GroovNuke and $NOOP discuss the release of $NOOP's first official project 'Iron Man 400 Stark', the 'Stark Tower', feedback from his first release and so much more.
"Can't wait til I can say I really made it. Iron Man 400 Stark, no need to grade it"
Lyrics by $noop.
If you haven't been in the loop with $noop and his first project 'Iron Man 400 Stark', what are you waiting for?
It's been almost month since the release of his debut project. $noop is still cooking up more heat in the meantime and still makes it his daily mission to continue to push his craft and improve. BBoy produced the full project with the exception of NEW Pesos (prod. Johnny Bangz) , and DC engineered the project.
$noop turned pain, loss, and many long nights into triumph. Thus the Iron Man 400 Stark era began. Sometimes you just got to throw on the armor and get ready for what's in front of you. He took pride in embracing the Tony Stark persona on this one, turned his greatest thoughts into the Stark Tower. What is that exactly? You're about to find out through our Q+A interview.
GroovNuke: So bro, let the people know WHAT EXACTLY is the Stark Tower?
$noop: The Stark Tower is just my way of thinking, a way of life. You know, in Tony Stark's tower can oversee everything and that's just my view of life. That's when it was born. I Am Iron MAN 400 Stark.
Groovnuke: Describe the process of making the intro. 'Stark Tower'. You said a lot on there that will leave people wondering about your life, but you also left room for people to turn back to reflect on theirs.
$NOOP: After I got into the project, I just had the beat and realized it was cold as hell. So I wrote to it a few times and it came together. I got good feedback and they all said I should make it my intro so I went with it.
GroovNuke: Did you plan for a project with no features, or did it just go down like that?
$noop: I had a few features lined up, but we was on two different pages when the time came. But it's all good.
On the intro to 'Iron Man 400 Stark', $noop brings the people in with his tough story telling and vivid lines.
"You don't live how I live you don't know my position. So many days ain't have a pot to piss, nothing to sh*t in. Now every time I hit the stu I treat it like a way in. I swear I never want to leave, DC can I stay in?"
The process of making this project was no easy one for $noop, and he expressed it throughout the project. When you have low moments and you create something special such as a project, the grind speaks for itself. All the late nights in the stu, pushing for promotion, and everything is surely due to pay off for $noop. The grind to get known is becoming scarce. A lot of people are afraid to get 10 toes down for where they want to be in life. $noop on the other hand, he gone step.
Groovnuke: Describe your Coast2Coast LIVE experience?
$noop: It was a good experience. Shoutout to Arizona y'all got some good people out there. It could've been a better show though. A lot of things I didn't like but I made the most of it from the time I was there until the time I left. I should've had show versions of my tracks, but it's cool I can take a 81/100.
GroovNuke: Who were your biggest rap inspirations coming up? Who are some you model yourself after these days?
$noop: Man, Herb. You know I rock with Herb heavy it been like that since the jump. Boosie, Meek Mill, Bump J, Bankroll Fresh rip StreetMoneyWorldwide, all my fallen soldiers everybody I do this for.
GroovNuke: How old were you exactly when you started rapping?
$noop: I started out jotting down rhymes in the fifth grade. Came a long way from that. Seventh and Eighth grade I got back into it but in high school is when I really jumped in the booth. I wish I took it seriously back then because I could've been reached this point of progress.
GroovNuke: If you had to play one of your songs in front of people who've never listened to you to put them on, what would it be?
$noop: 'Fortnite'. That's the song everybody rocking with for the most part. It's a real attention grabber because Fortnite is a real trendy game right now.
"Baby I play in the shadows, don't know if I'm awake or my eyes closed."
"One day my name gone fill arenas, doing encores"
GroovNuke: Recently, Shakey came through with the IG co-sign for one of your singles 'Fortnite', tell me how that happened.
$NOOP: I really been reaching out to him trying to work but I hit him up about the project and he found 'Fortnite' on YouTube and rocked with it. I been f*cking with Shakey one of the funniest in the city and he from the land so he got to feel it. Shoutout Shakey one time.
GroovNuke: Hold on bro I got to ask this, why don't you play Fortnite? Lol
$noop: Lol it just ain't my speed bro, the concept valid but all that extra just ain't for me.
"Woke up to some money, I don't play Fortnite"
Groovnuke: I see you have physical copies going out, what are your plans with them? I feel like that's a big deal and still a good way to get the word out you know..
$noop: You knew we grew up off music, so I'm just trying to stick with what I know. Got to get it out by any means. Plus, I put them together myself. The first physical album I ever bought was last year. Meek Mill 'Wins & Losses' got me through a lot. So just by hearing that I'm like "Yeah, I got to do this. Make it happen ya know."
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GroovNuke: What's some future plans you got for the game? Like what kind of people can you see yourself working with?
$NOOP: I just hope to one day work with all the independent artists for we can find more ways to make money for ourselves rather than the low-balling labels. No matter if you're big and independent, or local. We can all get to it. Aw yeah, I'm working on a project with with my homie Foekiss, I got something coming with Lito and Yung Ice too. It's been due.
GroovNuke: I see your IG is doing good numbers but you really don't use your Twitter like that. Why not?
$noop: Twitter really ain't my speed it's too internet you know. I may get around to it eventually lol but follow me on Instagram @400Snoop. I'm just trying to market my music I'm good on everything else but Twitter will be my last resort.
"This here reality, can't run from all your problems n*gga, eviction notes made my heart a lil' harder n*gga."
Groovnuke: What track you feel told the real you on this one? Like the one that hit you the most..
$noop: To be honest, all of them. 'Stark Tower' was the setting message of the tape. 'Eviction Notes' was a current situation I was facing, made me shed a few while I was making the track. 'Numbers' was about my past relationship that went left you know how it go, 'Fortnite' I knew was gone be the hit because everybody f*cking with the game. 'Greatness', sh*t we should all strive for it.
'Factz' I was just on there giving out game, hear me out. 'Like That' it be like that, so you know I felt that. 'Brand New Gadgets' was just bars and it was inspired by the real Tony Stark you know. 'NEW Pesos' I was just having fun, Johnny Bangz produced that one. 'Support' I got the vibe from Herb sh*t. It came out of support for Herb and we was dropping our sh*t around the same time. 'Trap Spot' just one of my favorites on here, if I had a top 5 on my project, it'll definitely be on there.
Groovnuke: What producers do you want to work with in the future?
$noop: DJ L, KidWonder, Zaytoven, Southside, whoever do MoneyMan beats lol shoutout Moneyman one time. Plus, I need a beat from Sosa.
Groovnuke: If you had to give another up and coming artist advice, what would it be?
$noop: Just stay focused. If you're really about making it with this music you got to go and get it in every aspect. Get your money right, find a way to reach multiple platforms. Know how to market your music and get it registered. I'm still up and coming myself though, so I'm still learning new things too.
Groovnuke: What's next for your promo?
$noop: Keep showing consistency, it's a big thing got to stay on top of it. I'm working on getting some more visuals out. My project is still fairly new even though I'm working on other sh*t I'm going to continue to keep pushing the movement.
GroovNuke: Fasho but last question before we wrap it up, where do you see yourself with five more years of rap under your belt?
$noop: I should be a heavy in the game, doing things I always wanted to make happen. I shouldn't be in this same postion. I highly doubt I will be.
Ladies and gentleman you just got a tour of the Stark Tower. That's what's going on with my boy $noopy. He has a promising future with an unmatched grind like his. It's no hype just real push. He's not stopping until he gets it. You will see more of him, but in the meantime catch up on 'Iron Man 400 Stark' if you haven't already. It's here for you below.