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TOMMY G

Orendiel ‘Tommy G’ Charles is one of the hardest working rappers in Toronto. With around eight-hundred shows under his belt he still feels as though the room to improve is limitless. Tommy G has a thorough knowledge of the industry and is using it to better himself and the whole Cardigan Gang. “Education is key and a lot of artists in Toronto aren’t educated. If you’re a real hustler you understand the industry.”

Tommy G was born in Grenada and grew up in Toronto. He first remembers getting involved in rap by freestyling in a basement, “we use to make mixtapes that were basically an entire tape… we’d pop it in the tape deck and freestyle over industry beats.” When Tommy G was only 16-years-old his cousin who owned an entertainment company decided to take some of the artists he managed on a Canadian-wide tour, “I told him ‘listen, I have a mixtape, I’m coming!’” By touring with his mixtape and selling to fans across the country Tommy G learned the importance of creating a wide-spread fan base. “I’ve been very fortunate as an artist. I was brought up differently than everyone else and had opportunities to get different points-of-view on the industry.”

By the time Tommy G was 17-years-old he had sold 21,000 copies of his mixtape and signed to Hardknock Music. “I went through the usual trials and tribulations any artist goes through… watched everyone get pushed except for myself… and then the label fell apart.” Tommy G then began to work on his own personal music before teaming up with his current manager and business-partner Khaleel ‘K The Boss’ Siddiqui; co-owner of ‘Cardigan Gang Music Group’ which is an independent label, management firm and artist development agency.

Tommy G has had the opportunity to travel all over the world with his music including the Caribbean, Miami, New York, North Carolina, Las Vegas, and across Canada. He even had his first two-week international tour in Norway this past January. “It was a great experience because you would never think they would be so accepting and open-minded to hip-hop music over there. I was able to connect with them because I don’t just make hip-hop music, I make popular music.” Most recently Tommy G returned from Miami where he attended a Mixtape Convention. At the convention he performed in front of A&Rs for major labels such as Slip n Slide Records and Po Boy ENT. Tommy G also met with seven magazines, got four interviews that will be released in Miami, and got his brand new single ‘Booty Poppin’ on three Miami DJ mixtapes. “After networking in Miami I had to head over to Orlando for a radio interview where my song is currently in rotation.”

Tommy G’s ‘Booty Poppin’ single featuring Toronto’s own Famous is now out, with an official music video due to be released sometime in July. The video was directed by SP of Sunset Productions and is sure to turn a lot of heads this summer. The Booty Poppin Tour will also be launched this fall hitting over thirty cities across Canada. “There’s more to being a rapper than just standing up… You have to interact with the crowd. There’s more to being an artist than making a rap song and getting it on the radio… being on tour is what makes you money and keeps your fans happy. It’s all about getting yourself out there.”

Musically Tommy G looks up to Michael Jackson because “he is able to make hit records over and over again” and P Diddy because “he has been able to last so long in the industry and remain at the top. He changed an urban company, to a worldwide franchise.” Much like these artists Tommy G hopes to continue his success and have a lasting effect on the industry. Passion and education work as the perfect support system behind Tommy G’s career and he is sure to continue to make hit records and reach out to his fans across the world. If you weren’t Poppin your Booty to Tommy G before, you better start now!

Links
For Tommy G booking/inquires contact: cardigangangmusic@gmail.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/tommygmusicspace
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/tommygonline
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tommygonline
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tommygonline - Bailey Jeffries (jjisjeni.com)


"Interview: TommY-G"

Written by Reanna Mardinger
http://www.themovementz.com

His Life and his music are one in the same. TommY G has a story to tell. From his Family struggle, Arrest, and reunion with his mother. When asked how he got through all the hard times and why he chose his path of lyrical engineering TommY Responds with:

"His lyrics didn't influence me to be a rapper in the sense of just being a rapper, but he inspired me to be a better man in general."


TommY G shares his thoughts:


On Reuniting with his Mother

"After not seeing my mother for seven years, when we reunited I was very introverted and unsure as to how to act around her. My "mommy" was my grandma and mom was the woman I used to talk to on the phone. I know this may sound wrong, but at a young age...a person you talk to on the phone doesn't really matter as much as the person who is there for you everyday."

"As for the obstacles I had to face - there were many; new rules, new school, brand new culture...and a whole new atmosphere. I went from being by myself (you know, being the single child) to having the responsibility of being a big brother of two-- that's a lot for a 9 year old to take-on in a month. Needless to say, I came in the dead of winter...so from 30+ weather to -20 is another big jump."


On 2pacs Lyrics

"Tupac's lyrics were about the world-- struggles that an everyday black man went through and just the inspiration to keep your head up. Tupac made me feel like no matter where you are in your life, you can turn it into a better day. His lyrics didn't influence me to be a rapper in the sense of just being a rapper, but he inspired me to be a better man in general - and during this walk of life, it led me to this road."


On Family Issues

"My step-father and my uncle were my primary inspirations for music-they got me started. When the drugs eventually became a deep issue with my family, I tried harder with my music to show my dad how I truly felt. Music became an outlet for-me, through it I could express the anger and hatred I felt towards the situation (not my family). As time passed, and I became more involved in the music industry, my growth in music turned to a more commercial sound, but my family's ordeals have definitely helped me relate to my listeners. They listen to my music and they can feel the history there-- I had struggles too, I'm not one of these "rappers" who are talking about a life they never lived."


On His First Rap Group

"Take it like this... we had 3 artists and 1 producer - one of us rapped about girls, one about life, and the last one about being a "gangster". We were basically rapping about what was happening in our lives at the time. You know... there were a number of subjects no-one had set topics, only thing was each of us rapped from our own points of view (i.e. girls, life, and the streets). "


On His Arrest

"The reason behind my robberies were first and foremost to get money to record a demo for an independent record company. So back to the question-- has it affected my willingness - no...I don't regret anything because I'm still making my music now."


On Writing Lyrics

"The funny thing about writing a song is that it comes easier when writing for someone else. When it comes to yourself, you always struggle to find the words you feel make the song yours. In addition to that, the only way you are able to write good music, is if you have good producers making good music."


On Artist Collaboration

"I was young back then, made a lot of money and I didn't think. It opened a lot of doors for me and I was lengths ahead of where I ever thought I would be at that age. With that "stardom" came the bad side - cockiness, not wanting to work with anyone who I didn't think was on "my level", I was very biased towards my music and it ultimately led to me taking a break from music for these past few years. Now that I have matured and faced my faults as a younger artist, I am able to come back with better music, with a better attitude and respect for my fellow artists."


On Success

"I have had opportunities to open for big named artists, take part in North American tours I've had TV coverage and magazine interviews. I have been approached by companies to take part in the promotion of their businesses and by major labels to do private studio time. After that mix-tape came out I was having meetings with big named producers and by now I can say I have had the privilege of working with some of the biggest names in Canadian music."


On The Youths

"I will always tell the youth to stay in school and you will achieve everything you need to. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket because everyone needs a back-up plan. On the other hand, ensure you stick to your dreams, because once you stop believing in yourself, so will everyone else."


On Upcoming Projects

"I'm having a lot of fun on my current project. I've been working with various pr - The Movementz


"Every Playa! Worldwide's exclusive interview with Toronto's TOMMY G"

http://www.epworldwide.com/blog/NTQ=/Every-Playa-Worldwides-exclusive-interview-with-Torontos-TOMMY-G

Interview by Cathie T.

Tommy G has to be the hardest working lyricist from Toronto, Canada’s burgeoning rap scene today. He is so on fire right now with his over 10 000 recorded songs! You easily notice that he has the confidence and energy it takes to pull these feats off when you attend one of his nearly weekly live performances in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Tommy G has confidence, wit and charm that are frighteningly similar to 50 Cent’s. Well at least back when Fiddy was still hungry! Maybe that’s why Tommy G is about to unleash a barrage of mixtapes that will take us back to the pre-GRODT days. Here at Every Playa! – the number 1 website with entertaining, useful and current worldwide hip hop information, news and music downloads as well as the BEST PRICES for hip hop clothing – we all know who Tommy G is and what his music is all about, and so does nearly everyone who follows Toronto’s hip hop scene.
So we thought why not interview Tommy G from the perspective of someone who has never heard of him (living under a rock!). Well here goes – enjoy!

Every Playa! You have a very interesting swag when you flow. How did you develop your rhyming style?

Tommy G: My style is me – I’m TommY G a character with charisma! I rhyme to match the way the beat speaks to me. I don’t try to mimic nobody.

Every Playa! For someone not familiar with your work what songs/albums/mixtape would you recommend to start with?

Tommy G: Money in the Bag 2: The Prequel Reloaded. I was on a hiatus for 4 years before I released it, and I matured during that time and developed that mixtape to make it so that everyone could hear something that fit their listening style.

Every Playa! What kind of message do you believe your fans get from your music?

Tommy G: I’m about having fun, I have some songs that tell you the hard things that I myself went through, but honestly that aint truly what life is about, and it didn’t define me. It’s about working through bad times, to come out a richer person spiritually.

Every Playa! What's the best thing about what you do?

Tommy G: The adrenaline rush I get each and every time a fan comes up to me and tells me how my music has helped them and travelling to different cities and countries on tour and being welcomed with love from my fans, which is reciprocated.

Every Playa! Which other artists have you worked with or would you love to work with?

Tommy G: I haven’t worked with anyone worth mentioning yet, it’s not to say I don’t enjoy working along with my fellow Canadian artists but truly ,I would have loved to work with Bob Marley, Marvin Gay, Rick James or Curtis Mayfield – you know one of the great ones. As of right now if I got the opportunity Timbaland , Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry or Akon would be first choices

Every Playa! What or who has contributed the most to your success?

Tommy G: I got the best management team in the world. Shout out to K tha Boss and SoulVibes Entertainment.

Every Playa! How would you describe Tommy G to new listeners?

Tommy G: Cop a cd! My music speaks for itself. TommY G is not a rapper, he is a multi-dimensional entertainer. I do this for the listeners.

Every Playa! What is your motivation to go on in this industry?

Tommy G: The passion and love I have for music – I got tired of hearing that dry spell...music fell off from 2001 til when TommY G came back on the scene ha-ha.

Every Playa! What can your fans expect from you this year?

Tommy G: TommY G everywhere!

Every Playa! How did you feel at your first performance? (Before, during, after)

Tommy G: I was scared shitless because I had so many well-established artists watching me...but when the music started, I was like “Imma do me, if they don’t like me...I’ll cop them some hearing aids!” and I rocked it. Imagine the feeling of people shaking your hand the first time you ever perform and they are telling you how much potential you have. Well, that’s why I’m still here.

Every Playa! Any words of advice for aspiring artists?

Tommy G: Always take hate as constructive criticism. Don’t believe what anyone tells you – believe in yourself. What is a dream?...A Dream is an often thought...whereas Reality is Hard work!!!

Every Playa! You’ve been at this for a little while now, what is the biggest difference you have seen happen in hip hop since you started?

Tommy G: The change in the industry from tapes to cds to digital distribution. Ringtones, Itunes and social network websites have helped a lot with getting our music out there. Almost everyone has access to a computer so music is far easier to obtain.

Every Playa! From all your world travels so far what have you learnt about hip hop from different regions?

Tommy G: Hip-Hop is HUGE overseas! Lots of people don’t know that. It’s even shown in the - Every Playa! Worldwide


"Heart to Heart with T Dot Rapper TommY-G"

Q:HOW OLD ARE YOU?
A:"I just turned 22 this past spring"

Q:FOR THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW, TELL US ABOUT TOMMY-G.
A:"TommY-G is not a rapper. I am a very versatile artist whose whole goal is to start bringing actual music back to the industry."

Q:TELL US ABOUT THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH RAP MUSIC.
A:"In 1995, watching MuchMusic. Notorious B.I.G. 'Hypnotize' was on and that was it, the love affair began. We've been together 13 years strong."

Q:WHO ARE SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT INFLUENCE YOU MUSICALLY?
A:"There are many including my stepfather, Michael Jackson, Tupac, R.Kelly, Dr.Dre, and LL Cool J. However, the list goes on, there are far too many to cite because as an artist he/she will find that they inspired and influenced daily by older artists as well as new blood bringing their own flavour to the music industry."

Q:IF YOU COULD TEAM UP WITH ANYONE IN THE INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW TO DO A SINGLE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
A:"Honestly, that's a hard question. It's all about who's hot right now; but I would pick the man that says "the game is his circus and he's the ringleader" (T-Pain)."

Q:DO YOU THINK THERE IS A NEED FOR SOME ARTISTS TO GO ACROSS THE BORDER?
A:"A lot of artists have tried to go across the border but major labels won't recognize them unless they have a buzz in their own home city first. If you're able to get the buzz needed to expand your fans, all the better...if not...remember, everything starts at home."

Q:WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF MUSICALLY IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?
A:"More shows, more hits, more tours, major label record deal by the grace of God..and more articles in Elite..haha."


IF YOU WANT TO CHECK UP ON WHAT'S COMING UP LATER THIS YEAR CHECK OUT www.tommygonline.com OR www.myspace.com/tommygmusicspace - Elite Events Magazine


"A Good Investment: TommY G"

Interview by Anr Drekz

Why the name?

TommY G: The name is Short form for the most powerful weapon in the time of an era of bootleggers retrospective to today's industry.


Where you from?

TommY G: Born in Grenada W.I. Raised in Toronto, Canada.


How did you start?

TommY G: It started of as a dream first with my two best friends at the time. And now its turning into dream works.


What defines you as an artist?

TommY G: "Artist" exactly I'm very versatile. I am able to make any type of music there is. Write Produce etc. I work with so many different artist from different genres. I make popular music.


Inspirations?

TommY G: I'm inspired by all the people who haven't made this far. Ive had to make opportunities for my self, compared to people who had doors opened and never walked through them. I do this to show people with hard work and dedication anything is possible.


Aspirations?

TommY G: The Galaxy is the limit, And the sky is my home.


Definition of a good investment?

TommY G: Myself.


Definition of swagg?

TommY G: Swagg is Posture, No matter what your doing in life you do it with your own flavor and style


Definition of swagggirllicious?

TommY G: Swaggirllicious is when your swagg is on point. Everything about your swagg defines you.


Web details and shoutouts.

TommY G: Shout out to my man Infamous Boodoo, Sunny Diamonds at the Diamond Factory Studios, shout out to the whole Soulvibes family, the cardi, Ronny O and Kojo King out in Ghana, shout out to my super manager the man that does "nothing" K tha Boss, a big shout out to all the deejays and radio stations around the world that have my music in rotation. Check me out all over, my website, www.tommygonline.com, myspace.com/tommygmusicspace, twitter.com/tommygonline, youtube.com/tommygonline, facebook.com/tommygonline - Swagg News


"Unsigned Hype: TommY G"

Unsigned Hype
TOMMY G

Born in the late 80's, on the beautiful island of Grenada in the south-eastern Caribbean, TommY G. found that growing up was difficult. When TommY was only two-years old, his mother moved to Canada to start building a life for them. Unfortunately this took longer than expected. He was raised by his grandparents, and because of this, became quite distressed and confused. The line between mom and grandma became blurred.

In 1995, he moved to Canada, to live with his mother and younger siblings, south side Scarborough became his playground. Adjusting to his new life was difficult, because now he was no longer the baby of the home but the oldest and so received more responsibilities. In 1996, he was introduced to hip-hop through his uncle. As time progressed, his home-life started spiralling downwards. Soon, his mother had to take up three jobs to support the family, while his step-father lived a double life, husband and father at home and on the outside, drugs ruled. His stepfather got a little too deep and broke the code of don't get high on your own supply, which ultimately led to abuse. Here, TommY turned to music to help soothe this pain.

In grade 9, TommY and two friends, Ronny O. and Atkinson Kenelle, then known as Yung Zeus, met and formed The Chase. TommY and Ronny were the rappers and Zeus, the producer. In 2001, they recorded their first full track “Criminal Music”. At the time, they had no idea how it would impact their future careers. Unfortunately, one of the group members had to move to another city; The Chase dissolved. The remaining two did what they had to, to keep their musical aspirations going. Their hunger to accomplish their goals landed TommY and Zeus behind bars, arrested because of robberies trying to gain money to travel to an independent label. When they were released, and because of tight bail restrictions, TommY was unable to do anything but write his music. In this time he wrote over 200 songs and started broadening his horizons, and credits major Rap and R&B players like LOX, Diddy, Mase, Michael Jackson, and R. Kelly as musical inspirations.

At 17, TommY performed his song Go Girl at a high school Christmas show. He released his first mixtape Put tha $ in da Bag B**** which went on to sell over 21,000 CDs Canada-wide, with the help of his older cousins at DiscoBoyS Productions and 3rd Degree Entertainment who had previously taken him under their wings. On the eve of his 18th birthday was his first major show, opening for established Canadian artists at The ReVerb in downtown Toronto. After being commended and seeing the crowd's reaction, this is when TommY believed music was a part of his destiny. Thanks to DiscoBoyS, by 19 he had performances across Canada and the United States under his belt.

After months of being asked by long time friend RonnY O., TommY met with the CEO of Hardknock Music C! and began work. While on the label, TommY found himself placed on a back-burner, because of the label's lack of organization, but never did he play second fiddle. TommY started work behind the scenes. He made appearances on television shows, dappled in modeling, made cameos in music videos, was featured on songs and made valuable contacts within the music industry. After two years of sitting back and watching the top artist's career decline, with the label's failure to promote. Numerous other label mates started to leave and TommY withdrew from the label to reassess his decision to even join. When Hardknock Music decided to diversify by starting MusicblvdCanada, TommY decided that it was better to leave for his own career's sake. Once he cut off all ties to Hardknock, TommY began to work on his return by recording new music and performing at local events in and around the city.

TommY was constantly told that he was not ready, but this misinformed opinion never fazed him. He knew he needed to depart from Hardknock Music if he was ever going to return to the spotlight. After a brief break and going under new management, TommY's career sky-rocketed.

Early 2008, TommY was named one of the top artists in Canada by hypeoftoronto.com and made a much anticipated comeback with his street single “Parking Lot Pimpin'”, a huge hit south of the border that led to major labels asking for demos and offering him plane tickets to fly him to the States for in-person meetings, and even radio play in the US and across the Caribbean. However, behind all the hype, he was still working on more and more music.

In the summer of 2008, TommY found himself rising to the top of the urban music list with the launch of his website and debut single “Money Over Here”. He received the honour of performing at Grenada Day in July of 2008, the biggest venue for Grenadians across North America. His songs are heavily pumped at clubs, parties and even at stores in major malls across the country.

Due to popular request, the long awaited return of the mixtape king happened with $ - The Industry Magazine


"A Good Investment: TommY G"

Interview by Anr Drekz

Why the name?

TommY G: The name is Short form for the most powerful weapon in the time of an era of bootleggers retrospective to today's industry.


Where you from?

TommY G: Born in Grenada W.I. Raised in Toronto, Canada.


How did you start?

TommY G: It started of as a dream first with my two best friends at the time. And now its turning into dream works.


What defines you as an artist?

TommY G: "Artist" exactly I'm very versatile. I am able to make any type of music there is. Write Produce etc. I work with so many different artist from different genres. I make popular music.


Inspirations?

TommY G: I'm inspired by all the people who haven't made this far. Ive had to make opportunities for my self, compared to people who had doors opened and never walked through them. I do this to show people with hard work and dedication anything is possible.


Aspirations?

TommY G: The Galaxy is the limit, And the sky is my home.


Definition of a good investment?

TommY G: Myself.


Definition of swagg?

TommY G: Swagg is Posture, No matter what your doing in life you do it with your own flavor and style


Definition of swagggirllicious?

TommY G: Swaggirllicious is when your swagg is on point. Everything about your swagg defines you.


Web details and shoutouts.

TommY G: Shout out to my man Infamous Boodoo, Sunny Diamonds at the Diamond Factory Studios, shout out to the whole Soulvibes family, the cardi, Ronny O and Kojo King out in Ghana, shout out to my super manager the man that does "nothing" K tha Boss, a big shout out to all the deejays and radio stations around the world that have my music in rotation. Check me out all over, my website, www.tommygonline.com, myspace.com/tommygmusicspace, twitter.com/tommygonline, youtube.com/tommygonline, facebook.com/tommygonline - Swagg News


"Interview with TommY G"

Who is Tommy G?

TommY G “Is Syill the Man!” haha. He is a very multi-talented artist, who is striving to ensure real music doesn’t die. You will find that my music runs from hip-hop for the men, r&b for the ladies, soca for my fellow islanders. Shoot, I’ll even throw some techno in there to keep all my fans happy. And remember I said my fans, not only my boys from the block!!

What got you into hip hop and what made you want to make it a career?

Making music was always a hobby it was never intended to be a career. Music is something I enjoy doing and I would do it regardless if there were any money involved.

When I performed my song “Girl Go ‘Head” in high school and saw the crazy reaction of the crowd, a music career was still only in my distant thoughts. That summer, my older cousin started promoting me out of town and I started performing across Canada and in the US. After seeing appreciation from the crowd I finally realized that this is something I could really do.

Who or what do you draw your inspiration from?

I have been doing music for years. I draw inspiration from my life experiences, and the life experiences of those close to me and mine; the struggles in my early life to my present day in the lime light.

What separates you from other emcees?

Firstly, I’m not an emcee – I am the total package. Lyricist, Rapper, Singer (somewhat) but mostly, I am an Entertainer. My music is not only created as therapy for myself, but I write so my fans have something to relate to. My music is for my fans.

Your last mixtape “put the money in the bag” has been out for a few years now. What was the response like and how are you using that for your next release?

It’s been out for what, four years now. Look at my fan base, it speaks mountains in and of itself. 21,000 copies. My street team was heavy and my fans are loyal. You have no idea how many phone calls and emails I have received requesting the album and new mixtape in the past years. Pre-orders for albums I haven’t even recorded yet!

Tell us a bit about the new mixtape you have got coming out at the end of the month [October 2008].

The new mixtape is the warm up of what’s to come –the title alone says it, it’s the prequel. Like I said before, my fans have been getting at me since I released the first one. “$ in the bag 2 – The Prequel” is a gift to my fans. After months of deliberation with members of the Cardigan Gang, we finally decided on the 11 songs on there, 9 of them original. We have productions from Neo Tempus, T. Williams, Josh Bartley (U.K.) and more. I’m international baby!

Where do you go from there? Anything else in the works

Currently I am working with producers in Australia and the UK. First quarter next year the actual mixtape is coming out. Look out for the videos for EVERY song on “The Prequel” –just 'cause our budget can afford it…real jewels, real gold, real money, real productions dawg… we don’t front we show you our back…cause you other dudes are far behind me! Look out for “Grenada vs. Grenada” Tommy G vs. Dylon Dillanger. Girls Gone Wild tour and the Passa Passa circuit worldwide – watch out for it in a city near you! For all you ladies look out for the “TommY G.” calendar coming out in December- so you can start your day with me everyday 2009. Matter a fact….check out my website…there is always new additions to my schedule on a daily basis.

Where can people check for your music?

Ask your girlfriend about me! Haha… na nah …. Anyone who wants to see what’s new with me you can check myspace: www.myspace.com/tommygmusicspace and for more music, where I’m going to be performing at and the online store [opening soon] check www.tommygonline.com.

Anything else you would like to say?

To all the readers, go get yourself a copy of the “$ in the bag 2: The Prequel” so you know what’s coming in 2009! I would like to thank everyone I worked with on this mixtape, all my supporters who come out to the shows and all my fans who listen to my music. Look out for the Black City cd “Dark Days” that’ll be out in a minute – shout out Black City. Big up to the whole SoulVibe staff ; Cardigang – we getting that retirement money, and a final shoutout to the Anime Boyz. - MEGACITYHIPHOP.COM


"Interview with TommY G"

Who is Tommy G?

TommY G “Is Syill the Man!” haha. He is a very multi-talented artist, who is striving to ensure real music doesn’t die. You will find that my music runs from hip-hop for the men, r&b for the ladies, soca for my fellow islanders. Shoot, I’ll even throw some techno in there to keep all my fans happy. And remember I said my fans, not only my boys from the block!!

What got you into hip hop and what made you want to make it a career?

Making music was always a hobby it was never intended to be a career. Music is something I enjoy doing and I would do it regardless if there were any money involved.

When I performed my song “Girl Go ‘Head” in high school and saw the crazy reaction of the crowd, a music career was still only in my distant thoughts. That summer, my older cousin started promoting me out of town and I started performing across Canada and in the US. After seeing appreciation from the crowd I finally realized that this is something I could really do.

Who or what do you draw your inspiration from?

I have been doing music for years. I draw inspiration from my life experiences, and the life experiences of those close to me and mine; the struggles in my early life to my present day in the lime light.

What separates you from other emcees?

Firstly, I’m not an emcee – I am the total package. Lyricist, Rapper, Singer (somewhat) but mostly, I am an Entertainer. My music is not only created as therapy for myself, but I write so my fans have something to relate to. My music is for my fans.

Your last mixtape “put the money in the bag” has been out for a few years now. What was the response like and how are you using that for your next release?

It’s been out for what, four years now. Look at my fan base, it speaks mountains in and of itself. 21,000 copies. My street team was heavy and my fans are loyal. You have no idea how many phone calls and emails I have received requesting the album and new mixtape in the past years. Pre-orders for albums I haven’t even recorded yet!

Tell us a bit about the new mixtape you have got coming out at the end of the month [October 2008].

The new mixtape is the warm up of what’s to come –the title alone says it, it’s the prequel. Like I said before, my fans have been getting at me since I released the first one. “$ in the bag 2 – The Prequel” is a gift to my fans. After months of deliberation with members of the Cardigan Gang, we finally decided on the 11 songs on there, 9 of them original. We have productions from Neo Tempus, T. Williams, Josh Bartley (U.K.) and more. I’m international baby!

Where do you go from there? Anything else in the works

Currently I am working with producers in Australia and the UK. First quarter next year the actual mixtape is coming out. Look out for the videos for EVERY song on “The Prequel” –just 'cause our budget can afford it…real jewels, real gold, real money, real productions dawg… we don’t front we show you our back…cause you other dudes are far behind me! Look out for “Grenada vs. Grenada” Tommy G vs. Dylon Dillanger. Girls Gone Wild tour and the Passa Passa circuit worldwide – watch out for it in a city near you! For all you ladies look out for the “TommY G.” calendar coming out in December- so you can start your day with me everyday 2009. Matter a fact….check out my website…there is always new additions to my schedule on a daily basis.

Where can people check for your music?

Ask your girlfriend about me! Haha… na nah …. Anyone who wants to see what’s new with me you can check myspace: www.myspace.com/tommygmusicspace and for more music, where I’m going to be performing at and the online store [opening soon] check www.tommygonline.com.

Anything else you would like to say?

To all the readers, go get yourself a copy of the “$ in the bag 2: The Prequel” so you know what’s coming in 2009! I would like to thank everyone I worked with on this mixtape, all my supporters who come out to the shows and all my fans who listen to my music. Look out for the Black City cd “Dark Days” that’ll be out in a minute – shout out Black City. Big up to the whole SoulVibe staff ; Cardigang – we getting that retirement money, and a final shoutout to the Anime Boyz. - MEGACITYHIPHOP.COM


Discography

Money In the Bag (2004)
(21,000 copies sold across Canada)

Money Over Here (Single) (2008)
(2000 copies sold across Canada)

Money In the Bag 2 - The Prequel (2008)
(5000 copies sold across Canda)

Money In the Bag 2 - The Prequel Reloaded (2009)
(10,000 downloads + 5000 copies sold across Canada)

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Bio

Tommy G was born in Grenada and grew up in Toronto where he has grown into one of the hardest working and most sought after rappers in the city. With around two-hundred shows under his belt he still feels as though his room to improve is limitless.

Tommy G has a thorough knowledge of the industry and is using it to better himself and the whole Cardigan Gang. “Education is key; a lot of unsigned artists aren’t educated. If you’re a real hustler, you understand the industry.”

Musically Tommy G looks up to Michael Jackson, “he was able to make hit records over and over again” and P Diddy because “he has been able to last so long in the industry and remain at the top. He changed an urban company, to a worldwide franchise.” Much like these artists Tommy G has hustled his way to the top and hopes to leave a lasting effect on the industry by developing a musical empire.

Tommy G first remembers getting involved in rap by freestyling in a basement, “we use to make mixtapes that were basically an entire cassette tape… we’d pop it in the tape deck and freestyle over industry beats.” When Tommy G was only 16-years-old his cousin who owned an entertainment company decided to take some of the artists he managed on a Canada-wide tour. “I told him ‘listen, I have a mixtape, I’m coming!’” By touring with his mixtape and selling to fans across the country Tommy G learned the importance of creating a wide-spread fan base. “I’ve been very fortunate as an artist. I was brought up differently than everyone else and had opportunities to get different points-of-view on the industry.”

By the time Tommy G was 17-years-old he had sold 21,000 copies of his mixtape and signed to Hardknock Music. “I went through the usual trials and tribulations any artist goes through… watched everyone get pushed except for myself… and then the label fell apart.” Tommy G then began to work on his own personal music before teaming up with his current manager Khaleel ‘K Tha Boss’ Siddiqui; owner of ‘Cardigan Gang Music Group’ which is an independent label, management firm and artist development agency.

Tommy G has had the opportunity to travel all over the world with his music including the Caribbean, Miami, New York, North Carolina, Las Vegas, and across Canada. He had his first two-week international tour during Janurary 2010 in Norway. “It was a great experience because you would never think they would be so accepting and open-minded to hip-hop music over there. I was able to connect with them because I don’t just make hip-hop music, I make popular music.” In August 2010 Tommy G returned from Miami where he attended a Mixtape Convention. At the convention he performed in front of A&Rs for major labels.

Tommy G’s ‘Booty Poppin’ single featuring Toronto’s own Famous was released with an eye-catch music video directed by SP of Sunset Productions, `Booty Poppin’ made a huge splash thorough the summer and has currently sold thousands of copies on iTunes. Since the release of ‘Booty Poppin’ Tommy G has also wrapped up 2 successful mini-tours throughout Canada and the United States. “There’s more to being a rapper than just standing up… You have to interact with the crowd. There’s more to being an artist than making a rap song and getting it on the radio… being on tour is what makes you money and keeps your fans happy. It’s all about getting yourself out there.”

Tommy G is now the most requested artist for parties and performances throughout Toronto and the GTA. He has also earned his spot as the most sought-after artist by major record labels who have chosen him to open for such world-renown acts as Rick Ross, Fabolous and French Montana. Passion, education and dedication combine as the perfect support system behind Tommy G’s career and he is sure to continue his journey to world-wide recognition. If you weren’t Poppin your Booty to Tommy G before, you better start now!

TommY G. is here folks! A new era has begun for urban music in Canada.