Howie Do Dat, Corey Finesse, and Marc Mavrick are recording artists on NuLa Entertainment hailing from New York City. NuLaENT was started by CEO Junior Galette in 2012 and is an independent indie label. the name, NuLa translates to “We here” in English. In their interview with Blame Ebro we spoke about who inspires them, their buzz in New York, Dave East, early childhood and more.
Blame Ebro: This question is gonna go to both Howie and Marc. What is it about your music that keeps your fans interested?
Howie DoDat: With every song I just try to keep it real with myself, I know when people hear my music they’re hearing me. So the songs that I’m doing, I look like the song and I sound like the song but I’m not turning into somebody else. People see the things that they’re going through and they can also see me going through the same things that I’m talking about. So they just respect what I’m consistently rapping.
Blame Ebro: Word so it’s like an authentic vibe they get from you
Blame Ebro: Same to Marc, What is it about your music that keeps your fans interested?
Marc Mavrick: I’ll be honest this all fairly new to me. I just keep doing me. I just am how I am. Everybody likes to say that I’m different and this or that, I just am who I am. I’m just a kid from New York you know what I’m sayin.
Howie DoDat: That’s the answer for all three of us man. I guess that’s the answer for Nu La man. Just a bunch of kids that grew up in New York. Trying to buy Jordans every weekend and doing the same shit like every other kid from New York City does.
Blame Ebro: Corey,You speak on your past in the streets on your latest project, Life after 9. Aside from the tough parts, what are some of your good memories of your childhood?
Corey Finesse: I dont know if you know but if you did your research I recorded my first song at 9.
Blame Ebro: Yeah, you started singing at first
Corey Finesse: Yeah, facts! I started singing, oh you did your research I love it.
Blame Ebro: So you can say your good memories was the music itself
Corey Finesse: That’s all the good memories I have honestly. Music is all I can remember, I ain’t gone lie to you.
Blame Ebro: It seems like that’s basically all you did. I watched your interviews with Rosenberg and Vlad. When I thought of that question I figured you would say it’s the music because it seems like that’s all you focused on 24/7.
Corey Finesse: Of course bruh! That was my way out. I just put all my energy in my music. Like all the negative energy I was having you know cuz we all go through shit. My music is like my therapy.
Blame Ebro: So you ever look back and think about how much music really did save you and how much you really appreciate having this culture?
Corey Finesse: Everyday even Junior Gallette. Everyday cuz this shit wasn’t overnight.
Blame Ebro: This question is for Howie. With any kind of writing, your listener is your most important consideration. It’s like you need to know and understand who you’re writing for. So that being said, when you write rhymes who do feel like you’re speaking directly to?
Howie Dodat: I’d say anybody that’s really into the culture. I can’t give you an age range or persona from the street. I can’t really give you that but I would say anyone that’s into the culture is gonna love what I got.
Blame Ebro: For me, Styles P and Jada are some of my favorite rappers. I grew up on East Coast rappers. When I listen to your music it reminds me of back in the day.
Howie Dodat: I’m raised off The Lox and old 50 and shit like that.
Blame Ebro: And it’s a breath of fresh air listening to you guys and seeing the views. Just like Atlanta had its time and the West Coast earlier this decade. I really hope The East Coast including you guys, become the next wave.
Howie Dodat: I feel like what we doing, the songs are undeniable. If we keep going with this, people can’t deny it after a while. If we do it once or twice, people might just sweep it under the rug. If we just keep doing what we’re doing, I don’t see why that can’t happen.
Blame Ebro: Yeah your consistency is crazy. I’ll look on YouTube and it’s like this video came out a week ago, 2 weeks, a month ago and the numbers are coming in crazy fast. Like I dont know what y’all been doing the past few years but it seems you guys have been working relentlessly hard to the point that you guys can just drop something and people are just waiting on it.
Howie Dodat: Honestly we’re shooting a video right now ( everyone laughs ) the cameras are here we’re all in the room right now. Everybody had to go take the call like “Oh shit it’s 4 o’clock”.
Blame Ebro: When me and a friend were watching your videos last night we were like “I bet they’re shooting a video right now”
Howie Dodat: For real right right now
Blame Ebro: So Marc this kind of goes hand and hand of what we were just talking about. Growing up, what artists did you look up to?
Marc Mavrick: I would say, Jay Z… I would say Fabolous… I can’t really think of too many artists
Blame Ebro: How about this, when you first initially started rapping can you think about rappers who inspired you? I feel like all artists are a product of what they’re inspired by.
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Blame Ebro: What artist can you pinpoint that are like the fabric of your inspiration?
Marc Mavrick I didn’t mention his name before but I would probably have to go with Kanye West. I like to be hands on with my shit, I like to have an opinion, I like to know whats going on you know what I’m sayin. I would have to say him.
Blame Ebro: Back to Corey. For a local artist that’s reading this, that see’s the amazing progress you’re making in your career, what kind of advice would you give them?
Corey Finesse: Dont quit my nigga. This shit is harder than it seems you know what I’m sayin. When people look at me from the outside looking in and they like “yo he’s lit”, it’s not really like that. Of course I’m lit you feel me but it’s not as easy as it seems. They gonna go through a lot. They gone have people change on them in the process. On that journey they’re gonna have a lot to go through.
Blame Ebro: Did you deal with a lot of trial and error coming up? Did you ever feel like quitting sometimes?
Corey Finesse: Of course I went through a lot.
Blame Ebro: Aside from music, do you ever see yourself taking on the entrepreneur route like a clothing, restaurant, club, etc.
Corey Finesse: Definitely I wanna have one or two Jamaican restaurants, acting as well. I got a plan man. “Don’t switch on me, I got big plans” *sings Drake’s ‘Blem’*
Blame Ebro: So where would you open a restaurant? In Brooklyn?
Corey Finesse: Brooklyn of course! I gotta do something in Brooklyn. Oh you know something else, I gotta get a mural of my dawg. My boy, I gotta get Shyste’s face that’s my childhood friend. I gotta put it up in my community.
Blame Ebro: I think “Vagabond” is a probably a fan favorite of yours. That’s the first song that comes to mind when your name comes up. How did the remix with Dave East come about? Did he contact you or did your people reach out to him?
Corey Finesse: Naw he reached out shout out to the bro too. On Snapchat he kept posting a video with my song in the background. Everybody kept sending it to me but my Snapchat… that shit be so lit I don’t even be checking the messages. It be too much. Before I got a chance to, in a chat room one of the home boys posted it like ‘yo Dave East playing your song right now’. Then I looked at my snap chat and I seen that every message I got was a screen shot of Dave East playing my song. I wrote him like back “dawg you need to get on this”. Next day it was released.
Blame Ebro: Wow. That doesn’t happen often. That’s an organic relationship ya’ll have. That’s dope. So to wrap this up I’m gonna ask all three of you the same question. What’s next for you and Nu La Ent?
Marc Mavrick: Just putting out this music, putting out these videos and getting ready to release my debut tape.
Howie Dodat: Ya’ll gotta just look forward to that first project. You know I been doing some features along with Corey. I got some features with Mav as well. Look out for that project in the near future.
Corey Finesse: I bout to put out some reggae for the ladies that’s what I’m about to do.
Blame Ebro: Oh word you about to do reggae too?
Corey Finesse: I been doing reggae. These bitches bout to put some respect on my name. Everyone thinks I’m Haitian but I’m Jamaican.
Blame Ebro: Yeah you’re Jamaican but grew up around Haitians.
Corey Finesse: Facts.
Blame Ebro: So culturally you’re very diverse
Corey Finesse:Thank you, bro. I’m about to put out that reggae, that pop music, I’m about to show them. I got another project coming out too.
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