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Smiz The Moneykid - Interview

1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?

My rap name is Smiz The Moneykid and I was born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY but was raised in the Sawyertown section of Elizabeth City, NC.

2. What made you start making music?

I’ve been doing music all of my life, my father was a singer and my mom was a poet so it came naturally.

3. Who are your influences in rap?

God and streets, rap these days are so unoriginal.

4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?

I love it because now more than ever the independent artist has a chance to reach millions of fans and keep ownership of his or her masters plus with the introduction of NFTs & the blockchain indie artist now have multiple revenue streams that can be turned into generational wealth.

5. As an artist who has to compete with thousands of others for streams/plays, what makes your music worth people clicking on?

I’m original and in my own lane, most of my fan base are people who grew up with me and have seen me do music all of my life since we were kids so at this point it’s more about discipline & dedication to a dream more than anything, you can only get that Moneykid sound from Smiz The Moneykid. 6. You have 1 person to thank, who would it be?

My mother, when I was kid I asked her for a drum set and she bought me a drum machine and from then I was hooked on producing and creating my own sound. She never told me what to do but she always told me that I had choices and those choices, whether good or bad would dictate my future.

7. What is your process for recording music ?

My process is what I like to call “Fresh Outta Heaven” which means when I hear the music I just let God dictate what he wants me to say. I’m an instrument so I listen for where I can blend myself in the beat to complete the sound and let God download to me what he what’s me to say, my flow is guided by the spirit…no pens, no pads, I write it all in my head, memorize it and record it and that process is what I call “Fresh Outta Heaven”.

8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for this year?

I just released “iPhone8” (The Remix Album) recently which was just something to keep my supporting rocking until I release my new album “Mr. Professional”. I previously released “iPhone8” (The Album), “iPhone8” (The Instrumental Album) & “iPhone8” (The Deluxe Acoustic Album” which I wrote, produced & recorded on my iPhone8 hence the name “iPhone8” so it was only right that I did a remix album to complete the iPhone8 square.

9. What keeps you motivated and on path towards your goals for music?

Independence, the power of knowing that you can create, produce and control your own music while receiving all of the revenue residuals minus 15% my distributor takes is powerful in itself. I’m a songwriter and I own my own publishing company so I see the music business a lot differently from a lot of other artist be it major or independent simply because I control and dictate my own catalog.

10. What impact do you want to have on the world?

I wanna show the world that all things are possible as long as you believe in yourself, study your craft, learn the business, know they self and keep God 1st, without any of those things you will not be successful.

11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?

Well, to collaborate with Grammy nominated producer Phillip “Bangout” Pitts on the song “Never Selling My Soul” was a blessing simply because he used to be a rapper before he was a producer, I may be the 1st artist in the world to have a feature with him, my collaborations with my brother/business partner Villa Dom is always monumental because together we form the multi-media duo The Office Boys NY aka OBNY & my collaborations with B-Astre from Belgium on the song “Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?” (Remix) & “Straight Outta Africa” (Remix) featuring PaperBoySwank from South Africa are monumental simply because there were my 1st international features which are both featured on “iPhone8” (The Remix Album) now streaming and I can’t forget about Villa Dom, P. Bombay & Fully Loaded Mak aka F. L. M. for collectively we are know as Ghetto Mentality or Ghetto Men from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn with whom I released my 1st professional project with entitled “StreetLife” which was a cassette tape which was dedicated to my brother/fallen soldier Ninja Smooth aka The Original Man of Harmony (RIP).

12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?

I do a lot of my own cover art with the exception of Villa Dom & Bangout who step in and facilitate when I can’t or are unable to. I try to be as self sufficient as possible because nobody is gonna go harder for you or take it as seriously as you do then yourself. You have to be self motivated as an indie artist or you won’t succeed. Most people want you to fail (secretly) so they can say “I told you so” but i thinks it’s just a reflection of their own fears manifesting itself in the form of hate and envy.

13. Who makes most of your beats or production?

I’m a graduate from the Institute Of Audio Research in NYC where I went to school for recording, engineering and producing so I do alot producing myself but other than that there’s the super production group YoBroBuild who produced my album “Folk Lore” which is at 80k+ streams & counting on Spotify, there’s the Grammy nominated super producers Trakformaz who produced “Team Player” & “The Only One” featuring Joel Taylor which are both on my up coming album “Mr. Professional”, then there’s Canada’s own super producer John “MaddMann” Barton who produced “Iced Out Crowns” & “Tales Of The Fallen” which are both featured on my debut solo album “Pardon My Back” and lastly but not lest there’s Grammy nominated producer Phillip “Bangout” Pitts who produced the rest of “Pardon My Back” & my 1st single to make the to 50 independent charts “I’m Grindin”. All of these entities together help me to mold & create my own authentic sound which helps keep me in my own organic lane.

14. What can we expect next from you in 2022?

Well, my album “Mr. Professional” is on the way, I’m gonna be pushing more independent projects towards the blockchain on sites like Aurovine, Audius & Emanate Official where I earn cryptocurrency for my streams. I will continue to create & sell NFTs on platforms like MusicArt (where I sold my 1st NFT “Folk Lore” which then re-sold and is now on its 3rd owner & I sold out my “MetaMerch Headband” NFT which only 20 were minted) then there’s OpenSea where I have audio NFTs & there’s Fenix360 where I have my own mobile app that fans can download and save to their desktops or home screens for instant access for all things Smiz The Moneykid including exclusive music, videos & merch courtesy of

15. Link the fans to your Twitter & Instagram @ Below so they can follow you!

Twitter: @smizthemoneykid Instagram: @smizthemoneykid

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