Interview by Mr. Owl.
Ladies and Gentlemen!
I'm proud to present, part.1 of a exclusive interview with Praverb the Wyse.
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(Mr. Owl ) 1. Would you please give a quick introduction of yourself for people who don't know you.
(Praverb) Well, my name is Patrick aka Praverb the Wyse and I have been rhyming for about 10-12 years (just starting to take it seriously hehe). Praverb is a friend, jester, husband, uncle, and more.
2. How did your music career start?
Well honestly my career started via a message board (Rapmusic.com). I was interested in poetry and hip-hop yet I never had an outlet to channel the energy that I had inside. I had a few friends that rhymed and I would freestyle with them all the time.
When I first signed up for Rapmusic.com, I went there to work on my writing technique and stuff. I could flow yet the website opened me up to a variety of rappers who presented and introduced me to advanced techniques (that is why I have an appreciation for technical emcees).
3. What are your future projects and what can we expect for 2012- 2013?
Well honestly the future projects keep changing. I would love to release two or three projects this year. I definitely want to complete another installment of The Gospel is Free Series and probably work on some projects for BlueBottle Records.
I am thankful that I will be a part of some dope vinyl releases this year. I will be a part of a vinyl release by Blunted Astronaut Records with Dirty Treats and another vinyl from Dj Grazzhoppa and Smimooz.
4. What about touring, do you plan to do a tour outside the states, or maybe even over seas?
This is a tricky question. I would love to tour the States and I would also like to tour overseas. Touring is problematic because it does not make sense financially considering my name by itself does not equate to a big draw. Now if I get the opportunity to tour with someone then it would be awesome.
I have been trying for years to tour. I just have to be patient and continue to network.
5. Who are your role models?
I have a plethora of role models that influence me. Most notably my father. I am a mirror image of my dad and we possess similar ideas, thoughts on life, and more. He is my ultimate role model. My wife also inspires me. She is so kind, tolerant of my hobby, and does not pass judgement. Ria and Rissa, Jessica + Aldo, Glen Adams, Darnell Monteforte, David Mitchell, Lewis Mitchell, and more motivate me on a personal level. I have a lot of friends and family that inspire me and it would take forever to list them.
Musically I would have to say that Don Streat (waddup Damon), Cane, Idiomz, Emcee Nemesis, Promise, Dirty Hairy, LX Beats, Hosie, Dj Grazzhoppa, ILLUS, ST/MiC, Cayoz, Kingverse, Alex Larenas, Sourface, Keor Meteor, Theology 3, Tef Wesley, Lady Essence, Nametag, and Spoonfull inspire me the most. The people that I mentioned have responsibilities yet they continue to pursue their dreams. It is very motivational.
Cas Metah, Mina Leon, and M-Dot inspire me with their independent attitude and their ability to strive for success given limited resources. I am fans of their music and movement and I also value their input.
Blog wise I would say that you inspire me, Kevin Nottingham inspires me, Witaji from UCTL inspires me, Deerok Pabon inspires me, the rejection from 2DopeBoyz and Dj Booth inspires me haha. Basically a variety of things inspire me. I have learned to take the good and the bad.
6. Who and what is your biggest inspiration to making music?
Well my biggest inspiration to making music is life and being able to learn from everyone that I encounter. I believe that everyone possesses knowledge based on his or her life experience. It is great to share that knowledge haha.
7. What have been the ups and downs since you started making music?
Well the ups and downs that I have encountered with music are based on the journey to be heard and respected.
8. What's the meanest thing ever said to you before, during, or after a gig?
Well I do not remember. The thing that gets on my nerves revolves around labels and how people are quick to place someone in a label. I am a Christian that happens to rhyme. Nothing more, nothing less. When you frequent my site you will notice that I may post music that may be explicit. I listen to a lot of music and I gain something from everything that I listen to.
On the flip side, I do not curse or degrade women, yada yada in my music. It is more a personal choice because I value the power of words (I can say more without cursing).
9. What was the first LP/CD/Cassette and or mixtape you ever bought with your own money?
Honestly I do not have a clue. It probably was a West Coast album, I was heavy into the whole West Coast gangster vibe when I lived in San Diego with my foster family.
10. How do you spoil yourself?
I spoil myself by eating. I love food. Pizza, hamburgers, pasta, food glorious food! I also spoil myself by buying camera equipment haha.
11. Talk about your home town
Honestly I do not remember that much from my home town. My father was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina and that is where I was born. Unfortunately I do not remember anything from those years haha.
12. Who's been supporting you in your career?
My wife, my mother and father, my brother, Darnell Monteforte (waddup homie), Sourface, Hosie, Cas Metah, Dirty Hairy, Politiks, Tef Wesley, David Mitchell, Spoon, LX Beats, M-Dot, Rev, and many more.
My wife and her best friend Jessica have been along for the ride the longest. Vanessa and Jessica supported me when I barely knew how to flow haha. I love them and I appreciate their support.
Matt Stromer, Marlon (Kidmar), Rafal from Popkiller, Joshua Decker, Face One, Teddy Roxpin, Taylor Gaddy, Dj EZ, and others have supported my journey as well. I am thankful for all the fans, friends, and colleagues that I have met along the way. Forgive me if I forget some names (grey hairs haha).
13. What do you think is overrated in the rap game?
I think that views, plays, etc are overrated. A good artist is a good artist regardless of how many views they have on YouTube, or how many plays or downloads they have. People are attracted to numbers and sadly numbers equate to popularity.
A lot of talented emcees and beatmakers are overlooked because they are not apart of the "numbers" game. Praverb Dot Net is the place for those artists that are overlooked. I do not have the brand recognition or notoriety of the bigger blogs but I do provide individuality, I do listen to the music, and most importantly I promote what I like haha.
14. Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them + what music would you play?
Bill Cosby haha. I would play the Cosby theme over and over and over until he gets tired of it.
15. Thank you for taking the time out to speak to us any final words, and or shout outs you wanna give?
I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this. I want to thank everyone who has listened to the music, whether you are first time listener or long term fan. I appreciate the comments, the interactions, and most importantly the love.
Thank you Yannik for taking the time to interview me. I am humble and appreciate your questions.
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