Interview With Big Greg

Big Greg debuted in 2010 with his “What’s It Gonna Be Like” mixtape while attending college. He was able to maintain a significant following during his tenure in college. Greg would perform around campus during student activity events and anywhere in the city that permitted him. During college, Greg began to draw many comparisons to Drake because he could easily create catchy lyrics in addition to singing on tracks. His first major single, “Like A Stripper”, received regional acclaim around the south, which led to many tours. Greg’s first award came in 2015 as he won the Hip Hop artist of the year at the Charlotte Music Awards International (CMAI). Later that year, riding off his new single and performance from the CMAI, Big Greg sealed a Hollywood Music in Media (HMMA) nomination, for his new hit single “Like A Stripper”. In 2016, Greg nabbed the Matador Green Energy Drink theme song contest, which plays his theme song and all of their functions and fully sponsors his performance events anytime he performs around the country. That same year (2016), his follow up single “You Can Have It All” won the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) for song of the year in Hollywood, California. His 3rd single “Oh No” did really well in the south and managed to get FM play which is why he has big expectations for his 4th single Hands Free featuring label mate & social media icon LaTruth was recently released on March 26, 2021.

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* How did you get involved in music? I have been involved in music since an early age, my parents are both pastors and they have had their own church since I was 5. I learned to play the drums in the choir at the age of 7 so I have been literally involved with music all my life.

* When did you make music a priority? I believe in high school, I knew I had a passion other than drumming. I began making songs around my senior year and in college I began putting out mixtapes and performing around campus. I quickly received a big fan base on campus and the feeling of people waiting to hear my music and waiting for me to perform, solidified my future in music.

* What inspires you daily to write & record music? To be honest, most of my music is based on how I’m feeling and things that are going on around me. I heard about a young lady who was killed and it inspired me to write a song, 

* what’s unique about your music.. what sets it apart? I don’t let the industry dictate my creativity. I also don’t curse, murder or rob in my lyrics, nor will I put on a fake persona to sell records or boost streams. I really like that I’m able to stay authentic when creating my craft, which many artists can’t say the same.

* What’s your favourite and least favourite part about bring a musician? The favorite part of being a musician is creating art! I love creating music and coming out with styles that’s different from the norm. The least favorite part about being a musician is the industry. When listening to the radio, you often think that you have to sound like these artists or make music like what’s heard on the radio to become the next big thing but I truly believe in sticking to what you believe in and it will all pay off in the end.

* Name 1-2 highly influential musicians that you listen to & respect? It’s probably cliche but I really enjoy Drake. Like myself, I enjoy his range of music when it comes to genres. You can put him on R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, EDM, etc… and it all comes out as a hit record. He’s an artist!

* When it comes to how the music enthusiast listens to your album do you prefer they buy or stream and why? I would prefer them to buy the album and I say that because, any and everyone streams music but if you actually purchase something, it shows you really appreciate the art and it states that you really enjoy what you heard. I define those as true supporters!