Give Us Some Background Info As To Who You Are.
My name is Roosevelt K Taylor better known to Harlem and the world as BlackRose. I was nominated for "Best Male R&B/Pop" artist at the 2012 Underground Music Awards. I was Born and bread in the Grant Projects, home of the legendary Tito from the Fearless 4. I'm an artistic R&B singer with a true vision for creativity which I discovered growing up on 121 St. and Manhatten Ave. I'm more than a singer; I'm what they call a complete package. I rap and I'm an artistic painter as well. I've been featured on multiple mixtapes including Coast2Coast Top 50 Indie Artists Mixtpae and ItisWhatItis# vol 1 by Eric Goshay. I'm a commercial artist who has done drawing and artistic work for the famous Harlem Parks. I did artistic paitings for Major bombs Entertainment for the mixtape cover for Smith & Ammo. In addition some of my work has been featured in the 1199 SEIU Bread and Roses Art Gallery and in the Creole Supper Lounge in East Harlem. I'm currently working with Harold Benjamin, Founder and Commissioner of Baller City Basketball on upcoming designs for their league's shirts. Log on to http://www.ballercitybasketball.com and support the kids. I've grown to be a Singer and songwriter. Also I manage the new hot artist Foogie. I started managing when I was under Boss Lady Management. And I'm a party promoter along side Big Kevin, Kee,Ed, Kye, Smooth, Geno and Stef of Good people Ent. I was featued in XXl magazine and featured on Shade 45 Radio with Miss Mimi.
What Is The Significance Of Your Name?
A Black Rose is an unique, one of a kind rose. It stands out In that sense, the black rose also means the death of old habits and the old order. It inspires confidence and enthusiasm by signaling the birth of a new era of hope and joy.
Who is your target market?
My target market is people who love music great music whether young or old. Good music has always been different and that's what I'm making. You must have the right beat. I'm just trying to bring that feel good music back to Harlem and the world alike.''
What is your USP? (Unique Selling Proposition) and what sets you apart from other aspiring artists?
What makes me different from the rest is the fact that on first meeting me you would say that I'm a rapper. But I'm an R&B singer and you can feel my songs. My music has a story behind it and it's real. I paint a picture you can see that's so vivid.
What single or project are you currently pushing?
The project I'm pushing now is "Harlem A Tale of 2 Hoods" EP. The single "Paper Chase" has been making waves on the streets . I'm in talks with Kre8tive Evo for a R&B colaborations. My EP features a host of artists on the rise like Foogie, who is featured on "Paper Chase," "Persistence," and "Long Way To Go." The artist GrayFire is on the song "Harlem We Ride."
What Is The Philosophy By Which You Live By?
Life is what you make it. I truly believe that I started from the bottom and I'm pushing for the top .There will be cracks in the road but if you dream to be who you are and work at it . You will become what your heart desires.
Which Artists Have Inspired You?
I was inspired by the forefathers of R&B like Marvin Gaye , Teddy P, Al, Green and The O'jays . There are so many I could name but you can hear some of my inspirations in my music.
Who Does Your Production?
My production is handled by JoeBlack Beats of Drastic Measures Production and Scale XL. They worked on all my music including mixing and mastering and video and Photograhy . They are straight out of Canada.
What Is Your Opinion Of The Current State of the music industry?
The current state of the music biz is a lil crazy. No one is putting music out that best describes who they are and where they are from. I want people to understand that real music has a story to tell and should paint a picture that is beyond your imagination. The music nowadays is bland and one deminsional.
If You Can Change One Thing About The Music Industry What Would It Be And Why?
One thing I would change about the music industry is the fact that the industry should let artists be themselves instead of changing their style. I understand that they're trying to mold a certain image, but let the people see the real artist.
Are There Any Singers That You Would Like To Collaborate With In The Future?
Singers whom I would love to work with include Musiq Soulchild , Drake, Al green , Jamie Fox, Vivian green and many more. In due time this to shall happen.
What Producer Would You Like To Collaborate With In The Future?
The producers who I would enjoy working with are Swiss Beatz , Remo The Hit Maker and Jermaine Dupree.
What Is Your Favorite Movie And Favorite Book?
My favorite movie is Hoodlum; it's a Harlem classic and my favorite book is Any Thing For Profit By Justin Amen Floyd.
What Is Your Favorite Part Of Your Live Show? How Has It Evolved?
My favorite part of my live show is when the audience feels my energy and presence on the stage. I enjoy interacting with the people. It's getting better with each stage I touch.
What Is Your Lp Going To Be Like?
My album is going to be crazy. I got some hits. The allbum will be an expression of my soul. Also I got the world famous Brucie B hosting my upcoming mixtape. Harlem is back!
What is your website?
My website is Reverbnation.com/BlackRose125. It will link you to over forty sites I'm on . Follow me on twitter @itsblackrose and on Facebook.com/blackroseofharlem
Any Final Words For The People.
I would like to thank the fans and the supporters. And to the artists on the rise, understand that there are no free rides in this world. You get out what you put in. If you Grind hard, then what ever you want will be in your grasp.