Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My music is an artistic fusion of Hip Hop, Hardcore Rap, RNB (Both standard and evolved as sub-genres of (Soul, NeoSoul, etc.) plus added accents of Rock, Trap, & Old Skool rap) classic vintage feels with an unexpected mix of instrumentation, vocal stylistics that balance between dominant emcee driven Barz & along with soft touches of song bird-like melodies. Some songs speak of life, death, pain, and joy… no subject is off-limits. Resiliency, Consistency & Passion are the marks of a true artist. The ability to withstand the ups & downs of the music business while writing, arranging & composing great music is a feat. But to also hold down a different fort, capture a different moment shining as a mother, professional & business owner – takes the accomplishment of lyrical skill to a whole other level. Born on the south side of Chicago, I have lived a whole life. Understanding my humble beginnings in the hood, struggling to make ends meet to eventually raising a beautiful daughter, owning a successful consulting/publishing business while creating timeless music – I have gifts to give in my music on life, achievement, failure, and the ultimate triumph. Fans of a classic hip hop vibe with a modern yet retro vision should enjoy her energy and the performance level I put forth, as many have already enjoyed my style on stage. Guided by my love of God, life, and the tenacity of my spirit to create, I have dug deep and produced a well-rounded body of work that will move the crowd and inspire the masses.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
We #LIVE MAY 1ST 2022 | This has been a hard road, so hard I almost lost it all yesterday. After having a stellar night at @nublunyc, I began to experience chest pains after this guy at the club attempted to bring me down with some old garbage. After speaking to the event’s curator, #rayangry, I realized that that guy was bringing up old news and had not realized that all had been mended and no one was beefing about anything. Yet I went outside and smoked one to release my mind from the negativity that guy tried to dredge up. Usually, I would hang out with friends, but last night felt different; I kept feeling intense pain in my chest. I tried to laugh it away, but it persisted. So I thought I’d been driving myself hard with working, performing at night, recording, and now dropping this new album and single – leading with my vision instead of my fear. Yet when morning came, the pain in my chest persisted, so I went to City MD thinking that maybe I had contracted #Covid again… yet it was much worst. I had suffered a mild heart attack. I was immediately transferred to New York Methodist hospital and was treated for mild cardiac arrest. This was a # wake-up call. I had been fighting battles all week. People hating on me that I didn’t deserve, calling me out my name – when I tell you the devil was busy, he was busy! I, too, caused my struggles.
Even though I am in relatively good health, occasionally, I still smoke tobacco, which stopped yesterday! #IQuit between the stress of it all, the verbal violence I had been experiencing, the negativity from ppl who should have been protecting me – my heart had had enough! And almost stopped … for good. #ProtectYourHeart #ProtectYourPeace Stop bullshitting yourself #StopPuttingBadShitInYourBody If you don’t, your body will start talking to you. loudly. #LifesTooShort #TakeBetterCareOfYou #Now not #Later #HealthIsWealth and bullshit ain’t about nothing #RayAngry #ProducerMondays #Becareful #YourInnerPeaceMatters
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Stay focused, don’t compare yourself to anyone else, and run your race, not another person, as your most significant and worst competitor is yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, meditate and don’t put bad things in your body, or your body will do bad things to you. And finally, practice, practice, and more practice!
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Ray Angry and The Legendary Roots Crew. In 2005, I lived in Chicago and had been releasing my independent music since about 1998. The Roots came to Chicago this particular year to perform at the regal House of Blues restaurant. I was determined to see them, but after asking friend after friend, everyone said no! No1 wants to see Camille’s roots – they all said to me. But I did. They were a unique Hip Hop band, everything I could want to become as an entrepreneurial independent artist. So I went by myself self (eek! butterflies!) Long story short, the show was phenomenal, and I ended up hearing that Questlove would have a DJ set at the now-closed but infamous Booda Lounge. I was hooked and convinced I would go and meet the Roots! Not sure how all that would happen, I went to the club with my mixtapes in hand, determined to at the very least sell a few mixtapes. Which I did. Then I saw a friend who said, would you like to meet Black thought? I was floored to talk about manifesting what you want! So he took me back to the VIP room where Questlove with his big fro was DJ’ing, and many celebrities were in the room. Yet we kept going. I was a little puzzled, even scared, so I followed but now with a healthy amount of skepticism to tow. We reached the door where the DJ booth was located, and on the other side of the door outside was the legendary GOAT Black thought! I was like a school-age child. So much so that I interviewed him like a reporter with my imaginary microphone. Looking back on it now, I was mortified at my school-age behavior. We talked for hours, and then I went home happy from meeting my most excellent mentor. Years later, after moving to New York, the same friend contacted me to inform me that I would never guess who asked about me. Of course, it was Black Thought! I was so amazed and floored that he even remembered me. It was an honor. Little did I know the roots had plans for me to return to music after all these years after stepping away from music to raise my daughter. Her now being a college-age student, I was free to explore my music again, yet now with a bit of a twist, Jazz music! 5 years later and five albums in, I am now performing with the roots tour pianist Ray Angry, curator of the Producer Mondays series at Nublu NYC on the lower east side. If someone had told me that in 2005 I would be now performing every week with one of the members of the legendary roots, I would have told them they were crazy. Guess it goes to show that dreams do come true … eventually.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Absolutely – Post the pandemic, and in response to the 2020 racial riots after the death of George Floyd, I wrote a spoken-word piece called “Tyranny of Mirrors” inspired by the writings and musings of the late great James Baldwin. The poem was later published in a book with other poets such as Nikki Giovani, Gloria Steinem & 162 other great writers, both big and small. The book and poem transformed the lives of millions, and all proceeds went to Urban Word NYC, which specializes in bringing the arts back to the urban underprivileged communities that may not have access to the arts due to lack of funding. This, by far, was one of the most significant accomplishments of my life, second only to the birth of my child.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Stop the love you save may be your own” ~ The Jackson 5. Write a new song on the topic: Take Me To The Altar #Exploration of Black Pain in the eyes of Prejudice is a Spoken word & Hip Hop performance of new songs expressing the joys and the pains of being black in America. Black history is being made 365 days of the year, not just in Feb. My last and newest album continues to explore these themes with a beautiful spoken-word piece called “Take Me To The Altar,” featuring Maurice Brown of Andersen Paak & The Free Nationals – This song explores the pain some in the black community have of pining for a post-racial world in 2022 only to find the identical racist troupes bleeding through the veins of white America. I explore these themes, some with solutions, some without, but all depicting the visceral surrealism of living in today’s modern racially fueled inflated America, or married as some would call it. I am looking to create direct synergy between the altruistic innovative goals of the Brooklyn Museum with the type of hard-hitting visceral representation of my Art and the emotions it can convey to springboard accelerated change. We are often told that change takes time, a fact I do not deny. However, certain types of change are, in fact, well overdue, and my Art represents that sense of urgency and persistence to the goal that quite often can be the exacting catalyst of change among millions of other efforts to catapult change in such an accelerated manner people believe it occurred overnight. When in fact, there was a flick to a flame, something that struck a chord so great the rumble of falling ancient structures of racism and Prejudice have no choice but to fall down or away entirely.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
IG: @absolutensyte or Absyte2 on Twitter or Google “Absyte”
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Thank you for this opportunity – I’m very grateful to share my story of perseverance and hard work, hopefully inspiring others to do more in their lives no matter how small they may think their footprint is on the world’s stage.