The Mic Handler Of All Trades
By Natasha Jordan "NJ"
Are the days of Da Vinci dead? Is it possible today, at once, to be a world-class painter, musician, inventor, writer and more in a world that believes that you have to specialize to thrive. Hell yeah it’s possible and Mic Handler is the definition of a modern day Da Vinci.
Yes, it's rare to find an artist whose work can be found in virtually every google search. Google the Brooklyn breed entertainer Christopher Rogers otherwise known as Mic Handler and you will find him linked to the world of music, modeling, and designing. Just because I mention designing last doesn’t mean take it lightly. He has worked with fashion power houses such as Mochachino, Sean John, Azzure, D Vizionz and Gino Green Global to name a few.
Handler is one of the most extraordinary talents in the hip hop industry today. I would call him a fashion designer or a graphic artist perhaps a hip hop artist maybe an entrepreneur sums it up well but it all would still be an understatement.
We all know that old saying “jack of all trades, master of none” I guarantee you it does not apply here. I actually have a better saying, “Whatever he touched turned to gold.” Although 2011 has been extremely busy year for Mic Handler, MelodicHustle.com caught up with him to discuss his role in the new hip hop era and to learn more about the man behind the microphone.
MelodicHustle.com: What made you want to pursue a career in music following such a successful career as a fashion designer and entrepreneur?
Mic Handler: Well what’s actually funny about that is I have been pursuing music since the 6th grade so I had a handle on my musical aspirations long before I realized that there was a place for me in fashion.
MelodicHustle.com: How would you describe your musical style?
Mic Handler: I am the product of big Daddy Kane, Chip Fu, Treach, Busta Rhymes and Rakim. I’m energy and animated aggression wrapped into wit and flow rooted in integrity and respect for my craft. I Love Hip-Hop.
MelodicHustle.com: Okay so what exactly would Mic Handler bring to the game?
Mic Handler: That’s extremely hard to say because I’m a plethora of things. I’m the Swiss Army Artist (smiling). See I’m an entertainer, I write, I produce and I design. I’m a Graphic artist, I’m an A&R, I’m a Senior VP, I’m an Owner, I’m a Manager, I’m a President, a host of a video count down show in LA, and I co-own an artist development company. And that’s all currently. (laughing)
MelodicHustle.com: (chuckles) so you’re what we call a modern day renaissance man. You do it all!
Mic Handler: I think I have by far a wider range of perspective when I approach any aspect of the game. In all honestly I don’t know anyone else with this resume and back story. I’m actually pretty renown for every aspect of what I am. I think that’s unique. I approach every aspect as if it is all I do.
MelodicHustle.com: Wow! You give the title independent artist a whole new meaning with your resume. Now you currently have total creative control over your projects as an independent artist, what happens when the major labels start pursuing Handler?Mic Handler: I’m not sure what’s going to happen then (laughs), I actually deal with a lot of the majors now as either the manager for multiple platinum producers or as an A&R consultant over at Gang Land/Def Jam. I have no real interest as an artist in signing to a major. I get way to dizzy to fast for these 360 scenarios their offering (laughing)…but not to say that I wouldn’t do a short term situation to take advantage of there marketing vehicles.
MelodicHustle.com: It’s not uncommon to hear people say that New York hip hop is not getting the support that it has in the past? Being a Brooklyn native, what’s your out look on that?
Mic Handler: New York Hip Hop has to change its perspectives and approach to records. For years we New Yorkers have been at the fore front of the hip-hop culture and music but what happened is we opted not to evolve with the progression of the art form and the fans did.
MelodicHustle.com: I agree there has been tremendous progression in hip hop music. However, what do you think the hip hop game is currently missing?
Mic Handler: I think the game has started to lack integrity. I think the home studios, pro tools, logic set ups, you tube and 10 dollar digital distort deals have made the game far too accessible. Just look at Soulja Boy! Sure that worked, the kid actually has talent but how often are you truly seeing that. Everyone can do it so it makes everyone doing it not as impressive and average. You used to have to work extremely hard to get heard. Now all you have to do is click and upload!
MelodicHustle.com: (laughing) Which leads me to my next question. I’m not sure if you checked out the BET Top 10 rappers of the 21st century show? If you did, how did you feel about The Top 10 Rappers of the 21st century list they cam up with ?
Mic Handler: I DIDN’T … (laughing) …moving on!
MelodicHustle.com: Okay moving on! (laughing) So whose Mic Handler’s favorite MC of the 21st century?
Mic Handler: I don’t have a favorite MC. I like them all for different reasons. The ones I like at least!
MelodicHustle.com: That’s fair enough! But for every hip hop artist there is always someone who made you want to rhyme. Who was that for you?
Mic Handler: Will Smith, (laughing) “Parents Just Don’t Understand” was the very first rhyme I knew by heart, after that it was a love of music. I was a singer at that point in my life so it just drove me to want to pursue performing. I didn’t start rapping until the 8th grade. At that point the BUSH BABIES were close to my personally and I would have to say the influence of Baby Face, Kayos and Mr. Man had become very pivotal in my decision to go after this.
MelodicHustle.com: Is there any artist you’re looking forward to working with?
Mic Handler: I’ve actually got the chance to work with a majority of my wish list in one capacity or another but I would have to say if anyone it would be JAY. His creative process is crazy.
MelodicHustle.com: What about super producers who’s on that wish list?Mic Handler: That’s easy! Fantom of The Beat, Al West, Freedom Lyles and maybe Self Service that would be my Dream Team. Then I would special guests Scott Storch, Dr. Dre and them dudes. (laughing)
MelodicHustle.com: What can we expect from Mic Handler in the near future?
Mic Handler: Everything! There are so many irons in the fire. It’s hard to say. I'm now ofiically a Bucktown USA Artist, affiliated with the whole BootCamp Click, Helter Skelter, Smiff n Wessun, Black Moon, OGC...it could get no better for a Brooklyn Emcee! Why Aint I On The Radio Vol.2 is going to be the first Associated Project. Look for me on REACH Magazine Tv which will be airing in LA hosted by J-Love and myself, all over Southern California. “The Mic Handler is KARNAGE” project is shaping up well. “The Artistic Deception” project is about done. ZEPH’s project is about ready to go for 2011 on our Fantom Music label. Thats gonna be dope! Placements on the Ghost Face “Supreme Clientele 2 album is gonna be crazy! Busta Rhymes “Extinction Level Event 2” project should be ill. LA Media and Edifx we have some heat cooking for our television ventures and look for me on Cartoon Network/AdultSwim in 2011 playing “KL” on the hit new adult cartoon “The Stoop” I mean just grinding it our crazy…I mean, if you know me….then “You Know Me”..
MelodicHustle.com: (laughs) Is it anything else you want to let the people know?
Mic Handler: Look out for your boy and the whole Fantom Music Family, The IMMG team. Also look out for the National Museum of Hip-Hop honors to be apart of that infrastructure. Look out for Red Tape clothing, Sole Athletics footwear and C.Angels lounge wear for the ladies. For all of you business men and women with credentials and capitol look into joining “The Association” in Gramercy Park New York, it’s an extremely exclusive club in association with “The Players” that’s tremendous! And of course Reach Magazine TV on direct Tv, Dish Network, Charter, Mediacom and TimeWarner. Please check your local listings.
Mic Handler: Thanks NJ for showing me love and this was an interview I was more then honored to do.MelodicHustle.com: The honor was definitely ours here at MelodicHustle.com. Just keep the MH family posted on all things Mic Handler. Everybody make sure you support The Mic Handz movement, don't get left behind. WHY I AIN"T I ON THE RADIO VOL.2" is coming sooner then you think. I can’t think of better way to end this interview, then to show one of my favorite classic Mic Handler joints , Check out “Its Like” video posted below.