Nune Aka Mr. Propane - 10 Questions
During his early youth growing up in Southern Louisiana music has always been a bridge and way of audible exploration into the different takes on life's twists and turns. Nune Aka Mr. Propane grew up in a house hold of five for much of his childhood under strict guidelines; rap music was not really embraced by his mother which tried her best to keep his ears free of the hip-hop movement. From the deep and explicit tales of growing up in low income communities, finding fellowship among brethren, and a focus on many of the hardships and harrowing tales of growing up in poverty induced in the lyrical content, it isn't hard to understand her reasoning. For right outside his door, they were faced with some of those same hardships. Even still artists like Tupac Shakur, Nas, Bone Thugs & Harmony, K-Rino, and Scarface all had that special something that resonated deep. These poetic, emotion filled thoughts, and poignant delivery of each lyric was all it took to make Nune (Noon) a serious Hip-hop fan and artist.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I must first say that I have always been an introvert. Keeping feelings close to the heart, it was always easier to express myself on that white sheet of paper. I've been a fan of artists like Tupac, Nas, Scarface, and my favorite artist who I worked with for my single Black Man, the Texas legend K-Rino. They all are similar for being poetic story tellers able to write and create music that captures thoughts and minds on a personal level that goes past just following the rhythm of good production. I follow in that vein of artist as I am deeply rooted in expressing myself and creating music that has substance.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing that has happened to me is pretty cool. While attending the Essence Festival in New Orleans, chilling waiting for the show to start I turn around and right behind me is none other than Mannie Fresh of Cash Money. Man I was so surprised, all I could say was man you Mannie Fresh huh! Lol He was like yeah with a lil head nod like man keep it cool bra as I could tell he wasn't trying to get too much attention. What's funny is I ran across him on the pass by again about a year later coming out of Hibbett Sports in LaPlace Louisiana where I was staying. Mannie be out there man! Shoutout to Mannie Fresh!!
What has been the high point of your music path?
When you idol a particular artist and have the chance to work with them, I can think anyone would feel that is a high point. I have no shame in saying I idolize K-Rino, who I've spoken of multiple times, on the level as Tupac, Nas, Scarface, and others. I mean he is a legend and the absolute greatest artist dead or alive in my opinion. He isn't on a lot of people radar because of his content which may be a bit revolutionary but definitely much needed. Everybody should hear this brother so if hearing my single "Black Man" puts you on to him. All I can say is you're welcome..lol Let your mind be blown!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I typically listen to the music first. Good production is key and finding songs which resonate with your spirit is essential. I listen to the music getting the vibe, and just start writing. The lyrics flow just as natural as an artist that just gets on the Mic and raps off the dome. I just feel that writing gives you those extra seconds to create music with more substance. Off the dome, you can be witty with the metaphors and a lot of artist kill it so I always wonder what it would be like to hear what they could come with when writing those thoughts down.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Easily, the lack of funding is a huge challenge. Indie artist do not realize just how much money you need to invest in yourself. You have to believe in yourself enough to bet on yourself in regards to using your resources to get your music out to the masses. With a label, who has the funding, the media, and outlets to get you the attention, you basically just have to hustle and make good music. Without that label, as an indie, you have to do all of the above yourself. Learning your art from not only the music side, but also the marketing, the media, and mastering social aspects are necessary to stand out in an artist pool full of hungry artist all hustling for a piece of the pie.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Man that is a tough one. One artist who I feel is phenomenal is Jill Scott and having the opportunity to create a song and share the stage with her would be a dream. I want to work with a lot of artist like Nas, J. Cole, and Lupe Fiasco who are all legends in their on right but to stand out on my own with he angelic melody and vocals of Jill Scott would be the cream of the crop!!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I have never performed live as of yet but hope to get the attention and calls coming. My website is setup with contracts and my rider to review for when those opportunities become available. I am available and I have a team that's ready to work!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I would like to say that next one is always the hardest but to answer directly I'd have to say my song "Ode2Greats" was the most challenging. Its a dedication to real Hip-Hop heads and the legends that made the genre what it is. I mention artist like Nas, Jay-Z, Bone thugs, and others who were essential in influencing my style and delivery. Many metaphors and witty bars that make you want to rewind to catch what you might have missed. All these songs mentioned are on the Official youtube channel and the lyrics on my website for ya'll to check out. Don't forget to like, share, and subscribe to support indie artist.
What's coming up in the future?
Be ready, for I just finished up my first Hip-Hop/Gospel record called "Fire Up My Spirit" with an amazing singer from the U.K. named Cnamayanja. I always feel like music is a tool. Like Spider-man, with great power comes great responsibility, so with that being said what I say and promote will influence others so making sure I put out a message with karma that I would want brought back to me. Music is emotion so we display all facets of that so music can be gritty and dark at times but also hopeful, inspirational, and Informative. I try and keep those darker elements to a minimum and focus on the light as we need more hope and something to lift our spirits during those dark times!!
Tell us where fans can access your music?