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You may be familiar with Kansas City native Mon E G through his work with DJ Bigga Rankin and other heavyweights like Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Freeway, and more. Last year his “Chevy Anthem” Remix appeared on outlets like MTV and BET, and more recently his video “Death to My Opponents” hit Worldstar. Here he talks about his new distribution deal through Koch/Epic, his album plans, and the inspiration behind his whole career. How would you describe your sound, being from Kansas City? My sound is universal. I appeal to the masses. I feel like when a lot of people listen to me they can’t put their finger on it. A lot of guys say I’m lyrical, like Jigga or something. But it’s because the Midwest just hasn’t found they way. We don’t have a sound identified with the Middle. That’s what I’m tryna change. We’ve gotta unify and let the masses know we’re serious about it. There’s a lot of talent here in the Midwest, but we haven’t unified as well as we should. You’ve got a couple guys right up the street in St. Louis like Nelly and them, but they didn’t go the whole 9 yards like they should have. They shoulda opened the Middle all the way up – Minnesota, Kansas City, Detroit, Ohio – and they really didn’t do that. There’s not really any street presence representing the Midwest. The West got Game, Snoop; the East Coast got Jigga, 50, Freeway; Down South got Ross, Lil Wayne, Jeezy, TI. We don’t have that in the Middle. We got Common, Nelly, and Twista, you know what I’m sayin’? I think the industry is forcing people from the Midwest to come out with that lollipop sound, but that’s not the Midwest. The Midwest is more street than a lot of other regions. Do you think the Midwest will have their movement the same way the other regions had their time? Do you think it’s coming? Oh yeah, it’s definitely coming. Once the first street cat comes from the Middle it’s over. It’s gonna energize the whole industry. Watch how the whole Midwest stand up. I was on the Hypnotized Tour with Ross, going to cities I never been in the Middle like Indianapolis, Cleveland. We hit the stage with KC songs and they identifying with it because it’s the Middle. They showed me so much love and they had never heard my music. So I know what’s gonna happen once we get that machine behind us. What have you put out lately as far as music? I just did a video with Freeway called “Death to My Opponents.” It already has 30 million

views on Worldstar. I’m leaving my mark on the game. Everybody I’ve done business with respects my hustle. Holla at Freeway about the Midwest or Kansas City and the first name that comes out his mouth is Mon E G, same way with Ross, Yo Gotti, Lil Boosie. My new single with Lil Boosie should hit in July or August. It’s called “Dimepiece.” It’s the last song he did before he went in to do his bid. I got another video coming out in June for “Money” featuring T-Pain’s artist Young Cash. Are these singles off an upcoming album? Yeah. We’re with SouthSide Recordings LLC. We just got distribution with Koch/Epic. My album comes out September 28th, and it’s called September 28th The Album. That’s my birthday, and my sister passed away on my birthday back in ‘02 because of a drunk driver. So I’m dedicating my whole career and album to her. My album covers all topics. “Beat The Block” is talking about my sister, my loss, and my struggles. I’ve got a song I’m negotiating with Ray J called “Spend The Night” for the ladies. “Money” is for the hustlers and the ladies. “This is How We Ride” is a feel-good, laid-back chillin’ type song. But the bulk of my shit is more street. What do you have planned for Memorial Day weekend? We’ll be in Miami knocking out three videos. I’ve got a street song called “Live Ain’t Shit,” another one called “This Is How We Ride” with Masspike Miles from Maybach Music Group, and I’m knocking out some extra footage for the “Money” video with Young Cash. Me and Ron Ron are shooting a video for “America’s Nightmare.” What’s the biggest misconception about Kansas City? A lot of people think Kansas City is like Kansas, like Wichita, or something. It’s not like that. It’s not real big, but you still got 1.9 million people within the four counties. It’s rough. It’s rough everywhere, but it’s a little more violent [in KC]. What else are you working on? I put out a mixtape last year with DJ Smallz and I got another mixtape I’m putting out this summer called Welcome to Killa City, right before the album drops. I’m trying to do it all. I just had about two minutes of fame in an independent film called Domestic: The Movie. You can check out my music on Facebook and on Myspace.com/SouthsideMonEG. I’ve got joints up there with Flo Rida, and the “Chevy Anthem” remix with Yo Gotti and Rick Ross. // OZONE MAG // B-19

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