Interview with ButtaBall

Warren Peace (WP)-

What’s good, everyone? I’m Warren Peace on behalf of The Write Reviews and I’m sending some questions to ButtaBall, an emcee out of Oklahoma.
Thanks for joining me for this interview, ButtaBall. How is everything going your way?

ButtaBall (BB)-

It’s all goodgood. Trending right now on social media lol. Got a huge smile on my face, haven’t had one in this industry in a long time and it’s all because I know what’s comin from me.

WP-

Let’s start by letting everyone know where exactly you’re from, who your first influences in hip hop were, and giving everyone an idea of what the hip hop scene is like where you’re from.

BB-

I am from Crosstown Oklahoma (Lawton, OK). My first real true influences were Twista, Bone Thugs, and my Mom. She used to rap in Job corps in New Mexico (Tweetie Bird) and I hadn’t never met any rappers (face to face) I had heard so she influenced me a lot. In my opinion, it’s a Jungle cause there’s so many different types of animals out here trying to eat. Some (are) high on the food chain, some (are) low and for everyone to be rapping there is really no market for it here. That’s why we travel outside of here to get heard and to be known, but we are the Apex Predators around here cause I feel like I can compete with any of them that this city, state, or this industry has to offer. Not being cocky, just how I feel lol.

WP-

You recently released the mixtape “Mashmode Vol. 1”. What have the reactions from people who have heard the album been like so far?

BB-

It’s been bananas B! It’s just taken off. I woke up and I was on everybody’s timeline. People hitting me up, telling me their favorite songs. I looked around and (found I had) 15,000 downloads and counting so they are loving it so far.

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WP-

Besides “Mashmode Vol. 1”, do you have any previous albums? If so, are any of them available online? Also, word on the street is that you’re already putting together your next album titled “Loyalty”. Is this true? What can you tell us about the album?

BB-

Yes I have premature albums. What I mean by that is that I have just dropped one or two in the streets just to be doing something and got my name popping in the town, but MashMode Vol I is the first to be released to the public. None of them are online, but the city loved them so much that the label is thinking of re-releasing to the masses. Yes, Loyalty is most definently coming and it’s gonna be epic! It’s Like MASHMODE, LOYALTY is special to me. I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into Loyalty. It’s a journey from childhood to pretty much now; it’s a walk with BUTTABALL that I know everyone will enjoy taking.

WP-

You are the only one behind the microphone on nearly all of the tracks on “Mashmode Vol. 1”. Is there a reason you decided to do without features from more artists? Are there any emcees you would like to collaborate with in the future?

BB-

Yes there’s a reason lol. I wanted the people to hear me lol. It’s not that I had a problem working with anyone, but for the first few projects I didn’t want to ride any other coat tails but mine. And yes I would love to work with a number of artists, but I don’t see myself just collabing with a lot of rappers. I am trying to make hits and music that will stand the test of time, not faze songs or music just for right now, you now what I mean?

WP-

How do you feel about the state of hip hop right now? Are there any artists you feel are making strides for hip hop in a good way? Which artists, if any, do you feel are horrible for hip hop?

BB-

I’m NEEDED, it’s in dire need of some ButtaBall lol. All independent artists, but Kevin Gates, Lil Boosie, Tech9, the ones who made it off their grind and not because of who they knew. They made money, it didn’t make them. LOL YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE LOL. You listen to the radio lol, but I’ll just stay humble and say no comment lol.

WP-

What does ButtaBall bring to the world of hip hop? What do you hope to achieve with your music when everything is all said and done?

BB-

ButtaBall brings MASHMODE to the world of hip hop; a hustle or grind to put yourself in a position of power! I bring a different hustle. I bring ME, something that the game has been longing for. I BRING THE REAL! To be able to feed my team, and a platinum plaque that says “WE DID IT, OKLAHOMA!”.

WP-

Would you like to let everyone know where they can stay updated with you on social media and where to go to find your music online? Is there anything else you would like to say to wrap things up?

BB-

Facebook-ButtaBall. Twitter and IG-@buttaball580 @blakreign_kgmg soundcloud.com/demetrismiller for a taste of some of my old music. You can download MASHMODE Vol I on datpiff. It’s booming right now with over 15k in downloads and counting! Ah man, I would like to thank the ALMIGHTY cause without him none of this would be possible. I would like to thank my family and my team at Blak Reign/KGMG for all the love and support and TO THE FANS, MY BEAUTIFUL FANS, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU ALL! HIT ME UP ANYTIME! LET ME KNOW WHERE I NEED TO BE! LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN COME BLESS YOUR STAGE AND GIVE YOU A SHOW YOU WONT SOON FORGET! LOVE YOU ALL STAY UP!

WP-

And that’s the end of this question and answer session, everyone. A big shout out to ButtaBall for taking the time to introduce himself to everyone at The Write Reviews and giving everyone some insight to the madness behind “Mashmode Vol. 1”.  Thanks to all of you for checking out the interview! The Write Reviews has a lot of great stuff coming over the next few months so hopefully everyone is ready to enjoy the summer!

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