By The Rap Scout
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
Out of nowhere, New York hip hop matters again. Not too long ago, there were several articles documenting the lack of activity in New York’s hip hop scene. Now, there are articles that are spotlighting the successes of the hip hop scene. There have been major wins for New York in various areas.
With DJ Infamous Haze returning to New York, he helped kickstart the Staten Island movement, which remains a bit stagnant. Among the artists he is working with is Hell-Fire, who has a lot of projects in the works. Already under his belt are collaborations with Sheek Louch and Mysonne, now he is opening the door in search of his own position in the game.
Relaunching On the Rise, Hip Hop Vibe decided to re-start things with Hell-Fire. There are a lot of movers and shakers coming up on this New York hip hop scene. Among the most-notable on this scene is Hell-Fire. His position is unique, as he has the potential to bring Staten Island back to the forefront of the game.
Read the entire interview below:
When did you begin rapping? I have been rapping for over ten years, but it was five years ago when I began pursuing a music career.
What is this movement with DJ Infamous Haze about? Basically, the movement is about prosperity and making good music. With us, it is a family thing, we do joint projects, solo projects, and we represent them like they are our own and that goes throughout the whole team.
Can you tell us about a few of your projects? I am a member of a group called Sic Ministry and we released DBHN at the end of 2011 to all the mixtape sites. I am also on Haze’s Color Purple and I finished my own solo project, Highway to Hell.
When do you plan to release your next mixtape? My debut mixtape, solo, will be hopefully released in June, but no later than July.
Who are some of the people collaborating with you? Once again, my team Sic Ministry. Dr. Ama (Darkskin Assassin), Black Star, Inspectah Deck from Wu-Tang, Sheek Louch, French Montana, Mysonne, and a lot of up-and-coming artists.
Being from Staten Island, were you a fan of Wu-Tang? I was definitely a supporter, I do not use the word “fan” because that is short for “fanatic.” But, I definitely was a supporter.
Can you talk about some of the people who did inspire you? My inspiration as far as music was the streets, family, life, and my environment.
How do you feel about the resurgence in New York hip hop? Honestly, I am still waiting for it to happen. I see some artists making moves, but I feel like we have to step it up. When it does happen, I hope to be an intrical part of it.
What are some other projects you are working on? Highway to Hell, my group just completed our Portrait of a G, DJ Haze’s The Color Purple, Part 2, and also the sequel to DBHN that Sic Ministry dropped. There are a lot of other things in the works too.
Can you give us your Facebook and Twitter so fans can connect with you? Twitter is @Iam_HellFire, the team is @TeamSic_Min. I’m not on Facebook because I am not a computer guy. I am on enough to network, other than that, I’m in the studio working.
Watch “LifeStyle” by DJ Infamous Haze ft. Sheek Louch, Mysonne, Hell-Fire, and Block McCloud below: