We were fortunate to talk ish with Chicago’s very own…Ashlee Bankz!!! Ashlee Bankz is not only a rap artist but she’s a CEO of her own label, Make Noise Ent. Ashlee Bankz has so much in store and definitely not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Lets get to know Ashlee Bankz…
3 Voices: For those who may not know, tell them who Ashlee Bankz is and what Ashlee Bankz does.
Ashlee Bankz: Ashlee Bankz is an upcoming musician from the Southside of Chicago, IL with roots from Alabama! I co-produce music, rap, sing, direct and I am the founder of my own independent label Make Noise Ent.
3 Voices: How did you get started rapping? What actually inspires you to rap?
Ashlee Bankz: I was always into music but I got started rapping when I first got my iPod in 2006. The greatest gift I had ever received. I would always play around and record myself. I grew up around people who were in the industry such as Shawnna, BXC formerly signed to DTP, and many others. What inspires me to rap is life and my family. While going through different situations as well as experiences I am able to create/reinact different stories and bring them to life in my music. It’s an outlet to just be me.
3 Voices: Who are some of your musical influences? Who would Ashlee Bankz like to get in the studio with?
Ashlee Bankz: Some of my musical influences are Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Eminem,TLC, Jay-Z, & many more. I would like to get in the studio with Missy Elliott of course, Timbaland, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, August Alsina, Future, & a few others.
3 Voices: You have performed in quite a few cities at several shows. What was your most memorable experience in which city? What city would you say showed you the most love other than Chicago?
Ashlee Bankz: My most memorable experience was in Atlanta, GA. Diddy was checking into his hotel and walked right past me and spoke. Definitely, a moment to remember cus he’s legendary. One of the most successful people in the Hip-Hop world. After, I met him I gotta chance to meet and talk to Machine Gun Kelly and his crew. One of my most inspirational moments. The city that showed me the most love other than Chicago was NYC. NYC values good music and if you have it they show their appreciation. They live for good music.
3 Voices: You are the CEO of Make Noise Entertainment. Tell us about your label. What do you look for in other artists that would like to be a part of the movement?
Ashlee Bankz: Make Noise Entertainment, has been around since I was in high school. I just never went through with the idea of starting my own label until now. My label is a family, I want everybody to respect each other and move as one. I’ve been tossed around in a few situations but I think now since I am older and have experience I think it’s time I do my own thing. What I look for in other artists is humbleness, ambition, and loyalty. Somebody that doesn’t take anything for granted and loves their craft. Not somebody that’s just in it for the money and the fame. Somebody that loves doing what they are doing and can create good music and inspire others while doing it.
3 Voices: Your latest single and video is “Talkin.” What would you say that upset you the most about people who always talking?
Ashlee Bankz: Hmm.. this question is perfect! Something that upsets me the most is people who talk down on others and who are negative all the time. Negativity will do nothing for you but bring bad company. Life is too short to hate or be jealous of the next person. I hate when people judge others and assume before asking. I feel as if you’re going to talk or bad mouth the next person you should be perfect.. But nobody is perfect.. so what’s the point of “talkin”
3 Voices: What’s next for Ashlee Bankz? Are there any exclusives you can share with us?
Ashlee Bankz: EVERYTHING! Just living life and enjoying it. I have a project dropping 12/31 called, Dope A$$ Music hosted by DJ Sean Mac and DJ Honorz. I am currently still creating Ashlee Bankz while discovering new things about myself every day. In terms of something exclusive, I’m working with a new team. I am releasing my first official project on my label called BANKZ in early 2014. Great things and many surprises are in stored for this one. I have a good feeling about what I’m doing and I’m excited for my future and this new journey of being a new CEO to my own company.
3 Voices: Yes!!! Shouts out to DJ Honorz by the way! How can the people reach out to Ashlee Bankz on social media sites such as (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.)?
Ashlee Bankz: Twitter/Instagram: @AshleeBANKZ
“Whats a life without risks? BORING! Push yourself, you might discover somebody great..YOU”………………….X.O. -BANKZ
And there you have it people! Your heard it all from Ashlee Bankz herself! We advise you know to get with the Make Noise Ent. they definitely going places and be on the look out for everything Ashlee Bankz. Much success to you Ashlee and keep in touch.