Interview with GTIM

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Warren Peace (WP)-
Hello, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to another artist interview presented by The Write Reviews. Warren Peace, that’s me, will be digging and searching to get information out of G Tek the Ill Meta4 to share with all of you.
How have things been for you, G Tek? I’m not sure if you are familiar with any of my previous interviews, but I like to break the ice with the same opening questions. It’s kind of a routine of mine. Where are you from? Who were your first influences in hip hop? What is the hip hop scene like where you’re from?
G Tek the Ill Meta4 (GTIM)-
What’s up yo, things have been going good thank you. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Chicago. My very first influences in Hiphop includes Twista, Immortal Technique ,and Eminem whom I first heard at like 6 or 7 years old. I first started rapping because of Eminem’s movie 8 mile in the 5th grade when I’d participate in playground rap battles. The HipHop scene in Chicago is in a very creative state as of modern times. There was one point only a few years ago where Chicago HipHop was heavily focused on Drill Rap because the amount of gang activity and violence, but more unique artist who tend to focus on other aspects of life have emerged. Not all of us are controlled by their Ego but a lot of Chi Town rappers still tend to be. I just wish more Chicago emcees looked out for one another helping each other as a community opposed to only looking out for themselves. For the most part though the local scene is looking pretty dope now.
WP-
I’m sure I am not the only person who was intrigued when reading your name for the first time. How did you become known as G Tek the Ill Meta4?
GTIM-
I’m a big Anime nerd and GTek sounded like a japanese cybernetic super hero. As a kid I really thought it was awesome to give myself GTek as a nickname ,and it stuck. Later GTek turned into an acronym meaning Gifted.Techician Existing.Kingly. Then came the ILL Meta4 which I combined with GTek around the time of my senior year of High School when i started to take HipHop more serious thus making G.T.I.M. or GTek the ILL Meta4
WP-
An album of yours titled “W.O.R.D.” was given a track by track breakdown at The Write Reviews by Issac Sandoval. Is “W.O.R.D.” the first project you’ve ever released? If not, what other project or projects did you previously release and can you tell us a little surrounding each one?
GTIM-
I released a project about 4 years ago recorded in my attic and the quality was terrible. It was called “Shadow Boxin'” and was suppose to be the Prequel Project to W.O.R.D. I wasn’t satisfied with it so I began to work on something better which became W.O.R.D., W.O.R.D. took several years to complete because ideas kept shifting around until I finally decided to get all original beats and make it sound as professional studio quality as possible. WORD is my favorite phrase to say because it has just significance to HipHop culture. Also I’m a martial artist whose idol is Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee invented a martial art named Way of The Intercepting Fist, I based my album off of this thus coming up with its title , Way Of the Intercepting Rhyme Device or W.O.R.D.
WP-
The cover art for “W.O.R.D.” is very appealing to the eye. It’s fashioned in the form of a comic book cover, with a lot of color and detail. Can you tell us who designed the artwork and how the idea for the cover came to be?
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GTIM-
I hired a fantastic artist named Satujiwa-Dodot. He thought my idea was awesome and took on the job. The idea had been floating around my head for years and it combined my love for Hiphop and Martial art into an awesome piece of art translated by Satujiwa. My best friend Randy Santiago an excellent graphic designer made it more appealing by fixing around the words and colors for me and I was overwhelmingly happy with the results.
WP-
Are you currently working on your next project? As an artist, what are your plans for the future?
GTIM-
Yes, I do have a concept and outline of my next project while simultaneously I’m working and focused more on putting out Music Videos and collaborations with other artist. My plans for the future is to keep being HipHop because I love the culture and I will probably always produce art since I believe Art is how one expresses their soul into the material realm.
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WP-
Your style, at least the one displayed on your “W.O.R.D.” album, would have to fall in the ‘lyrical’ category. It reminds me a lot of the east coast rap of the 90’s, which seems to have become forgotten over the years. How do you feel about the state of hip hop today, and do you believe the artists on the rise now have raised the bar since the hip hop of the 90’s?
GTIM-
That’s a dope compliment, thanks. I would hope to fall into the lyrical category because of the time and effort I put into my bars. I definitely have a heavy influence of 90’s East Coast HipHop because I always thought the 90’s was the Golden Era of HipHop. I feel the state of HipHop today in terms of the mainstream is improving. A lot of people are starting to recognize whose a real lyricist and whose a mumble rapper. At the same time there’s so much non-sense and garbage in the air waves because that’s what major corporations want the masses to absorb. It’s basically telling people to party , have excessive sex , take drugs , and live a materialistic life style specially targeting people of lower income. Most of the major labels could care less about real art. Yet on the underground side real dope HipHop is thriving and independent artist are making great profit while displaying actually talent. I feel like the Golden Age is returning.
WP-
Without referring to anything involving hip hop, what are three things you want to accomplish in your life?
GTIM-
First I would just want to make my parents proud of me and be able to take care of them without them having to worry about bills anymore. Second I want to travel the world and live a healthy adventurous life. Lastly, I’d want a family of my own one day.
WP-
Our time is nearly up. Would you like to tell people where they can find your music and how they can follow you through social media? Do you have anything you would like to say to end the interview?
GTIM-
ure, you can find my music and album both on Soundcloud.com/gtim4 , and you can search Gtek The ILL Meta4 on Youtube where I also have videos. Facebook.com/gtim4 is my fan page and I try to post new material as often as possible. My instagram is also gtektheillmeta4. I appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed and thank you to everyone out there who supports my music and took the time to see this. If you haven’t checked out my album W.O.R.D. please check it out and looked out for my next music video , you’re helping to manifest a dream every person who contributes, thank you again.
WP-
Thanks for your time, G Tek. I appreciate everyone taking time to check out the interview. I’m out!