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Artist Spotlight: Tone Trump

15 Mar, 2009 Musicians

Froman: For those who aren’t in the know, who is Tone Trump? Any relation to the Donald?

Tone Trump: Tone Trump is the King of West Philly. I’m New Blood to the industry. And unfortunately, I’m no relation to Donald Trump.

Froman: Tell us your thoughts on the music industry and what needs to be changed?

Tone Trump: I think the music industry is taking a turn for the better. And the only thing that needs to change is, they need to just let me run everything, and everything will be perfect. And it’ll be a perfect situation because I’m the future of rap; I’m the future of hip-hop; I’m the future of urban entertainment, so everybody needs to get down now. And we are going to get money, and we going to stay positive.

Froman: What was the inspiration behind the single “Thugn”?

Tone Trump: Thug’n was a song that was created, me just thinking about where I come from. I was in Miami when I recorded it, but I was reflecting on where I come from, and the life that a lot of people live far as the thug life and the thug mentality to get out of these situations, but a lot of times they end up staying in it.

Froman: Tell us about the new album.

Tone Trump: The new album is a classic, I’m working hard on it, and God willing it’ll be out the end of ‘09, beginning of 2010. It’s called “New Blood”.

Froman: How does the Philly style/scene compare to NYC?

Tone Trump: New York got a hot scene, but to me Philly is just…we do what we do. We’re like a pot of gumbo, we got a lot of different swagger and favors. So I always gotta say that Philly are trendsetters. I give all respects to New York, the birthplace of hip-hop, but it’s nothing like Philly! It’s nothing like Philly!

Froman: With you leading the pack, is Philly going to break out in 2009?

Tone Trump: We are definitely going to break out, and I got a company, Top Notch Inc., with a group of artists. We definitely got a lot of positive music coming out. I gotta shout all my artists out, be on a look out for: Mossberg, Mill Millionz, Young Blake, Skinni Sonni, Kibree, all my artists. And plus a lot of artists in Philadelphia that I think are going break in ’09, like Meek Millz, LP, DJ Nophrillz. It’s a lot of different people coming out as far as dj’s and far as artists. Also, look out for Arch Millie and Freck Billionaire.

Froman: We can see now that there is a thin line between selling out and remaining true to your fans (Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Will Smith) do you feel you are close to crossing this? Or have you crossed it already? If not, any plans to?

Tone Trump: I’m never going to sell out because the people I surround myself with, they keep me grounded. So I don’t usually be around new people; everybody around me reminds me that I’m still Lil Tony from West Philly. When I go see my mom I still gotta take out the trash; I still argue with my baby mom, just like everybody else do; me and my homies still bus. No matter how big I get, I stay grounded by the people that surround me, so I don’t worry about that.

Froman: Walk us through a day in the life of Tone Trump.

Tone Trump: A day in the life of Tone Trump is just never sleeping, my days never end. I’m constantly working; if I’m not writing music, I’m shooting videos, I’m doing interviews, I’m getting tattooed, I’m working out. I’m on the phone with Jodie (Tone Trump’s Publicist) trying to get her to get more stuff done. So I’m always doing something positive to keep this movement going.

Froman: Who would you like to just shit on?

Tone Trump: Just all the Naysayers, anybody who thought it was a joke 2 years ago; every day I get bigger and better, my movement. So everybody that use to laugh, and everybody that thought I was wasting my time; I use them for motivation and for every move I make.

Froman: What are the plans for 2009, any videos in the mix?

Tone Trump: Definitely working on the music, working on the album. New Blood is being worked on. A bunch of videos is coming soon; make sure ya’ll stay posted for the videos.

Froman: On the day you die what do you want your epitaph to read?

Tone Trump: I just want it to say, “He was a great man, he was a great father, and he was rich as shiiiit!” And stay tune for more. Make sure you log on to topnotchrap.com. Free my nigga Rosco P. Coldchain, free all my boys locked down. And as always get money and stay positive!

Tone Trump - Hands In The Sky (feat. Akon & Birdman)

The Breakdown:

To some, growing up in the rough streets of West Philly could be a great effort, to someone like Tone Trump it was the beginning of his destiny. Growing up Tone Trump’s family had a strong musical background and his natural ability to excel at almost anything made him a musical force easily at an early age. His passion and motivation came from his influential mother, a mother that expressed both belief and hope in everything he set out to accomplish.

A multi faceted man, Trump was also a natural basketball prodigy. But not being able to resist the temptations of the streets, his basketball career fizzled after being expelled from high school. Although at the time it was devastation, it was exactly what helped him decide to focus his attention on music. Thanks to his solid foundation instilled as a child, Trump fought through the strife and quickly managed to become a Hip Hop Icon.

Influenced by such legends as Schooly D, The Fresh Prince, E.S.T., Cool C and Spade-O, Trump brings a new energy and a new life to the Hip Hop genre. Not only a brilliant artist, Trump is a devoted community activist. In addition to his annual clothing drives, he has spoken at numerous press conferences regarding violence in Philadelphia, and in 2007 was invited to speak at City Hall on different occasions to lend his voice to the community. Trump furthered this notion to end senseless crime in Philadelphia by appearing in and recording music for the soundtrack of “Close to Death”, a Docu-Drama about the murder rate in Philadelphia. He has gone on a National Tour with the “National Exodus Council”, which included performances in Prisons, Schools, and venues across the country to continue getting the message of non violence to his fans and the community.

In February of 2007, he was picked as a “Favorite Philadelphian” along with Jon Bon Jovi and Chase Utley in the Philadelphia Weekly. He has been featured on MTV’s T.R.L., Fox29, NBC 10, ABC and WYBE. In 2008 he was voted “MySpace Artist of the Year” at the Philadelphia Hip Hop awards and also received the award for “Clothing Line of the Year” for Merk Material. He has been nominated for the “Philadelphia Music Awards” and the “East Coast Hip Hop Awards”. His career has been followed by media so frequently that Trump has been featured on nearly every major Hip Hop website and publication such as Ozone Magazine, Foundation Magazine, AllHipHop.com and more.

Not only a rapper, athlete, and activist, Trump defines the word Entrepreneur. A partner in the Merk Material Clothing Line, Trump also formed Top Notch Inc. in 2007 with his partner Jon “Tinsel” Lis. Today Top Notch Inc. consists of 6 artists and successfully dominated the local scene with a flood of mixtapes and live performances.

For most people this would be enough, for Tone Trump it is simply the offspring of his first passion, music. Having been featured on major radio stations across the county, Sirius Satellite Radio, and numerous Internet Radio Stations, Trump continues to release single after single, all gaining critical acclaim. Having worked with some of the top producer’s in the country, his latest works have dominated the internet and radio waves. He has opened for top names in the business such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, and Gym Class Heroes. His live performance is truly a testament to his illustrious personality and unparalleled energy.

There is no doubt that Tone Trump is a legend in the making and 2009 may prove it. With a movie he co-wrote on the way called “Bustin the Traps” and his new album entitled “New Blood”, plan on seeing a lot more of the tattoos, big beard, and swag that can only define the awe-inspiring Tone Trump.


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