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.
•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/