Exclusive Interview: Tone Da Boss

We recently reviewed Tone Da Boss’s collab album Tone Death and insisted on following it up with another feature for the rising artist. The Iowa-based Rapper has graced our platform multiple times since we’ve gotten to know him, and his fresh modern take on an old school Hip Hop approach is one of the many factors that makes him a standout of his calibre in the industry; proving that he’s not only an effective artist – but an innovative one as well. Tone Da Boss on top of being a solidified Rapper and recording artist also wears many other industry hats including Promoter, Podcast Host, Web Designer, Manager, and is currently the CEO of independent music label/collective T1 Entertainment, an entity he also uses to self-distribute and self-publish his own releases.

Since his inception into the market, Tone Da Boss has amassed an impressive and dedicated following both online and organically through insatiable hard work within his music scene; putting out a vast array of next level releases and collaborations that has taken his name to new heights in the industry and continues to grow. He’s one of the faster growing artists in the market and when you take a listen to one of his releases, it’s immediately apparent as to why he holds that status. That being said, we got the chance to sit down with Tone Da Boss to pick his brain with some exclusive interview questions regarding his past, present and subsequent future to let us and our audience know just what we might be able to expect in the shortcoming, and to also get to know him better as well.


How long have you been active under your artist name?

Tone Da Boss has been reactivated since 2021. I dropped an album in 2015. And did a great run prior to that in the group Big Bang for a few years. But after the 2015 album I took a break from music to focus on my family, helping the community and developing new artist by starting my promotions and management company T1 Entertainment.

What music scene/city do you currently represent?

Cedar Rapids, IA. I was born in Chicago but Iowa is my home and is what I represent in the fullest. It’s where I found my sound, developed life long friendships, started my family and am building my empire.

The pandemic really threw a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career (if at all)?

The pandemic surprisingly is what Jumpstarted my career. That time at home and seeing people lose their loved ways showed me how short life really is and how much we take for granted. I was once only a family, and a team player but now I am an individual, with my own goals dreams and aspirations. I walked away from my 6 figure career, I got divorced, and I found my love for being an artist again.

What are some of your music influences?

50 Cent, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Tupac, T.I., Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne and Drake. You can hear a lot of their styles and influences built into to mine musically, but they actually influence me more on the business side. The empires they built, getting Artist under them and elevating their careers. Still being moguls after so much time in the game but finding other ways to generate revenue streams outside of music.

What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.

My music ranges I try to not get boxed in, and I always wanna push the limits or do the things people say we shouldn’t. So I got songs where I go in detail about my divorce and depression, then I have songs where I experiment with Rock and genre blending. My favorite concepts to rap about tho tend to be street gangster music. Although now I consider myself a family and business man, I love reflecting on my time in Chicago and writing emotions down of things I’d do if I still lived there or how’d I’d react to certain situations if I wasn’t in the blessed position I’m in now.

If you could put together a dream show or tour, what artists would be on the bill?

Young Money vs The Roc – Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye with Rihanna, and then I would be the opener

When is your next release coming out?

Black Friday, November 26th. It’ll mark one year from the previous release I had with Silence titled “Tone Death” and premier my alter ego Black Ricardo. My solo album prior to that was Antonio, reflecting On a broken man trying to be set free. The Black Ricardo album will be the flower that blossomed and the Caterpillar that went into a Cacoon and emerged into a butterfly.

What’s in store for you for the rest of 2022 and going into 2023? Give us the goods.

2022 has been the biggest year for me as an artist. My song Give Me My Ring was chosen by the Golden State Warriors to be in their Championship celebration video and the Chicago Sky Womens Basketball team did the same for the WNBA. The Black Ricardo album shows the growth in me as an artist and human and has major features on it including a record with Multiplatinum recording artist Trippie Redd. And before we get into Black Ricardo I’m dropping a free online G-Unit mixtape hosted by Dj Whoo Kid. That’s just on the Artist side. It is also going to be the biggest year for my company who just successfully ran Iowa Summer Jam for the 5th year but also introducing the first ever Iowa Music Awards Sunday October 30th honoring artist of all genres.


• Check out Tone Da Boss’s collab record Tone Death here: https://album.link/us/i/1591626323

•Read our review of Tone Death here: https://artistreachofficial.com/2022/08/13/exclusive-artist-review-silence-tone-da-boss-tone-death-collab-lp/

•Check out Tone Da Boss’s exclusive album Antonio here: https://album.link/us/i/1564610414

•Read our review of Antonio here: https://artistreachofficial.com/2021/04/24/exclusive-artist-review-tone-da-boss-antonio-the-album-lp/

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Exclusive Artist Review: Silence & Tone Da Boss – “Tone Death” Collab LP

Hailing from the cityscapes of the Cedar Rapids, IA scene, rising rappers Silence and Tone Da Boss have been pioneering the Hip Hop realm since their inceptions into the market – both putting out an array of releases over the years that have put them on the map in several arenas of the Rap world and beyond. Now with both artists taking the helm on this latest release, Silence & Tone Da Boss’s collab record Tone Death proves that both standalone artists are also a force to be reckoned with.

Implementing an innovative and modern twist on an old school Hip Hop signature sound, this 10-track juggernaut showcases both rappers in a way that parallels their performance and production value effectively and dynamically. Both artists shine very bright lights on their best musicianship factors and essentially set the bar even higher for today’s more modern Hip Hop collaborations. Opening track and anchor single “Who Wants The Smoke” is a perfect example of this, setting the tone for the rest of the record in a way that reels you in from the very first listen. Tone Da Boss and Silence blast right into the chorus hook right out the gate, exchanging lines, hooks, verses and essentially tag team this number altogether. It’s a song with very high energy and feels like a solid punch in the gut with its in-your-face approach and charismatic sensibility. Tone Da Boss in his known fashion explodes into his verse bars with his knack for prestigious word precision and high energy execution – delivering an intense performance that touches on several elements of his originality and familiarity as an artist. Silence emerges into his bars and measures with a solid flow that diligently showcases his lyrical cleverness and vocal presence. He’s a perfect compliment to Tone Da Boss’s approach and it’s apparent throughout this record that both artists challenge each other as well as the tracks play out. But it’s not a competitive nature, it’s more along the lines of getting each artist to set the bar higher – and they do exactly that, quite well I might add.

Another notable number on this record is “Summertime (feat. EMDUBAI)”, a track that does justice to the title and adds additional layers of versatility when compared to some of the other tracks on this album. Featuring a melodic piano progression and dangerously catchy chorus hook, this more R&B-oriented number brings out refreshing angles for both rappers and implements a more ambient atmosphere. Silence especially showcases his ability to sing his own hooks, reminiscent to other artists like Drake, Lil Wayne and others in the game that do the same with or without the necessity of a feature artist. Regardless, this track’s chorus will relentlessly stick in your head. Tone Da Boss also brings out a different side of himself on this number, touching on a more hypnotic flow and textures with his use of syllables and word placement. You can tell he goes over the fine details very closely, something a lot of today’s modern rappers tend to lack in several areas. But precision is definitely this song’s most notable highlight, and will easily stand out as one of your favorites on this record.

One more highlight on this LP is “Mirror Mirror”, another single accompanied by an official music video with colorful production value. This clubbing track’s hypnotic beat is effectively raw and really leaves room for both rappers to throw down their verses in a way that serves up the heat without any distractions or post production tricks. The verses on this track are especially coherent and cleverly executed with its concept. It’s a club-goer’s anthem in every sense, bringing forth the vibes, aura and atmosphere of your favorite hotspot on a Friday night – but executed much more intelligently when it comes to the lyrical angle. If you’re looking for a track that goes hard with the bumps and grinds, then this is one you’ll never forget.

Tone Death is the perfect gateway record for discovering both rappers if you don’t already know who they are. Tone Da Boss & Silence are stand-alone rappers with their own impressive discographies and versatile vocal approaches that have been grinding in the scene for years. That’s why this collaboration is such a powerful one – it diligently proves that they can put a strong release together that not only brings out their best performances individually, but also spotlights their chemistry as a team effort as well. The rap game is full of modern collabs, but this is one that you honestly have to hear to believe. It delivers that modern feel while also implementing old school flavors that not only make it relevant, but nostalgic as well. This is a must-hear in every regard.


•Listen: https://album.link/us/i/1591626323

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Exclusive Artist Interview: Masonx

Hailing from the northern west coast scene of Eugene, Oregon, rising multi-musician, artist and producer Masonx (derived from his birth name, Mason) has been on an insatiable industry incline since hitting the ground running in the market around 2020, so far proving that his multifaceted signature sound is not only a fresh one, but innovative as well – combining elements of several genres and styles to create something that is not only effective, but authentic and original. His experience as a musician and producer is very apparent and he really showcases multiple angles of his skill, spirit and writing style in every release – which is why we feel he deserves to be highlighted in this exclusive interview feature.

Specializing primarily in instrumental tracks, Masonx conjures up an Alt-Rock/Dreamwave oriented musical concoction and flavor with his utilization of guitar, bass, synth and drums for material that is all self produced, self performed and self written, respectively. He currently has two albums out and has a slew of material in the works that will be slated for release sometime in the near future. With his very active and determined mindset in the forefront, we decided to sit down with Masonx for an exclusive interview regarding the past, present and future.


How long have you been active under your artist name?

Officially online as Masonx for almost three years now!

What music scene/city do you currently represent?

I am currently living in Eugene Oregon and it is full of creative people, luckily i have a few collaborations in the works and finally getting out there as a producer.

The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live music experience and for artists altogether. How has it affected you and your career (if at all)?

The pandemic has been really chaotic youre absolutely right, tragic things have happened and that usually causes artists to create as a coping mechanism. I guess the same goes for me.

What are some of your music influences?

The main ones I can think of are Enigma, Thievery Corporation, Flying Lotus and so many more.

What kind of concepts do you tend to write about as an artist? Shine some light on that.

My first album ‘ Paradise Matrix ‘ is a concept album about the future of mankind, where technology is headed and a possible alien presence on this planet. The second album is more organic and less intense, ‘Sacred Gardens ‘ is the concept of finding solace during hard times, its more down to earth and calm.

If you could put together a dream show or tour, what bands/artists would be on the bill?

Good question! Probably a tour with Thievery Corporation and play some downtempo type tracks I’ve been working on! Someday I hope!

When is your next release coming out?

August 7th! This album is going to be awesome should be out on all major online outlets. Very excited to share what I’ve been working on.

What’s in store for you for the rest of 2022 and going into 2023? Give us the goods.

I have so many plans for this year and have so much music in store! An ambient album, a vaporwave album and a drum and bass type album. Also several collaborations with other talented musicians. Good things in store!


Connect with Masonx:

•Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6EMJ1G8UO32O6d60Ze0ZqB?si=wyH2sQMwTuycjJJHCBrh9g

•Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/infinite_future/

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