Recently I was presented with the opportunity to interview an independent rap artist from North Carolina that goes by the stage name Black Friday. His manager contacted me via Facebook to check him out. Steph Jae (Black Friday’s Manager) sent me a link to his single that he is pushing called Up In The Air, and this is a steamy single definitely to entice the ladies. I went on to check out his music videos and listen to other songs, and I must say he is very talented and I couldn’t wait to interview this artist.
As I was talking to Black Friday he let me know that he love his craft and I knew that it was evident the moment he told me “I breathe Music”. Black Friday used to play around with rap and didn’t take it seriously until he was incarcerated. Behind prison walls there he had time to think and focus on his talent. In 2012 when he was freed from being behind bars, Black Friday was on a mission to cultivate 16 bars that tell stories about his life experiences. Black Friday was featured in several mixtapes, and now he is stepping out with his first solo mixtape T.G.I.F: Black Friday. Black Friday has a couple of songs that touches him such as his heartfelt single Get Away and Up In The Air that feature a friend that recently passed away Ced Curtis.
I asked Black Friday about the music movement in the Carolinas, and he replied “Carolina is growing, but Carolina artists need to be consistent and work with each other. Artists need to be hungry and stop being crabs in a bucket. That’s why I attack every song with strong delivery, allow my music to transform, and keep the sound different. The artist got to be hungry and to stay on their grind.”
Black Friday’s new mixtape features other independent artists such as Young Squeeks, the late Ced Curtis, Dominique, Big Jeff, producers such as Feeva and SmokeHouse Productions, and other producers that he want to keep a secret for now. Black collaborate with other artists to bring unity. He don’t mind working with other artists because showing love to another artist will make their fans his and vice versa. As far as his music goes it speaks for the streets, young black men, and the ladies. Long term he want to make 365 ENT a corporated entity, putting other artists on the music scene, have a gateway for artist development, and make 365 Entertainment more than a household name.
As far as working with mainstream artists he would like to work with singers such as Miguel, August Alsina, and Trey Songz. Black Friday rather stand on his own name, he don’t really care too much to work with mainstream rappers until his name can stand alone.
Black Friday implore everybody to go and check out his mixtape on http://www.datpiff.com and http://www.audiomack.com by searching T.G.I.F Black Friday. Follow Black Friday on twitter @black_fridaync and instagram @black_friday_365
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Sit back and enjoy the video and the single Up In The Air (I LOVE THIS SONG) by Black Friday below!