Corey McKay, better known by his stage name Cormega, is a rapper best known for his narratives about inner-city life. Mckay is renowned for consistently releasing albums as an independent artist in the early 2000s.
Q. Since leaving Def Jam records you have chosen to stay independent on your own label legal hustle. How has this worked out best for you?
I own more. I own my masters also I have more creative freedom. Also my artistic integrity is not compromised
Q. Would you still label hip hop as a powerful tool for educating and empowering people?
I would compare it to a book. It definitely could be used to educate and empower, but it has to be utilized. It has to be open in order for that to happen. So in hip hop we have artist like Dead Prez, Public Enemy. We have conscious or very articulate artists that are being over looked. While you can make ignorant songs and those are the ones that get TV or radio play. It is like the TV show verses the book.
Q. What have you been working on since your last album “Born and Raised”?
‘Philosophy’ my new project is the thing that has the most of my energy.
Q. Do you have a release date for that yet?
Hopefully summer 2013
Q. You have worked with some of the biggest names and pioneers within the hip hop movement. Who have you enjoyed working with the most and why?
I had great joy working with Fame from M.O.P because they just drip hip hop. Like if you were to squeeze them in a bucket then that bucket would be full of hip hop.
Q. You recently completed a tour in varies different countries. Could you tell us a bit more about that and where did you enjoy preforming most?
London is incredible. London was like a homecoming. I when to Manchester, that was cool also. Italy was a great experience you know from a geographical, historical and cultural point of view. I went to Switzerland. Honestly the whole tour was great, but my favorite show was London.
Q. What is the New York underground hip hop scene saying and is there anyone we should be looking out for at the moment?
The New York underground scene has a lot of new energy. It is waiting to bust, it is building up. There are a lot of new artists. I just do not know when it is going to strike, but the potential is there. I am waiting for Chris Rivers.
Q. So you mention you have an album coming out soon. What can we except to hear on it and who can we expect to hear on in?
You can expect to hear Cormega definitely haha. Also Redman, Styles P, Nature and Black Rob.
Q. Is the content similar to past projects or is it something completely different?
My favourite album that I have done in recent years was “Born and Raised”. However it was over looked because I was growing on it and this album I am growing more. I am also dipping back into the stuff people want, but I am not going backwards as far as mentally or physically.
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