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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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhali­w­al

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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