SOTB: What’s up, world? It is I, the No-Fi King, Speed on the Beat. Today, I’m joined by someone whose got the tools to succeed in this industry—an entrepreneurial vision, business sense, and, well, bars. Why don’t you go ahead and tell us who you are?
Gage: Hello, world. My name is Gage and I am an indie hip-hop artist.
SOTB: So Gage, are you working on any new projects at the moment? I know we have the Victory Lapalbum out, but you’ve seemingly been a bit quiet on the music front recently.
Gage: The fans are used to my always putting out a new freestyle for them. But, the reason I been quiet is…I recently moved to Miami from the DC/MD area. So, I’m taking care of that, which includes my personal studio [which is still in DC]. I’m not a fan of paying for studio time when I have my own. Plus, I’m using this down time to sit back and listen to beats so I can get that “hit” to put me on the map fully. But, expect my “Down Goes Mr. Smith” record soon. [Just a] little jab at LL over our Twitter beef (laughs) Plus, I get new fans everyday so I think it’s good I let Victory Lapslow burn. I sold 1,870 on all digital media, with no videos so I also gotta give fans some visuals. Finally, ‘cuz I made some amazing music, and if I keep dropping album after album some songs might get overlooked. I want people to listen to it ‘til they blow up my Twitter asking for a new album.
SOTB: True, true. About Victory Lap, what made you want to drop the album and name it such? Take me through the process of recording that one.
Gage: With the album Victory Lap, I just wanted to get in the studio and do an album that was fun and true to me–like, make an album where if I was to die tomorrow, I basically got everything off my chest and made every song or skit the way I would wanna hear a hip-hop album. With all these gimmicks nowadays, real hip-hop has been missing. I called it Victory Lap ‘cuz after my last project, Heir to the Throne, I feel like I hit the nail on the head and won. So, like, any race you win you’ve gotta give the people a victory lap. That was my view with this project. It was easy to record, being that I had my own studio. I would record whenever—morning, afternoon, midnight, after clubbing—whenever when I’m in a zone like that the lyrics come easy. So, it makes the recording process easy. I executive produced that whole album, picked all the beats, mixed the tracks and recorded it. Only thing I did not do was the artwork and a few beats.
SOTB: Aight. With that said, which song, out of all the tracks you’ve recorded, would each of you say is the best. Y’know, the one that stands out in your mind as the one track everyoneneeds to hear from you?
Gage: I know I have had some sick-ass verses and dope-ass songs that people really liked and always hit me up like “Dude, I’m feeling this track or that one.” But I feel like I still have my best work ahead of me. But…”Black Ink” off Victory Lap is one I think folks should def check out—the 3rd verse is reality rap folks need to hear.
SOTB: I’ve got to say, though. Your flow is so damned laidback! Is there a reason for that?
Gage: You think it’s laid back? Or would you rather hear me yell on tracks like some of these artists (laughs) But, sure, man I feel like my talent is God-given and that’s how he wants me to sound. So, that’s just how I flow. I do have different flows. If you check “Show You How,” it’s def different from “Crime Pays,” so it depends on the track. That always dictates my flow.
Gage’s “Show U How” from his Victory Lap album
SOTB: I also noticed that you’ve been verified as being “The Only Gage” on Twitter and other social media sites. Can you get into that a bit more?