We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Rap Artist…Bettie Grind!!! Bettie Grind is an artist who is truly on his grind and building his brand. He’s been on several radio stations, tons of magazines, blogs and etc. He’s currently working on his album, This Real Life, that will include he’s latest single, Groove featuring Sequence Clark. Lets get to know Bettie Grind…
3 Voices: Introduce yourself to the world. Let the people know who Bettie Grind is and what Bettie Grind does.
Bettie Grind: I’m Bettie Grind…a artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m a Hip Hop artist and owner of Hood Supastar Entertainment.
3 Voices: What inspired you to become an artist?
Bettie Grind: I’ve always been a writer…just from writing stories to poetry. But what got me more to wanting to be a artist, I lost a bestfriend and a brother. They both were murdered in the streets. I just wanted to pretty much do something to get away from destruction…I didn’t want to have to see my mother and grandmother cry anymore. I got into the music to try to find a outlet from [being] outside in the streets.
3 Voices: Who are some artists that have influenced your music career? Who did you listen to growing up?
Bettie Grind: I grew up on all different types of Hip Hop from De La Soul, Black Moon, Digable Planets, NWA, Geto Boys, Outkast, Dre Chronic, Hov, BIG,Nas, Pac…I kinda have a broad Hip Hop experience. From Rob Base to Kid n Play to Salt n Pepa. I was always a little homie, around big homies and they were definitely into hip hop. A lot of them were older than me, [who] came from the break dancing and graffiti age. So I was kind of expose to a lot of different hip hop music, but all of it inspired me just to see that you can make conscience music like a Rakim and to switch it over to a Talib to a Hov [& etc.]. Music is music, you have to appreciate it for what it is…it’s always going to be different.
3 Voices: You’ve been on tons of websites, magazines, radio stations, and etc. What would you say has been your most memorable moment so far?
Bettie Grind: My most memorable experience will probably be being in T.I.’s studio with Drumma Boy doing my first single. It was the first time that I was actually recognized for my hard work by people who were accepted by the industry as being the who’s who. So just recording my first single, being in T.I.’s studio, while TIP being there with his artist. Drumma Boy producing the record. It was like, “okay, I’m here.”
3 Voices: After meeting TI, did he give you any advice? Could you see yourself possibly working with him in the near future?
Bettie Grind: When I was in there with TIP, we were just chopping it up. Like, we all just rode around, there wasn’t a situation…it was more so cool dudes in the studio just kicking it, just chopping it up. Just seeing what each other got going on. It wasn’t really a “groupie situation,” it was like we all being real, just talking it and kicking it. As far as doing records, I’m sure that will come together in time…the more I grow. At that moment, it was just some streets n*ggas in there kicking it and making music. That was really it.
3 Voices: Tell us about your new single, Groove. Can we expect a visual for Groove?
Bettie Grind: Yeah, yeah…well the single, Groove is doing well on radio now. The video…we working on a treatment right now, just because the song is doing well but we don’t want to rush the visual. As well as, we want to make sure the visual is appropriate and definitely a great example of the song without going too far or too deep because the song is very sexual. But yeah, there will definitely be a visual coming soon.
3 Voices: We noticed that you have been promoting “11.4.14”, which happens to be the release date of your album, This Real Life. What can the people expect from This Real Life?
Bettie Grind: This Real Life is a ground breaking project coming from a independent stand point. Some of the pacemakers in the South have actually heard that, the project and the directors on that. It’s kind of a reasonable doubt…it’s really not based on what’s going on right now, more of the club singy songy, it’s establishing that we can make club records but lyrically, it’s time to make presences for Bettie Grind and establishing his position as well as innovating music…it’s too different things. It’s a wide of real music from RUN DMC type style of bringing the Rock mix with Hip Hop. I got records on where there’s no beat; it’s just taking it back to the ethnics when it was just freestyles with no records, just listen to the words. It’s just a innovative project. “This Real Life.” Pretty much within itself it’s just my life, my life story so you can get a better understanding of why I’m respected street wise and why I’m respected in this game of Hip Hop by catz who come from the same position. It’s definitely a innovative project.
3 Voices: Are there any collaborations that the people can expect?
Bettie Grind: I have features on there. I have Sequence, who’s on the Groove record, he’s on this project as well. He’s done records with Timberland, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Wale and his list goes on for a while. I got some producers and engineers who are industry level. Far as real features, like rappers or anything, it’s more based on myself on this project. I got some up and coming catz on there but it’s mostly myself.
3 Voices: What’s next for you? Are there any exclusives you can share with us?
Bettie Grind: I have the album, which it’s coming in November. Outside of that, just working on some visuals, we working on a visual for one of the singles on there called, Beastie Boys that I will be shooting in October as well as I will be shooting another record on the album next week, which is called “I Can Make A Million Off A Blow.” Right now, that’s pretty much it, just setting up for shows, homecomings and different things of that sort. But the album is the main focus right now…that’s the push.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to you on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
Bettie Grind: Everything, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, anything social media is @BettieGrind or you can go to www.bettiegrind.com to check up on any of my mixtapes, or get my albums from iTunes, Google Play and etc. But everything is @BettieGrind.
And there you have it! You heard it all from Bettie Grind himself! Be sure to check out Bettie Grind’s official website www.bettiegrind.com and be on the lookout for his album, This Real Life that’s expected to be released, November 11th. Much success to you Bettie Grind and keep in touch!
Here’s Bettie Grind “Groove” featuring Sequence Clark: