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"Washington Post Article"

Nu’ the Mayor teams with DJ Quicksilva, AKA Mr. “Where They Do That At?,” on his new mixtape, which takes listeners on a trip through the life and times of the DMV rapper. Standouts include “Big Bertha,” a hoopty love song to the tune of Rick Ross’ “Maybach Music” and “Me Time,” a sort of testosterone-fueled take on Heather Headley’s ode to the art of relaxation. - By Sarah Godfrey

"City Paper Nu' The Mayor on being a"

Nu’ The Mayor is a pretty proactive rapper. Instead of just claiming to run D.C., he decided to take the title of “mayor.” When media outlets don’t cover him, he interviews himself. And rather than merely rhyming about his financial fitness, Nu’ has pronounced himself a “dollartician” and named his latest album Now or Never: Diary of a Dollartician.

“A dollartician is someone who is focused on their money, but won’t sell out,” the rapper explains. “I’m not going to just do or say anything to make a hit.”

Nu says that sonically the new album is a mix of hard-core beats and funk that he calls ” soul-hop.” Lyrically, it’s “a little more adult—I’ve stepped into the adult box,” he says. “The younger crowd can get into it, but it’s more for [ages] 25 and up.”

Naturally, Nu’Man isn’t waiting around to hear what the public has to say about Now or Never: Diary of a Dollartician—he says it’s a classic.

But exactly how good is it? For a bit of context, Washington City Paper decided to ask Nu’ how his latest project stacks up against some other hip-hop albums that are about getting, making, and taking money.

1) 50 Cent, Power of the Dollar

“This was his first album, sort of the culmination of his entire life story—I approached this album the same way, even though it’s not my first album, because it’s my first album with national distribution” Nu says. “He’s on some gangsta shit, and I’m not doing that, but the vibe and the passion are the same. Even though my album is better.”

2) Ace Hood, Cash Flow

“He has some anthemic songs, but I don’t know too much about him—just what I’ve heard on the radio.”

3) Common Sense, Can I Borrow A Dollar?

“This was Common before Erykah, before the fishnet wifebeaters. This is what I want to be–just a regular nigga who can spit and ain’t on no bamma shit. But maybe there’s just an evolution[that rappers go through]—maybe five years from now I’ll have on the fishnet wifebeater.”

4) Charli Baltimore, Money

“I don’t really see a relation.”

5) Capone-N-Noreaga, Money

“I like C-N-N. I didn’t get into this too much, but the “WHAT WHAT WHAT” always got me hype. Actually, Nore is crazy and wild like me, so maybe there are some similarities…”

6)MC Breed, Dollar

“It’s a little similar…he’s from the Bay, and they’re all about game in the Bay, and my label is G.A.M.E. And Breed spits game, and that’s what I’m on.”

7) T.I., Paper Trail

“King of the South! I think people feel about his albums the way they feel about my albums–they’re [always] the best album that comes out that year.”

Now or Never: Diary of a Dollartician drops Tuesday, Sept. 22; album release party goes down at Ibiza on Friday, Sept. 25 - Washington City Paper by Sarah Godfrey

"Ozone Magazine"

Nu’ The Mayor’s single “Whole Time” is heating up the radio, and his CD The Diary of a Dollartician will be available soon. - Ozone Magazine by DJ Super Sid

"Streetz Mag Grassroots Campaign"

Grassroots Campaign
Nile “The Mayor” Nu’man
By Rhonda Richardson

“If I can’t get my Streetz interview, I’ll just do it myself,” says DC rapper Nile “The Mayor” Nu’Man. Since 1998, The Mayor has been pushing mix tapes and CDs out of his home studio in hopes of making it big and getting an interview from one of the best Hip-Hop publications in the area. Needless to say, he got his wish. But before this moment of triumph, the phrase ‘I answer to no one but myself’ was taken in its most literal sense.

In 2004, Nu’Man started peddling pseudo-interviews via email, in which he both asked and answered all his own questions. “It’s another way to market myself,” says Nu’Man. This marketing technique seemed to be effective as it attracted the attention of the Washington City Paper, and eventually this magazine. However, the self-proclaimed mayor of the Middle East (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) believes that his musical endeavors, not his marketing tactics, should be the main reason that people are taking notice. The Northwest DC native says the big record labels weren’t noticing him fast enough and that prompted him to start his own record label, Grown Ass Man Entertainment (G.A.M.E.) “I’m the franchise artist. I don’t have to answer to anyone because I’m the boss. I’m in charge,” says the G.A.M.E. CEO.

This take-charge attitude has resulted in a few mix-tape and independent album releases and a couple chance meetings with people whom the Mayor hopes can help take his career to the next level. “I talked to Russell Simmons and he gave me a couple of things he wanted me to do. And I’m doing them right now.” Nu’Man says he is also in talks with Chamillionaire to do a mix tape that he hopes will get his name known in the Houston area. The Mayor is showing the Middle East how to run a campaign without a budget. He says that his latest album, “Politically Incorrect,” which is slated to drop the summer of 2006, is his finest work to date. Let’s just see if the public votes for him. - Streetz Magazine

"Ozone Mag Rap Quest"

Northwest Collective The G.O.V.(left) is trying to move up the DC rap stratosphere. They've utilized a shameless grassroots promotions blitz of online blasts and local shows to push themselves beyond their fanbase and into the pages of the Washington City Paper and The trio lead By Nu' The Mayor, recently released their new album "Dollartic$" and their album-titled single has been getting some recent burn on WPGC. The G.O.V. also recently aired their new Hip Hop roundtable show The G.O.V. Report on Comcast Cable. - Ozone Magazine(Pharoah Talib)

"City Paper Mayoral Fixation"

Hip-hop journalists can be dicks, especially where independent rap artists are concerned. It’s difficult to get us to listen to your albums or cover your shows, and when you do manage to convince one of us to stick a tape recorder in your face for a few hours, the resulting article is rarely the piece you envisioned. We don’t focus on the things you find important, don’t shout out your various labelmates and team members, and refuse to include your e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and Web sites in our text.

But the 20-something Petworth rapper Nile “the Mayor” Nu’Man, who has been releasing albums and mix tapes since 1998, doesn’t need reporters: He does his own damn interviews, both administering and answering the questions.

“It separates me as an artist. Some people spend all their money trying to buy their way into the game; some may kill somebody—whatever people do to get famous. I interview myself,” he says. “It’s something different, it’s me, and you get to know [me] on a personal level.”

A couple of times each month, Nu’Man sends out these interviews to the thousands of people in his e-mail address book. The pieces discuss his upcoming projects and performances, as well as whatever else happens to be on his mind, such as in this entry from March: “Q. Are you getting burned out? A. Hell NO. I just wanna get on hot 97 in NYC. I wanna hit other markets. Im independant not local, no point in just being here.”

Nu’Man started the self-interrogations in 2004, after a couple of articles focusing on him, his Grown A$$ Man Entertainment label (aka GAME), and the group of artists he’s affiliated with, the G.O.V., were killed by a local magazine.

“We had like a Benzino/Eminem thing,” he says. “The writers wanted it published, but one head guy never let it out. After that point, I interviewed myself about the dispute—I didn’t wanna just say, ‘Fuck this magazine,’ so I said, ‘I heard you did an interview with a magazine—what happened?’ And I answered.

“It didn’t come out as biased as I thought it would,” he adds. “It was almost objective.”

Another interview session took place a few months later, after what Nu’Man says was an e-mail campaign driven by people—“Mayor Haters”—who were “attempting to assassinate my character.” “Instead of being an Internet gangsta, I interviewed myself about it,” Nu’Man says. “I asked ‘Why people hatin’ on you?’ then said, ‘It doesn’t upset me. I know who I am, you know who I am—it’s insignificant.’?”

From there, distribution took off. “There were funny ones—I did one where I got into a beef with 50 Cent and interviewed myself,” he says. “It became a marketing tool. Not everyone will read an eight-page e-mail about what we’re doing, but they’ll read the interviews.”

Nu’Man says the e-mails are one component of the grind that has enabled him to push 25,000 albums in the past eight years, including Nu’Man’s My Life, My Way, which has been re-pressed in several different iterations since its 2004 release. But the interviews are only one component in a large arsenal of guerilla tactics the rapper employs to generate buzz.

Nu’Man and crew have done everything from crashing the studio audiences of video shows like BET’s 106 and Park and MTV’s Direct Effect to setting up camp outside of Hillcrest Heights’ Iverson Mall every day to sell CDs. Nu’Man also made an impression on Texas rapper Chamillionaire during a recent meeting by taking a cockier approach to the typical “please listen to my demo.”

“He was at Iverson Mall signing CDs, and I was there selling CDs,” Nu’Man says. “I walked up to him and gave him a poster and a CD. And I said, ‘That’ll be $10.’ It tickled him—he had to buy it. And he’ll remember that.”

This year Nu’Man is hoping to release his next CD, Politically Incorrect (Keep It P.I.), featuring himself and fellow G.O.V. artists such as Jay the Gov-Na and singer Nina Ross. It’ll come out, he says, on either his own label or through Russell Simmons Music Group—the rapper met the mogul in March and now has his sights set on a major deal.

Although Nu’Man contends that a lot of rappers try to get by on slipping their work to major artists, selling CDs out of their trunks, or politicking with hip-hop impresarios, he says the one arena without competition is his Q&A. “Nobody else can interview themselves,” he says. “No one else has that gift.” - Washington City paper

"The Mayor on The Mayor"

The Mayor on the Mayor
Nile “the Mayor” Nu’Man circumvents reporters with his special brand of self-interrogation. “You have to read it to believe it,” he says.
By Sarah Godfrey
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Q. I see these interviews have become the talk of the town. Everyone wants to know what you will say next. So what’s on ya mind?

A. The current state of hip hop in the Middle East; for those who do not know, the “Middle East” is DC, Maryland & Virginia. With every door that opens for one artist it’s another artist trying to run and stand in the way. It’s time to learn to support our own. Face facts “The Mayor” is the artist that is making this region a factor in mainstream hiphop. Support me.

Q. Now that you got everybody coming up to you screamin’ “GAME!!!!” do you regret screamin that on all your CD’s?

A. Nah, I love it. It’s the way our supporters show us love. I welcome it…even in the malls…lol…so when you see me or any member of “The G.O.V.” don’t forget to scream “GAME!!!!!!”. You love me, I love ya back.

Q. Who is “The G.O.V.”?

A. The Mayor, Jay The Gov-Na, Nina Ross, Intrigue, & Myst Studios. We are the artist in “The G.O.V.” but it stretches beyond us to Secret Service, Kim, Swann, Shmee who all do work on the business side.

Q. Why hasn’t the Middle East made a significant contribution to hip hop as of yet?

A. It’s starts with the drug trade in the early 80’s. New York tried to come down and continue their monopoly but we wasn’t havin’ it. We sent them back up top. We always been a flavorful city so while they was flourishing with hip hop we started clothing lines. We never realy took GoGo national. And all those New York A&R’s in the early 90’s were dejected drug dealers from the 80’s who aint want nuttin to do with DC. But it’s a new day and those dudes are retired and that tension that existed bewtween DC & New York is dead…its dead cuz I say so. So now niggaz can come fuck with us…or not…im gettin bread off this rap shyt…we eatin I just want more food…Russell Simmons is gonna help me change the view of DC hiphop. Need I say anymore?

Q. That was deep. I see why you are “The Mayor” you seem to know a lot about the city and business in general. What do you think about DC GoGo versus DC hiphop?

A. Thank you. That beef is dead as well. I got a track with TCB the hottest band in the city and i’m rappin on it and performing with them at gogo’s. We combining the 2 sides of DC. The people united can never be… Its a new day out here, this aint your mama’s DC rap, ya hear me? No more beefs that get in the way of money makin’. This is a new day a new time and a new cause. I am your Mayor, my name is Nile Nu’Man and I would like to welcome you to the Middle East. CP - Washington City paper


Nu' World Order 1998
Who Is Nu'? 2002
My Life, My Way 2004
Politically Incorrect 2006
Dollartics By The G.O.V.
Diary Of A Dollartician 01/05/10
Who Is Nu'/ Volume1 HOsted by DJ Quicksilva 03/09/10
Who Is Nu'? Volume 2 05/25



Nu' The Mayor released his debut cd in 1998. He has since released over a dozen solo and
group projects including his 2004 solo effort “My Life, My Way” under the moniker “The
Mayor”. Nu’ The Mayor has always been one of the more colorful characters in the DMV
music scene- from his self interviews which he sends out weekly via his Nu' The Mayor
Yahoo group, Twitter, Facebook and Myspace pages, to his growing “slanguage”. Nu’ has coined
words like “Dollartics”: the art of getting money while maintaining integrity; “Soul
Hop”: hardcore lyrics over smooth, melodic, funk filled, percussive tracks; and “GAME”.
G.A.M.E, not only the name of Nu’ The Mayor's record label, has
become a greeting and in some cases a battle cry as heard
throughout his Soul Hop debut: “Now or Never: The Diary Of A Dollartician”.
Nu’s gruff baritone serves as an additional instrument in
his “soul hop” ensemble. Soul Hop speaks to the adult hip hop
fan by blending instrumentals from Neo Soul, Lounge and
Down Beat with street corner wit, raw sensuality and good
life sentiments. However, Nu’ The Mayor is more than just a witty
cat from DC who loves to make music, loves to party and loves
women. He opens up and shows you those glimpses of human
frailty that all the greats before him have worn as badges of
honor. He also manages to speak in a stream of
consciousness. It’s no surprise he sites Bob Marley, 2pac, and
Jay Z as influences, in addition to Sade, Morris Day & Prince.
Nu’ created soul hop for adult hip-hop fans whose
tastes have grown beyond the redundant commercial formula
in rap. This IS your parent’s hip-hop. It’s his creativity and
artistic fearlessness that makes you root for him b.u.t. it’s the
culmination of everything you have read that keeps you