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Ebonics
- By Inga “International” Newson | www.yoraps.com

1) Youth combined with truth best describes you as an MC. Tell us how and why?

It kind of explains itself I’ll “never” be the type of rapper that you hear has been exposed to something because I'm so open with everything I have no secrets what I write in my notepad is 100% legit from being about topics around the world to just all around to my lyrics I feel by doing it that way I’m saving myself for later on in my career.

2) You shy away from the stereo-typed image of the average rapper with negative messages. Do you feel that it’s degrading to the MC’s image, or is it just something you naturally choose to practice?

I mean don't get me wrong I'm not saying I’m of fan of that type of music some I mess with but in away yeah I feel it is degrading to a “rappers” image In my opinion I don't feel an “MC” and “Rapper” should be considered the same thing. I feel a rapper has way to much of a positive image if I was to go to someone to perform at a certain show and said I was a rapper and wanted to perform there first thought would be I'm not interested because it has such a bad rep and most music video's don't help at all. Especially it seems like most “gangsta” rappers get exposed because there not real on these songs they release which is pointless basically there acting like something there not when there some gully people out there who really do put in work in the streets but may not do music. If I know for a fact you do what you say you do in ya songs we gonna hit it off but if I see you one way but on songs your something else its like why are you even in this business you should be doing movies feel me? So I guess you can say this is not something I practice its just who am and what I am is real.

3) It’s known that everything you write comes from the heart. Your first single, “Hata Blockaz” has already gained almost 700,000 plays on MySpace. What’s your inspiration when you write, and how excited are you with your climbing MySpace numbers?

Man words can't describe how good it is to see that people really dig my sound I work hard when I write songs as a matter of fact I edited “Hata Blockaz” atlease 4 times into I felt okay this just might be a hit everything I said something that I felt wasn't who I was I fixed it because I don't want to be marketed as something that i'm not. My goal not only was to make a club song and hope to get noticed it was to somehow make a club song that was different that your usual club songs which I feel it is if you really listen to the lyrics. I wanted to make it an ol' school type club song where you can sing along and feel good and get a positive message out of it rather than talk about money which is something that I don't have,popping champagne which I can't afford, or things like that. When I write I always thing about the world around me that’s my biggest inspiration because there are always things going on. I also think about the people what would they want to hear how can I give them something different than what there use to and at the same time make it a hit. So when I noticed “Hata Blockaz” was getting plays left and write you couldn't image the feeling I felt because I work so hard on my craft even if I never get signed the love is my reward.

4) You’ve transformed a rough upbringing into a successful future, considering how bad growing up was for you. How easy was this transformation, and how have you applied this to your music?

The transformation was not easy it was a little bit of a rocky start but I don't let things get me down I keep it moving this come and go stuff happens that we have no control over sure I could have let my upbring mold me into a thug go around being the stereotyped black man going around making babies but no I’m better than that. I mean don't get me wrong I’m not saying the ones in that situation are lower than me its just I chose not to go that route I got way to many things I want to accomplish in life. But I also had an outlet and was able to transform what I was going threw at the time into songs which kept me out of trouble and focused so Its kind of good I went threw what I went threw because I would have probably never found music.

5) Is it true that you started writing lyrics as a hobby to relieve stress, which later turned into a full-time occupation?

Yeah that is true I messed around here and there and was horrible at first some may still think I am but I could careless because I improved a lot if you here my very very first mix tape when I use to be in a group I was trash like I stayed on beat but my lyrics I was being swearing and this and that and to me it wasn't' a good look and since im in tune with my creator and the one who supplied with my talents I thought what would he think so I flipped it and ran with it and now im the man you hear on these tracks today.

6) Musically, who do you look up to? Who’s that one recording artist and/or mogul you look up to and say, “I want a career similar to his?”

Mainly the people who I look up to is like krs-one,common,q-tip,talib anyone who is sending a message out I mean of course since I also dance im going to make club songs but still just like the rest they will have a message and it wont be your average “club song set up.” Because constantly you hear about this persons money, cars, or how many girls they have its like okay cool you made it but now we get that where is the “real” music at how about you go invest and help hungry families in other countries don't flaunt your money in every single song. All music sounds the same to me now its like the creativity jumped on the window. And don't even get me started with “auto tune”. As far as a career I would want mine to be similar to im just going to say this I want my legacy to always live on no matter what when my time comes I want people to always respect me for my grind and what I did even if my music wasn't the best to them I at lease want to gain there respect because I always kept it 100 with my music and touched that person in some way so you can say something like “2Pac.”

7) Let’s now focus on your over-all swagger. As far as sound, style, delivery and appearance what makes yours so different from the rest?

What makes me different from the rest is im not a “rapper” at all by calling me that you would be making yourself look stupid I am a lyricist my level Is not on no rap type I don't dress like a typical “rapper” I don't more than I do and not to mention I don't swear in any of my recent songs so im saving labels so much money to have to do radio edits and plus this is a rapper who can also dance im something like a bargain you could say [Laughs].

8) Being so young in the game pursuing the music industry can at times become discouraging. Where do you see your career as a recording artist in 5 to 10 years from now?

I see myself doing big things I have so many ideas I want to accomplish before I close my eyes for good im currently in college right now getting my associates then bachelors in video/audio production so i'm going to make money no matter what I feel I'm good as far as getting goals accomplished that I set so what ever im doing then im going to be making a lot of money helping those who has helped me out in my time of need and making a difference in some form or way but hopefully its threw music but if not I have a lot of ideas of how my life will eventually turn out.

9) It’s stated in your bio that you also dance. How did you first begin your dancing career? Did you take any special classes, especially to step?

Yeah I can do a little something something I honestly can say I learned by observing its kind of like Nick Cannon is “Drumline” I learned by seeing and it came naturally. I was a dancer before I got into music that was another hobby of mine I been dancing since pampers and as I got older the better I got. I messed around in school hallways, after school, at parties and school dances but I first danced in front of about 500 people in a school talent show in 5th grade and with it being my first time I was shocked by the applause I got.

10) Let’s get back to you as an artist. Do you consider yourself to be a revolutionary rapper? How political are you, if at all?

I feel I am revolutionary most of my songs in the near future are going to be powerful songs you will not listen to my song without learning something about me, yourself, or the world around you and in time you will see what I mean hopefully.

11) You seem fully focused and we predict you to have a bright future in the game. Should we reserve you a spot in the music hall of fame, or will you throw in the towel early?

I'll put it like this set it up now because this is something I am born to do and no one or nothing can stop me I chase dreams and capture them so you will see me with the greats some day.

12) Can you free-style a little something for us? Something honest? [Laughs]

I'm taking notice to peoples ambitions/
They want to make it big yet they asking permission
Like should I do this do you think I should rap man?
That’s like asking me if I’m a black man/
If you got a goal straight up make it happen/
Cause when it comes to mine I ain't one to be slacking
The lesson tale be determined you'll prevail/
But let them bring you down and in time you will fail - Ebonics


13) What’s next for MC Ebonics? What are you currently working on? Yo! Raps leaks news first.

Set to release an official Mixtape (STILL UNAMED) in May.

Set to release an official “EP” Titled “Distinguished towards the end of May.

Currently working on writing more hit’s to develop into an official album sometime early next year.

Working with my manager and his business to develop an overall fan-base to capture the interest of “companies and/or labels” interested in pursuing my music. I’m going to be definitely performing in and around New England…so if you or anyone get’s a chance to get to one of the shows it’ll be most appreciated! If not you’ll just have to wait until I go on tour!


14) Now would be a good time to tell us where we can all find you online. Share some of your links.

www.ebonicsonline.com is set to launch in one week.

www.myspace.com/ebonics401 (Is the official MySpacepage)

www.youtube.com/mrperformer401 (Official youtube page)

Basically I’m starting to spread around the internet…relatively quickly with the help of my managers management company World Wide Talent Search, so be on the lookout for them on the web and myspace as well.
- Yo Raps Magazine


World Wide Talent Search LLC: info@worldwidetalentsearch.com
Management and Booking: booking@worldwidetalentsearch.com
Phone: (401) 359-7668
June 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ebonics Releases Debut EP self-titled ‘Distinguished’
The budding talent from Rhode Island is set to release his exciting debut “EP”, a move which will help the young artist begin making his transition to mainstream music.
Shelton Long alias “Ebonics,” is preparing to release his debut EP later this summer, marking a huge turning point in the development of the career career of the multi-talented singer-songwriter-dancer. Shelton, who resides in Pawtucket, Rhode Island just finished adding the final components to the EP, and is preparing for an imminent release to hopefully build upon his already growing fan base and get his music heard by more people.
The EP, ‘Distinguished’, contains five original songs from Ebonics, each provides a combination of his high-energy vocal ability and diverse yet truthful “clean” lyrics. The production work speaks for itself, combining the elements of old school/new-school hip-hop, rap, and R&B.
The theme of the EP was to showcase realism and truth. Ebonics’ lyrics focus on the truths of life, including dealing with relationship problems and people who aren’t all they seem to be: “Everything I write comes from the heart,” he explains. His EP is really only an introduction for him into the mainstream music industry. He’s going to continue explore new subjects and different styles he can apply to music with his lyrical ability.
“My biggest influences are artists like Common, Nas, Talib Kwali, Mos Def, and India Arie,” says Ebonics. “I look up to each one as a lyricist and an inspiration.” Since Ebonics also dances, he looks up to Diddy and T-Pain, who both know how to make people feel good through wordplay.
Ebonics started writing lyrics to relieve stress, and his hobby soon turned into a full-time occupation: “My family knew I was put on this earth to entertain others, no matter what.” Since then, Ebonics has honed his skills with performances in various talent shows, charity events, and in popular venues in the New England region.
Ebonics’ song writing process is freely structured: Free styling at home often has him jotting down lyrics for later use and he always writes the chorus of a song first. “At times, I automatically know what I’m going to write as soon as I hear the beat. Something inside me paints the picture before I even know what I’m going to talk about. As soon as I come up with the title of a song, I think about how each verse is going to have a different impact on the song as a whole.” You’re able to see the thought process he’s utilized in creating his EP ‘Distinguished.’
The EP will be launching shortly, and fans are encouraged to visit Ebonics' Website, which provides all the information about the young entertainer. It also provides videos of Ebonics performing and working his music career in his daily life. The websites provides news and information about upcoming performances and new releases.
Fans can also check out his MySpace page and can even join up to be his friend on Facebook .
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
• Pictures and samples are available to support this story.
• The EP will be released “digitally” exclusively through Catapult Distribution in late August.
For further information contact:
• World Wide Talent Search LLC at info@worldwidetalentsearch.com
• Management and booking contacts at booking@worldwidetalentsearch.com or phone: (401) 359-7668
• Visit Ebonics' Website
• Visit Ebonics’ MySpace page.
• Become Ebonics’ friend on Facebook.
Direct Links:
MySpace: www.myspace.com/ebonics401
Website: www.ebonicsonline.com


- World Wide Talent Search LLC


Discography

EP-Distinguished (Release August 2009)

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Bio

Youth combined with truth, that’s what defines Shelton “Ebonics” Long, the 18-year-old Master of Ceremonies from Providence, Rhode Island. Shying away from the stereotyped image of the average rapper with negative messages about murder, sex and drugs, MC Ebonics’ lyrics focus on the truths of life, including dealing with relationship problems and people who aren’t all they seem to be: “Everything I write comes from the heart.”
Ebonics has transformed a rough upbringing into a successful future: “Growing up was pretty bad. I never had a stable home.” His father was often selling drugs or spending time in jail, leaving Ebonics and his single, world-weary mother to fend for themselves: “My mother and I would get death threats. They would shoot up my mother’s only vehicle, which she didn’t have money to repair at times, so we would be stuck taking the bus a lot. Every negative thing that happened, no matter what, my mother never gave up. She would always tell me that things would get better.” The two eventually moved from Connecticut to Providence, and, finally, to Cranston, Rhode Island.
Ebonics started writing lyrics to relieve stress, and his hobby soon turned into a full-time occupation: “My family knew I was put on this earth to entertain others, no matter what.” Since then, Ebonics has honed his skills with performances in various talent shows, charity events, and in popular venues in the New England region.
Ebonics’ song writing process is freely structured: Freestyling at home often has him jotting down lyrics for later use and he always writes the chorus of a song first. “At times, I automatically know what I’m going to write as soon as I hear the beat. Something inside me paints the picture before I even know what I’m going to talk about. As soon as I come up with the title of a song, I think about how each verse is going to have a different impact on the song as a whole.”
“My biggest influences are artists like Common, Nas, Talib Kwali, Mos Def, and India Arie,” says Ebonics. “I look up to each one as a lyricist and an inspiration.” Since Ebonics also dances, he looks up to Diddy and T-Pain, who both know how to make people feel good through wordplay.
One thing’s for certain: Ebonics has a bright future. He’s already won first place at the Step Up Competition at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. He has a management contract with World Wide Talent Search, and his first professionally-produced “EP” self-titled “Distinguished” is set to be released in the US digitally via Catapult Distribution this Summer.
And, always, Ebonics’ focus is on telling the truth: “I never second guess myself saying, ‘Wow, maybe I shouldn’t have said that certain thing in my song.’” Ebonics is 100% real, now and always. “I can only be me, and nobody else but me.”