VOTM Interviews: Noo

Voice Of The Metro: Introduce yourself to the world, homie.

Noo: What’s up, world, this your boy Noo aka Hollywood.

VOTM: Stamp that. Give the people a little history on you and this music game.

Noo: 19-year-old artist (20 in a week), grew up on the 1300 block of 5th St., also known as 5th-N-O in Washington, D.C. I fell in love with music at a very young age. Couldn’t tell you the exact age, but we just gonna say music has been an influence for a long time. Graduated from Dunbar Senior High School and completed one year at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Played sports and did comedy before becoming serious with the rap. I think around 8 or 9, I can say I used to sit in the mirror and rhyme
a lot, but I believe like at the end of my senior year in high school, I decided to make a career out of this. So far, so good.

VOTM: To be a rapper in the DMV right now definitely takes dedication. Are you signed at the moment? Unsigned? Looking?

Noo: Well, right now, I am actually in negotiation with Mr. Collipark, who is the CEO of Collipark Records/Collipark Music (which is also under Interscope at the moment) about signing a deal with him. Nothing is definite but it’s in process, so just pray for the boy . And for people who dont know who Mr. Collipark is, he is the guy who discovered Soulja Boy Tell Em, Hurricane Chris, and V.I.C. Also he
recently discovered a girl group by the name VISTOSO BOSSES. They remind you of the female Outkast almost, and another D.C. artist that I can’t say just yet. Before you make any judgments about signing with him, I just want to let you know that i have full artistic integrity and say-so about any project I put out under Collipark Music. No “YUUUUUUUUUUUUU” for Noo (laughs). I’m dead serious though.

VOTM: This game is all about persistance. Any upcoming projects to look out for? Add to that, let the people know about any past projects you dropped too.

Noo: Right now, I’m still working on my debut E.P., entitled “N.W.O. (Noo World Order) E.P.”, which I had set for release at the beginning of this month but due to some personal problems i had to set back on the project but it is coming pretty soon so be on the look out. Majority of the project is produced by JUDAH of Studio 43. He is actually the mastermind behind the project, but I also have other producers such as ANSANE, KAMIR ROYALE, MELLOW MADNESS, AND BEST KEPT SECRET, who produced my single “THE SHOW 08 (OH MY GOD)” which you can find on my MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/itsnoo). Check it out. As far as any past projects, I haven’t done anything major but a few mixtape features and a collab project with my homie Young Pawn. Together, we were called “Too Kool”, but as you may know, everything didn’t work between us two, but we did manage to release a mixtape sampler. But there is more Noo coming soon (no homo). I know how people think nowadays.

VOTM: So when cultivating yourself as an MC, who were your influences? Who did you listen to that helped make your style what it is?

Noo: I have to say everybody. Hip-hop influences me in some way, but if I had to name a few artists that I say I am a mix of or just respect any way, I would say the following: Rakim & Big L (because of their lyrical ability), LL Cool J (becasue the ladies love cool J and I’m a ladies man myself, plus he goes platinum damn near every CD), T.I. (delivery and versatility), Jay-Z (success and swagg), Dougie Fresh (can put on a great performance and is a hip-hop pioneer), Plies (straight forward), Tupac (story telling and picture painting), Biggie (all-around great rapper), and the DMV in all. Every rapper in DC is an influence because they make me work harder to get us where we need to be.

VOTM: So what are your goals as an artist? Keeping it strictly hip-hop, do some other ventures, etc.?

Noo: As an artist, I just want to stay consistent and make good music and do things the way i want. I know I will stick around longer like that. Honestly, I just want to give back and give other up-and-coming artists who are serious about their craft opportunites people like us never had, you know. I mean, even though I’m in a good position with my career, most of my career has been broken promises and bullshit, but I never let that break me and just keep moving, but karma is a bitch. I am the type that I want everybody to make it, you know. It’s all for the city.

VOTM: Word. The DMV’s on the rise right now. We come from an area that hip-hop kind of ignored throughout the years. How do you feel about the climate now, where people like Wale, Tabi, Marky, etc. are getting signed and the DC area is finally getting the chance to be heard?

Noo: It’s great. I’m just motivated by everybody who’s doing their thing, from Wale, Tabi, Marky, TNT, Oy Boyz, Committee Boys, and etc. It really makes me happy to see the city getting the recognition we deserve. Hopefully I’ll be next in line to make a difference, but I’m just taking things one step at a time. The
man upstairs gonna do the rest. He is my biggest influence.

VOTM: Well, now we’re going to head into the DMV section of questions. Favorite carryout?

Noo: Wow, that’s tough…I’ma have to say Golden Ch…naw, um damn…oh yeah…Andy’s Carryout. It’s right off of New York Ave. Best chicken and fish platter and Iced tea/lemonade mix in the city. Believe
me.

VOTM: Favorite go-go band?

Noo: I’ma have to say its a tie between Backyard, UCB, TCB, and Rare Essence…but naw, I don’t have a favorite, but i can’t listen to any ole body. Some of them need to stop though, for real.

VOTM: Favorite clothing store?

Noo: Saks 5th Ave and Neiman Marcus.

VOTM: Favorite artists in the area? Name as many as you want.

Noo: OK, here goes…Marky, Wale, Tabi, TNT, Forgotten City, Uptown Pacco, Airport Tone, Currency Boys, Lyriciss, NandoMcFlyy., Syxx, Rico Anderson, Yung Popp, Young Pawn, International L, Polo, Kidd, Forecast, Terrific, Young Tone, Premier, Southeast Slim, A.P., Vicious, Lil’ Bink, and others I don’t remember right now.

VOTM: Any shoutouts or last words for the people?

Noo: First, I want to thank the man upstairs for waking me up everyday. Voice Of The Metro. My moms and the rest of the family. My father for not pulling out 20 years ago. The whole 5th-N-O. Duck, Bizzy, Brandon, A.R., Cardo, Delow, DJ Deno, Ant, Pawn, Ed, Josh, Stephanie (biggest cockblocker in America), J. Ross, Kevin Parkinson, DJ Prince, FSR, my niggas out Woodbridge, Korrect, Vicious, Eddy, Buck, Jaren, the girls who I fucks with dearly, Courtney, Tymesha, Andrea, Sequita, Kiara, my biggest fan out Philly, Mercedes, Team Dime, Domo, Tisha, Dee, Sheena G, Antoinette, Mo…just to name a few. Everybody who supports me. Hi hater, hi doubters. Shout out to the Shaw U campus security. All of you can eat shit. And I want to thank you for taking the time to read this interview. Get at me on http://www.myspace.com/itsnoo and Facebook search engine, keyword “NOO”.

VOTM: Thanks man. Much appreciated. Stay on your grind.

Noo: And thank you. It’s Noo!!!

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