MIL: Music Is Life Magazine Has caught up with one of the DMV’s Brightest Stars Can You Introduce your self and In your own words Tell us who is Muggsy Malone?
TPK: Wassup world, I'm Muggsy Malone also known as The Parkway Kid or TPK for short. I'm a musician who was born and raised in the DC / MD area and represents it wherever i have been in this short life God blessed me to life.
MIL: How did you get the name Muggsy Malone?
TPK: Muggsy is an acronym. Letter by letter it means Motivation U Gain Grinding Surviving Yesterday. I apply it to my daily life and believe in the theory that what you go through in like makes you what you are. Its been a journey to get where I wanted to be in life I just kept going. I don’t know anything else but not giving up. Cant is not a word in my vocabulary.
MIL: How Long Have you Been Rapping?
TPK: Since I was 8 years old just about. I listened to everybody, when I say everybody I mean everybody. But the ones that were the some of the best who never sold out are dead and gone or killed cause of the weak and jealous. Big Pun, Pac, Big L, Biggie. Scarface, Jigga and Cube are my favorites. Heavy on the Rakim too. That 18th Letter album was the shit to me.
MIL: When did you realize you could rhyme? Do you remember your first ever rhyme you wrote?
TPK: I cant even remember the first rap that I wrote. I started off writing poems. To be completely honest I never really realized I could fo it until I took it seriously at thirteen. I like the fact that I was expressing myself in a way that made people say “I feel the same way you do” and they liked it. I was the kid who grew up with something to prove all the time in whatever.
MIL: How do you actually classify the style of music that you create and perform?
TPK: I make music for the people on the come up. The common man who doesn’t get any credit doing his best for his children. The mother with two kids and a job willing to do anything for her kids but keeps her morals intact. I do it for the folks who seein the lies in between the lines and want to expose them. The voiceless men and women who get up and go to work everyday and hustle on the side to make ends dreaming and working for more. The folks that wont sellout and turn they back on people who care for them for an extra day of freedom or brathin. That’s what and who I do it for. But I do all types of music at the end of the day mostly about the everyday struggle of a person in America. Its just coming up in this area that makes it different.
MIL: What is the message you are trying to get across in your music?
TPK: To never give up no matter what man. That’s my basic message that I try to tell anyone. I was handing out flyers for my then album "Probable Cause" which I’m still going to put out by the way, but some youngins came up to me and asked me how did I do it? I told them that you cant quit. You gotta keep going. Nobody goes they’re whole life without being badmouthed. They did it to Jesus Christ. A hater is nothing to me at the end of the day man. Somebody saying they don’t like me. Aight so what are you really saying? Ok that’s cool but wassup tho? Unless you gone swing or shoot I don’t let that affect me. I’ve slept outside chasing this dream. With nowhere to go. My own family turned they’re back on me. I didn’t become a get wit to make it either. I was never like that. I was always taught that a man stands on his own two feet and makes it happen the best way he knows how. You make mistakes but its trial and error.
MIL: Where does your "pen game" come from?
TPK: I wouldn’t know where to go with that one man. I’ve just always been interested in comprehension , English and knowledge there of to fill the lack of what I had. So I read the dictionary , the bible and different novels. I always had a creative mindset to do me. A lot of people told me I would never make it which was even more of a motivator for me at days end. Far as rap goes I listened to pretty much everybody and bought they’re CD’s. I also listen to an assortment of music. My father , God rest his soul had me listening to Jazz , Blues , Gogo , Rock and everything growing up. 89.3 was our favorite station listening to Coltrane , Davis , Grover Washington , Marvin Gave , Gil Scott Heron , Louis Armstrong , Michael Franks , Duke Ellington , Aretha Franklin , Ella Fitz , The Ojays , The Whispers and everyone who had something to say in they’re music.
MIL: How did life in the military prepare you for the Music Business?
TPK: I left for the military at 17 with a mind set of making a difference for myself cause I was living crazy at the time. But I kept rapping all the way through my tour in the military. I was always disciplined when I put my mind to something so that came naturally. I was away from my family and friends and still aint the type to mesh with people I just can’t mesh with but I ended up meeting my partner The Tek outta St. Louis who’s also a producer on TPK and my friend. I’d wake up in the morning and write a 16, go to formation. Think of something while I’m on that 2 mile run or doing push-ups and go write something else. I’d skip breakfast. I missed home and being around my folks so much that I’d stay up and write rhymes all day long even at my job, with me up there. Long story short, they had a battle rap competition at an off base club called City Lights and I was the champ for 3 weeks in a row. I had to battle everyone who came up on the same night sometimes 7 or 8 people. The whole military base got wind of it and I ended up bringing business to the club on Friday nights and the owner of the spot brought me around everyone that would come through. I unloaded for everyone from people from Rap-A-Lot to Juvenille and Buck when he was with UTP. Adina Howard.
MIL: When did Hip-Hop become your career of choice? And, why did you choose music as a profession?
TPK: I don’t know. I just felt like it called me. I have a true passion for it that cant be denied. It was therapeutic for me as a youngster and I still use it for the same thing today. I realized that it was a way for to get myself in a better position in life in a positive. There’s nothing like doing what you love. Imagine finding your dream job that you got a degree for in college in the first place. That’s what I was chasing. When I started writing five and six raps a day I knew it was like. OK. I’ll do this professionally. I got a lot of offers but nothing was the right situation.
MIL: Let's talk about your new project "TPK" Its basically a street album right? also What made you choose that title?
TPK: Yeah it is. Because of my nickname The Parkway Kid. I wanted to introduce myself to the public and it’s a chance to tell my story. The mixtape itself stalled because I got a situation after Be Alright landed on the radio and I went right into working on Probable Cause. A lot of songs that I had on the album they used on the mixtape like, Guardian Angel, Survivor, Be Alright and a few more. Its taken me a minute to really put it all together with new tracks on it.
MIL: Who did you work with on "TPK"?
TPK: Amadeus who is one of the hitmen, Team Demo, Street runner & Infamous who both won Grammy awards working with Wayne, and a host of other producers are on the project with me. I got Grussle on there from Innerloop records, Kajmir Royale is on there with me as well.
MIL: When I listen to your Music I can hear the pain your voice, How important is it to tell your stories of real life situations?
TPK: It's very important especially in a time where it seems hip-hop has lost its credibility to the up most. Music is entertainment true but it should also be a reflection of yourself as a person and I think that is what's missing from hip-hop. The authenticity. If nobody knows where you coming from how can they ride with you where you’re going. I don't feel like I do it on purpose but I've actually been through things in my life to lay claim to the things that I say in my rhymes so I feel like I have an obligation and duty as a rapper to tell the truth as best as I possibly can. There’s a time and place for everything that you do in life. Everybody is not shining. If that's the case people wouldn't be snatching chains would they? Everybody don’t sell bricks of kane some people wake up in the morning and go to work. Its just a fact of life. There's a recession going on right now in this country. Come on lets keep it real. I don't wanna get too long winded but I know what its like to be at the bottom of the barrel. I seen it more times than I can count on my toes and fingers combined. Unless you're trying to tell me how I can come up from the bottom and get to where you are, you really not talking to me as a person dog. Like if you had a nive to five its ok. That's you. If you were in the streets running around that’s you. Be you. The people that's meant to roll with you will and some wont. Bottom line everybody aint gon like you and that’s bottom line.
MIL: What are you hoping to do with this new project and beyond?
TPK: I just hope to get people through the day in they’re lives while making them think about what I’m saying in the same breath. At the end of the day, its about showing people you got talent. I want to perform everywhere in the area that I possibly can.
MIL: What's your connection to bad boy records?
TPK: I'm not signed to them or anything like that. Conrad Dimance who worked on Day 26, Danity Kane and Biggie album is a cool cat. He was the A&R on my album. Everybody over there that I've met on staff are good folks. Amadeus is with the Hitmen who’s worked with just about everyone on they’re roster. Alonzo is one of Puff’s mix men. Everybody generally respects each other from what I can see and hear over there. I’m not on papers with them or anything of that though. If they hit me and they need me I'm wit it.
MIL: What's your label Situation at the moment?
TPK: I'm no longer an artist under Warpath Records as of this interview. Much success to whatever they do with they’re career in the music business. Me and Fontana/UMG are on good terms and never had any problems in the first place so I'm ok. I haven’t turned in Probable Cause to them yet and if they like, they like it if they don't I'll find someway to put it out.
MIL: What's the Difference between The Parkway Kid and Muggsy Malone?
TPK: There is no difference between the two. Its all who I am. No alter-ego’s or things of that nature.
MIL: The music industry is changing almost everyday, how are you going to be successful?
TPK: I’m just gonna be myself , and get out there and play like the coach say. One thing I’ll say is that artist are doing too many mixtapes and not enough albums. At the same time you can’t really say what works for another person you gotta do what's going to be effective for you at the end of the day but not be afraid to take a risk sometimes. If you don’t you might miss an ingredient that can up your game. Its cool to stay in school. Never think that you’re the master of anything. You ain't God. There’s someone out here trying ten times harder than you are. They just don’t get the chance to see it. Michael Jordan practiced everyday of his career and he’s the greatest basketball player we'll ever know. And that’s a fact.
MIL: Do you have any additional aspirations?
TPK: Haven't really thought of it yet. I know I want to make sure artist who deserve , and want to work hard get heard. I didn’t have it easy. I wasn’t part of any special group of folks or a click that knew people. I got out there and busted my ass and when people did things I didn’t agree with I made my own route. Simple and plain. I may have hurt myself in the long run but I’d rather be in pain before I let that ‘do what you gotta do’ stigmata grab a hold of me. Or even the ‘its just business’ rule.
MIL: How do you feel about the current state of Hip-Hop in the DMV??
TPK: Love it..
MIL: Where would you like to see yourself at this time next year?
TPK: I live a day at a time , I plan for the future. But I don’t wanna jinx anything I got planned. Lets just play it by ear for right now
MIL: Where can fans find you at online ?
MIL: In Closing Music Is Life Magazine Would like to say thank you for freeing up time to do the interview. Would you Like to Say Anything Else To Your Fans?
TPK: Continue to look out for more music coming from me in the coming years and months. I’m not going to let you down. TPK is coming out January 2010