it and never stop! The good, the bad and the ugly all help to push and mold you into a better artist.
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
That depends on the surrounding circumstances; meaning, making music is always exciting to me but time restraints can me stressful. When I did a promo freestyle verse for DJ Culture and Desert Storm RADIO dot com station line up, I had a 3 day deadline with no preparation or assistance. Freestyles can now be heard on Desertstormradio.com youtube page and pharaohrising.com, my website.
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
Songs vary in difficulty. Some songs come in stages, unrelated lines and paragraphs that get pieced together like a puzzle. Some songs are built around a hook that comes first. And there are others that come damn near already completed, verses and hooks linked together. Sometimes hearing an official beat triggers songs to be born.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
I have a few actually; but the most important motto I live by is, “always do your best because it’s the best you can do!” As long as you are doing your best, there is nothing to complain about.
Q: What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car right now?
Right now, other than BUCKWILD! I’m really in love with a new song I made called Lean On Me. It’s a real smooth hip hop/ reggae collab for the summer. Stay tuned for that.
Q :What are your future goals as a music artist?
As an artist my goals are to firmly establish myself as a solid favorite amongst the greats. Also, I want to help push the evolution of hip hop to it’s next manifestation, but first it has to be reclaimed.
Q: What was your most memorable performance to date?
My most memorable performance has to be when I performed in a prison and the sound system shutdown on me. Thinking on my feet I asked the inmates to mimic my drum beat on the benches and walls while I rhymed, and also had them sing the hook. That was amazing!
Q :How can we follow you on social media ??
My social media links are:
Website & Social Media:
Official website: www.pharaohrising.com
Pharaoh EPK: https://www.pharaohrising.com/pharaoh-epk
Pharaoh’s Company: Natural Nature Www.NaturalNatureHerbs.Com