Wisconsin based Flame The Ruler is quickly making a name for himself on the independent Hip Hop scene. His intricate wordplay and aggressive lyrical style resonates with honesty and sincerity. He is currently heating up the streets with his Mixtape entitled “The Departure” Hosted by DJ Kaze and featuring production by Victory and DJ. Pain 1. “The Departure” is head nodding Hip Hop at it’s finest. There are catchy hooks, quality production and plenty of food for thought on the mixtape. His new single "A$$ Session" is heating up the strip clubs in the Midwest and beyond. Flame The Ruler been spotlighted on Vlad TV, YoRaps.com and he has an upcoming feature in XXL Magazine.
All Hip Hop: What's Good Flame The Ruler. Firstly, give us some background info as to who you are.
Flame The Ruler: My name is Flame The Ruler. I'm an aspiring artist originally from Milwaukee, WI. I currently live in Madison, WI. I've been doing music since I was 11 years old and I became good at it. I'm the eldest of seven children and I take my music very seriously. I view music as a way to talk about the reality of struggling. I rap about the hardships and the reality of an artist with big dreams going from the bottom to the top. To me music is about passion, life and motivation. It's also about having fun. I strive to use my music career to show my family a new side of life.
All Hip Hop: What is the significance of your name?
Flame The Ruler: You know every artist has had many names that they go through before they finally find a name that truly fits them. People around me would always say that my songs are hot or that my mixtapes are fire. So I took the word "Flame" to represent my hot flow and I added term "The Ruler" to my name because I'm great at what I do and I dominate in my lane. I'm a Midwest Maverick.
All Hip Hop: Your music is somewhat unique, Who would you say is your target market?
Flame The Ruler: My target is the new generation of underground Hip Hop fans. Everyone starts in the underground. I feel that it is important to make my impact among the people who love the pureness of the genre. My goal is to build a strong foundation for me and my whole GFMG family. I want to build my brand from the ground up one fan at a time.
Flame The Ruler - "By Any Means"
All Hip Hop: You're part of Hip collective called G.U.T.T.A. Tell us about that and what sets you apart from other crews?
Flame The Ruler: What makes myself and my crew unique is that we have this thing called the G.U.T.T.A. It sounds like some grimy type of shit but it's actually an acronym. It stands for "Getting United To Take Action," because we know that power and strength are in numbers. We're coming together musically to build this thing up. I do this for all the guttas out there; let's come together. And I incorporate this in my music so the people can relate to it.
All Hip Hop: You're new single "A$$ Session" got the strip clubs in the Midwest going crazy. Describe the single.
Flame The Ruler: Yes, The single I'm currently pushing is a club joint called "A$$ Session" Feat my dude Yung Ron. It's produced by my producer "Beats by Victory." Yeah, well I like to have fun. And a few strip clubs picked up the song. Many club DJ's are supporting the song. It's going to a big hit and I have a strong marketing effort on the way to get it to more clubs nationally and to the mixshow DJ's.
Flame The Ruler - "I'm Drivin"
All Hip Hop: Which artists have inspired you?
Flame The Ruler: The list of artists who have inspired and influenced me goes on for days. In terms of Old school artists it would be Ll Cool J, Special Ed, Fresh Prince And Jazzy Jeff, Heavy D, RUN DMC, UGK, Ghetto Boys, And Out Kast. In terms of new school artists I would say Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jadakiss, Drake, Twista, And L.E.P. Bogus Boys.
All Hip Hop: What is your opinion of the current state of the music industry?
Flame The Ruler: I feel that the industry is cool, but I would like to see more artists not leave the underdogs out so much. We have to reach out to the cats with no voice and we as artists have to be a voice for them. Everybody ain't driving Bentleys. Where I'm from we're just trying to keep a roof over our kids' heads and food in their mouths. Like I stated before, I speak for the people coming from the bottom to reach the top. I'm at the bottom so that's what my music pertain to.
All Hip Hop: Any final words for the people.
Flame The Ruler: First I'd like to think All Hip Hop for the opportunity. You guys have the best Hip Hop site hands down. Also I want to give a shout out to my G.U.T.T.A crew and to everyone back in Wisconsin. And lastly I want everyone to check out my Website www.flametheruler.com. I do this for the people. One love.