MJ: MJ here with Hip Hop Forum Digital Magazine and my special guest from Delaware is Tone Dice better known as Dice Game! Thank you for taking time out for this interview!
Tone Dice: Thank you for the time you’re taking out of your day to interview me.
MJ: Dice Game! Explain how that defines you as an artist. With a name like that there has to be quite the story behind it or some unique correlation to your music!
Tone Dice: Well I go by Tone Dice which I got the name from my folks in high school. I use to shoot craps in the hallway for extra money at school and I use to win a lot. So he just cracked a joke and said my new name was Tone Dice and I ran with it. I later changed it to Dice Game when I did my first solo mixtape. I guess you could say it was my way of saying I was my own artist now, no team, no in house producer just me! Then I decided it was better if I stayed with Tone Dice.
MJ: You are from Delaware, and I want to take a moment to give a huge s/o to all the talent out that way. The Hip Hop scene is Delaware is incredible but unfortunately is sometimes left under the radar. Why do you think that is? What are your thoughts on that?
Tone Dice: There is a lot of talent in Delaware. I guess we fall under the radar because of how small the state is and the surrounding states are bigger and known for music like New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York. Nobody probably thought to look in a small spot like Delaware for talent. Until social media came people thought it was all fields and farm animals. Now they got a front row seat and the media is shedding light more not just for a lot of good things but also our crime rate. S o now it’s more so “Oh Delaware isn’t just farms and animals let’s hear what’s going on in the music”, type of thing.
MJ: You began your music journey at age 16. At that point in your life was music just a hobby? When did you begin to pursue it as a career?
Tone Dice: At sixteen doing music was just a hobby. It wasn’t until me and a few guys from around my way formed a group and actually sounded like something that I took it seriously. That was like a year later.
MJ: What was it about Hip Hop that made you fall in love? Who would you say have been your biggest influences musically?
Tone Dice: The thing that made me fall in love with Hip Hop was the movie Krush Groove and Beat Street. I have to say my biggest influence has to be Method Man and Busta Rhymes for the energy, lyricism, and delivery. For storytelling, lyrics, and rawness I would have to say Biggie, Rakim, and 2 Pac. Outkast takes it for originality, creativity, and lyricism.
MJ: Before you devoted your time to your solo career you were in a couple of groups. How was the adjustment and transition from working with others to now focusing on your solo career?
Tone Dice: I was in one group that went by 3 different names; PNC, Villainz Gang, and then Cash Stack that turned into an umbrella for other groups from are neighborhood that did music. It was a great thing but we all figured it was best to do our own thing. Majority of us still do music together. Doing music by myself has let me define who I am as an individual artist and focus on my lane. I don’t have to mash my style to fit no one else’s style to songs. I can just do me and I think people are taking to my music more.
MJ: “The Rise Of HeadCrack”! Please enlighten us about that mixtape. But please begin with the title!
Tone Dice: “The Rise Of HeadCrack” mixtape was the beginning of my growth as an artist and my brand. (#HeadCrack302) “Before You Type That Pound that” this was the first mixtape I was recording in a good place in my life. The three before that was a chaotic period of my life and the music shows it. I’m proud of those mixtapes because they show my growth as a person and as an artist if you listen from “Welcome To The Lion’s Den” up to “The Rise Of HeadCrack. The first three mixtapes you can tell I was making progress but it was so slow. I was only speaking from one angle. “The Rise Of HeadCrack” if you listen to tracks like “Pain In My Voice” , “A Million Ways” , and “In My Thoughts” you see I am now speaking from a different perspective but I am still consistent with my previous work. Yet you see I made some sense out of all the chaos in my life and I’m more conscious of the way my point of view comes off. Not so much of just aggression and misguided anger, I call it conscious chaos. My music now is game, I’m giving you from lessons I learned making it through the chaos. That’s why my music is relatable and ear catchy more than ever at this point in my music.
MJ: I want to take this time now to discuss the visual for “More Than Music”. That is definitely one of those real heartfelt records that will stop you in your tracks! You have a knack for bringing fans in and giving them something to grasp and embrace. So please tell us about “More Than Music” and the meaning behind that track.
Tone Dice: “More Than Music” was the introduction to my upcoming project. I wanted to release something to let the people who do listen to my music get a vision of what to expect from my new body of work “I Gave My Heart 4 This”. It was just that type of freestyle that spoke to everyone not just on group of people and made you want more from me ,you want to hear what I’m a speaking on next and how will I deliver it.
MJ: Moving right along to what is now under one of MJ’s favorite freestyles, “Phenomenon”. The beat alone is phenomenal!
Tone Dice: Thank you I appreciate that. The “Phenomenon” freestyle was just one of them things that one day I wanted to write to throwback instrumentals and when I came across that Biggie Phenomenon joint the words just started flowing together. I knew I had to really play with the words on that beat just because of whose song it was you know you can’t disrespect those types of beats.
MJ: Talk about some upcoming projects you are working on. Also are there any upcoming shows or tours that you can share with fans?
Tone Dice: I have a project coming out late September. The title of that will be “I Gave My Heart 4 This”. This project is definitely the best piece of work I put together. I’m talking concepts, storytelling, substance, lyrics, and all around great project. My first single from that will be “The Game Shows None” featuring D`aRen The Artist produced by The Bang Out Boys a beat team also from Delaware. I am so focused on this project that I’m not performing like until I’m ready to drop the project just making sure its solid.
MJ: Who is on the bucket list of collaborations or a headliner that you would like to share the stage with?
Tone Dice: I would like to collaborate with Styles P, Busta Rhymes, Desiigner, and Nas if I had a choice just to name a few.
MJ: Let’s stay on the topic of performances, and bring MJ on stage with Dice Game! Give me three words to describe that experience.
Tone Dice: If you see a performance from me you are going to get all of me. It’s a whole different zone for me, especially now that I’m comfortable on stage. It doesn’t matter if it’s 5, 50, or 500 people I’m going to give you every ounce of energy I have. You feel what I’m saying so much that it leaves no other choice then to gravitate to me and want to hear more.
MJ: Take this time out now to let all your fans know where to go to follow you and to stay up to date with the latest music.
Tone Dice: For people who want to follow me and stay up to speed on everything follow me on Instagram @Tone_Dice and @HeadCrackTv, on Twitter @DiceTrey0Deuce, and on Face Book Tone Dice (Dice Game). You can hear the music on Sound Cloud @Tone_Dice and watch my new videos on YouTube @ HeadCrackTv just Hash tag #HeadCrack302 and #ToneDice and subscribe to the page for updates as well as the Face Book page.
MJ: Is there anything else you want the world to know about Dice Game?
Tone Dice: I just want everybody to like and follow those pages so when my new project “I Gave My Heart 4 This” drops you can grab a hold of this excellent piece of work. September is right around the corner so stay in tune with #HeadCrack302 the brand because this is only the beginning.
MJ: Thank you again for your time, salute, and much success to you!
Tone Dice: I want to thank you for all the support you have shown me. It’s greatly appreciated from me. I wish you nothing but success as well.