Tony Moreaux has been putting on for his city and state for some time now. Countless singles, visuals and earlier this year he dropped off his most impressive solo effort to date in: “Had You At Hello”. That project showcased Moreaux’s wordplay ability, story-telling skills, and his talents of carrying a song all by himself. He is currently working on new material and branding his AMX team. Read his interview with Nate below.
Peace family. All is real well, man. The little ones are good. My daughter, the oldest, is so damn creative for a 7 year old. It’s hard to keep with sometimes yo (laughs). My son who just turned a year old recently, is always trying to find a way to creep up in my studio when I’m in the middle of recording. I tried to tell him I charge for features but he thinks he’s so damn entitled (laughs). Jokes, jokes. Little man loves the stu’ though.
As a musician, it’s impacted me greatly. Mostly in a sense where it has conditioned me for a tough, hostile environment. It basically made me a monster, Nate. Through my experiences being a musician from this area, I feel like now you can stick me anywhere on the globe and I can run the show. I say this not only because of the criticism of haters or nay-sayers, but also, the support… My supporters pushed me to great heights and HEAVILY contributed to the confidence I already had. Coming from a place like this, the people either hate you hard, or love you hard. You would know (laughs).
Well, I will say Tupac made me pick up the pen around 8-9 years old. Notorious BIG basically made me keep going and exploring. Nas made me want to be a more creative artist. Jay Z made me want to become an icon in the culture. Naming these 4 artists, I know it’s pretty cliche, so I HAD to give my reasons. I will definitely say Hov had the largest influence on me though.
I actually started rapping before producing. I started producing about 7-8 years after I started rapping… Do I have an advantage doing both? Absolutely. As Tony Moreaux the producer, I know exactly what Tony Moreaux the artist should and shouldn’t be rapping on. Being a producer guides me in the right directions as an artist. With that being said, as a producer, I still explore and experiment new sounds for Tony Moreaux the artist (laughs). Two things I will always guarantee is quality and growth.
Besides myself, AMX -Anything Minor Xpands, consists of my brother Jhonstone, my brother Corey, my TMF guys, Rawb, Slim, Juke and Coop…, Anything Minor Xpands…. Basically meaning there will always be room for growth on this side. No matter how major we may become. We’ll always expand and reinvent. No ceilings over our heads. We strive to exceed what is perceived as “greatest” or “best”.
Without a doubt. It’s only right. Couldn’t give you an exact date but THAT is going down.
Of course. I feel as though Hip Hop is in a place right now where it’s allowing many artists to wake up and finally make some damn music. I like what I’ve been hearing but there is always going to be that large bunch that I consider to be dead weight… but hey… that’s just my opinion. If these dead weight rappers have supporters then more power to ’em. Other than that, I feel like hip hop is in a great place and will proceed to grow if we can keep making MUSIC.
I think it’s a beautiful thing. Rappers been battling since rap was actually dubbed “RAP” (laughs). It’s all fun at the end of the day even though ego can come in to play at certain times. Seeing these industry guys step in the ring is very humbling to see because this is only helping the culture grow, in my opinion… It makes things interesting. It lets people know that rap has other extensions besides just songs. Battling was once a huge part of the culture and is becoming that once again and I couldn’t be more proud.
Let me tell you, first hand, Nate…THE MAIN ISSUE…upcoming rappers have to deal with is being put in the category of being an “upcoming rapper” (laughs). Simple as that… Before the potential listener even hits play, the upcoming artist is being judged or even worse, over looked. It is what it is. As cliche as it sounds, it really can be all about who you know. Which can also be another struggle or obstacle to some. Because besides actually being a talented artist who makes good music, you have to have somewhat of an attractive personality if you want to stay connected and not burn bridges with these folks. Be cool… Then of course you have these other cats who literally just got lucky and got on, it happens (laughs). We see this all the time.
It was a great feeling, man. To know that these big names are showing me all this love only gave me that much more confirmation that this music thing here is something that I’m meant to do. A lot of guys would receive an opportunity similar to mine, celebrate and get lazy afterwards, but for me, it was a real kick in the ass, it reminded me to stay on my toes and most of all, stay consistent.
You just had to drop that bomb on me, huh Nate? (laughs)… It’s so hard to choose cause it’s like, all these tracks are my babies! (laughs) You know?… But man… If I really had to choose…….”Contradictions” is that joint man. If I could describe it the best way I knew how, I’d depict it as a “conscious banger” (laughs). I feel like it’s a perfect combination of something you nod your head to, but also, you’re listening to the words and respecting the message. I’d say it’s very relatable too, which I consider to be an important ingredient in any of my songs.
My manager actually is real cool with Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz. From there, I was put in contact with Mr. Walt. The rest is history… Black List Celebrity is one of my favorite songs and it was an honor to be able to work with such legends on that joint. I’m most definitely looking forward to making more history with them.
Goals, goals, goals… In no specific order, I gotta say one music related goal of mine would to be on a world tour. I’m anticipating the day that’s in effect. Another would be to have my true supporters and fans stick with me through any musical transition I decide to make… That’s huge to me…I can’t keep you here, however, I can only promise consistency, the rest is up to you. Last but not least, one of my biggest goals is to actually be an icon in this culture, man. I yearn for that. I know I can put this culture on my back. I have way too much offer. I mean that in the most humble way possible.
Yea man… The new single is a banger…self-produced…a very fun, braggadocious, bass heavy track. At the same time, the inspiration behind it is simply a little run around of the ups and downs of how my year has been so far. Hope y’all enjoyed it, man.
After this single drops… Who knows, yo? I surprise myself (laughs)…. Maybe a freestyle, maybe a video, maybe a feature, maybe a whole new song… Anything but silence (laughs). I can say THAT much. Working on a whole new project too but that’s for later on. Just know it’s in the works!
Well, I gotta admit, this is an easy one… Honestly, I’d most likely be producing my ass off if rap wasn’t in the plans dog (laughs).
Fam… Kennedy’s Fried Chicken. Anyone that knows me, KNOWS that is my spot. Other than that, I love Mandee’s Pizza, Primo Roast Beef and the Mediterranean….all good food, dog. I highly recommend all them spots to any outsider that happens to be around the way. Word.
My disgusting, unhealthy love for Dunkin Donuts coffee. Nothing like that hot morning coffee on cold day, fam. (laughs) I’m a true New Englander when it comes to that. The fact that the morning coffee is of Dunkin Donuts brand is what makes this a New England thing (laughs).