How did your music career start?
It started when I was in middle school, & my whole squad we was deep in hip hop...you know break dancing , pop locking & battling. So eventually me & my man Will started battling dudes & killing them from school to around the way on the block around North Philly. As I got older I got into alot of Talent shows ..which I never lost any I've been in, did some T.V. commercials, did shows with alot of local Philly artist like E.S.T. & 3 X Dope, Cool C & Steady B etc. From there it's just been a long journey from almost inking a deal in 1992 with Columbia Records. I was up there when Wyclef & the Fugees got they jump off. I was in the room looking at the rough edits for Nas's debut video "Halftime" with Wyclef & Pras and all them dudes. Then I moved on into my life to where I was born again in 1994 , hooked up with T.R.U.T.H. & T-wyse to form a ill gospel super group called "The Salvation Army" Did a couple of years with them & labored with Cross Movement too, it was a good experience for me and a great stepping stone into my life of ministry. Since then I've been back in the streets & been through alot of heart aches & pain which has caused me to grow as a man & artist for God even more. I feel like I'm unstoppable now, God took me through my Egypt & the world has no idea what's in store for them. I've paid some dues fam. I'm ready now.
How did you come up with "Rob Hodge"?
That's my birth name. I had many names as a emcee in my life time. But I decided to go with Rob Hodge because every thing I give in my music is transparent. You get me raw & uncut all day 24/7. Rob Hodge.
What do you want to achieve with your 2 mixtapes?
Who and what inspired you for your lyrics?
What's your favorite song in your mixtapes?
Who are the guest appearances on the mixtapes?
What are your goals for this year of 2005?
What artists have you already worked and performed with?
As of working with..Of course DA T.R.U.T.H. ,T-wyse, Cross movement, Japhia Life etc. The list goes on...Alot of street cats you would never know as well.
What artist do you want to work with?
Ahh..Probably Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin, Shirley Cesar,Jamie Foxx..actually we are in talks with him & his new label as well. That's about it. It's not too may cats that really move me out there. My squad is really deep & talented enough. I'm always looking for new talent too. If any body out there in the Philly area that's talented & anointed..holla at me, I'll definately listen.
What was the best thing that happened in your music career?
Finding Jesus Christ as my Lord & Savior. It made me into a better man & all around artist .
Are you working on any projects (present and future)?
Well.. The official album is being worked on & will be done soon. That should be dropping late summer early fall. I'm in the studio grinding fam. It's gonna be real special. On Production I brought out the A team for this one....I got: "Saint Man ( Hell's Diary The Healing L.P. ),Todd Collins (Grits, KJ-52), Kevin Aurthor (Produced CM's Holy Culture & Phanatik's Incredible walk), J-Rippa of The Holy Hit Makerz , Kid Classic (Prequels Vol.1 & Vol.2), The Architect (From Pages of Life E.P.) , One of Philly's hottest new producers "Nahieem (This Kid is Sick), Firstborn from Houston, Vland from St. Louis who did a monster banger on the album that's real street & also worked with(This'l & Flame). Of course I had my hand in the album as well.. I can't tell you the guest apperances...I'll let that be a surprise when the album drops..it's gonna be history in the making, Trust me.
Other than the album. We got "Kings Of The East" mixtape Part 2 The Sequel (The Return Of The Kings) dropping this Summer with DJ Sean Blu. That will have the summer on lock in the streets, I guarantee. Also I'm working on T.K.'s , S.O.G. & Japhia Life's projects as we speak. So it's getting real baby. Last but not least, The official tour will kick off in a month. Japhia Life & Myself will headline a major tour called "New Day In Hip Hop: The Love & Life Tour 2005". It's going to be insane. Coming to a city near you. If you want the tour to hit your city give us a holla. You can hit up my booking agent. He's Tonex's booking agent as well. His info is:
Chad Horton: Kulture Entertainment
c/o Chad Horton
2759 Lemon Grove Avenue
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Give him a call or email & will make it happen. This is the Tour of the year. Don't miss out.
How is it to be with Beatmart?
How did you hook up with Beatmart?
Word of mouth. Japhia was doing alot of work with them in the spring & Todd & I kept in contact. Then Todd came to me one day & said he wanted to make something go down & said he was a big fan of my music..& we took it from there. Now together we about to make hip hop history this fall ,world wide..stay tuned.
If you had to do another genre of music, what will it be and why?
How did you accept Jesus in your life?
Food: Cheese Steaks..I'm from North Philly baby.
Movie: Coming To America
Sport: Foot Ball..The Eagles will be back better than ever!
Rapper: The 1988 KRS-ONE BDP tied with " A Tribe Called Quest"
Producer: Kid Classic
State: P.A. all day..
Music: Hip Hop
Bible verse: Ecclesiastes 12:13
Where can we buy your 2 mixtapes? http://www.dasouth.com/bus-shop/ , hiphopfor thesoul.com & many other hip hop sites that sells merchandise & Cd's. Secular sites will have it as well.
Any last words?
Yeah make sure y'all visit http://myspace.com/robhodge for the latest info & news on Rob Hodge. The official site will be up soon under robhodge.com. Go & get them mixtapes & when the album drops in stores go & cop 3 of them..one for the crib, the car & one to keep in your classic collection. God's people stand up...It's our time. North Philly keep ya head up..the murder rate in Philadelphia is reaching a all time high over the past few weeks...People is getting killed left & right. Pray for me & my squad as we impact this world. The time is now. I'm out..I gotta go get some grub..that's food if y'all don't know. Be easy. One.