Hip Hop Artist: Black Alcapone: Exclusive Interview With Got'Mix?
A Promise To Teach By: Freddie Davis II
DA BLACK AL CAPONE Exclusive Interview/w- GOT'MIX?
GotMix: FIRST AND FOREMOST WELCOME TO GOTMIX MAGAZINE SINCE WE TAP INTO SPORTS WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM; AND PLAYERS.
Capone: Well my favorite sports team would have to be the Dallas Cowboys, everyone that knows me knows whether win or lose I gamble with the Cowboys.
GotMix: WHAT IS THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE TITLE OF YOUR NEW RECORD?
Capone: My new album is basically bring the independent situation to the major situation, I see my new mixtape album as being a "general to the music industry", I made each song match each skit, for how the industry can do us at times. All the skits are real, just to educate artist on what goes on in the business of hip hop. Hopefully my album can be a Blueprint to the next generation.
GotMix: WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR SINGLE, AND HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT.
Capone: The Single is called "Celebrate", featuring LiL Flip; That's LiL Flips baby. The beat was his. He said "we needed some fresh stuff on the album", so I listened to it, came up with the hook, and wrote my 16 bars. The concept "Celebrate", came from it being my time to shine. I want to be the 1st artist to bring New York to Texas with my own style.
GotMix: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE INTERNET & IT'S IMPACT ON MUSIC?
Capone: First off, you guys go to itunes Febuary 23,2010, and purchase Boss Up my new album. The internet is the future. Everybody Twitters, everybody Facebooks , and everybody Get Mix,(Got'Mix?).Also, you can go to Black Alcapone World.com. That's my website. I beleive the internet is a powerful tool that I can utilize to get me from Texas to Switzerland in the blink of an eye.
GotMix: WHO ARE SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT YOU WORKED WITH ON YOUR ALBUM?
Capone: Lil Flip, The Grit Boys, and several other Clover G artist.
GotMix: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EATING PLACES?
Capone: They have this Jamaican spot in New Jersey called " The Islander", and there's a spot in Houston where they serve you kool-aid.
Also,"Papadeaxs", in Texas. They have Cuban food in Miami. If i'm in California, I gotta stop by "M&M's Soulfood" ,"Roscoes Chicken and Waffles",and if your're in Little Rock Arkansas "Kitchen Express".
GotMix: WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR MENTORS IN THE GAME ,AND WHAT TYPE OF INFLUENCE HAVE THEY HAD ON YOU?
Capone: M.C. Chan, Just Ice, NWA ,Kool G Rap, KRS-1, DMX,and ERule. ERule taught me how to say a bunch of words fast.Lil Flip taught me how to slow down my words. Crisis, and Ms. Diamond taught me how to balance my words. Run-DMC was a big influence,KingT,Suga Hill Gang,Too Short,Luke,Ice-T, Slick Rick, Russel Simmons, Spliff Star,Myself, and my favorite of all time Flava Flav. And last but not least Snoop Doog, because he made skiny dudes cool.
GotMix: HOW DID YOU AND LIL FLIP MEET?
Capone: I had a record store in Little Rock Arkansas ,Lil Flip and other H-town artist were the biggest selling product in my store at this time.So I booked a show ,so I could meet him. And from there we kicked it off.
GotMix: WHAT OTHER DVD/CD OR PROJECTS ARE COMING OUT?
Capone: Murder for Hire, Coast to Coast Dope Boys,and Gansta Novelties.
GotMix: WHERE CAN PEOPLE LOOK YOU UP, AND HOW CAN THEY CONTACT YOU.
Capone: Piff.com, Amazon.com, E-music, Lime wire, Itunes, Facebook, Myspace, and Black Alcapone World.com.
GotMix: ON BEHALF OF GOTMIX, CAPONE YOU JUST GOTMIX.
Capone: Thank You!
Got Mix Interviews "Kids “R” Kids", Top Teacher:
GotMix: First and Foremost where your from and tell me a little about yourself?
Mr. Garth: I lived in Minnesota for 25 years, got a B.S. in Economics from Minnesota State University Mankato, and right now I am just working part-time with an after school program. I have had many passions over the years, and one of them is basketball. I love to watch, but more so play. I also was a pretty good snowboarder when I still lived in Minnesota; I even used to instruct kids in snowboarding.
GotMix: What are your thoughts on team-teaching?
Mr. Garth: Team teaching is a method that involves two or more teachers working together to instruct a single class. The key to this being successful is whether or not your teachers are compatible and compliment each others strengths. If the right teachers are pair up, then this can be a very successful teaching tool.
GotMix: What are your greatest strengths?
Mr. Garth: My greatest strengths would have to be my ability to think quickly, connect with the children on their level, and to be able to think outside the norms. I think that it is very important to be able to think creatively when it comes to children.
GotMix: What is your biggest weakness?
Mr. Garth: My biggest weakness usually lies in the area of preparation. I am the type of person who usually leaves things to the last minuet.
GotMix: Let's imagine an interview for a grade one teaching position and the interviewer asks: "Describe your classroom's physical appearance." how would you describe yours?
Mr. Garth: The classroom would be geared toward the kid’s level. I would display art work, message boards, and other various posters to keep walls somewhat busy. However I do feel that sometimes you can over stimulate the children with massive visual overload if too much is displayed in the classroom so there has to be a balance.
GotMix: What is the biggest difference from working at a Day care vs a School District?
Mr. Garth: Well the biggest difference is the main objective of each. At a Day care, your main goal is to engage the children mentally through various activities geared more towards the basic social principles such as, being a good citizen, learning the joy of helping others, and what not. With schools, they have a responsibility to teach you how to be successful in life, by teaching the fundamentals of universally accepted curriculum.
GotMix: How do you handle classroom discipline?
Mr. Garth: The main goal I try to instill with discipline is to be stern but fair. I allow kids to express themselves but in a way that is respectful of other students and the teacher. I strive to show kids that when they act out and are disruptive, that the punishment is only due to their behavior.
GotMix: How would you describe a successful break threw with a child that might be a little ruff around the edges?
Mr. Garth: I have had plenty of children under my supervision who could be describe as that, and what I label as success is when that child starts to learn that his or her own negative actions force other negative reactions from other students or teachers. The goal being that the child then learns to choose positive actions, thus getting positive actions in return from others around him or her. It takes a lot of time and patience, but when you can get a break threw, it is worth all the time and effort.
GotMix: What are some of your highlights from teaching?
Mr. Garth: Wow, that’s a hard one, not because there is a lack of hightlights, but because there is something said or done every day by one of the kids that makes me laugh and smile. That’s the reason I enjoy working with children, no matter what kind of mood you go into work with, the kids just somehow never cease to entertain me. One of my favorite times with the kids was during the summer camp. We took them to a Houston Astros baseball game, just to see some of the kids react to seeing their first MLB game was such a great moment.
GotMix: Who are some of your best co-workers and how does working as a team really help out teacher moral?
Mr: Garth: The person who was the first one to get me into working with kids was my sister-in-law Karri. She pushed me to be better, take more responsibility, and to become more confident in my abilities. Along the way I have had a few notable co-workers and most of them just made work more enjoyable. Taiwan Mixon was one of them who had the same philosophy and approach as I do, which makes working together that much easier.
GotMix: What type of teacher are you?
Mr. Garth: I am mostly a laid back teacher who feels out the mood of the students and then determines what will get done that day. I pretty much just shoot from the hip and go from there.
GotMix: What made you want to get into that field?
Mr. Garth: Honestly I did not ever intend to enter the childcare field. I was in college an needed a job, and my sister-in-law worked for a local YMCA and needed another person to so come supervising of kids in the play room. I said yes, and ever since then every job I have had has been working with kids.
GotMix: What is your Favorite Sport team and player?
Mr. Garth: I grew up in Minnesota and thus have had a strong relationship with the Minnesota Vikings. They are the team that I have been following most of my life, and I could probably count the number of games I have missed on one hand. As for a favorite player, I would say Fukudome, the out fielder for the Chicago Cubs is my new favorite sports player. I have seen him play a few times in Chicago and down in Houston, and he always seems to deliver the goods. I have two of his jerseys and a few other pieces of memorabilia.
GotMix: What is song would you title your as the theme song for your life?
Mr. Garth: Wow, how do I choose just one song? Okay, so of the top of my head, I could perhaps use the song from TV On The Radio, “DLZ”. Its has just a smooth beat to it, and it’s a up beat but mellow song that just works for me.
GotMix: What do you do in your spare time away from the desk?
Mr. Garth: On my off time, I try to stay active by playing basketball or soccer. I try to stay active mostly. I do also frequently play Xbox 360 on-line, mostly Halo 3. On Sundays though I am holding down the couch watching as many NFL games as I can.
GotMix: Do you have any questions for us or anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to?
Mr. Garth: I would like to thank the your gotmix for giving me a very candid interview, as well as I would like to thank gotmix.net for making the time at work go faster. I would like to say that without my parent’s guidance and family life I would not have been the person I am today.
GotMix: Well Mr. Garth we want to thank you for this interview and on behalf of GotMix magazine, we want Congratulate you on being a success in young childrens lives you just GotMix.