Recently GWHH caught up with Topic and talked music, incarceration, and the future of Topic music.
GWHH: Just recently you dropped a four part documentary to go along with your mixtape ‘Freedom Ain’t Free’ tell us about the meaning behind the series?
Topic: “It represents the trials of my real life.” Me doing music and having a deal previously, along with the legal issues I faced we decided to put it into a four part series titled after the mixtape ‘Freedom Ain’t Free’. Basically, showing the people what I have been going through the last year or so being released from jail and placed on house arrest. “With the series we want to give the people an organic and real insight into the daily life of Topic.”
GWHH: What makes you say 'Freedom Ain’t Free' ?
Topic: “Anything you wanna achieve in this life comes with a price.” Even if it’s financial success that comes with a certain sense of freedom but it comes at a price. For me more so it was like being in jail, getting out of jail and being on house arrest. I’m free I’m outside but I still have to pay to be on house arrest.
GWHH: When you were incarcerated did you focus on writing songs or something else?
Topic: I was mostly taking that time to more strategize on the music I had already. “I did write a few songs but actually I caught the case well recording the album, so I had thought of what I had recorded right before I had gone to jail.” Then I was thinking on how to pretty much finish up the project strong.
GWHH: How was your experience being signed to SRC/ Universal and who did you get the chance to work with while you were signed to Universal?
Topic: It was an experience that allowed me to understand the music industry in a more depth style. I was actually signed to a production company that was signed to Universal. I signed to the label in 2006. When I signed I had the opportunity to work with some great talent over there. I worked with Akon were we actually had a single on the game Fight Night for PS3 and Xbox 360. I also worked with Trey Songz and Jagged Edge just to name a few. “Working with Akon at a time when no one at the label believed in him.” At the time he just dropped ‘Trouble’ and it only sold like 15,000 thousand or something units at the time. Eventually, you know went some many times platinum off of the album (laughs). That situation showed me to never give up on your music and always believe in your product.
GWHH: With the story you have coming from being signed to a major label then to prison and now back on your way back on the rise young teenagers and adults might see you as a role model how does that make you feel?
Topic: Aw man I wouldn’t say all that now (laughs). I think I’m personally more of an example more than a role model. “A lot of my life issues are being displayed daily with others around the country.” I feel as that I am that example for everyone going through what I’m facing that there is always a chance to change your fortunes around with hard work, belief, and will. So think of me more of an example not a role model (laughs).
GWHH: Any new projects dropping from Topic in the coming months?
Topic: Actually you guys at Gowhere dropped a visual of mine’s ‘Can I Live’ which is just an unreleased joint which will be the tempo for the project I have. The next joint will be in titled ‘Closed Session’ and you can look for it around mid December. “A lot of people didn’t know I was signed so I’m having fun with people kind of seeing me as a new artist, and this next project will show them who Topic is.”
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