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We were fortunate enough to be able to talk ish with Chicago’s very own, E-Man!!! E-Man has been on the scene for quite some time now doing what he does best, which is making music that the people can relate to. You probably know him best all over the social media setting trends and starting his own movement #SaluteToTheReal. Let’s get to know more about E-Man.
3 Voices: For those out there who may not know, tell the world exactly who E-Man is and what he does?
E-Man: E-Man is just that cool dude from the South Side of Chicago who has a passion for music; making it and listening to it. I’m an Artist not a rapper. I make music for the real, that’s why my motto is #SaluteTotheReal; if you fake, you get kicked to the curb.
3 Voices: When did you first start rapping? What actually inspires you to rap?
E-Man: I been rapping since I was a shorty back in elementary school but as far as taking it serious as a career its going into my 3rd year. I start taking it serious when I graduated high school in 2010.
3 Voices: How did you become a part of Uptown Celebrities (The UC)? What has that experience been like for you?
E-Man: I kind of just FORCED my way into The UC real talk but I got into The UC from attending Columbia College downtown and I was always seeing this dude, which is my homie now D-Flaire. We got these dorms at Columbia with studio booths, where you can go record and do whatever so one night me and my homie Vicc went up there and the whole UC was up in there recording(Tay Devito, Jon De Pledge, and D-Flaire). They was working on a ‘Mama song’ and I was feeling it and was like “yall should put me on this” and they did. Then I start kickin it with them and one night we was having a good time and I was yelling out “UC we about to take over” and from then on out I been with The UC.
The experience has been great man. Since I been working with them we have been on MTV, VH1, WGCI, and a lot of blog sites all over the world. It’s really been a blessing and we still getting started with learning the ropes of this industry.
3 Voices: How did you get involved with the whole Lake Shore Drive Music movement? What has that experience been like for you?
E-Man: Well I got with Lake Shore Drive Music, which is a team and a label, by hooking up with my homie Ghost Gedda. We went to high school together. We was cool but we didn’t really kick it. We had study hall together, we had lunch together, we both had mustangs, and we said “waddup” to each other and that was it. But like I said I didn’t start taking rapping serious until after high school and I didn’t even know he did music until after high school. I recorded my first official song at his crib and its crazy. He hit me up on Facebook like “bro, you do music?”, I’m like “yeah”. He like “I got a lil setup at the crib, come through, lets work.” I went over there we talked it up and we did a few songs that day and a couple months later, he like “bro you might as well get down with Lake Shore Drive Music”. I respected that because he had a lil movement behind it so every since then we been rockin.
The experience with LSD been crazy and I mean crazy in a good way. Everybody know Lake Shore Drive music and holler it out when they see us, they been intune with the music and the movement so I continue to push it.
3 Voices: Who are some of your music influences? Who inspires E-Man?
E-Man: I got a lot but I gotta say Tupac because as I shorty that’s who I listened to the most. He was like my role model. Not only his music but his movement, his poetry, movies, and all that. Coming up was like 50 Cent, TI, Young Jeezy. Right now, I’m rocking with Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar a lot of artist. I rock with the artist that you can tell have a passion for music and they make songs and don’t just rap. They can make a quality good song and it be a hit. Anybody can rap but everybody can’t make a quality good song and it be a hit.
3 Voices: You have been performing almost everywhere from parties, colleges and etc. What was your most memorable experience while performing?
E-Man: Man! Ok….I got two. I’m gone have to say the first one was at Sub-T like in like December of 2012 and we had a show and WE ROCKED IT. Like the crowd was rockin with us so hard. That night will always be memorable because when I was rapping some of the crowd new my verse and it was crazy. We owned Sub-T that night.
My second moment was like last summer when everybody was hitting me up to book me to perform at they party or something. I was too geeked because it felt good to have people rocking with your music and your movement and want you to come perform “they favorite song” by you.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to E-Man on social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.)?
E-Man: You can follow E-Man, Mr.#SaluteTotheReal on;
Twitter & Instagram: @eman_amg
There you have it people! You heard it directly from E-Man himself! We definitely found out ish we didn’t know and we sure you did too. Keep up the grind and #SaluteToTheReal. Much success!
Also check out E-Man’s latest single “Tryna Get It” right here: