Major League Music Group Presents CMAjoR. He’s an artist, producer, writer and Radio DJ at KISS 103.1. The dynamic MC took 1st prize at the illustrious 2011 A&R Power Summit competition which was judged by many top music executives. He beat out 12 other artists to come in first place. “CMAjoR’s Showmanship and stage presence are incredible. He’s a true MC (Master of Ceremony),” raves Jesse Atkinson, founder of The A&R Power Summit.
Background: When some people think about Kansas, they think of Dorothy, Toto and the Wizard of OZ. But there is a new force putting Kansas on the map. Rapper CMAjoR is making an impact on the independent music scene and shining the spotlight on his hometown of Kansas. CMAjoR is a Hip Hop Tour De Force. The explosive rapper is a “Hip Hop Wizard” and he’s being hailed for his creativity and versatility.
AllHipHop.com: Firstly, give us some background info as to who you are.
CMAjoR My name is Chad Carson, but I go by the name CMAjoR. I’m an artist, producer, writer and Radio DJ at KISS 103.1 and I was born and raised in Emporia Ks, it’s like an hour south of Kansas City.
AllHipHop.com: What is the significance of your name?
CMAjoR Well first and foremost I’m a producer, and back in the day this dude was listening to some of my beats and he was like, “man, those sound like Major league beats right there…”basically sayin that they sound like industry beats ya know? Then of course my first name starts with a C, and on top of that C Major was the first chord my Pops taught me how to play on the piano so, I guess it all just kinda fit.
AllHipHop.com: Who would you say is your target market?
CMAjoR I guess all artists like to say their music is for everybody and I’d be lying if I didn’t feel the same way, but if I had to narrow it down I’d say that the young people have taken to my music and my movement the most. I feel like older folks are more set in there beliefs and opinions on what they like and are more hesitant to try something new whereas young people are more accepting and willing to try something different. But it’s crazy, cause at the same time, I ‘ll be rockin’ out a show at an all ages venue and see a lil 10-12 year old girl jammin’ out and two feet away a woman that looks like she could be her mother doing the same thing singing all the words!
AllHipHop.com: What is your USP? (Unique Selling Proposition) and what sets you apart from other Hip Hop artists?
CMAjoR I think what sets me apart first and foremost are my influences. I didn’t even start listening to hip hop real heavy till I was almost a teenager. I grew up listening to blues and classic rock. My Pops was a blues and rock musician so I grew up listening to BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Lynrd Skynrd, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, guys like that ya know? Then I got into hip hop real heavy at like 11-12 but fell out of favor with it around early 2000. That’s when I got into producing Electronic music. That’s what really sets me apart I think from a producing standpoint. The electronic stuff guys are doing now, I was doing 10-12 years ago. I believe another big thing that sets me apart is where I’m from. The East Coast, West Coast, and the South all have a definitive sound, like u can always tell where those guys are from by listening to their music. But being from the Midwest, not only that, from Kansas, there were no guidelines for me to follow, no precedent, so I drew inspiration from everything around me, everything I heard, everything I saw on TV, it all helped mold me into the artist that I am today.
AllHipHop.com: What single or project are you currently pushing?
CMAjoR Right now I have a new single out called “Losin Control.” The song is bananas! Also, I’m currently pushing my Mixtape/EP 2012 End of Days. It’s crazy, it’s like a rapid fire lyrical flex goin in over some Dubstep joints. I’m really proud of the level of lyricism that I achieved on that project. It’s also kind of a concept project in that it’s a play on the whole Mayan prediction of the Apocalypse. Some people think that the Mayans were predicting a literal end to the world, but to me it’s more like the end to the world as we know it, like it’s the beginning of a new era. So in essence it’s like I feel like I’m helping to usher in a new age in music. Plus there’s some hella crazy indian chants in the opening track that I did myself that sound pretty cool, haha! I also got a single out right now called Rock n Roll produced by my man Johnny B, super dope, super hype, download it right now for free from my soundcloud account at soundcloud.com/therealcmajor.