Artist Interview: Ghetto Men
Tell us about yourself and your music
Well, Ghetto Men is the is the Brooklyn based super consisting of Smiz The Moneykid, Villa Dom, FLM and P. Bombay. We all began as solo artist and came together to form this super talented hip hop group in 1992/1993 whose music speaks to the ills and pitfalls of the ghetto i.e. Ghetto Mentality aka Ghetto Men. Our music is very rugged and straight forward and our life encounters become the backdrop and soundtrack to what we call “…educated street ish”. Our first single released in 1996 was a song entitled “Street Life” followed by the album “N It 4 Life” released in 2003 and “13 1 Hits Wonders” relaedsed in 2003. Since then the group has been working on different projects. In 2016 Smiz The Moneykid released his debut solo album “Pardon My Back” and Villa Dom released his solo debut album “Tell The World I’m Coming” in 2016 as well, FLM currently has his new single out entitled “My Black Is Beautiful” featuring P. Bombay and Roshay-Shela and P. Bombay is working on his solo project as well. Out of that indie grind of Ghetto Men formed a super hip hop business group called “The Office Boys NY” consisting of Smiz The Moneykid aka Mr. Professional and Villa Dom aka Mr. Briefcase. The Office Boys NY has become the leaders of the true indie movement with the release of their new single “I’m So Indie” and their morning radio show “The Morning Cook-Up Show” which airs every Wednesday morning from 11am-12pm followed by the world famous “Afternoony Show” which airs from 12pm-1pm on Poetic Designs Radio via blogtalkradio, you can listen live on your cell phone or smart devices at 657.383.0107.
Talk to us more about your latest release
The Ghetto Mentality aka Ghetto Men albums “N It 4 Life” & “13 1 Hit Wonders” are all available onlin along with the PE “Hip Hop Run The World” which features songs “Hip Hop Run The World” & “Step Back”. Smiz The Moneykid’s album “Pardon My Back” is available in physical copies only but he has the single “I’m Grindin” produced by Grammy nominated producer Phillip “Bangout” Pitts” available on iTunes, amazon and everywhere else online. Villa Dom’s album “Tell The World I’m Coming” is available in physical copies only as well but his single “Smell The Roses” is available online everywhere. Collectively The Office Boys NY have released three digital singles independently entitled “I’m So Indie”, “Let’s Get It” which a sports promo song for football season produced by “Bangout” and “Bedroom Loft”, a grown and sexy song about pleasing your mate and being in love which is also produced by “Bangout” The Office Boys NY also have a project called “Music Meets Literature” where we create soundtracks for books to promote reading, our current singles available online are “Dawn’s Song” written by The Office Boys NY for the novel/movie “Darkest Befor Dawn” written by Arlene Brathwaite, “In The Cut” by Cleshay for the novel “In The Cut” and “Soul Dancing” for the novel “Soul Dancing” also written by Arlene Brathwaite and produced by Bangout. FLM currently has his single “My Black Is Beautiful” making its radio rounds along the songs “If Need Be” and “Wake Up Sex”. Ghetto Men has currently been pushing the singles “Back The The Grungy” and “Hip Hop Run The World” which are both available for sale online and P. Bombay is currently working on his debut album.
Any plans to hit the road?
All tours plan are in the works now.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Well as indie artist we are already privy to the business of the music industry with Smiz The Moneykid being a graduate from The Institute Of Audio Research for recording, engineering and producing and Villa Dom having a bachelors of science in business of music from Full Sail University, these elements create a different form of music as well as a different approach to how to be a successful indie artist. We have taken what we’ve learn from school and the streets and have applied it to the our process of recording, creating and promoting our music.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Outside of our own music and new artist we are grooming to uplift the culture p, the only other artist we listen too is a super talent artist by the name of Frankie Storm, check her out…she’s the future of the music industry, trust me!
Tell us about your passions
The desire to make history everyday, nobody is promised tomorrow so we strive to do the most productive things with our time. We care about our community and the people within it because with them then who would we be? We are all the products of our environment rather we choose to be or not. Our personalities, our likes and dislikes are all shaped by how and where we grow up.
What else is happening next in your world?
More music, more power and more righteousness! We got a few books in the works and plans for a movie coming coming soon.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Engr!