The North Texas Hip-Hop Survey: Your Favorite Rapper's Life Lessons, Favorite Cereal and More

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We here at DC9 At Night are excited for Friday. In partnership with The Granada Theater, we're bringing you a showcase including some of the most exciting voices in Dallas' hip-hop scene. Everyone's favorite Nawfside duo, A.Dd+ will headline the bill with support from Blue The Misfit, Sam Lao, -topic, Lord Byron, Jaeson Green, AV the Great, and your host- DJ Jay Clipp. You get all this, and all the surprises we've got up our sleeves for $15 admission. Tickets are on sale now, and there's still time to win the VIP package by doing a good deed for Dallas hip-hop.

To commemorate the occasion, and to help you get to know some of Dallas' most talented emcees, we asked each of these performers to participate in a short questionnaire. You may be surprised to find out what we learned. For instance, did you know that Sam Lao's got a scrappy side? Or how about AV The Great's gnarly favorite cocktail recipe? You learn something new every day. See you Friday night -- it's going to be a real knockout.


RAP NAME: AV The Great
REAL NAME: Christopher Avant

If you weren't rapping, what would you be doing instead? I'd grow weed and be the dopest DJ, and would've broke all the artists on this bill by now. Funny 'cause it's true.

What's your favorite bar in Dallas to hang out at? Anywhere on the square in Den10 (Denton).

When you go to the bar, what do you usually order? It's called a Godfather. Shot of whiskey, shot of amaretto, splash of Dr. Pepper on the rocks. Gets you f'ddd up.

Whats your favorite vacation destination? Why? The studio, by myself- with a mic, monitors, headphones, Protools. I'm good.

What fictional character do you most relate to? Why? The Ninja Turtles. Attitude like Ralph, leader like Leo, knowledge like Donny, and when you get to know me- goofy like Mikey.

Who's your favorite boxer, real or fictional? My favorite boxer is two real people in one, so it's sort of fictional. Lets call him Ali Mayweather.

Have you ever been in a fight? If so, what's your best fight story? I'm from South East Denton. Of course I've been in a fight. We dont shoot, we knuckle up like men. I pieced up a cop pretty nice in college, for throwing me through a window for no reason. But when they double teamed me, goddamn, they slammed me. I held my own though. TO HELL WITH CROOKED COPS!

What are your New Years resolutions? I don't do years. I make the same resolution every day to be a better man, father, son, artist, in that order.

What were your favorite national records of 2013? Magna Carta Holy Grail- Jay Z was my favorite album. F*&k For a Week- Mike Jay was probably my favorite song last year. Really, I listened to a lot of old Miles Davis and Pac last year for some reason. I was really on that Killuminati.

What were your favorite local records of 2013? Fab Decue has this record called "Kennedy". That shit is bumping. Blue, The Misfits' "Livin No Care In The World", that's the banger though. And of course my record "The Conversation"- ahead of its time. Bar for bar, it can't be touched.

What was the first record you heard that made you want to make music? LL Cool J's "Rock The Bells" made me want to rap. Bun B's verse on "Murder" made me take this shit serious. Tupac's "Shed So Many Tears" made me want to put my life into it.

What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when you first started rapping? I wish I would've have know how to edit and shoot my own videos when I first started, cause visuals run the game right now. You can save a lot of time and headache when you can do it yourself.


RAP NAME: Jaeson Green
REAL NAME: You the Feds?

If you weren't rapping, what would you be doing instead?: Probably a psychiatrist.

What's your favorite Dallas venue to play? The Granada Theater

What's your favorite bar in Dallas to hang out at? Slip Inn or Kush

When you go to the bar, what do you usually order? Whiskey straight, or a Budweiser.

Whats your favorite vacation destination? Why? I'd say Atlanta, GA- simply because almost everything down there is black owned. Not to mention the women.

What fictional character do you most relate to? Why? Wolverine, He can't die.

What is your favorite breakfast cereal? Frosted Flakes, with extra sugar on the top.

Who's your favorite boxer, real or fictional? Errol Spence Jr. That's my little bro, so I have to represent.

Have you ever been in a fight? If so, what's your best fight story? When have I not been in a fight? I have to fight every night to prove my love.

What were your favorite national records of 2013?
Jay-Z's Manga Carter, Kevin Gates (Stranger than Fiction), T.I. (Heavy is The Head, Trouble Man), Justin Timberlake (20/20 Experience), Starlito (Cold Turkey).

What was the first record you heard that made you want to make music? Scarface "Dear Diary"

What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when you first started rapping? Cant mixed business with personal. Straight up!


RAP NAME: Lord Byron
REAL NAME: Byron Neal

If you weren't rapping, what would you be doing instead?: Acting. Fun Fact: I was in Beauty & The Beast in high school, played a dancing napkin.

What's your favorite Dallas venue to play? Granada

What's your favorite bar in Dallas to hang out at? Wherever all the beautiful women are swimming.

When you go to the bar, what do you usually order? Modelo. If I left my identification card at home, which is a normality for me, then I'm ordering water on the rocks.

What fictional character do you most relate to? Probably the kid who asked Big Worm for the chilly cheese fritos in Friday and got insulted in the progress. Big Worm was an asshole, so is life, to me sometimes... Arnold from Nickelodeon and Sora from Kingdom Hearts.

What is your favorite breakfast cereal? Easily Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. Never choosing between those, they both my boos.

Who's your favorite boxer, real or fictional? Mike Tyson, without a question. People would pay $15,000 for front row seats to a Tyson fight that only lasted three minutes. Black excellence at its finest.

What was the first record you heard that made you want to make music? Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire

What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when you first started rapping? Um, I honestly have no answer to this. I study this shit, so everything that's happened/happening isn't surprising at all, to an extent. Very appreciative for everybody who's helped me progress, but all of this was ordained.


RAP NAME: -topic
REAL NAME: Benjamin Martin

If you weren't rapping, what would you be doing instead? Film.

What's your favorite Dallas venue to play? Any room at House of Blues, no doubt.

What's your favorite bar in Dallas to hang out at? No bars, but I love loitering at Zini's.

When you go to the bar, what do you usually order? Juice. Pineapple and cranberry.

Whats your favorite vacation destination? Why? Austin. Life is simple there.

What fictional character do you most relate to? Why? Vincent Valentine, for multiple reasons that I can't disclose.

What is your favorite breakfast cereal? CT Crunch, baby.

Who's your favorite boxer, real or fictional? The main character guy from Mike Tyson's Punch Out? I dunno. I'm more into skateboarding than boxing.

Have you ever been in a fight? If so, what's your best fight story? I got into a fight in a swimming pool. I whooped the back of dude's head, literally, 'cause he moves like an ignorant fish in the water. Stories.

What are your New Years resolutions? Be Good & Do Well.

What were your favorite national records of 2013? Until the Quiet Comes by Flying Lotus. Duality by Captain Murphy. Apocalypse by Thundercat.

What were your favorite local records of 2013? No Meal No Deal - Tunk. ALL THE WAY.

What was the first record you heard that made you want to make music? Liberation by Outkast.

What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when you first started rapping? Nothing. This stuff takes time, I understand that clearly now.

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