Seeing as this is my very 1st post for the “Supporting Home” section of my blog post let me explain…
I’m from Flint,Mi where it is said that we don’t support… Where it is shown that we have nothing to show for ourselves except for our outrageous crime rate… Well my goal is to change that standard.. I support and I don’t commit any crimes… I know a few other people who are in the same boat with me… I just so happen to support them…
A few days this week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kareem Kelly of Betterrap. I asked him a few questions regarding his business and his artist….. And he said this…
Jody: Where did BetterRap start?
Kareem: I 1st started wanting to do music in the marine corps, fellow marines rapped. My Brother was in flint T&T was his group. Sleepyboient was mine…. I tried to get Greg (his brother) to work with me but Greg didn’t comply….. Until I came back from the marines… Then me Greg and jbat joined together…. We didn’t play off of Good music or nothing… It came up with them being great rappers them wanting to be the best…. Taking an honest look there is no best… There are so many different styles… So from there we thought “what can we do for rap for music?”… Make it better… BetterRap
Jody: I hear you keep referring to them as rappers so what role does Kareem Kelly play?
Kareem: I’m essentially the road worker… I fill in the pot holes that are in our business… If the trash needs to be taken out Kareem Kelly take it out… I am everything BetterRap needs… To be honest (or a lot more specific) I am the manager. I manage 5 rappers careers… Also I am the executive A&R assuring that each artist is ready… Always scouting new talent… My business has to grow in order to call myself the CEO
Jody: With in the next year, the next 365 days, where do plan on taking BetterRap?
Kareem: Easy easy easy… To da top!…( Lol ) nah in the next 365 our thing is to stay consistent…
The following we have now have been sitting on my artist just waiting on copies of mix tapes and we owe them that… They deserve that… Our number one priority is to serve our fans and gain new ones…. We will be gettin out in the public more… In the next 365 I don’t expect to be signed by Def Jam but I expect to be readily noticed for our craft…
Jody: If you had to pick from any artist in Flint who would you want BetterRap to work with?
Kareem: Who I really respect is Justin daye… Every time I see him he is humble… I got love for 1000 bars, Mama sol, Jon Connor, and of course the Headline movement …… but to be real that nigga Justin Daye is a breath of fresh air without and ego… That’s hard to find in an artist…
Jody: With a name like BetterRap do you think that limits you to only working with rappers?
Kareem: Ahhh would’ve named it Better Hip Hop but it would’ve been too long (lol)… No absolutely not… I hope people see it as our pledge to our craft instead of a ploy… I’d say this MJ could play golf and baseball but he was known for basketball… Not to say we are the MJs of rap but we aim high….
Jody: In a city where it seems everyone thinks their way out is rap how does your team differ?
Kareem: I don’t consider rap a way out… I think people are meant to do certain things with their lives… They’re meant to touch other people… In a city like mine where everybody does believe that rap is the way out we focus on our niche … We ensure that we are always coming with something new.. New way to market our ideas… We aren’t superstars we are just like you are….
Jody: Blink… Lets talk about Blinks new project clarify…
Kareem: Clarify… Ahh!… It’s 19 songs of heart and soul ya know? Club bangers… It encompasses a life of youth growing up in the mid west.. we actually put a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears just making the mix tape as close to an album as possible so this project could actually play straight through and not have to skip through the music. That meant a lot to us.
Jody: What’s next for BetterRap?
Kareem: We have a lot of things coming in the near future the recent releases of dinner and a movie also clarify by Blinkease. We are actually moving into March 25 will set the release of the physical copy back to the 90s from J-bat. Leading into the release of #project420 which is a big release for us. It is themed for smokers in general. After April and May we have Bosky Dropping his project you know we are waiting to actually released the name of that its a big surprise.
While I wish I could have gotten the whole team to sit down and interview, between work, school (Yes they are educated), family, and other things as well time just didn’t permit. It was beyond cool getting into the mind of someone who manages artist. It was even better to some goals of an up and coming business man from my hometown…
The pages and links for BetterRap are as follows:
The link to Clarify:
Stay tuned for more amazing things to come from BetterRap