Exclusive Interview: Fly Guy Freddie

Hip Hop pioneer Fly Guy Freddie has been through many twists and turns in the Rap game. From working intimately with labels, other artists and even performing himself, Fly has worn many hats throughout his extensive career in the Hip Hop realm. And he’s done it with boldness and style, without reservation.

So FGF is no new camper in this musical wilderness, he’s played many crucial roles throughout his career and has a plethora of accomplishments and resumé details that have given him the resources and connections to hit the ground running and keep that pace at a breakneck speed. So we here at Artist Reach got the chance to do an exclusive interview with Fly Guy Freddy in regards to his past, present and the prospect for 2021 and beyond.

Q: Give us some insight into your artist name Fly Guy Freddie, as well as all the skills possessed by you as an artist.

A: As FlyguyFreddie, I have insight on giving my listeners on what’s real and what’s authentic.

Q: As an artist, what are some of your biggest strengths and witnesses when it comes to your artistic merit?

A: For strength…being able to relate to different generations is definitely imperative. Weakness? Not always fitting in with what’s going on, and being different.

Q: You’ve been active in the USA music scene for 15 years now. What particularly got you started? Shine some light on your beginnings.

A: Growing up around clubs, family, being involved in the scene, owning, cooking, and so forth. Doing anything to get my foot in the door.

Q: During the age of 14, it says you were part of a group collective/band called Country Boyz. What was your position with that group and which label brought you guys together as a signed unit?

A: In the Country Boyz, I was a writer. The label.. well they don’t get credit. We’ll just leave it at that.

Q: In 2006, you were eventually signed with Executive Records. Tell us a little about that and what the label expected of you.

A: With Executive Records, I was a writer and collaborated with artist Nocturnal from the West Coast and eventually became a Grammy nominated writer for the multi-platinum artist on “The Return Of The Hustle” album.



Q: By the next year, you made an impressive stint on MTV. How did that come about? Give us the goods.

A: The MTV stint was brought on by my song “Donk-A-Donk” produced by the Bubble Monkeys. 1/3 is my business partner Nwill, and RIP to my other partner Manchu. The track achieved song of the week on MTV.

Q: In 2008, things took a turn where you had to start going your own way, without the major label support. Hence, starting Fresh Ticket Ent. How did you get that off the ground?

A: I tried to get Fresh Ticket Ent off the ground but it did not work. The reason it didn’t work is because I found out you can’t do anything by yourself.

Q: Who have been some of your biggest musical influences throughout the years?

A: Some of my biggest musical influences has been my business partner Nwill. I see and admire his ability of being able to master just about all genres of music.

Q: From 2007-2010, some of your more prominent years of your career manifested pretty diligently. Tell us a little about that.

A: In July 2010, I teamed up with Tree Dogg to create a conglomerate of street promoters and artists. What we did was get everybody promoting everybody in each club no matter if you had any music out or not. In Da Streets Promotions. During that time it was hard to get other artists to work with other artists because everyone was just thinking of themselves. I just wanted everyone to make dope music.

Q: What does the future hold for you now? What’re your plans for 2021 and beyond?

A: For 2021, I’ll be getting on my grind to produce music to a higher standard. As of right now in the meantime, the audience should check out “Momma“, my new release. Produced by Nwill. The track is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Interview: Winston-Salem Rising Rapper Iontez Sheds Light On His Upward Career As He Continues To Hit The Ground Running

Since coming out the gate in 2019, NC-based rising rapper Iontez has developed an insatiable knack for witty rhyming techniques, versatile lyrical concepts and everything else in between. Known for his multifaceted skill set behind the mic, Iontez has proven that relentless determination and passion for the craft will take your career to many places. And even with twists and turns throughout the course of the musical journey, it’s true artists like Iontez that show the industry at large that failure is never an option; one of his biggest focal points since his manifestation.

With a vast array of impressive releases under his belt since his inception into the market, the prominent DIY artist has kept his consistency out in the forefront and continues to keep grinding away at what he does best. Us at Artist Reach caught up with Iontez in an exclusive interview recently regarding the prospect of his career’s future and plans for 2021 and beyond.


•I see you got into music at the age of 13. How did that all manifest during that time? What inspired you to start so young?

Music is something that I enjoy doing. I was inspired to make music by my friend Moonz from Sweden who told me that I should start recording music and that I was a good at rapping. Ever since then I loved making music and it is amazing to also be able to make money off of something I enjoy and love to do.

Give us some insight on how you came up with your artist name.

My artist name is the same exact name I used for my gaming username. I thought the name would be perfect because it is unique and it makes it easy to find my music, all you have to do is search up “Iontez” and you can find everything.

•I see you have quite an eclectic background as well. MWho are some of your artist influences?

My influences are very versatile and you can hear it in my music. Some of my artist influences range from Playboi Carti, Duwap Kaine, BoofPaxkMooky, SauxePaxkTB, Yanko 7th, NAV, Young Thug, Chief Keef, and the list goes on.

We’ve had quite the pandemic sweep the nation and world at large this year. How has it affected you and how have you been utilizing your time during this COVID period?

It gave me more time to work on my music since school is closed. I have a studio setup in my room so I can work on my music any time I want instead of spending money and having to drive to a studio. The pandemic really had a positive impact on my career.

•I see you’re from the Winston-Salem area. How has that scene treated you and what would be one of the best parts about the scene? (Venues, other artists, etc.)

Winston-Salem is slept on. We have some of the greatest artists from here. Shoutout to Tia Corine, Apex3400, KloK, SauxePaxkTB (Rest In Peace), 52Paco, and there is so much more talented artists from Winston-Salem. I’m trying to put us on the map, when you hear North Carolina you think of Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Greensboro but I want Winston-Salem to come to your mind when you hear North Carolina.

What’s the name of your most recent release and what are your plans for 2021?

My most recent song is called 336 and it features my bro Lil Joker on it. It’s currently up on YouTube and SoundCloud. My plans for 2021 is that I’m going to stay working on my music and keep up my grind. I’m probably going to release a EP in 2021 too so stay tuned.

NOTE: Full Music Review coming soon this next week.


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Exclusive Review: Macknificent Sunrey – “The Antidote” Mixtape

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Macknificent Sunrey’s Mixtape

When it comes to combining versatility and lyrical ability, pioneer Hip Hop artist Macknificent Sunrey absolutely delivers. Titled as a record that’s metaphorically meant to cure COVID19 (no, not literally), his recent mixtape “The Antidote” was released as a perfect record to listen to during our recent days of quarantining. And I must say, these hot tracks really take your mind off the pandemic altogether. So it set out to do what it was intended, and that’s why this record is a complete hit and has generated critical acclaim.

Mac Nif‘s vocal approach and mid-range voice is absolutely meant for Hip Hop. His knack for catchy choruses, humorously crafty music videos and killer cover art has made him hit the ground running since his inception and since then has become a vital voice in the Hip Hop community. First off, there is an impressive amount of variety on this release. His track “Intro (feat. Lay Low)has a diligent mix of both modern and old school flavors that resonate with today’s more mainstream sensibilities, however still makes for a killer underground track that can easily heat up the streets. His next standout track on this record is definitely “GGG (Gucci Glizzy Gang), which Mac initially released as an anchor single. This futuristic track is electronically-infused and utilizes an anthemic aura that puts Mac‘s artistic merit right out in the forefront. This song definitely showcases many angles of his talent and really demonstrates that his hooks and bars are far from ordinary and methodically crafted.

Changing up the pace but definitely not the quality, we have the cleverly executed ballad-style banger “Let’s Ride (feat. Mz SlypnSlyd). This track has an LL Cool J vibe with a multifaceted modern twist that is fun, sexy and unwaveringly catchy. Mz SlypnSlyd‘s descriptive and visceral verses are a definite standout and could easily win over men that happen to be listening. Mac really holds down his end with a more subtle and duet-style flow that compliments the female-featured melodies both in the verses and chorus. It’s a song that will easily win your heart over with its charm and subtlety.

This mixtape literally has something for everyone. Songs like “Shark” and “Going On” are detail-oriented songs that carry a perfect mix of the first 3-4 tracks and completely tie the record together. There’s something different offered up in each track, but you can still tell it’s coming from the same artist. Mac Nif‘s signature sound is distinctive and pivotal, making “The Antidote” a must-listen for 2020 in its own right. You can find the record on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us later for recommending it.


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