YNY Q&A: Sonja Blade

Brooklyn rapper Sonja Blade is making her music her way.  Going the independent route after being released from her Virgin Records contract, Sonja Blade is proving her lyrics are strong enough to stand on.  Yeah New York caught up with Sonja Blade to ask her about where she’s been and where she’s going.

YNY: What about Hip-Hop pulls you to express yourself through rap?

Sonja Blade: First, I used to write poetry to express my feelings. I guess it was only a matter of time before it converted over to rap. I write all my lyrics, so what you hear from me is my truest feelings. Hip-Hop is part of my culture and an art form that commands attention when an artist can successfully convey to the public what he or she is feeling. So rap is just the form I use to express my way of living, who I am, and what I’m about to the public and my fans, pardon me, my supporters.

YNY: What record best describes you right now?

Sonja Blade: To be honest it would have to be my record “No Quitta” because I feel it took me some time to get back to this point in my career and also to find the love again, with everything that has happened. I’m truly blessed and thankful for not quitting on myself or my talent.

YNY: You were previously signed with Virgin Records. How did that work out for you?

Sonja Blade: Yes, I was signed to Virgin Records. It was a great situation at the time. I was able to work with a lot of great artists and producers on my project. I have made a lot of great relationships in this game that I’m so thankful to have now. The downside was I didn’t understand the full scope of the business. I was unaware of the many things that were going on around me, specifically concerning my business and my career.

YNY: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being signed?

Sonja Blade: The advantage of being signed is having a huge machine behind you that can get your music out to the masses. As you know, a record label’s reach is way beyond your own. I really can’t say there’s a disadvantage. I believe as long as you’re on top of your business, the pros will always outweigh the cons.

YNY: Are you looking to get signed again or would you rather stay completely independent like artists such as Mac Miller and Adele?

Sonja Blade: Right now, I’m independent. I’m putting out my own records and shooting my own videos with my own money through my own label Top of Tha World Entertainment. I wouldn’t be opposed to signing with a major again, but it will be on my terms and through my own label. I have learned a lot since my Virgin Records deal, and this time around I refuse to make those same mistakes. I’m still an artist, but I’m more of a business woman this time around.

YNY: What are some artists that you are a big fan of today?

Sonja Blade: I’m a big fan of Jay-Z, for his lyricism and hustle mentality. I’m also a fan of Jadakiss, Eminem, Kanye, Smif-N-Wesson because of their continuous grind, charisma, and  their performances are dead on.

YNY: On your ReverbNation page, what did you mean by saying, “I’m ready to give the game back what it’s been missing?”

Sonja Blade: I truly believe the lyrical aspect of the game is badly missing. Everything is so dumbed down nowadays. Everybody is talking about the same thing just over a different instrumental. It’s not about having skills anymore or really being “nice wit it.” It’s all about gimmicks. I’m just bringing that lyrical aspect back to the game.

YNY: Where can our readers keep up with you?

Sonja Blade: They can follow me on Twitter @sonjablademusic, YouTube.com/sonjablademusic, Facebook.com/sonjablademusic, ReverbNation.com/sonjablade and on my official website www.sonjablademusic.com.

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