Turf is an artist for Def Side Records.
Double Cin Magazine: First off, introduce yourself to everyone who hasn’t heard of you…
Turf: Im Turf, from Covington, KY. The youngest artist to sign to Def Side Records. On an upcoming rise, locally, but tryin to reach globally! I got a pretty well known buzz in Cincinnati, towards Winton Terrace and thru out the city..
Why did u choose the name “Turf”?
Well first off, I was kickin it with a couple my boyz back in the day. We was in the studio the name I had before was “Point Blank.” Everybody thought it was hott, but we did sum research and found out there was a couple people with the name already. So I came up with a couple other ones, but once Turf popped in my head everyone digged it. I started off as “Turf Da Kid,” then after signing with Def Side Records, we figured it would be more official to just keep the “Turf” instead of the “Da Kid.”
So when and how did you end up hooking up with Def Side?
I’ve known Gonja for awhile. Been a fan of his music, and his crew, for at least 3 years now. Been stayin in touch with Gonja throughout the past years. After choosing that I didnt wanna make or start my own company yet, I hit Gonja up. He already knew who I was, from the past, so we went over couple of things I had to do. After that it was official.
So you’re a rapper and a mixing engineer?
Yeah. I know how to do pretty much a bit of everything, as far engineering, mixing, mastering, Djing. And also a lil bit of producing. With the help from Skikotik Menz, C.E.O./Owner of Sikotik Muzik, who has been helping me with my producing skillz. Im beginning to catch on with that too. But mainly, I am a rapper and engineer. It was always hard get in the studio on other people’s time, so i put a lot of time and hard work in learning how to mix, master, and record. Took it to another level. Started doin it on my own! I had an official “Professional” studio, back in June of last year, but due to location problems it got tore down. Working my way building another one.
What other Cincinnati artists have you worked with, would like to work with?
I’ve worked with B-Muney, Gonja, Young Swagga. Couple artist from KY i wanna throw out that I’ve worked with: Marty Scars, Kris Forreal, Jackboy, Coppo, Lil Dev (FREE DEV), but i have a couple artist im trying to work with. Such as Ben Beamon, Cincinnati’s Flea, K.K. (Cx3), Joey Mack. Producers I wanna work with in the future such as Kill Will, M-80, Young Ex, Tight Goin Crazy, and most of all Mac-Niff.
What makes your music different from the rest that Cincinnati has to offer?
I feel i have a different kinda way I present my music. I can feel my music and relate to it, because I know what I say is true. Now if anybody thinks different there a waste of time in my book. I dont try to compare myself to any artist, from Cincinnati or anywhere, in the global industry. Everyone has there own story, everyone has there share of the streets, I’ve done things, and seen things these artist at 25 have done and see, at the age of 17. Everyone has a different story, and different lifestyle they went through. I dont really feel that I’m too different, but i just present myself and my work different than some other artist. I do street music, caues its what I know about, its what I’ve seen, and I been in them! I wanna say my music is different because, it’s not only not written, but its real life. Some artist are actors. They could have the hardest bars ever, say they done the most craziest things ever. My story is authentic, I’m not a rapper, I’m a muthafucka from the streets with a story to tell!
Greedy, off the Turf War Vol. 1 Mixtape
I’ve never sold crack, or none of that. I’ve only sold weed, and only know about weed. So when it comes to a drug related side of my songs, that’s what makes me different too. Most artist deal with coke, crack, dog, 4′s, things like that.
Im not happy with what I’ve done at my age, but it’s facts!
What has been the biggest challenge for you?
I gotta say I’ve been doing this music shit since I was 11. So ever since then, I’ve tried to accomplish my dream on my own. Never really had any support from family, friends, or nothin. I never had that support for me. Me building everything I’ve ever done in to a music form, and doing it all on my own from day 1 until now. I think was the hardest thing ever. Day by day, I put in so much work, I’ve fell off so many times, but always better myself, and came back harder than ever each time. When you don’t have a steady team, and muthafuckas willing to help you reach a goal, or even support you is a big part of this. If you cant keep a loyal team, and keep sum steady promotion, you might as well quit workin so much, recording, and droppin tapes, if you don’t have the rite promotion strategy.
Gotta say that was the hardest thing. Building myself! Musically.
Is there anything you would do differently in your career?
I really don’t think there is. If it wasn’t for that struggle, and hard work I’ve done for so many years, I wouldn’t be in the spot I am. So I’m thankful for the hard time I had to go through, because it’s all paying off now!
What are your up-to-date performance plans? New releases? Tours? News?
Def Side Boyz has a show on October 13th in Kentucky at the Mad Hatter. It’s the official first “Nati Got Next” Showcase. As far as I know, we are still performing, but everyone would have to stay updated just incase plans do change. I am also working on a “Video” for one of my singles off the “Turf War Vol.1 Mixtape,” called “Def Side Boy.” You should see it come out sometime this month! I had a exclusive track called “Hammer’s” feat. Marty Scars, which I can’t really give to much information about that yet, due to past issues. We don’t have any tours yet, but I do have a new mixtape coming out feat. Young Swagga, called “SnapBack Season,” and also have my next official solo mixtape, called “Code Red” coming sometime in December or January. Pressed copies of “Turf War Vol.1″ will be out around December too.
Anything you would like to add or shout out?
I wanna give a big shout out to my C.E.O./Owner of Def Side Records, Gonja Weed. Also shout out to B-Muney, Gotti Asiago, Cincinnati’s Flea, Havoc, GOD, MY FANS, MY HATERS! And also shout out my brother Marty Scars (The beef is officially FINISHED). I’ll talk about that at another time.
As of right now tho, I do have to go due to a recording session!
Cool. Thanks for the interview!
No problem boss. Also Big up’s to Double Cin Magazine for having me. Highly Appreciated.
Too Easy feat. B-Muney, off the Turf War Vol. 1 Mixtape