Breeze Mantana Interviews: REUP’s Vick

What made you start your blog And Where’d the name come from?

Back in High School and early into college I used to text write on the forumRapFlava. Of course we used to share new music and bootleg stuff on there too. It got me wanting to start my own site of sharing new content. So I started a RapFlava blogspot music sharing content site. After a short while Nick approached me about designing a site, so we took the idea to the forum. That’s when RD threw the name out there as “REUPSPOT”. Everything else is history.

What journalist/Bloggers inspired you to do what you do?

Honestly none. I respect the path paved from sites like 2dopeboyz & DJBOOTH have done for the culture.

What was it that enticed you about Hip Hop culture?

The way it brings together more than just rap music (artists and fans), it’s about ethnicity, art, politics, fashion (hi Kanye), technology and more. It’s amazing that the platform can be a powerful tool to communicate to the masses but at the same time this is the very thing that is a negative about out culture.

You know what really makes me love Hip-Hop? It’s that feeling you get the first time listening to ‘My Name Is’ (you have go to love how he rhymes head straight & impregnate), the funky party groove of ‘California Love’, the emotion of ‘Song Cry’, the stunning production of ‘Jesus Walks’…I could go on and on.

A quick did you know…My favorite song has been ‘Get By‘ since the first day I heard it (2002…man I was 14, I had to have my mom purchase Quality for me at our K-Mart. K-Mart is the only damn place in our county who sells Parental Advisory cd’s)

What was the first album you purchased?

The Marshall Mathers LP (Edited)“. Yes I said edited, because I was 12. It took me a few years into my Hip-Hop love to get my mom to buy unedited cd’s,

The first Hip-Hop song I probably heard was “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By”. It’s a funny story. When my mom and step-dad were buying music to be played at their wedding, my mom bought this single on cassette by accident. I used to jam it all the time in my cassette player that had a car racing game on it.

How do you feel about the current state of the culture? Who’s your favorite new artist?

I’m enjoying the current mass production of new songs, great opportunity to find new love for Hip-Hop. Obviously this is because of the internet (Go buy that Gambino that dropped today). While I am enjoying the flood of new songs, new artists…I feel like it is also the reason why it’s so hard for artists to “blow up”/”get signed”.

I’m also enjoying how many artists are pushing the envelope to bring something new to the table, even if it doesn’t work out.

My favorite new artist is Chance The Rapper. There is something about his off-kilter flow that I’ve fallen in love with. I love the passion he brings to the booth also.

If you could pick your own Freshmen 10, who would it be?

Artists that have burst the bubble in 2013… Chance The Rapper, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, ScHoolboy Q (did you know he recently said It Was Written was better than Illmatic…I’ve always said this), Casey Veggies, Jon Connor, Vic Mensa, Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh.

What is your main objective & where you want to take your site and your career?

We’re all about promoting real, DOPE hip-hop.
We recently started 73Collective; A Hip-Hop Website Collective bringing real people real music. Each site is here to share dope, authentic hip-hop with the masses. We deal with real artists. We don’t care about your new dance.

I’m really just hoping we can create a solid fan base more on quality than quantity. Sure it would be great to have 2dopeboyz number of fans, but we aren’t here to post the new Lil Wayne & Rick Ross tracks…so our popularity will probably never reach that level. We are the Talib Kweli of blogs.

My career? As most visitors may know I have my Masters in Education: Exercise Science/Fitness & Wellness & Nick has his own Graphic Design company ThinkFourDesign. My degree means shit right now, as I don’t have a full-time job. To tell you the truth Breeze, I really just want NatStar to get the attention he deserves & my career is working professionally with him.

p.s. Check out our REUP-STORE.

These Days the word classic is misused, What exactly makes a classic project/album to you ?

I may be guilty of misusing “classic” myself. A few project that I think are classics: Reasonable Doubt, It Was Written, Chronic 2001, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, We Are BLACK STAR, The College Dropout…I believe you get the picture.

Pushing the boundaries, bringing something new to the table successfully constitutes as a classic to me. By successfully I mean I can listen to the album 5-10 years and it’s still revolutionary to me. I don’t think there is a CLASSIC definition that works for everyone. What is classic to me, may not be classic to you. It’s all down to taste. For instance I think 808s & Heartbreak is a classic album, a lot of people hate it.

If you could interview anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Tupac & I don’t think I need to explain myself.

What advice do you have for upcoming artist trying to get exposure through blogs and social media?

Don’t be afraid to just hit someone up. Become their friend too & be useful. I like that Kanye quote in his book, “Get used to getting used.” “To “mis”, “over” or “ab” use someone is negative. To use is necessary and if you can’t be used…then you’re useless.”

How important do you think the viral game,social media & blogs are to the culture for upcoming & established artist?

I really don’t know. I think in one way it’s killing the game & in another it’s keeping the game alive. I really don’t have the words to explain these thoughts either. I can tell you I really enjoy Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ success being independent and all. I think it’s all in how you play your cards.

Who is your top 5 favorite rappers of all time?

My favorite is not the same as “who I think is top 5”.

NatStar, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & Jay-Z.

Thanks Breeze for doing this. I appreciate your time & hope to hear new music from you soon.

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1 Comment

  1. I just found your blog! I respect your drive and hustle, you’ve inspired me! Keep doing what you’re doing! I really think you’ve got a quality hip hop blog!


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