I had a fun interview with Michael Baugh aka CorePreme. A creative American rapper and producer who always put all his energy into his songs. One thing that caught my attention was the fact that he finished a world tour in all the continents of the world! Currently, I’m a fan of his latest music video for the dance single “Dive & Float” which was filmed in Dubai. Wanna know more? Then read everything below.
1 – How would you describe your music style?
I see my music in dimensions. For instance, what comes naturally to me is talking about my experiences and perspectives of social issues, poverty, injustice, etc. I classify that music as the social side of Core. My slogan is “What side are you on” which forces my fans to decide are they driven more by their demons or angels. No one, in my opinion, is all one way. Under the right or wrong circumstances, we all have the potential to become the worst or best versions of ourselves. Just to be clear on the type or types of music I make, there is the 1. social 2. good vs evil 3. commercial 4. international 5. street grit. 6.pimp life
2 – Was singing something you’ve wanted to do for a long time?
Yes! I have always wanted to sing and have been recently taking classes. I have also been watching Christina Aguilera Master Class on singing. I have been rapping since I was a child. it was always my dream to express myself artistically through my raps, though I hesitate to call myself a rapper.
3 – Who would you love to collaborate with, past or present?
Great question! Since I love artists, I truly admire all types and genuinely love their company. Past? 2Pac, Big Pun, Big L, Gangstar, Nate Dogg, Michael Jackson, Prince, Elvis, and the list goes on and on. Present? Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Nas, Outkast. Pitbull, Dmx, and again, the list goes on.
4 – What CDs and music you listen to that would shock your fans?
My fans may be shocked to know I listen to al lot of 1950s music, a simpler time. I also adore classical music. My playlist is usually the most inspirational songs ever made. They may be surprised to know I love listening to music that instills a sense of confidence for women. Survivor by Beyonce, Roar by Katy Perry, Stronger by Kelly Clarkson. I love women and I want to see them empowered in every way.
5 – What do you like better – performing or recording? Why?
I have spent way more time in the studio recording then performing live, so far, but I would have to say I love performing live. The energy from the audience is incredible. If I could, I would bottle it and drink it 3 times a day. There’s an unbelievable feeling that takes over your body and you are forced to submit to the crowd…I love it.
6 – We know you like to travel a lot. Please let us know your favorite place in this world.
I do love to travel, but over 90 percent of my traveling was for performances, interviews, working with other artists, etc. I have been to Japan, China, India, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Italy, Paris, Switzerland, Netherlands, Turkey, Dubai, Africa…its so hard to choose. My first love is of course, America, Seattle & San Francisco but a close second is Paris. I love the people, the culture, almost everything about it.
7 – What’s the name of your latest track and what is it about?
The name of my latest track is “Dive & Float” it’s my first attempt at a dance song, which was written, recorded and filmed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It’s about me traveling to the middle east and having a great time with a beautiful woman. It’s a fast paced, sexually charged banger. I really enjoyed it. Shout out to Marzia and my boy Dicco6.
8 – What’s been the weirdest fan experience?
Again, good question! The weirdest fan experience I had was right in my hometown of Staten Island. I was walking to a local Dunkin Donuts to get a coffee when this girl started screaming and ran up to me and practically jumped on me. I was startled and smiled. She asked me for an autograph, then immediately asked me if I thought she was pretty. I said yes, as she was quite attractive, she then asked if I wanted to hang out with her that night. Talk about being forward. She immediately put the interaction of social media and told people she was engaged to me…I appreciated the flattery but it created more problems when I wanted.
9 – What sort of image do you try to portray to your fans?
I try to be as honest as possible. Whatever image that conveys, is truly up to their perception. Ideally, I try to be someone honorable, driven by virtues. I hope to encourage people to be comfortable enough to speak their mind and push themselves out of their comfort zones. On occasion, I have been accused of seeing the best in the worst people, I guess it’s a true statement. I really do see the best in people. Sometimes, they just need someone to believe in them, other times, they just don’t believe you or think you have a hidden agenda, very frustrating.
10 – What are your future goals as an artist?
My future goals as an artist is to be even more honest with my fans. To share with them my deepest fears and greats loves. To expose myself and grow as an entertainer and singer. I really would love to surround myself with artists and just continually create, create, create. I am at my best when I am around artists with similar thinking. I would also love to create a unique sound, maybe even a unique genre. I consider myself a trendsetter, so that would live up to my personal perspective of myself.