THE THOUGHTS BEHIND CP DA RULER
Tch: Cp Da Ruler, it’s the first time you been on this platform. Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. We here at Hip Hop Headquarters appreciate your time. Let’s get started, shall we? First off, how are you today?
Cp: ah ah.. yea man I appreciate you having me. My name is CP DA RULER yea a lot of people mistake and put “the” it’s cool though, but yeah I’m good still fresh off a 5 city tour we did in VA, PA, NJ, FL, and I do Atlanta in a few weeks.
Tch: You are from New York, am I correct?
Cp: Yea that’s a Fendi
Tch: For the people who don’t know who you are why don’t you tell the people about yourself
Cp: I’m CP, a Brooklyn recording artist. I’m known for my hit single “ahh ahh ahh” which went viral in NYC. Buzzed up played on 105.1 by DJ Will ,and I was recognized by Funk Flex as up & coming. Grew up on the streets on Coney Island, so yeah you know the vibes.
Tch: Understanding that you be in the city making a name with your music what’s the toughest obstacle you came across in your years on the grind?
Cp: Well I’d say the toughest thing is finding the right people to get your music to. It’s a lot of frauds that pretend to be something they are not and they mislead artists into this fantasy that they can help them. I’m not with none of that. I already lost a lot of money to people that didn’t know what they were doing. It’s a learning experience and a lot of artists gotta learn from it.
Tch: Seeing from listening to the music you use autotune a lot. Is T-Pain one of your influences?
Cp: Well I wouldn’t say I use it a lot. I actually can rap better than a lot of the rappers out today. My engineer just decided to add that to make my voice more radio-friendly. If you listen, it’s a lot of lyrical flows and metaphors in my rhymes. But everyone has their mainstream moments where it’s not as lyrical.
Tch: Speaking of influences what artists inspired you?
Cp: Jay-z, Kanye, Biggie, Tupac, fabulous, AZ, Nas, Lupe, and then I switch it up with Future, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mayne, French Montana.
Tch: I remember you telling me in a previous conversation that you were attempting to give this music life up. Can you explain why you felt that way?
Cp: Sometimes things don’t move as fast as you would like them to. Right when I was ready to give up… BOOM, I was offered distribution at Rocnation. I’m still debating it and currently shopping around at other labels like Atlantic, Sony, and Epic.
Tch: What makes you stand out from the rest of the artists coming from where you from knowing that the music scene is so heavy?
Cp: Well besides the fact that I have a real story to tell. I’m a businessman and a hustler as well. I feel like these rappers now don’t have that drive. They want it but they don’t crave it. I have been putting in work so now I’m just getting what I put in. It’s that time rulerseason time to shine. It’s gonna be hard for them to ignore what I’m gonna be putting out
Tch: You have a single out now called “Pieces”. Do you mind telling what’s the meaning behind the song?
Cp: Well if you in the streets you know. These young niggas getting money off them pieces you know. So I had to make a song the guys I roll with can relate to. I mentioned designers that we’re actually wearing Balenciaga, Mike Amir, and Fendi. It’s more than just music, it’s our lifestyle.
Tch: Being that independence in the rap community at an all-time high, do you think signing to a label is meaningful anymore being that you really can do almost everything a label can do for you on your own?
Cp: I’m saying if you get offered the right deal or fair deal I feel like you should take it. Same way if the plug front you that brick and you are a hustler ..take it. The drug game ain’t too much different than the rap game. The one with the best product gets the win. If you know then you know.
Tch: I saw that you be shouting out Rocnation and you did a song with Rocnation’s artist Manolo rose can you speak on your affiliation with Them?
Cp: I shouted out Rocnation because it’s a brand that I trust. It’s a brand from a Marcy rapper that’s now a billionaire. If that’s not motivation I don’t know what is. I know people that’s invested in that brand I’m supporting my brothers. Manolo Rose and I did a record but that had nothing to do with Rocnation. I got that record cause I’m out here outworking everyone else.
Tch: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Cp: I’m gonna be a platinum-selling artist and I’ll have a successful independent label giving artists a platform I never had.
Tch: Are there any artists you would like to collab with soon?
Cp: Drake, Chris Brown, future, Zoey Dollaz, Jaquae, Young Thug, Casanova, Fabulous, lougotcash, Rich Da Kidd, Jadakiss, Nicki Minaj, Dream Doll, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Kanye, and Post Malone.
Tch: How can people get in contact with you? Also are there any upcoming projects you got coming out that you would like to speak on?
Cp: People can find me on Instagram @CP_DA_RULER. Most of my events are posted there. All digital sites just put my name in and you can find me. Currently, I got a project called Zoe Gawd up there and my latest single Pieces streaming over 145k worldwide big bag from that
Tch: Seeing what happen with Asap Rocky case what’s your thoughts on it?
Cp: Well we gotta watch how we conduct ourselves when not in US territory. They don’t care about your celebrity or status. I’m definitely disappointed on how they handled Asap that nigga a brand ambassador of DIOR. Glad he’s home though.
Tch: What’s your take on media vs artists? Do you feel people in media should look out for artists more how like they used to or should the artist try to get the attention of media and earn their respect?
Cp: I feel like media job is to portray the truth but media is getting paid now to shed light on certain individuals. This is also causing a lot of artists to get on the radar faster. It’s like a magnifying glass on everything they do. It’s a gift and a curse.
Tch: Well CP Da Ruler thanks for sitting with me and telling the world what you have going on. We at Hip Hop Headquarters appreciate your time and appreciate you being an artist and we support your musical journey. We hope you succeed and we wish you the best! Till next time