On da Come Up with Continental GT
His EP with DJ Frosty and Charlemagne the God has placed him in a position to grow into a more known underground artist.
Hip Hop Ruckus took time out to get to know the up-and-coming rapper. Read all about him.
HHR: How did you come up with your name?
Continental GT: Before the rapping ever became serious my name was already GT. While working on my mixtape featuring DJ Frosty and Charlemagne the God my flow became better and better, Continental just made sense – kind of a luxury style, smooth flow. CTG and Daytona started calling me Continental and it just stuck
HHR: Where are you from?
Continental GT: I was born and raised in South Cak – Columbia.
HHR: How long have you been rapping?
Continental GT: I started rapping in the mid 2000s. It didn’t become my career until ’08.
HHR: What do you think has changed since your first mixtape, to now?
Continental GT: Since my first mixtape I would say my motivation and goals have changed. My focused used to be on becoming the best rapper in the Cak; since then my focus is being the best rapper on the map.
HHR: Who are some artists you listen to regularly?
Continental GT: I listen to a lot of the guys who have created lanes from themselves such as Jay Z, everyone on G.O.O.D music, the MMG click, JadaKiss, and Rocko just to name a few.
HHR: As an indie artist, what’s been your biggest challenge?
Continental GT: I would say my biggest challenge has been trying to become a mainstream artist in rotation. I’ve had songs and still have songs played on the radio in certain cities and states but the goal is to be on a radio station in every city and state.
HHR: Who would you love to do a collab with?
Continental GT: I would love to collab with many artists but I would have to say Kanye or Rozay at this point. I know the production would be on point and the delivery and lyrics would only bring out the best in me.
HHR: Name things you love about the music business. Then name things you don’t like.
Continental GT: Three things I love about the industry. First, I love the competitiveness and believe that anything you take pride in you should do it as if you’re the best at it, if not, work to become the best at it. I also love the diversity of the industry, all different types of music, styles, looks etc. Last I would say the opportunity it gives a lot of people; the chance to tell your story and you life.
The thing I dislike would be the support that’s given to artists that pay for support. That’s my biggest concern being an indie artist. I don’t like to think of the negative things because every profession or career is going to have things you don’t like. I feel as if the good out weighs the bad so I can deal with them odds.
HHR: Talk about your upcoming “Diary of a Winter” EP.
Continental GT: “Diary of a Winter” is my new project that comes out in October. It’s narrated by Charlemagne. Year-to-date, I would have to say that this is my most complete body of work. Even though EPs are shorter than mixtapes or street albums, I showed a diverse side of me. Even with my single “Sex U Up” produced by Sixman Beats and vocals done by Don Dada
HHR: Anything else you want everyone to know?
Continental GT: Just that my stamp on the music scene is in progress and for the remainder of the year and 2013 to prepare your self to put the name with the face.