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From Brownsville to Camden, Get to Know Indie Artist Big Dummy

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MJ here with On The Scene NY.  On the scene tonight joining me hailing form Camden, NJ is Artist and Entertainer Mont Polk aka Big Dummy.  Big Dummy reigns as current Supreme BARs Philly champion. Before we jump right in to the music and history, please let everyone know about the name “Big Dummy”.  I’m sure there are many readers out there who are just as curios.  Was it a childhood name? Was it a name created specifically for your career?

Big Dummy:  Mont Mont was my child hood name. The name came from Rico, the Vice President of GO Dummy music group. I was the CEO and one day he called me the BIG DUMMY and it just stuck because it made so much sense. My name was Lamont and it described my comedic personality.

MJ:  Give everyone a little bit of history.  You grew up in Camden, NJ which happens to be one of the roughest areas to be raised in.  I discover in many interviews with artists that music saved their lives from past trauma, estranged relationships, difficult survival environments, etc.  Is that the case for Big Dummy as well?

Big Dummy:  I was born and raised in East New York, Brownsville, New York. I migrated there in my teen years. I was in high school and my dad died so I moved to Brownsville with my grandmother. That’s where I was introduced to the bloods, the drugs, and most importantly the music. I came to Camden, New Jersey as an adult trying to raise my children and become a solo rapper. I was in a rap group during my years in NEW YORK.

MJ:  Tell us about “little” Dummy.  How were you introduced to music?  What was it about music that pulled you in? At what point in our life did that love and passion turn into pursuing a career?

Big Dummy: My best friend who I consider my twin took me to my first studio session. I was actually good at poetry and ended up converting that night to a rapper. The fact was that I could make people laugh with music. My first rhymes were almost battles to the general public and my boys but it was hilarious. Well it was a dream in New York something we never paid for people paid for us so when I starting coming out of pocket is when it became a career.  My brother Snake ran away from home and I began smoking weed and cutting school and hanging with musicians and other rappers from Brownsville, NY projects. We began rapping in elevators and staircases as well as karaoke and making mix tapes. When I moved to NJ I was no longer a part of a group and had to fend for myself to become a solo artist.

MJ:  Let’s talk about your style of music.  I consider you both artist and entertainer for several reasons.  One of those being your sense of versatility, another being your stage performance.  Your catalog of music consists of boom bap Hip Hop, R&B, and to date club bangers with catchy beats.  Not everyone can pull off musically what you have accomplished thus far in your career.  Talk about that.

Big Dummy:  Well like I said my music started off comical but later I wanted to create real music and tell stories but I was always told you have to be versatile. Almighty and other influential artists always had unique styles, and I felt as if I had many unique styles and didn’t want to limit myself to only one style of music. My goal is to be able to turn anything into my type of music on any genre or creative instrumental.

MJ:  For all the fans, followers, and supporters out there talk about recent projects that are out now and what can be expected from Big Dummy in the upcoming new year.

Big Dummy: “Educated Fool” is my upcoming album sometime in January of next year or maybe even Aprils Fools Day and probably will work alongside Trazsh Man to do my artwork and music videos. I am also pursuing modeling and standup comedy.  Also my upcoming group album “MDG” (Million Dollar Gang) will be coming out this year at the end December around the Christmas holiday.

MJ:  For those that might not be familiar, you also have a savvy sense of style!  Is that another career you are pursuing?

Big Dummy: Yes, modeling and fashion.

MJ:  You are also part of a group.  Tell everyone a little bit about your group and what’s hot right now with the group.  Share some of the challenges being part of a group.  Do you have a preference of performing solo or as a group?

Big Dummy: Schedules. Life and personalities are the biggest challenge with being in a group. However, I prefer the group because it feels better to be on stage with a million people opposed to performing alone. It shows “strength in numbers”.

MJ:  Describe your stage performance using three words.  What would you say is one thing fans leave with from a Big Dummy performance?

Big Dummy: Story line with intensity and humor.

MJ:  You have shared the stage with some major artists.  What artists would you like to add that growing list?

Big Dummy: Jada Kiss, Future, Uncle Murda , The Game, Smiff-n-Wesson, and Peedie Crack to name a few.

MJ:  Is there anything else you want the world to know about Big Dummy?

Big Dummy: I am looking to pursue comedy, cooking shows, movie appearances, and the likes. I want to show my diversification in the industry to not only be a music artist but to show my flexibility with other industrial arts.

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Compton Native Young Lawless Teams Up With Yn Jay for “Coochie Hoochie”

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Young Lawless is definitely keeping audiences on their toes this year. With the release of his newest track “Coochie Hoochie” ft. Yn Jay, Lawless (aka FatBoyLaw) is not letting up any time soon and keeps it coming hit-after-hit. The upbeat anthem is an impressive effort from the independent, Compton-based artist, and shows how he is capable of switching things up when needed.
The new track “Coochie Hoochie” follows the release of his previously released album titled This Is Not A Real Album. Through that project and others that he has under his belt, it’s clear to see how FatBoyLaw is making a name for himself and setting himself apart from the rest. His witty storytelling technique is unmatched and absolutely distinguishes him from all other West Coast artists.
When asked about when he decided to ultimately pursue a career in music, Lawless said that “Knowing that I have real talent made me ultimately decide to do music. It would be a waste of a gift if I didn’t do music. It’s something that makes me feel good and I believe I have a story to tell. Hopefully I can reach people that’s in a dark place and help bring them out of it into some light.”
As far as what’s next for the rapper, he says that he’s working on a new EP that fans can be on the lookout for called Psychoactive. Some notable features will appear on this project, including Sukihana, Steven G, Compton Menace, and Kevin McCall.
“My goal is to go platinum while being an independent artist,” Young Lawless says of his goals. “I’m not signed to a major label. I don’t have any management or an agency so that’s a big goal for me. Music and the fashion culture coincide together so I would also like to partner up with a few fashion brands as a creative director in the future. I got a few ideas and I’m all about innovation.”
Lawless is the example of an artist who creates his own lane in the music industry.
Listen to Young Lawless’ latest track “Coochie Hoochie” ft. Yn Jay below.

Keep up with Young Lawless on social media!
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Bangathemenace Drops Very First EP ‘Big Bang Theory’

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Bangathemenace is someone you need to add to your playlist immediately! With the release of his debut EP, he’s on FIRE and is showing audiences what he’s truly capable of. He has an extremely unique voice that’s deep and personable — something that is rare and unheard in most music today. The Houston-based artist is just getting started, but he knows that he’s ready to take over the music game.
Prior to releasing his debut album ‘Big Bang Theory,’ Bangathemenace released two singles. “Etuk’s Interlude” and “Can’t Be A Menace” were two tracks that spoke for themselves in terms of introducing his sound as an artist. Both very versatile and distinctive, the two singles set the tone for what audiences could expect from him in the future.
We had the chance to interview with Bangathemenace to learn more about how he got his start in music.

What city are you from/ Where are you based now?
I am born and raised in Houston, Texas but also branched off and lived in Denver, Colorado for three years.
 
What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist name?
I go by Bangathemenace, due to my government name being Abanga Etuk. And I am of course a menace to society.
 
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?
I began with poetry in middle school, and attempted to orchestrate a rap by 7th grade, and continued from there.
 
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
Most definitely. I grew up in Acres home as a middle child of six. I’ve always had a balanced vibe entirely. I received knowledge and kicked it with my older siblings, and passed that same love and knowledge down to my younger ones.
 
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?
A serious energy form created with a parent from New York and another from Texas in the ’80s. Very old school with an accessorized new school sound.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

Nicki Minaj, Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, Nas, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, UGK, Houston’s entire music scene old & new school. Andre 3K, Busta Rhymes.

You can follow him on social media @bangathemenace and stream his latest EP Big Bang Theory below.
https://open.spotify.com/album/0K0FqS2hht81LeHbvssBsS?si=nhZlTSqjQt6Y1rbVcDWkuw

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