Stepping up and waving the flag for the state of Connecticut are MC/producer double act, The M.Y.N.O.R.S. While their state may have been overshadowed by their tri-state partner throughout the Hip-hop timeline, this duo deliver an authentic sound which places them securely in the realm of their New York counterparts.
Taking on board as much experience as they could, the duo made up of DP and MJ spent almost a decade experimenting and determining the direction they felt they should go. Now, as they ready their debut release, Black Lung, the chances are the masses are going to be both entertained and inspired by the hard work and dedication displayed by this duo.
What do you think has been the hardest thing to get used to during your career in the music business and why?
Making new music, we both work 9 to 5 jobs and the shifts are different so its tough to get up and work on new tracks let alone recording finished ones.
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Have you guys always been a duo?
No, DP started out as just a producer and wrote on the side for his own pleasure. MJ was working on solo tracks as well as lead singer of a hip-hop/funk/rock band off and on for years. We always collabed together and realized late that we worked well together and were better off as a group.
Who have you worked with on your impending release Black Lung?
We have worked with Nottz, as a feature, not production. Other artists to feature on Black Lung are Reks, Chaundon and a local emcee named Con-Man. As far as production, DP handled all but two tracks; one by DJ Low Cut from France and the other by DJ Wheelz from the Netherlands.
What do you think your core fans are going to get from this project?
We think they’ll get a nice diverse layout of our different styles. We love all kinds of music and tried to incorporate everything into this mixtape without losing what we stand for which is trueness and respect for hip-hop. Our style can range from a hard track to an easy ride out track and it’s all influenced from our daily lives and love for hip-hop.
What do you hope new fans will get from it?
A good vision of who we are and what were capable of. We strive to let real emotion bleed into our music so hopefully fans will relate in one way or another. We also hope they can see us as a group that has no boundaries and have the will to stay in the game for a long time.
Do you still approach recording the same way you did when you first started?
No, at first we would just write to write, not worrying about a topic. Now we try to make music that has a whole point, we feel too much of the music today has no meaning, just chicken scratch and fast food style music which is just rushed out the door with no prep or flavor. As far as the recording process we have definitely learned a lot as the years progressed. We understand our limits and try to do the best with what we know and continue to grow and evolve.
What do you believe to be the biggest advancement in the industry since you started out?
Definitely the internet. It has helped many artists get the opportunity they deserve and is the best way for fans to connect and discover music that the commercial industry restricts them. Also recording equipment is a lot more accessible and affordable. Anyone with a computer, some basic recording equipment, a little bit of know-how and determination can make music these days.
Is there anyone out there who you really admire today in music?
I admire Joey Badass because he’s a very young cat that reflects the music of the early 90’s and it’s very very rare to see a young artist bring back that style of hip hop. He stands out especially since many artists of today seem to only follow trends and lack originality. MJ admires Jay-Z for his longevity and ability to consistently release music that people want to listen to. Whether it be his popular singles or his more introspective lyrical side, he always manages to stay on top of the game with a flow and style all his own.
Do you find fans harder to please nowadays than they once were due to the amount of music available?
Yes, it seems that most of the artists today need to have a following so that other fans can look at them as someone to listen to. Most artists discover their fans at shows and it’s hard for artists to get the shows in the first place.
Also the attention span of people in today’s world is very limited. Studies have shown that essays written by today’s students are written in short thoughts and sentences as opposed to long well thought out paragraphs. So instead of being focused on one thing for a long period of time, people are being pulled into different directions more frequently. When you apply this to music today and the digital age with so much at our fingertips, music has become so over saturated that artists need to stay hard at work in order to keep their fans attention and are not quickly forgotten about.
What other projects do you have in the works you can tell us about?
Well we have an EP which might come out after the mixtape, depending on how the mixtape does we’ll either drop that or work on another mixtape. Hopefully we can work with more artists and producers on the next mixtape.