Emce Damage: The Lyrical Assassin

Joel Perez aka Emce Damage has a lyrical style all his own. His lightening fast flow and creative word play has allowed him to gain a huge fan base. At only 21 (turning 22 on October 20th), the Connecticut native, mixes old school hip-hop with new hip-hop flair creating a sound that is uniquely impressive. Joel’s story of how he evolved into Emce Damage shows how dedicated he is to his craft and focused towards his future as a hip-hop artist.
Please read and enjoy as I interview this very talented young dude.

#1: On your fan page on Facebook, I read that when you were born, you were pronounced dead by the doctor, and your father assisted in delivering you. You miraculously survived. From knowing what took place during your birth, do you believe that you were meant to be here and serve a purpose with your love of music?

Yes I do I feel like I was put on this earth for a great purpose. Music is the only thing that drives me to keep living.

#2:  When did you first fall in love with Hip-Hop?

When I was about 8 years old, I first took an interest in doing music. I fell in love with it around 12. And then at that moment I knew I was going to do this forever.

#3:  You listed Eminem, Linkin Park, Tech N9ne, Nas, Wu Tang Clan, Terror Squad, and Tupac as some of the many musical influences you have.  From those different artists, how does that define and distinguish your sound from the other artists out there?

Those are my main influences.  I think what makes me so different is that I love all kinds of music. That being said I can’t be put in a box with other artists because I love to make music that hasn’t been done yet.

#4:  Do you remember the first rhyme you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?

I remember it like it was yesterday. It had almost a Wu-Tang vibe to it. It was about word play and substance. When I first started really taking it serious, I knew that I wasn’t ready. But over time I was able to express what was really going on in my life.

#5: How did your stage name, Emce Damage come about?

Well the Damage part came from seeing so much at a early age.  It simply came from a refection of the world and how crazed it is. Emce is pretty simple just from being real into the elements of hip hop and a emcee is one of the most important parts of it.

#6:  How do you describe your music for those who have never heard you and would like to check you out?

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Well my music is from all angles pretty much. I try to have a lot of music for people to relate to my struggle. When its time to get crazy, I have my moments as well. I really like to focus on flows that never been done as well, but still having real life situations.

#7:  Who are the top 5 artists in the world (living or dead) you would want to work with and why?

In no particular order its Eminem, Big Pun, DMX, Nas, and TuPac.

#8:  What advantages you think artists have being on an independent label as oppose to a major label?

Well being independent has its ups and downs. You have more freedom being indie as oppose to being signed. As far as being signed there may be a bigger range of fans. I don’t think I would ever sign unless it was a fair contract and I wouldn’t have to conform myself by any means.

#9: Where do you see yourself in your music career in 10 years?

I definitely see myself in magazines and bigger opportunities. Maybe even change the radio a bit at that point and make them play something out of the ordinary.

#10: Is there anything you want to share with the readers or your fans about any upcoming events to look out for?

Yeah there is a few things. I’ve been in the works of making bigger moves and I hopefully want everybody to see me on tour soon. I can’t promise anything, but you can always expect great music and music videos. I’m working to make my name a bit bigger as well to be in more of the range of artists I feel I belong up there with. Up there next to the Cryptic Wisdom’s and Jarren Benton’s.

I would like to thank Joel aka Emce Damage for taking time out and allowing me to interview him. I really appreciate it. Don’t forget to check out his music on his YouTube Channel, Follow him on Twitter, Listen to his new album, “Angels & Demons” on SoundCloud, and also  look out for new stuff with his crew Choppa Clique.
You can also catch him broadcast live on the Hip-Hip Channel on YouNow when you get a chance:
Here are the links to check Joel’s music and learn of upcoming news on him:
Follow Emce Damage on Twitter: @joelper64385042

SoundCloud – Listen to his new album, “Angels & Demons”: https://soundcloud.com/page-2-emce-damage
Emce Damage - Angels and Demons Album Cover
Emce Damage Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EmceDamage
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