Marshall Deshawn Majors, aka Neff, comes from an area not typically known for birthing great rappers – Upstate New York. Hailing from Batavia, a small town between Rochester & Buffalo, 19-year-old Neff is undoubtedly one of the top premiere young artists in the game. His father, known as Joey Majors, heavily influenced Neff at a young age to focus on rap & avoid trouble. In an effort to lead Neff down the right path his father moved him to New Jersey permanently, where at 16 he started collaborating with G-Unit legend Tony Yayo and upcoming German rapper Joey Young on “I’m a Rider”. Neff has dropped three mixtapes to date, Trendsetters, Birth of a Beast & Nobody’s Safe, but his upcoming mixtape The Storm will inevitably take Neff to the next level. The Storm features collabs with The Game, Tyga, Prodigy, Fred The Godson & Corey Gunz and will surely put Upstate NY back on the map.
We had the privilege to hop on a quick call with Neff over the weekend. Peep the Q&A below…
I’m originally from upstate NY but have lived in Atlanta and Jersey. I was back and forth between Atlanta and Jersey. I lived in upstate for about 12 years.
How did you get into rap?
My father was a well known MC himself and first got me into rap. I also started with 3 or 4 of my friends hitting the studio. I used to study what they were doing. As I got older I knew basically that’s what I wanted to do. I started recording professionally when I was 16.
Who was your inspiration growing up?
My father was definitely an inspiration for me. Artists like Jay-Z, Nas & Mobb Deep also inspired me.
What’s a typical day like with Neff?
I’m pretty much in the studio all day.
What’s your vision for Neff? What’s your potential?
Right now I’m just focused on the music side. It’s just me getting my music out there. Master music and then go from there. Eventually I don’t know where I’ll be, but I’ll definitely branch off to somewhere.
Give me three words to describe Neff.
The next step.
Give me two words to describe Neff’s flow.
You have that track “The Truth” and that whole song is about how Neff is the truth. Why are you “The Truth”?
I dunno, I feel like I’m the truth. Everything I do everyday is the truth. I speak the truth. Everything I’m doing is the truth.
Would you rather own a private jet or yacht?
Would you rather have a pet tiger or a shark tank?
I’d rather have a shark tank.
I’d wear an all black suit with some Louis V slippers or something. Just a suit, the Louis’ and a watch.
If you could collab with any artist right now….who would it be?
Probably Jay (Z)
What exciting stuff is upcoming for Neff in 2013?
I just dropped The Storm Mixtape which is available on DatPiff right now. I’m also dropping a video shortly with Corey Gunz called “Excited” which is coming out soon. Lastly, I’m shooting another video in Miami…stay tuned.
Cause it’s the only way I know how to move.
Make sure to download The Storm Mixtape \\ HERE
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