Nothing like watching a career grow into something phenomenal. Ive been watching Siya’s career for 5 years now. The growth in lyrics and show appearances the great transition. It is a pleasure to always know where it all comes from.
Interviewer: Nailah “Mogul B”
MOGUL B: When and why did you start rapping?
SIYA: I STARTED AT 7..: IT WAS ALL I COULD DO TO TAKE MY MIND AWAY FROM THE REALITIES OF MY MOTHER BEING ADDICTED TO DRUGS. I WOULD WRITE MY THOUGHTS..: THINGS I WOULDN’T SAY TO ANYONE..: IT TURNED INTO MUSIC
MOGUL B: How has being from Brooklyn influenced your craft?
SIYA: IT MADE ME WHO I AM..: I LOVE WHERE I FROM..: BED-STUY THE HOME OF SOME OF HIP-HOPS GREATS..I GREW UP IN R.V (ELEANOR ROOSEVELT HOUSING PROJECTS) MY HOOD IS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST IN BROOKLYN..AND I’M PROUD TO SAY I MADE IT AND CONTINUE TO REP IT
MOGUL B: Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
SIYA: LOL I’M THE ONLY ONE IN MY FAM I THINK..MY GRANDMOTHER LOVES GOSPEL AND SOUL SO THAT’S WHAT I PRETTY MUCH WAS RAISED ON.
MOGUL B: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
SIYA: I ADMIRE HOV FOR HIS STRUGGLE AND PERSEVERANCE..: HE NEVER GAVE IN TO WHAT THE STREETS WAS OFFERING..: AND HE BECAME ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOGULS IN THE INDUSTRY..: HOW CAN ANYONE NOT ADMIRE THAT..:
MOGUL B: Which famous musicians have you learned from?
SIYA: KRS 1 DEFINITELY TAUGHT ME TO BE A BETTER PERFORMER BY WATCHING HIS SHOWS..: AND LADY GAGA OPENED UP THE DOORS TO TRULY BE YOURSELF WHEN IT COME TO MEDIA AND WE NEED THAT..: MORE PEOPLE TO BE OPEN MINDED
MOGUL B: What are your fondest musical memories
? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
SIYA: GROWING UP IN MY PROJECTS WITH ALL MY HOMEBOYS WHO RAPPED..: WE WOULD GATHER AT MOE-P’S CRIB (GOD REST HIS SOUL) AND RECORD FREESTYLES ON HIS KARAOKE MACHINE AND HAND THEM OUT TO NIGGAS IN THE HOOD..: LOL I MISS THOSE INNOCENT DAYS..: WE DIDN’T KNOW NO BETTER
MOGUL B: Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
SIYA: EVERY OTHER DAY IT FEELS LIKE I’M TRAVELING FOR A SHOW OR PERFORMING ALONG SIDE HEADLINERS AT GIGS IN NY AND ALL OVER..: IVER PERFORMED WITH ALL THE UPCOMING CATS ON THE HIPSTER SCENE..: (WIZ, COLE, KENDRICK LAMAR, YELAWOLF..: ETC) JUST TO NAME A FEW..: MY NAME KEEPS LANDING ON MAJOR BILLS..: IVE DONE IT ALL AND CONTINUE TO
MOGUL B: What is the most regretful thing you have done?
SIYA: AS FAR AS MY MUSIC CAREER I CANT SAY I HAVE ANY REGRETS ..: I’M PROUD OF MYSELF..: NOW AS FAR AS LIFE I HAVE A FEW BUT THAT’S HERE NOR THERE..:
MOGUL B: How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
SIYA: I ACT LIKE I NEVER MADE ONE..: THE SHOW GOES ON..: NEVER LET THE CROWD KNOW YOU FUCKED UP..: FIX IT B4 THEY NOTICE..: A TRUE ARTIST KNOWS THAT..:
MOGUL B: How hard do you think it is for being a female in the rap industry?
SIYA: ITS ONLY AS HARD AS YOU ALLOW IT TO BE..: ITS MALE DOMINATED SO THE DUDES FEEL THEY RUN SHIT..: IN TURN WILL TREAT A SEX SELLING GIMMIC AS SUCH..: EITHER YOU FUCK AND SUCK YOUR WAY TO THE TOP OR YOU WILL NEVER HAVE A CAREER..: OR YOU CAN STAND FIRM BEHIND YOUR BELIEF IN YOURSELF AND MAKE THEM MOTHERFUCKERS BELIEVE IN YOU..:
MOGUL B: Do you think sexuality is a hindrance in the music industry?
SIYA: YES AND NO..: EITHER THEY FUCK WITH YOU OR THEY DON’T..: THERE’S PLENNNNTTTTTYYYY OF GAY AND LESBIANS IN THIS INDUSTRY..: THE ONES YOU WOULD LEAST EXPECT ARE QUEER..: THERE’S JUST A SECRET SOCIETY..: YOUR IN OR YOUR OUT..:
MOGUL B: What advice would you give to beginners who are trying to get into the music business?
SIYA: NEVER GIVE UP! IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN OVER NIGHT..: BE PERSISTENT AND STAY FOCUSED..: GRIND! AND TAKE NO HANDOUTS..:
MOGUL B: Explain your love for body art (Tattoos)
SIYA: SELF ART IS THE BEST ART! TATS ARE SELF EXPRESSIONS THAT BEST REPRESENT YOU… I LOVE IT..:
MOGUL B: What are your plans for 2012?
SIYA: TO BECOME A HOUSE HOLD NAME..: AND I WILL..: