Back on last month, Money In Da Building Entertainment launched it's "Follow Suit & Become a Fan" Online Marketing and Promotions Initiative for recording artist, Big Face Mike, who's burning the block with over 10,000 mixtapes in circulation and now burning the Internet with his new "Gangsta As I Wanna Be" mixtape featuring the lead single, "In Da Hood" which was produced by Sweat The Track Productions. In an interview with MemphisRap.com, Big Face Mike talks about his new mixtape, his grind in the streets, his new online campaign and the importance of marketing online as well as in the streets, talks about how he feels about Memphis DJs, and more.
Check out the full interview of Big Face Mike with MemphisRap.com below:
MemphisRap.com: What's up Big Face Mike?
Big Face Mike: Nothing much, just daily grinding, working hard and trying to get this campaign off the ground. Big Face Mike and Money In Da Building Entertainment is definitely official Memphis 10 Representaz.
MemphisRap.com: For those who don't know you, tell them who is Big Face Mike.
Big Face Mike: I'm your average Memphis nigga straight out the hood hustling trying to have something. I been grinding in these streets from a minute to get out the streets, so now I'm trying to get it in the rap game. Ya dig?
MemphisRap.com: Where or how did you get the name Big Face Mike?
Big Face Mike: Ha it's crazy how dat name came about!! That name came about when I got transferred to a halfway house and the officers called you by your last name. My last name sounded like face so the guys around there started calling me big face, so I put that with of course my name Mike and that's dat on dat.
MemphisRap.com: You've got a new mixtape entitled "Gangsta As I Wanna Be" that's fixing to be heating up with some new promotions, new single, what's the album about in your words?
Big Face Mike: Gangsta Gangsta Gangsta, I did it for my street cats in my hood, and mainly for my city! I know it's still street niggaz doing they thang, but we also got a whole lot of bubble gum rappers that's out and it seems like these are the only guys who's sellin' and moving units and this Is NOT DAT.
MemphisRap.com: We know that Sweat The Track Productions got credits on the mixtape, were they the only producers or did you work with others?
Big Face Mike: Sweat The Track Productions is the home team and also my guys (LC and Chicken) but I also got my big homie ADG and Lil' Web who shot me a few bangers to make this production what it is.
MemphisRap.com: Who's all featured on the "Gangsta As I Wanna Be" mixtape?
Big Face Mike: Mac E, Losalino, Don Vito, Big Chay, Big Loc, Cato and Trel.
MemphisRap.com: "In the Hood" is the single you're pushing right now, what made you choose that single?
Big Face Mike: The streets choose it so that's the one I felt we should run with. It started bubbling from the 10,000 plus mixtapes I put throughout the city and it started to spread it's own wings and take off. So far the response has been great. "Gangsta As I Wanna Be" is next.
MemphisRap.com: We see that the "Gangsta As I Wanna Be" mixtape is hosted by SEA nominated DJ 007, how did that come about?
Big Face Mike: 007 is a good friend of mine, I'm a fan of his work and I support his movement. Plus I've been listening to his mixtapes for quite a few years now. And one thing about 007 he's consistent with his grind. Dat nigga gone grind his ass off.
MemphisRap.com: Do you feel like the DJ's in Memphis are backing you or backing Memphis artists?
Big Face Mike: Ha!!! I can't speak for any other artists so, no comment! On the real though, DJs are very critical in shaping the career of an artist. It's all about building and maintaining relationships. It's all politics. In all honesty I can't complain because my movement is a work in progress moving toward success. Any DJs reading this, get at me for anything, drops, exclusives, shows and let's get to the money together.
MemphisRap.com: So what really are you looking to do with this mixtape, and is it working up to an upcoming album?
Big Face Mike: Give the streets something new, I been rappin' for quite sum time now and basically I said fuck it let me put this shit out here, and of course I'm working on a follow up, I couldn't give them everything all at once.
MemphisRap.com: Are you shopping a label or recording deal now or later?
Big Face Mike: Right now I'm just focused on this independent grind but maybe in the future if the right situation comes about and the numbers are on point. So you already know the money definitely gots to be in the building for me to entertain a deal.
MemphisRap.com: A lot of Memphis artists have gotten recording deals with majors but nothing has came from it mainly because of lack of online marketing or a deal gone bad. Do you think being independent has it's advantages?
Big Face Mike: Yeah being independent has it's advantages because I have all da versatility I want, I call the shots and don't have nobody to answer to except myself. On top of that, being independent means more profit for my company versus me taking a small percentage of crumbs from a major. But being independent also has some disadvantages but I don't dwell on the downside of that.
MemphisRap.com: What about the internet? I mean you're getting a serious internet campaign going when a lot of artists are still lagging behind. The internet is where alot of people find new artists and music, buy/download/share music, keep up with their favorite artist happenings and just stay in the loop now, but what's your take on it?
Big Face Mike: Well my take on the internet is that everything seems to be going digital. Now a days all of these kids are on Myspace, Facebook, etc. I mean the internet is a 24 hour nonstop shop to stay in the loop of things. Either you gonna be a part of it or stay in the stone age. But in the same breath, the internet is just one avenue to market my brand to a potential consumer fan base. With that being stated, I'm building up my online presence while simultaneously building my buzz in these streets.
MemphisRap.com: So, what's next for Big Face Mike?
Big Face Mike: Mane hopefully up dat ladder to success. On the real though, I got my big bro Slick (of S&S Entertainment and founder of Crunkfest) mobbin’ wit me so we're in a good space right. More mixtapes, more shows, more hustling and grinding til' the world takes notice and follow suit.
MemphisRap.com: Where can people find Big Face Mike at online and off?
Big Face Mike: Online? I can be found at www.myspace.com/bigfacemike, www.twitter.com/bigfacemike, facebook, and my official website is www.bigfacemike.com. It's under construction but we'll have it up sometime in the coming months. Offline? I can be found in the streets literally!
MemphisRap.com: How do they get in contact for any bookings, features of other business?
Big Face Mike: On the business tip anybody with serious inquiries can hit me on the myspace, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and my Money In Da Building Entertainment's mobile office at (901) 628-5829. They can also hit up Joseph Ivy, Director of Marketing & Promotions (of SMAF) at www.myspace.com/smafirm or e-mail him at email@example.com.
MemphisRap.com: Any last words you might have…
Big Face Mike: I just wanna thank all the people who support me and appreciate the type of music I'm putting out. Please tell a friend, 2 tell a friend, 2 Follow suit and become a fan of the Big Face Mike Movement.