100 Bulletz talks battle rap & his debut album [Interview]
Burlington, ON – 100 Bulletz is the definition of multitalented. He has over 10 years of piano and violin training at The Royal Conservatory of Music, is a former music teacher at Long & McQuade, has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, did a brief stint as an MMA announcer, ran BetMMA.ca for over a year and has 4 years experience as an MMA analyst. On top of that impressive resume, would you believe that he has also battled 4 former King of the Dot champions, accumulated millions of views battling all over the world and has a stock that is still rising?
From his beginnings in King of the Dot’s Ground Zero league 3 years ago, to being one of the most sought after top tier battlers in the world, 100 Bulletz has always been nice with the bars. And now with the release of his debut album, he’s displaying his talent as a rapper and producer.
HipHopCanada had the chance to catch up with 100 Bulletz to talk about the new album, future musical endeavours, and battle rap in general. Check out the full interview after the jump.
100 Bulletz: Q&A
Written by 9_4 The ComicBook Rapper for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: With such an impressive resume in battle rap, why did you decide to do an album?
100 Bulletz: I’ve always been making music, it has basically been my whole life. I’ve been classically trained since the age of 3. I used to teach piano, bass, drums and violin. I’ve only been battling for 3 years and doing music for 30. I’m making a serious attempt at what I actually do and this is partly due to a feeling that I am at a point where I can make really good music. I also have a fan base asking me for music.
HipHopCanada: Who produced the album and what features can we look forward to?
100 Bulletz: I produced the whole album and I really wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy the music making aspect more than the rapping aspect. I am lucky to have Bishop Brigante featured on the album as an artist and co-Executive Producer. It wasn’t planned but after he heard a few ideas I had, he became extremely important in the direction of various parts of the album, along with encouraging me to rap more on the album. I also have battle rappers Daylyt, RemyD, Lynx Montana and some solid artists like Dusty Delcozzo, #1 Billboard song writer Bori Afolabi and many more.
HipHopCanada: Can we expect more albums from you in the future?
100 Bulletz: It really all comes down to the reception of this album. I think there will be a solid response from critics and music fans but time will tell. Early indicators say this will not be my first and last solo album but who knows.
HipHopCanada: Do you think it’s true what they say about most battlers not being able to make good music?
100 Bulletz: I think it’s true. Not because they are battle rappers but rather because they are humans and most humans can’t make good music. I think most teachers, firefighters, dancers, politicians and people from other aspects of life also can’t make good music. The level of talent and work ethic needed to be considered “good” is very high in all areas of creativity and most fall severely short. Battle rappers included.
“100 Bullets is a comic book and I got my name from its premise.” – 100 Bulletz
HipHopCanada: What is your musical background?
100 Bulletz: 11 years of piano, 13 of violin, 10 on Bass guitar and 12 on drums. I don’t count any years past 2000 because that’s when I stopped practicing. I had 13 years on violin before I was 17 and was in Grade 8 Royal Conservatory on the piano. I got a very early start and basically stopped when I started into hip hop production.
I can still work as a studio bassist or teach music, but that’s not my current focus and hasn’t been for over a decade.
HipHopCanada: Do you feel more comfortable battling or in the studio recording?
100 Bulletz: I like writing for battles and creating music but I hate performing. There’s more opportunity in music, but it’s also much more difficult to become successful. Battle rap has given me a chance to make music and have people actually waiting on it. I think they work well together until the point where you have to choose one or the other. Fact is battle rapping takes over when you are actively writing and you really have no time for anything else. Trying to write music and record an album while actively writing and memorizing for battles would be impossible for me. I took 6 months off to make the music and rhymes for this album and now I’ll promote it while getting back into battling.
HipHopCanada: Talk a bit about your crew Innuendo and how you all linked up?
100 Bulletz: A few of them hit me up after my Kid Twist battle and I’d chilled with most of the crew in Cali, New York and Toronto. We have a “Team vs. Team” battle in St. Louis and Milwaukee in the next couple months. Innuendo members are QP, RemyD, Bonnie Godiva, Born (formerly NuBorn), Prez Mafia, Piff, Maze and myself.
HipHopCanada: If you could compare yourself to any comic book character, who would it be and why?
100 Bulletz: 100 Bullets is a comic book. I got my name from its premise where characters are given a briefcase with a gun, 100 bullets and a potential target. This target has done them wrong in some way and they are allowed to do whatever they want with these 100 bullets without worry of law enforcement. I figured that was kind of like battle rap. You say what you want and 99.9% of the time that’s the end of it.
HipHopCanada: Where can fans download/purchase the album?
100 Bulletz: It’s available at 100Bulletz.BandCamp.com for download/purchase for $10.00. It’ll also be wherever I am (Battles etc.) I’m looking for a distribution deal that would put it on store shelves but that remains to be seen.
Interview conducted by 9_4 The ComicBook Rapper for HipHopCanada