By Kerri Provost
10:50 AM EDT, September 19, 2013
Found at: Tisane in Hartford
You host a hip-hop open mic. What's that like?
It's real low key. Anyone can go on stage.
What advice would you give a newbie at an open mic?
Keep an open mind. Understand that the ability to create is not something that every human possesses.
How did you get started rapping?
It's a sad story. I really wanted to be a DJ growing up. After saving up and buying equipment, we got robbed except for a speaker and microphone. So, I figured, start rapping.
Wildest thing that's happened at a show?
We played Mohegan Sun last year. There were about ten 50-year-old women that rushed onto the stage when I was rapping. They were trying to get me to do body shots off of them.
Best adventure you've been on?
We were filming the video for "860", me and my friend Supa, and in the whole song I mention everything in the 860. We went on a road trip. It consisted of getting out of the car and putting stickers on ridiculous places.
Challenges as a musician?
Trying to get people to understand that original music only survives with support.
Any projects you're working on?
Joey Batts & Them is working on a sophomore album. We're busy. I'm writing a song called "Monster Face."
Advice you'd give yourself 10 years ago?
Put my face on a sticker and get a head start!
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