Joe Blow

18 November 2011

[ ] : Please introduce yourself to our worldwide audience - who are you and where are you from?

[ Joe Blow ] : My name is Joe Blow and I was born and raised in Oakland, Ca.

[ ] : When did you start rapping? Who helped you jump on the rap wagon?

[ Joe Blow ] : I've been making lil' songs, just fucking around with it, but never took it serious 'till I got with The Jacka.

[ ] : How did you meet The Jacka? What was is it like working with him?

[ Joe Blow ] : He has been my boy for a while. We just never talked about music so he never knew I rapped. It's a blessing to work with him because his work ethic is incredible; and he is just a real nigga.

[ ] : Did you ever think of recording a full length album with The Jacka? Is it possible we can see you two on a joint cd?

[ Joe Blow ] : Yeah, it has crossed my mind, but we'll do it when the time is right.

[ ] : What was your first rap official performance (live show and album appearance)?

[ Joe Blow ] : First album I was featured on was "The Shooterz" mixtape from The Jacka, while my first live performance was in San Jose.

[ ] : I had a pleasure to listen to and review your debut project "You Should Be Payin' Me" and from what I've noticed you polish the lyrical layer a lot. Tell us how long does it take you to write a verse?

[ Joe Blow ] : It doesn't take long at all, 'cause I really live this life so it comes out natural and easy.

[ ] : And how long did it take to record the whole debut cd?

[ Joe Blow ] : It took several months only because I had to get features and wait for everyone to get them back to me.

[ ] : What or who inspire you while writing songs?

[ Joe Blow ] : Tupac.

[ ] : From what I've heard you're quite picky when it comes to judge current Bay Area rap scene. How would you describe the contemporary Northern California rap music?

[ Joe Blow ] : I just think it has changed a lot. Most of these rappers just rap; they don't live the life they're rapping about.

[ ] : Speaking of Bay rap game, who do you respect the most? Who's got the biggest influence on the shape of the rap scene?

[ Joe Blow ] : The Jacka - and not just because he's my label mate, but he has the best lyrics, picks the best beats and stays consistent.

[ ] : Is it true you're working on a group album with Lil Rue and Young Lox?

[ Joe Blow ] : Yeah, that's pretty much done. I also have one coming with Young Bossi from Ohio and one with just me and Lil Rue.

[ ] : Your debut release was marked as a "street album", while the upcoming sophomore cd a "mixtape". Is there a chance for an "official" album with a larger (at least national) distribution?

[ Joe Blow ] : Well, I just wanted to put out a few cds to let people know it's not a fluke with me, so I wanna build my buzz up a lil' more and then I'll be ready for an official solo.

[ ] : Speaking of your next cd, tell us something more about the upcoming "International Blow" project - what will fans hear on it?

[ Joe Blow ] : Once again my life, things I've been going through and went through.

[ ] : Since it's a mixtape, will it feature jacked beats or original production?

[ Joe Blow ] : All original beats. It's actually called "a fixtape" - just a fix for the streets that's been waiting for more Joe Blow music.

[ ] : What are your plans for 2012?

[ Joe Blow ] : Work work work, putting out a few albums and stay relevant.

Be sure to visit Joe Blow's official website and Facebook fan page.
Purchase his albums online on RapBay or iTunes and read BayUndaground's review of his debut cd "You Should Be Payin' Me".