Two days ago I was introduced to an amazing up and coming hip-hop artist that goes by the name Comet Madmen. The introduction was actually by P Stew, who is half of The Uzual Suspectz, a fellow Long Island group who I have had the pleasure of interviewing in the past. At such a young age, Comet has had quite a lot of success under his belt already. From working with legends like Party Arty, to starting his own entertainment team for over three years now, this man is dedicated and driven beyond belief to make himself a household name in the hip-hop industry. I sat down with the Bronx native and Long Island resident to discuss the people he has worked with, what he plans on doing in the future and why he is just like everyone else when it comes to everyday life. Check it out.
So how old were you when you decided you wanted to get into the music industry?
I started getting serious back between 2006-2007. I started to work with the legendary Party Arty who pretty much gave me more motivation and told me that “I had it”.
Growing up who became some of your biggest musical influences?
No one really. I listened to a lot of different music growing up. I really loved Mobb Deep, Jay-Z, Biggie and Tupac whom in a way I built my music around. Some of my inspirations I have had the chance to work with which has been great for me.
How would you describe your sound?
Raw street. No bullshit, just straight up.
When people hear your music, who do you get comparisons to the most? Do you take it as a compliment?
For the most part I get Prodigy of Mobb Deep. That’s great to me of course, it’s really awesome. To me, I sound like me.
What has been the reaction to your epic song “French Connection” since its release?
It’s been great. The background of that song is that we worked with DJ Ophax who is originally from France. When it got put out to the masses people really loved it. It was put on blogs amongst other outlets and it really moved us a step forward. We followed up with the Uzual Suspectz and it got even more love. The video itself is directed by P Stew, who is a member of Uzual Suspectz and it’s called “Get It Right”.
How did you go about finding Madmen Entertainment?
Madmen is originally my street fam actually. In 2009 I was deep into my music. I released a mixtape and decided it was time to do something more. “Madmen Entertainment” became official by 2010. It was such a good step forward because it took everything in me to make this happen and the results have been great. Persistence pays off in the end.
Why did you title your album “Ground Zero?” Seems a bit controversial.
Basically, being a new artist from New York, I don’t really listen to any other music that is out there unless I am forced to. The title pretty much means a new day for New York and me. It was produced by Nickel Plated who did eight of the nine songs and Thorotracks produced the other.
What has been your favorite track you have released and why was it so special?
It was a track called “New York Live”. It features Party Arty and Black Poet. Just having Party Arty on it was incredible because the dude gave me a stand as far as where I can go musically. I accomplished another big goal by getting Black Poet on the track. Those reasons alone make it my favorite.
Do you think hip-hop artists on Long Island get the respect that they deserve?
I’m bonded being from both the Bronx and Long Island. If you look at the history of hip-hop music, a lot of great artists have come from Long Island. Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes and LL Cool J to name a few. Queens is a borough yes, but it is technically Long Island as well. Nas, Mobb Deep and Keith Murray are another good couple of examples. Lot of great people come from here. If you are going at it solo and not with someone relevant or can bring you places its harder. No matter where you are from people are going to look at you some kind of way.
Any artists you would dream of working with?
Nas hands down. No doubt about that.
What do you got going on for 2013 and beyond?
I have a lot going on. Finishing up the EP with a really great producer from Chicago and working with Eternal of the West Coast Killer Beez. Should be released by March. We plan on putting out an EP together at some point this year. Also got a great clothing line called “Crmnl Element ” that I have designed a couple of prints for them.
What’s the one thing you would like your audience and people out there to know about you more than anything?
I’m real just like they are. Same struggles that they are going through. I put my life on this music. If they like me I’m down. We are pretty much all one in the same.
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