MR.100: WASSUP FRU I SEE REPPIN' THE DMV YOU FROM P.G. COUNTY MARYLAND. IT'S SOME NICE TALENT DOWN THERE, WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
Hey what's up Mr 100 and Yeah it's a lot of talent
out here for sure. We need some of them Labels to come down here and
spread that love. But I'm influenced by
Basically everybody in this music thing. I'm one of those listeners that
could like at least one song from any artists. I'm a true hip-hop head
for real. However I do have
favorites like 2pac, Biggie, Jayz , Nas,
Ice Cube, Dr Dre , Mc Eiht, Dj Quik, Dj Screw, Lil Keke , The Ghetto
Boyz, Old Cash Money, Master P ...... Oh Man, I
can keep going on and on. Good music is good music to me. I was heavily
influenced by that whole east coast/ west coast beef era. I think that's
when some of the best
MR.100: YOUR ARTIST NAME IS AN ACRONYM, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT AND LET THE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT F.R.U. STANDS FOR.
I probably was high as hell or drunk when I came up with that! I
gotta admit I went through a lot of names before I decided to choose
this one and that was pretty
simple because it is my last name. I
was thinking that if I named myself something else and people find out
what my real name was they would be clowning me even
harder. So I just thought if I come with my real name from the gate it
wouldn't be that big of an issue. With that said not only did I decide
to use my real name but I also
decided to give it a little meaning
to it. F.R.U stands for fellow rebellious underdog and I called it this
because I felt like where I was from rap artists didn't get any type of
recognition with me included in that bunch. meaning I'm a rebellious
underdog just like my peers who are pursuing this rap thing like I'm
doing and doing it well.
MR.100: YOU HAVE A STORY TO BE TOLD, AS
FAR YOU BEING HOMELESS TO BECOMING A TALENTED RAPPER THAT RECEIVED AN
OFFER FROM DEF JAM, CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED?
There is not enough space on here to explain all that dawg but I'm going
to keep it as short as I can. I was about 17 or 18 years old the first
time I became homeless. I
was living with my aunt at the time and
she had a roommate. Her roommate always thought I was wilding out so
when my aunt got sick and couldn't take care of herself
she asked me to look for my own spot. I found a Mexican family that took
me in but later on kicked me out because I couldn't keep up with the
rent and ever since then I was homeless on and off for at least 4 years
living a totally dysfunctional life. I started writing poetry based on
my experiences which later on turned into raps. I did all the cyphers,
battles and open mics etc. Made a little noise with my first project
locally so folks started hitting me up then I ran into my first manager
"Gregory Blackshir". He expressed that he believed in me, my music and
what I was trying to accomplish. He took me on as a client of his and
with his connections built over the years he got my music heard by a lot
of music execs which included def jam but none of those situations
worked out so being the young hard headed dude I was at the time I
go ahead and do my own thing independently and its been that way ever since.
MR 100: WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM EVERY OTHER RAPPER?
I wish somebody else could answer this question for me. I say that
based on Nas famous line "Nothing new under the Sun/ its never what you
do/ but how its done."
What I would say is that who I am as a person is what separates me from
every other rapper. My background for instance. Musically I think I'm a
mixture of a lot of the older artists but overall my voice has a unique
tone on beats as well as what I rap about too.
MR 100: ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A MAJOR RECORD DEAL?
In my opinion if
any indie artist says there are not looking or attempting to be on a
major label it just sounds ridiculous to me. Of course I would love to
be on a major label mainly because as an independent it's a definitely a
limit to how many people you are going to reach but on the other hand
not having creative control is the downside of being on a major label.
But at the same time I'm going to keep doing my thing regardless if that
comes along or not.
MR 100: WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER YOU WENT TO CALIFORNIA LOOKING TO BE AN ACTOR, WILL WE SEE ANY ACTING FROM YOU IN THE FUTURE?
Most Definitely. I have some things in the works as far as that is concerned.
MR 100: I'M GOING TO MENTION ONE WORD OR NAME, JUST ANSWER WITH ONE WORD THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO YOUR MIND:
HIP HOP- Life
RICK ROSS- Marketer
MR 100: DEAD OR ALIVE WHAT RAPPER OR ARTIST WOULD YOU LOVE TO WORK WITH?
Nas, that would be a dream come true for me!
MR 100: WHAT'S NEXT FOR FRU, ARE YOU DROPPING AN ALBUM, EP OR MIXTAPES?
I have a Mixtape "I'm Going Back Vol.1" dropping on April 30th on
Datpiff.com with the singles "Nobody Gon' Change Me" and "Flyin' High"
make sure you check those out and I also got an EP Album Coming Soon
"Polished Misfit". Besides that I'm looking forward to doing as many
shows as I can in the next month or so. Just staying busy man.
MR 100: AYO, IN MY OPINION YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY, YOU GOT LOADS OF TALENT,
SO MUCH SUCCESS TO YOU, SHOUT YOUR PEOPLES AND LET THE PEOPLE KNOW
WHERE TO FIND YOU ONLINE.
Shout out to my main producer Jrob check him out on Twitter @jrobonthetrack
Shout out to Qthequestion and all my folks, you know who you are.
You could find all updates on me at
on twitter @FRUisHere
Peace & Love!!!!