Getting to know Montreal’s muGz [Interview]
Montreal, QC – He was the first rapper out of Quebec and one of a handful of Canadian MCs to have a music video (“Lonely Girl”) premiere on BET’s 106 & Park program in New York. The clip was also nominated for a 2012 Stylus Award for Video of the Year. Despite the international and national adulation, muGz continues to garner strong support at home. We had a chance to catch up with the Montreal MC to find out what’s next.
Interview by MrHookupz
HipHopCanada: How has the response been so far on your debut album G.O.D. (Gone One Day)?
muGz: The EP is doing well actually. I am very proud. From what I have been hearing, the people like it. They connect to it. It was cool to get feedback from the US side too. My team and I were very confident/excited to get it out. Now that it is, we’re looking forward to the next. At the same time, were awaiting the final cuts of the video for my first single, The Dream. Just getting started, basically.
HipHopCanada: How has living in Montreal shaped you as an artist?
muGz: Living in Montreal is one of my main motivations today. Coming from a city with very few successful hip-hop artists is a positive/negative at the same time. Positive, because it reminds me of how hard I have to work for it; negative because coming from Canada automatically labels you as somewhat “inferior” in this industry. Its motivation though… for me. I am extremely excited to see the world, and experience new things to help inspire my craft, however there is still a lot of work to do before then.
HipHopCanada: Can you tell us about the Blackrose label and how it got started?
muGz: Blackrose is family. Blackrose is my support. Blackrose is home. Blackrose is the movement. We started the label three years ago and have never looked back since then. It consisted of four members, and is now growing. Basically whoever you see me with, that’s blackrose.
HipHopCanada: Is there any artist that you would like to work with, will we be seeing any big collabs in the future?
muGz: At the moment, I’m mainly focused on doing me and building. There are plenty “greats” that I would love to work with, but when the time comes, ill announce it just to maintain the excitement you feel me? You can look forward to me working with some american talent in the next year though.
HipHopCanada: What kind of advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?
muGz: Be you. That’s the best advice I can provide. Once that’s completed, everything will slowly fall into place. God is good. Once you start acting and becoming something you’re not, it becomes twice as hard for the public to accept you.
HipHopCanada: What accomplishment are you most proud of thus far in your career?
muGz: The Journey. I can’t really just name one accomplishment and say that “this is the one I am most proud of.” My team and I work very hard, and to see where we are today is just a blessing in its own.
HipHopCanada: How do you define success?
muGz: Happiness. I feel that if you’re living life doing what you love to do, with the people you love, then what else could you ask for? Positivity goes very far, and that’s why they always say it’s important to surround yourself with it. Being on 106 & Park was not success, but seeing the reaction of my family / city the moment it happened … now that’s something I will never forget. We’re coming.
Interview by @MrHookupz for HipHopCanada