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Cee: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

I honestly just picture my brother Notion and I, because we live by those words.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

Just a bloke doing everything he can to achieve his dreams.

Why do you do what you do?

It’s all that I care about. Nothing else matters to me but succeeding with this music. I’ve been at it for 12 years and I can feel that we’re getting closer. I believe with all my soul that we will succeed in this. I also want to be 100% financially independent and not reliant on some job to pay my bills. I want to do what I want, when I want, and I wanna give opportunities to those around me, build up my community. What’s the point of being at the top all alone?

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

Since I first heard Hip Hop in like 1991, I could tell this wasn’t going to be a passing phase. I tried rapping myself in 1996, and I seemed to not be too shit at it, so I kept working on it until I was good enough to actually record something.

 

I remember the exact moment I knew it was possible – April 8th, 2000. I went to see Naughty By Nature in Melbourne and this crew called Battletown was opening. They came out and I recognized one dude – Digga – who I went to school with, the only other guy in my year level who liked rap music (back then, I was literally outcasted because I bumped Hip Hop and rocked baggy clothing). That shit blew my fucking mind. Somebody I know was rapping on stage in front of thousands of people – this shit is possible. So I hit up the main dude from Battletown, Detect, asking if he’s be down to produce and record some tracks for me and my boy. He agreed, and the rest is history.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Leaving the country where I was born was pretty tough, as you can imagine. I never really felt super connected to Australia so being in North America was a welcome change, plus it was necessary for what we wanted to achieve. Even though I wanted to leave, that doesn’t mean it was easy. My brother Notion rolled with me 100% of the way, though I pretty much handled every element of it myself with little assistance from the rest of the crew. That’s kinda my job as the manager though, so I just did what needed to be done.

 

Though the single toughest thing I’ve ever had to deal with (aside from moving) is immigration. Canada is making it almost impossible for me to stay – I’ve never personally gone through so much heartache and stress in my entire life, and that includes deaths. It’s that real. My girlfriend Tiffany has held me down beyond anything I could have expected, and I appreciate what she’s done for me more than I can express. These motherfuckers couldn’t get rid of me if they tried, though. They ain’t got a choice at this point.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

When I started this shit, American MCs inspired me a lot more than the Aussie artists. Seeing Digga on stage really inspired me to make it happen, though more recently, the homie 360 truly showed me what’s possible. He was Notion’s best mate’s little brother, and I was in a group with him when he was 14, I used to take him record shopping and we’d listen to battles and shit. I was really trying to school him because he had a passion for it and he was a dope MC. I took him to his first show, Eminem, and earlier this year he opened for Em on the whole Australian and New Zealand tour. 60’s last album went platinum multiple times, he got the Rolling Stone cover, he played Lollapalooza, SXSW and every damn festival in Australia. So I probably inspired him back in the day but in return, he inspired the shit out of me. And all he did was work hard and believe it could happen. The law of attraction is real, bruh.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Trusting other people with my business. We used to have a crew of like 9 or 10 people, but only Notion and I were doing all the work. It was cool to have the homies around but it ended up making shit more difficult and laborious, and nothing ever got done. Now, strictly Notion, Tiffany and myself run our label The Movement Fam, and we’ve streamlined every process so that we all have our roles. I really learned to keep the circle small and tight. You can’t trust anyone these days, especially with something you built yourself.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

We have a ton of stuff coming up. We still have a couple videos from my album ‘This Is All I Know’ to come, and it has done extremely well – we’re beyond stoked with that. For Notion, we’re gonna drop his video for ‘Lift Up’ from his ‘Pride On My Cufflinks’ EP, though he’s up next with his acoustic EP and finally his debut LP ‘Heart On My Sleeve Music’, which should drop early 2015.

 

I’m currently working on three collab EPs – one with Montreal legend D-Shade, one with the homie Livin’ Poetry out in Oakland (he is about to drop a collab EP with Del from Deltron), and one with producer Dub Kay out in Greece (we’re doing some Soulection style shit). And hopefully soon I’ll kick off work on my second LP. We’re also looking at signing our first artist to The Movement Fam, which is exciting.

 

As far as goals, we want to eclipse everything we achieved in the past. We want to get Notion’s LP in the Top 5 on iTunes in Canada and Australia, along with nationally charting on the Canadian Earshot College Radio Charts. We also want to premiere more videos on TV – we just did an interview on V-Mix on OMNI where they premiered my video for ‘BrewHeads’, the world’s first 100% craft beer rap song. So yeah, just keep moving upwards and onwards.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Find your passion and follow it. Discover out how to make it work. One quote I read recently really resonated – “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” That says it all, really.

 

Find a mentor, work on your craft (SO IMPORTANT – nobody does this any more so do yourself a favour and be DOPE at what you do before you release anything to the public), dedicate yourself, never stop working. Help others who deserve it, be humble and kind, be professional. And remember to smile – you’re doing what you love, homie. Enjoy it.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

I just wanna shout out everyone who has supported our journey to date. If people didn’t support us, we literally couldn’t still do this. We’re genuinely blessed, and as frustrating as it all gets sometimes, I always take the time to remember where I am and that I’m following my dreams – which is something not everyone gets to do. I wish the same for all of y’all. Bless.

Cee: Profile

Full name

Craig Thorn

Age

33

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Melbourne, Australia

Where you live now? (city, country)

Montreal, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

My folks are from Melbourne, bruh. I stays a convict.

First Language?

Australian, mate.

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Entrepreneur, Musician, Social Media Professional.

How long have you been doing it?

I’ve been doing Social Media professionally for about 6 years; recording and releasing music since 2002; and trying my hand at various businesses since maybe 2008.

Fav Song

Of all time? Kanye West – Through The Wire. Changed my life.

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

My Top 3 MCs of all time are Kanye West, Phonte (of Little Brother and Foreign Exchange) and Emilio Rojas.

Fav Movie

I have three – Friday, Fight Club and Chopper.

Fav Actor/Actress

I don’t really watch many movies but Brad Pitt always kills it, and I always dug flicks with Jada Pinkett-Smith in it.

Fav Clothing brand

BrewHeads of course! Check out our collab at www.thebrewheads.com!

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Joshua Telfer out of Toronto. He has this amazing series called #ClimbWithMe where he hits up rooftops around the city, it’s crazy. He’s done pretty much all my visual work (photography and graphic design) since I went solo in 2011. www.believedreamsdesignlife.com

Fav Sport to watch

I really don’t fuck with sport at all but I used to be obsessed with basketball coming up.

Fav Sport to play

Basketball for sure. Except my stupid ankles can’t handle it so I’ll have to settle for shooting around.

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