“Solo But Not Alone” Future Super Producer Cartelsons Interview Hosted by: P-Rice

Cartelsons with the DPG

Straight out of Lyon, France comes a long over due producer, Cartelsons, who has been producing music for 10 years. Now in the year of 2013, Cartelsons, released his debut album “Drugstore Music” in which he pressed his own copies of selling them through Facebook with anticipation to now release his next project “Solo But Not Alone”. With an All-Star Veteran Westcoast cast on his first project “Drugstore Music”; it is now round 2 for the French producer who has already worked with his childhood idols and inspirations to come back with more of an All-Star Veteran cast along with upcoming stars that are ready to shine on “Solo But Not Alone”. I, myself P-Rice, was able to have the chance to chop it up with Cartelsons about his come up in the game, inspirations/collaborations, the Europe Hip-Hop scene and his next big upcoming project “Solo But Not Alone”.

Interview was done: 12/19/2013

Questions asked by: P-Rice

P-Rice: How long have you been producing music?

Cartelsons: I began to produce 10 years ago approximately with one of my homie.

P-Rice: There any meaning behind your name, Cartelsons? If so, what is it?

Cartelsons: At the beginning, CartelSons was me and one of my friend. We loved movies in South America with drug cartels, Medellin etc. I decided to keep the name CartelSons in memory of my homie who died in a accident 7 years ago. Right now CartelSons is just me with the legacy of my friend.

P-Rice: Though it may be obvious, but for those who don’t know, who are your biggest inspirations and influences in music?

Cartelsons: I grew up in different types of music. My parents were listening to Old Rock and blues. One of my brother listen Gangsta Rap and G-Funk and my old brother some Soul, New Jack and Old Roots and Reggae. I got the chance to grow up with all these influences. I’m a real fan of blues and soul music and Afro American music. I’m concerned by this part of History.

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Europe: The Rebirth of G-Funk

Emerald green palm trees shadow over lowrider’s sitting on spinning 100 spokes. The smell of urbal fruits yet skunky aroma of  marijuana fills the air as the deep basslines and calming chords from keyboards and synthesizers beat into the surround sound of another claimed to be player in the streets. G-Funk, a sub-genre of Gangster Rap, blew up mainstream in the mid 1990’s with producers like Dr. Dre, DJ Quik, Cold 187 setting prime examples of the genre, G-Funk put rap music truly into the mainstream. Records from Warren G, 2pac, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, DJ Quik & several other artists were going several times platinum with the new bad ass funky sound. As the late 90’s came in, the Southern rap/hip-hop scene began to become prevalent with acts like Master P (No Limit Records) and Cash Money Records the G-Funk era shortly died out. Though the genre of music was still heard in veterans of the genre and several Southern California rap artists have a lick in keeping the vibe to their modern records- G-Funk in the United States has seen better days.

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