Rhymestone Ent. is currently in the registration process for their models, so if you or anyone you know are interested please contact Summer Azul asap as positions are limited. There will be cash prizes and free photo shoots for Model winners. They will take registration for the next few weeks. The Models will compete in a runway style red carpet event. There are several categories including:
Summer Azul and Rhymestone1 Ent is holding Open Mic Night at the Dream/Motion (formerly Metropolis) every Sunday night. Think you got skills then head over and check it out.
How good are you at multitasking? Can you rap and bang a beat out on a table? Drive and talk of the phone? Hell, walk and chew gum at the same time? Well, there are certain people who have a a knack for putting it all together and making it work. Summer Azul is one of those people. From the music scene, the acting stage, to the runway, Summer runs the gamut on Entertainment. Indie5 chopped it up with her to see how she fits it all in.
I5: Thanks for kickin it with indiefive.com. Why don’t we start by letting the people know who you are and what area you represent.
SA: Well first off, Summer Azul, for those who may not know who I am and what I represent, am a Musician, Model, Actress, Show Hostess, Studio Engineer, C.E.O. of Rhymestone1 ENT as well as a Radio Personality. I own and operate my own recording studio, titled Hustle & Flow Studios. I have been recording and performing on a professional level for the past 3 years. I host all types of Musical Showcases, Modeling Events, Poetry Jams etc. I also co-host a radio show titled Hip Hop on the 216 Block on WRUW 91.1 FM. Aside from that, I have been casted in numerous theatrical plays in and around the Cleveland area. I proudly represent powerful, talented, business orientated young women, and am working hard to take my career to the next level.
I5: So, you appear to be, like what they call in Baseball, a 5 tool player. You do it all. Rapping, singing, modeling, acting, radio. When did you figure that entertaining was your calling?
SA: I am a very inquisitive girl, so I like to be involved in many aspects of the music world, including the background things like studio operation and having a radio show, but I have always felt as if being an entertainer was my calling. I have been through a lot of traumatic events in my life and I feel like I can express that through art.
I5: What field would you consider to be “your pocket” though? Which area is your natural true calling?
SA: I feel like music is my TRUE calling, although I have been called a natural actress and feel extremely comfortable within my roles. Music is a great outlet for anything I am feeling at the time and it also plays a great part in my life. So I believe that Music is definitely my main focus.
I5: Tell us a little about your movement. What’s going on with Summer?
SA: Well, first and foremost I am currently working on my new album “The Glass Doll House” due out in 2010. I am also working hard to build up the College Radio thing, because it is a great outlet for local artist. I try get as many artist, producers, DJs and promoters to be involved as possible. I have different guest every week. I would like to be a part of Cleveland’s Music Movement in a positive way and I feel like this is one way I can do my part.
I5: Thats whats up. Now, conventional wisdom says that Ladies and Hip Hop is a thing of the past. What are you doing to help restore the power in the woman’s voice in the rap game?
SA: As an Artist, I am pushing myself to become something great. I am striving to create a “New Female M.C.” A whole new brand, so not to be compared to those of the past, but to start a trend for those in the future.
Hopefully with a unique style, real skills and a amazing new feminine delivery, I can accomplish this goal and contribute to the restoration of the Female Voice in the Rap Game.
I5: Who do you work with as a recording artist?
SA: I am a very versatile artist, so I work with a wide range of people. I am currently working with a band called Pirates of the Burning River on some rock tunes, and as far as Hip Hop I work with several producers including Cigarette Dez, who I think is amazing with his production skills. I also work with numerous locally established artist such as Big Keyz & Corey Bapes as well as new artist like Yung Country & Avian.
I5: What are your goal in terms of modeling and entertaining?
SA: Modeling is actually something I just kind of fell into. It was never my desire. I just happen to run a modeling company and found that most people who book my models for events were interested in my appearance as well as a model and as an artist. So I decided to give myself that title of “Model”. LOL. But I’m definitely an artist first. As far as acting, that is actually my passion. I have been performing on stages in play production longer than I have been doing musical concerts! I plan on pursuing my acting career as much as I am music.
I5: Do you fear that people might not take you serious as a rapper/singer because of your modeling career?
SA: No, simply because I am not the typical model. I am more of a spokesperson, meaning my modeling jobs usually include hosting an event or running a modeling competition or fashion show. I’m always in charge of the show in some sort of way, and I also perform songs at most of the events as well. So it is quit easy to distinguish myself from the other “Models”.
I5: Now for the off the cuff….
Whats the good and bad of the hip hop scene in Cleveland?
SA: The Good thing about the Hip Hop scene in Cleveland is that, we have an extreme amount of talent here! There are so many people to work with and make great music, that it is possible for Cleveland to become the next ATL. The bad part is that not a lot of people work together towards this goal, and we are stronger in numbers!
I5: What do you think is your best feature?
SA: LOL. I never thought about that, but I do get a lot of compliments on my full lips and my toned legs. So……I guess I will say MY PERSONALITY! LMAO.
I5: Bonus! Let me paint the scenario: You’re dating a guy. He’s a rapper. You’re better than he is. Do you tell him to quit, or do you encourage him to be the best crappy rapper he can be?
SA: That’s funny, I been in that situation before! LOL (Do u know him? LOL) anyways, I would encourage him to keep going but give him constructive criticism. If that doesn’t work I will write his raps and if all else fells I will dump him and make myself a hot mixtape to make him understand “What He Should have Been DOING”! LOL
I5: Any last thoughts and/or contact info?
SA: My single, “Im A Rockstar” can be requested on 96.5 FM, 107.9 FM as well as your local college radio shows.
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Also I would like to thank you for this interview, I appreciate it a lot.