We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Rap Artist & Mogul…Fiend!!! Fiend is no stranger in the music industry. He has been a part of some of hip hop’s classic albums as a member of some of the biggest record labels there is. Nowadays, Fiend does so much more than music, he’s an owner of several businesses and services. Lets get know more about Fiend…
3 Voices: Nowadays you do so much more than rap. Tell us exactly what Fiend does besides rap.
Fiend: First of all, my name is Fiend International Jones and [I’m] having this fly ass interview with Can I Talk My Ish. What I do besides rap…I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a entrepreneur, I’m a motivator, I’m a consultant…I’m a young business mogul. I own companies that allow people to grow as the next business moguls in the next couple of years to come. That’s where I am at right now. I’m not just an artist, I’m a congurent for future business people. That’s what I’m doing today in my career…and that’s what I do.
3 Voices: You were able to accomplish so much throughout your career. What would you say has been your most memorable experience thus far?
Fiend: My most memorable experience so far was reinventing myself during the time of crisis in my life. When I should have been destroyed and throwing my life away, I came out smelling like creed aventus. Lol. Know what I’m saying. That’s one of the most things that I am proud of. There’s no way possible that I can survive my father’s passing, the change of music, financial struggles & woahs, and to come out looking like a line backer for the Chicago Bears.
3 Voices: Tell us about “Sleep Bear Apparel”. What’s the concept behind the design?
Fiend: I started this company by touring with my brothers on JetLife tour and Smokers Club tour with Jonny Shipes, Big K.R.I.T., Shiest Bubs, Smoke DZA, Smokers Club, Jetlife, Curren$y, Mousa. I started this company after I saw it in my sleep. So I woke up and just got at it…I had to make it come to life. It had to be one of the best ventures I ever made. That made me into another young entrepreneur in this great United States of America. This company just represents independence, it represents being rare, unique and it represents dying breed. It’s a koala bear…my version of me as a koala bear which are distinct. They’re very very distinct and unique mammals. So I saw it and brought it to life and it’s just one of those things that have changed my career and made me connect with people…I started a clothing brand. Not trying to make it about me, I’m just acknowledging the gratefulness of being CEO of this but I really try not to make it about me…because people would be able to enjoy it more. It isn’t about Fiend wart or Jones wart, it’s more about, man that sh*t is fly…I mess with that! That’s where I’m at with Sleepy Bear tees. Originally… I have a skate team as well, Sleepy Bear Skate Team. I just posted some things on my Instagram, which is @FiendWhompWhomp. I just want to do different things, I like to diversify my portfolio by diversifying the culture…music, food, love all the things that make the people come together and unite. I think that I use this as a passage to bring people together as well as represent some new fresh.
3 Voices: Tell us about your recent single, “Lemon Squeeze” featuring Young Thug, Corner Boy P & Fi Chief.
Fiend: The song Lemon Squeeze is a collab that was put together by Fi Chief out of Macon, Georgia that I’m happy happened. You got brothers from Georgia…Young Thug is from Georgia, Fi Chief is from Georgia, myself and Corner Boy is from New Orleans, Louisiana and the producer is from Michigan. I thought it was just cool to come together off this dope collaboration, just showing unity as well as making a hard ass joint that make you want to move a little bit. It’s live, that’s what I’m pushing right now as a single. For those out there who’s not aware, you can visit of course my Instagram page to check it out or my Twitter Page @fiend4damoney and check the single out. Live in the streets right now, it’s about 8 pages on Google that can tell you different things about it. That joint right there…I’m kind of happy about that one. It’s gone appear to piss some people off because it’s like Young Thug is somebody that they hate to love but love to hate. So I like pushed the envelope a little bit knowing that collaboration wasn’t expected which was presented to me by Fi Chief and I want to thank him for that too.
3 Voices: Can possibly expect a visual for Lemon Squeeze?
Fiend: Oh yeah! You can expect a visual real soon. I’ll be going to Georgia with Corner Boy P and getting with him, Young Thug & Fi Chief and we gone make that happen.
3 Voices: Who else has Fiend been working with or would even possibly like to work with?
Fiend: I recently worked with DJ Paul of course, Snoop Dogg, Juvenile, Shawty Redd…I have a variety of other people just not on hand because I’m working on a few projects at once. But who I would love to work with…my wish list is Sade, Al Green’s band…I would love to work with Menahan Street Band, that is really a wish list. I don’t know what I can do to get that going. But that’s kind of like a variety of the people that I would love to share a studio with and create some magic. Stevie Wonder of course.
3 Voices: As previously mentioned, you are a husband and father. How do you balance your personal life with your career?
Fiend: We have our life. My family we have our life and we have glimpses that we share with the world but most importantly we have our life. It’s easy…I’m married, I believe one of my bestfriends and [we] made a beautiful family with each other. So it’s easy, when you kind of like don’t let everybody depict your relationship or depict your happiness. Those are the viral points that make me a unique, strong individual that can be able to face the world and not be bothered by particular things that happened out here that a person may not have that type of security that I have. Look at Jay Z, Alica Keys, Swizz Beats, Beyonce…these people, I follow great leadership of people I respect. Of course the world wants a glimpse of something and of course you want to share your happiness with the world but you shouldn’t give everybody everything.
3 Voices: What is some advice you would give an aspiring artist that interesting in becoming a rap artist?
Fiend: I would say if you want to be in this rap business or you want to be a rap star, I think you need to determine which one you trying to do and focus on that. And work on being unique and be the best you that you can possibly be…go from there because just being a rap star and being in the rap business is two different things. The rap business make money and sometimes the rap star don’t.
3 Voices: What’s next for you? Are there any exclusives you can share with us?
Fiend: Oh yeah…exclusively here…you hearing it, I’m releasing some movies that are coming up. Street Life the movie…I’m narrating some films as well. Some documentaries are coming out. I got some new projects like MFOK which stands for Music For Our Kind, which is a International Jones project. I got a diehard Fiend project , TGIF (Thank God It’s Fiend). I got a few other things coming but until like the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted, I’ll wait for a next interview hopefully that would allow me to get another interview with you guys.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to you on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
Fiend: By all means, I love for anybody that’s trying to contact me that have been a fan or going to be a fan can contact me on Twitter @fiend4damoney. You can hit me up on Instagram @fiendwhompwhomp. You can hit me up on Facebook which is Richard Jones. You can visit my website which is www.fienddigital.com. Also you can hit me up on Instagram @InternationalJones.
And there you have it! You heard it all from Fiend himself! Be sure to follow him on all social media sites and check out his official website www.fienddigital.com. Much success to you Fiend and be sure to keep in touch.
Here’s Fiend featuring Young Thug, Corner Boy P, & Fi Chief: