Today on our Hot Seat we have music band “The Metro Cartel”. Lets have a chat with them.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
The Metro Cartel : Our career started off at JCSU,an HBCU in Charlotte,NC. One night before a gym party,everyone was outside and no one really knew each other except we were all from the same place, DMV (DC,MD,VA). A cipher had begun and random individuals started rapping and next day after,one of the members now got everyone in the cipher to form the group of what we have today,The Metro Cartel.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to launch the band “The Metro Cartel”?
The Metro Cartel : What inspired us to launch the band was the era of the music scene at the time. We were located in NC at time we created the name,majority of the reason because of other artists from different areas on campus had crews. It was the Down South Coalition (NC,SC,GA,TX,FL), the tri-state (NY,NJ,PA), and artists from the west coast (CA,AZ,WA). After hearing other artists on campus,we felt like we had something to say too. So we came together and started putting out singles and mixtapes. Since we were all from the metropolitan area and it was so many of us at the time, “The Metro Cartel” was the name we stuck with.
Twist Online : Our readers would like to know more about the band members and their role in the band?
The Metro Cartel : Ivin the Terrorable (Songwriter),Duck Lo (Songwriter), B.I.G. Fella (Songwriter/Audio Engineer), M.I.L. (Songwriter)
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release “Black Collar” ?
The Metro Cartel : “Black Collar” is a single from B.I.G. Fella’s latest project “Quiet As Kept” EP. The concept is based on the black market. As of people especially of colour;we have to work twice as hard to meet the standards ofothers,with that being said we have to grind to a certain extent,our hustle is different from the next man, we have 2-3+ jobs outside of our career choice,we own our own businesses or have a side hustle to bring in extraincome. At the end of the day,it’s just all about survival and helping who you can or whoever’s willing to except your help throughout the process!
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
The Metro Cartel : The feedback from this release was great. We appreciate everyone who supported the release and the visual behind it. A lot of people weren’t expecting this type of material from us let a lone the concept within itself. We feel that this release hit home and people can relate to it because they’re going through it. Blessings from every angle!
Twist Online : What attracts you more, performing on stage or working in studios?
The Metro Cartel : Performing on stage is more attractive then working in the studio because of live feedback and raw responses we receive when we step off stage. That feeling itself is priceless. Don’t get us wrong,we love working in the studio too because of the creative process of one another individually but it just doesn’t compete with that stage.
Twist Online : Have you set some target to achieve as a music artist?
The Metro Cartel : We set a few goals and accomplish a lot to get to where we are today. Being students of the game,we know we have a lot more to achieve and a lot more room for improvement. Staying humble and capitalizing on every opportunity that “make sense” is key.
Twist Online : Are you currently working on any other project?
The Metro Cartel : Yes! We’re working on the compilation album and individual projects as well. Ivin the Terrorable is working on his forthcoming project, “Ghetto Gospel”. Duck Lo & B.I.G. Fella are also working on another joint project, “Prey Or Pray 2”; which would include the whole group as a collective. We just launched our website, www.TheMetroCartel.org ,we have new merch,show dates,and three singles out on the blogs and all digital platforms, “Papi”, “Never Stop”,& “Trenches”.