All the new sounds of hip hop have kept the legacy alive; solid lyrics, originality, memorable beats, swag and the “get that” mentality. Some may say that hip hop is on the decline but really it is just evolving. You have rappers and you have artist, two different types of performers under the same umbrella. Following me? Well I’m not taking anything from either type but being an ARTIST is what hip hop is all about and House of Aura IS HIP HOP. For that reason alone we introduce the newest, hottest talent from across the U.S. on our site.
There is talent everywhere, if you aren’t looking for it then you won’t see it. If you are looking for the typical “rapper” then you won’t always find that, but if you actually take out time you’ll see what I’m saying. You know now and days music has become a blur. Nothing is wrong with it because keeping music different keeps music exciting. Hip hop has been mingled with Pop, Rock and RnB giving artist new identities giving HIP HOP color. Fusion! You can add Philly native Sosa to the list of young artist keeping Hip Hop exciting but giving the traditional a twist.
Sosa was born on September 18th, 1988 and was literally born with music surrounding him, so I guess you can music was his calling, eh? Well music was his calling because he was accomplished so much in his short career that many dream about that have been pursuing their dream as long as he has.
Sosa hit single “Driving Miss Daisy” is in heavy rotation within the tri-state area on 99 FM and Hot 107.9. Also the “Driving Miss Daisy” video has been featured on MTV networks. How many people can say that especially without a deal? Not many! To add to the single hit list Sosa recently did a song with Slaughterhouse’s Joel Ortiz titled “Philly To The BX” which is also in heavy rotation on satellite stations Shade45 and SiriusXM. Sosa has worked with DJs such as Cosmic Kev and DJ Curt on separate mixtapes as well as artist Mike Knox of G Unit, Beanie Sigel, Ryan Toby & Joel Ortiz. Also he has had the likes of Mercurybeatz of Megahertz, Ty Fyffe, Andrew Pop J Wansel, Ike Turna, Cardiak Flatline, Araabmuzik, Bangladesh, to produce for him and that’s just to throw some names out there. Just to add to his already monster resume Sosa collaborated with video director Jay Wes to produce his videos that did extremely well on sites such as WSHH, VladTV, Alligator, Global 14 and YouTube.
Recently, just to give those that haven’t checked out Sosa just yet an idea of what he’s doing, his YouTube video of his interview with KaySlay from SiriusXM radio has hit 1.7 views! Woop! The video has just been viral for about 3 weeks, so those 1.7 views speaks volumes! With that being said, Sosa has made guest appearances on several radio stations and House of Aura has the pleasure of being the first for a featured written interview; this way our readers, future fans and established fans can get to know a little bit more about this guy Sosa lol; let you in just enough to know a bit more about WHO he is. Let’s get this popping, shall we?….Introducing Philly’s own Sosa.
1) For those who may not have heard you, can you give our readers a brief introduction of who Sosa is?
@mynamesosa: Sosa is a 24 yr old, Philadelphia emcee who is 100% Jamaican & I love to rhyme; just a regular guy with a high appreciation for good music & nice fashion.
2) What age did you realize you had a love for music?
@mynamesosa: At a very young age, as far back as I can remember. My dad is a dancehall DJ & my older brother was an emcee so if I had to put a year to it, I would say about 5 or 6 years old.
3) When did you know that being a rapper is what you wanted to do?
@mynamesosa: I started to make significant strides as far as the professional direction of my music about 2 years ago. I always took it serious and wanted to do it but had to master my craft. I’ve made great progress but always look for ways to get better.
4) Exactly why do you want to be a rapper?
@mynamesosa: I love music and I feel like people can relate to what I create musically. I think that recording artist in general (not just rappers) have an enormous platform to relay various messages through music & my music is based on real life experiences so, something that I went through or saw someone else go through can be translated through my music & help someone going through the same things or headed that way.
5) When it comes to your lyrical content, what inspires the messages and/or picture that you are trying to convey to your audience?
@mynamesosa: I kind of alluded to this earlier but, I draw from what I personally go through or what I see other people go through. Real life situations. I am far from the preachy type of artist, but my music has a message if the listener is looking for it without it being sop box preacher style to the point that it turns people off.
6) If you could categorize yourself as a rapper, what category would you put yourself in?
@mynamesosa: I wouldn’t categorize myself at all because I feel like that limits me. I am well round & versatile.
7) What inspires you as an artist and why?
@mynamesosa: Great music inspires me. When I hear great music, it pulls the subjects out of me. I totally zone out when I hear great music.
8) If someone could compare you to a rapper already in the rap game, who do you think they would compare you to and why?
@mynamesosa: That is a hard one because I would have to think for someone else about how they view me, I’ve been told that I could be the modern day Nas. Not sure how accurate that is, but I heard that a few times.
9) I’ve called you a rapper and an artist, is there a difference and if so which would you identify with more?
@mynamesosa: There is absolutely a difference….to me. I am an artist because I move strategically and take pride in everything that I do. I am not in this for the fast money & quick fame. Rappers do anything; rap anywhere, on any beat, with any artist and whatever else for the quick bread. They have no regard for the culture or the quality of music that they put out. I am a perfectionist and I care about what my name/brand is attached to. I would rather give my people 1 solid record instead of 10 bad ones.
10) How long did it take you to get to where you are now?
@mynamesosa: In my opinion, I am nowhere yet. We have been building the brand for a year and a half now & still have a lot of work to do. We are working to get where we want to be.
11) So I know you have been in negotiations with RocNation, how did that come about and what was your initial reaction?
@mynamesosa: Well we were talking to them last year & were working on a situation but, the a&r that we were dealing with left the company and another one took over so we are pretty much feeling each other out and building a solid working/business relationship. I was excited at the opportunity because I love what they are doing over there and feel like that situation fits me and I fit that situation.
12) What type of person do you come across as to your audience and why?
@mynamesosa: This is another situation where I have to try to think for someone else…..I hope that I come across as a real, talented guy who loves music & gives 110% every time with no filter.
13) What was your first mixtape and how did that impact your growth?
@mynamesosa: My first mix CD that was all me was entitled “MILLION DOLLAR MOSS” which was me getting my feet wet. I made the typical first project mistakes like bad sound quality, not the best beat selection, song arrangement….just to name a few. LOL.
I am preparing to drop my 5th project which is an all original music street album. Anyone who has followed my releases since “MDM” can easily see the growth in all of the areas that I named and a few more. Those projects are “EVERYTHING’S A GO”, “DARKNESS B4 DAWN”, “THE GOLDEN BOY” with “GOLDEN BOY II” due out 10/30/12
14) Your hit “Driving Miss Daisy” has been heard by ALL of America since the video was featured on MTV2, what kind of response have you gotten from your fans and new listeners?
@mynamesosa: Feedback on the record and video has been great. Director Jay Wes did a phenomenal job with the video & Ryan Toby blessed the chorus.
15) What inspired the concept behind the title and message in “Driving Miss Daisy”?
@mynamesosa: Ryan Toby is an excellent song writer who has written for everyone from Usher to Will Smith and when he sent me the track, he and producer of the track David “MERCURYBEATZ” Haulsey had already custom made the beat with the chorus recorded already so my job was easy. The title came directly from the chorus and the video message was just a feel good song to pay homage to the woman with whole worker falling love with the boss type of theme.
16) Have you noticed any significant growth in yourself as an entertainer?
@mynamesosa: Yes I have but I continue to learn everyday and strive be better, learn more and stay consistent.
17) Do you have any advice for up and coming artist that are trying to achieve what you have already achieved and what is in front of you now?
@mynamesosa: Work hard, always look to improve, surround yourself with good people, set goals for yourself and see them through.
18) Are you currently working on anything for your fans to be looking forward to?
@mynamesosa: GOLDEN BOY II OCTOBER 30TH, GOLDEN BOY II OCTOBER 30TH……OH YEAH, GOLDEN BOY II OCTOBER 30TH…GONNA BE CRAZY…….LOL
19) Are there any particular artist and/or producers that you want to work with when your RocNation deal goes through?
@mynamesosa: To be honest we have some things in the works now as far as collabs go. We can’t sit around and wait for the deal to be finalized before we attempt to collab with certain artist. If they respect you as an artist, your label is irrelevant. Shout out Joell Ortiz from slaughterhouse who featured on my song “PHILLY TO THE BX” available on itunes right now. As far as an artist, I would like to collab with Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Pusha T and producers Just Blaze, No ID, and the legendary Pete Rock; trying to catch up with my man Andrew “POP J” Wansel as well.
20) Who inspired you musically?
@mynamesosa: JAY Z, NAS, CAPONE & NOREAGA ,BUSTA RHYMES, JADAKISS, THE MARLEYS, BUJU BANTON.
21) Random: I know you’ve heard of Stevie J from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, what kind of relationship advice would you give him?
@mynamesosa: LOL……NONE. I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT AT ALL….. LOL
Now that you have gotten a taste of WHO Sosa is, check out WHAT he does! If you like what you hear and could see a feature project in the future send a tweet to @mynamesosa or @Don_Matayo. Also follow them for any new updates, interviews and music. Sosa is on the road to stardom and just remember House Of Aura gave you the exclusive on WHO Sosa IS! Until next time HIP HOP RUNS THE WORLD!
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