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Billy Gram

Saint Augustine, Florida, United States | SELF

Saint Augustine, Florida, United States | SELF
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What’s the official name you go by?

Billy GRAM. My patna Jay Adams from Detroit we basically came up with the name. I took it from the preacher Billy Graham and also a wrestler named Billy Graham. And modified the spelling to fit me.

Where are you from?

Fairfield, Ca, USA.. Yee!

How long have you been rapping?

Since like 14,15 years old. Even before then really, but I didn’t always take it serious.

How did you get started?

I used to write short little raps and poems in about the 5th or 6th grade. It wasn’t until maybe 15 I got into writing actual songs. I dont know man, I figured I wanted to be involved in music in someway, one way or another, and it just so happens I write dope raps.

What kind of music would you say you make?

Sometimes I dont know how to describe it myself. It’s dope music. SOAP music. Swag on auto pilot. I make ill shit. I try to make something people can connect to, whatever it is. We all human so we feel hella emotions a day. And luckily music helps us express and tap into emotions. I jus wanna tap into a couple.

What inspires gram to make good music?

Good weed. Good weed and good music. I like listening to real dope songs or some dope beats while I’m smoking and writing whatever comes to mind; about everything I see. I pull from everything: my personal life, sports, the streets, everything I ever had and everything I ever wanted. I just try to be as imaginative as possible.

What stamp would you say you would like to leave on the world?

I just want to be somebody that has earned the respect of my family and my peers. I don’t want to get comfortable with thinking about what the world thinks of me. Because the world thinks some pretty terrible things about great people. I just want to be successful in my own right. Thats enough for me.

Do u think there is a difference between an artist and a rapper?

I mean… What do people mean when they say that? If I’m expressing my artistry through rapping…am I not an artist? Is rapping not an art form? I get it. Its the old adage of like the difference of hip hop versus rap or artist versus rap. In a nutshell, nah I don’t really see a difference.

What separates you from all the other up and coming artist?

I dont sound like nobody, I mean nobody. Like listen to my music and listen to another up-and-coming artist thats out of the bay area where where I’m from. Gram sound left field. But the good thing about that is I can rap my ass off. And thats not to be cocky or arrogant or whatever. I just know at the end of the day. I can rap. Thats not always everyones goal. Im a dope rapper, thats enough for me to feel like i separate myself. Plus the guys that I work with.. Production wise from Blaze Trackz, BrianTronic or Infinite Trax, whoever.. they’ve all got great minds as well.

What do you feel that you have to offer the industry?

Concepts. Everything I’ve ever done has kind of had a running theme. I spent a lot of time paying attention to the small details, probably too much time. I cant be the next guy, my shit cant sound like your shit. I gotta be original. Eminem my favorite rapper. I don’t rap like dude. But I feel like I got some fresh shit and i got a good team that help me get a lot of shit done. So not just “I”, but “we” work hard man.

Tell the world something they would know about gram?

I’m dope. Uncut. Raw. Grade A. Dope. If you don’t know that by now.. Soon you’ll understand.

What would you say is the state of hip hop right now?

I think hip hop is in a good place right now. For a while, I guess a couple years or so a lot of people were kind of down on it. Or at least we were down. You know how, say, maybe you work a 9 to 5 and they always talk about keeping up the morale of the workplace. It’s like the morale of hip hop was down, feel me? Now it’s like, in my opinion we hitting a turning point. There’s more walls being broken down again as far as regions being open to work with each other. Especially in the Bay and LA, it’s ill. It seems like we more open to supporting each other and getting money. It’s some bad parts, or negatives, or whatever but I feel like for the most part niggas is more concerned with pushing forward. Thats what I’m concerned with anyway.

Any up coming projects?

The Hulkamaniac EP is what I’m pushing. We kickstarted it earlier this year with NWO to kind of test the waters and I think its pretty much ready to go now. I’ve revisited it countless times, retooled it, remixed it, everything. Now its time to release it. I hope people like it, it’s dope music. Its aggressive content.

What inspired the newest album?

Anybody that know me knows I love hip hop and I love wrestling. So I’m giving them that and being me. Just deciding to strip away all the bullshit and be me. I feel like with this project, The Hulkamaniac, people that may have heard of me from BARS or whatever get a whole new experience of who I am. And those who are just getting introduce - f2fthemag.com


What’s the official name you go by?

Billy GRAM. My patna Jay Adams from Detroit we basically came up with the name. I took it from the preacher Billy Graham and also a wrestler named Billy Graham. And modified the spelling to fit me.

Where are you from?

Fairfield, Ca, USA.. Yee!

How long have you been rapping?

Since like 14,15 years old. Even before then really, but I didn’t always take it serious.

How did you get started?

I used to write short little raps and poems in about the 5th or 6th grade. It wasn’t until maybe 15 I got into writing actual songs. I dont know man, I figured I wanted to be involved in music in someway, one way or another, and it just so happens I write dope raps.

What kind of music would you say you make?

Sometimes I dont know how to describe it myself. It’s dope music. SOAP music. Swag on auto pilot. I make ill shit. I try to make something people can connect to, whatever it is. We all human so we feel hella emotions a day. And luckily music helps us express and tap into emotions. I jus wanna tap into a couple.

What inspires gram to make good music?

Good weed. Good weed and good music. I like listening to real dope songs or some dope beats while I’m smoking and writing whatever comes to mind; about everything I see. I pull from everything: my personal life, sports, the streets, everything I ever had and everything I ever wanted. I just try to be as imaginative as possible.

What stamp would you say you would like to leave on the world?

I just want to be somebody that has earned the respect of my family and my peers. I don’t want to get comfortable with thinking about what the world thinks of me. Because the world thinks some pretty terrible things about great people. I just want to be successful in my own right. Thats enough for me.

Do u think there is a difference between an artist and a rapper?

I mean… What do people mean when they say that? If I’m expressing my artistry through rapping…am I not an artist? Is rapping not an art form? I get it. Its the old adage of like the difference of hip hop versus rap or artist versus rap. In a nutshell, nah I don’t really see a difference.

What separates you from all the other up and coming artist?

I dont sound like nobody, I mean nobody. Like listen to my music and listen to another up-and-coming artist thats out of the bay area where where I’m from. Gram sound left field. But the good thing about that is I can rap my ass off. And thats not to be cocky or arrogant or whatever. I just know at the end of the day. I can rap. Thats not always everyones goal. Im a dope rapper, thats enough for me to feel like i separate myself. Plus the guys that I work with.. Production wise from Blaze Trackz, BrianTronic or Infinite Trax, whoever.. they’ve all got great minds as well.

What do you feel that you have to offer the industry?

Concepts. Everything I’ve ever done has kind of had a running theme. I spent a lot of time paying attention to the small details, probably too much time. I cant be the next guy, my shit cant sound like your shit. I gotta be original. Eminem my favorite rapper. I don’t rap like dude. But I feel like I got some fresh shit and i got a good team that help me get a lot of shit done. So not just “I”, but “we” work hard man.

Tell the world something they would know about gram?

I’m dope. Uncut. Raw. Grade A. Dope. If you don’t know that by now.. Soon you’ll understand.

What would you say is the state of hip hop right now?

I think hip hop is in a good place right now. For a while, I guess a couple years or so a lot of people were kind of down on it. Or at least we were down. You know how, say, maybe you work a 9 to 5 and they always talk about keeping up the morale of the workplace. It’s like the morale of hip hop was down, feel me? Now it’s like, in my opinion we hitting a turning point. There’s more walls being broken down again as far as regions being open to work with each other. Especially in the Bay and LA, it’s ill. It seems like we more open to supporting each other and getting money. It’s some bad parts, or negatives, or whatever but I feel like for the most part niggas is more concerned with pushing forward. Thats what I’m concerned with anyway.

Any up coming projects?

The Hulkamaniac EP is what I’m pushing. We kickstarted it earlier this year with NWO to kind of test the waters and I think its pretty much ready to go now. I’ve revisited it countless times, retooled it, remixed it, everything. Now its time to release it. I hope people like it, it’s dope music. Its aggressive content.

What inspired the newest album?

Anybody that know me knows I love hip hop and I love wrestling. So I’m giving them that and being me. Just deciding to strip away all the bullshit and be me. I feel like with this project, The Hulkamaniac, people that may have heard of me from BARS or whatever get a whole new experience of who I am. And those who are just getting introduce - f2fthemag.com


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2012 Hulkamaniac

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Oh my God, GRAM! Jorodd Phillips, better known as Billy GRAM, is an American rap music artist born and raised in Californias Bay Area, Fairfield, California. He is known for his boasting and infectious delivery, mixed with an unmatched syllabic timing along with great production providing the canvas in his music. At the young age of 11, he began creating songs after being inspired by the likes of Dr. Dre, Jermaine Dupri, Mase, & Eminem etc.

By 16, GRAM decided to take his music more seriously, releasing tracks with a plethora of young artists, and became a member of a local group(s) Street Kredibility, then moving on to form B.A.R.S."(w/ AseCard, YR Da Goldnine & Blaze Trackz). GRAM gained national exposure first by becoming a Top 12 Finalist in MTV2 & Mountain Dew's Dew Circuit Breakout 2007 competition also with B.A.R.S.

Now deciding to focus on his solo career, Billy GRAM has appeared on an all-star remix for Ase Card's "High Rollin" featuring The Jacka & many Bay Area artists as well as co-headlining the Sacs Most Wanted Tour along with Bueno in the winter of 2011. Over the course of 2012 Billy GRAM worked with Blaze Trackz, DJ Cos The Kid & Fresh Music Group to create his first official project "The Hulkamaniac"(February, 2013) which included remixes of Berner's "Bossman", King L's "Val Venis", in addition to original records like "nWo", "Patron & Vader", and "Miss Elizabeth".

Since that time Billy GRAM has been building his performance catalog. Opening for and performing with acts such as Travis Scott, Street Knowledge, A$AP Ferg, C-Plus, IAMSU, Husalah, Smoke DZA & Problem have given GRAM a new audience to capitalize on. Currently, a follow up project "Nights At The Roundtable" is in the works as the young MC plans to prove that he has the talents to stand alongside the greats.

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