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Friday, May 21, 2010

Interview: Gotta Be Karim on Atlanta vs. St. Louis Hip-Hop, His New Record and Tonight's Homecoming Show at the Gramophone

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Explain "Do For Self." How'd you get the idea, what's the goal?

I was down here in Atlanta, and I had to figure out a way to gather some attention, I wanted to come out and not look like just a regular amateur guy wantin' to go open mics and show people I could rap. I wanted to display multiple talents at one time, to the demographics in Atlanta and let people see here where I was at business-wise, and then show triple that talent-wise.

Do For Self arrived from me wanting to do it myself instead of submitting mixtapes to promoters and get attention that way. Anybody can walk up and hand over a CD and tell you you could do something, but it wanted show it. I ended up losing about $2,000 doing that, but it was worth it. I got the connect, I got artists on the underground scene saying 'Can you promote my joint? Help me throw a release party.' It worked.

What's the story with Bullets and Books. What inspired it and how is it different than what you've done before?

Man, that must be a standard journalism question. My environment inspired it. It's different from other material in that I'm still grindin', it's got quality excellent production, I put a lot of energy into it man. As far as the crafting, the concept of it, It's a body of work that a parent could put into their CD player and teach their son how to be a man. As far as it being different from everything else, it's continuously progressing as far as the quality of my music and the depth of it. What it represented to, the balance that I feel like a man should have. You should be able to go to Harvard or Wash U and stand on the corner of Waverly and co-exist, you feel me?

What's next for you?

I might be moving to LA come June. There's about a 90 percent chance of that happening. I came to Atlanta saying that it's not going to stop, it's just a stepping stone. It's not going to stop in California either. Ultimately I want to move out the country, I haven't decided where. Wherever I gravitate to.

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