The WCS HipHop50 series is like no other on the internet. Todd “DG” Davis has knocked out feature after feature from greats, legends and respected names in the game. Today we bring you Coniyac, who recently released her single, “Evil Twins”. Coniyac was formerly an emcee in the all-female group Doggy’s Angels – a group handpicked by Snoop Dogg himself. These days Coniyac serves as the Queen of Supreme Circle Music Group with her King, Big Tray Deee (who also recently dropped a WCS HipHop50 interview). Read below as Coniyac chops it up with Todd “DG”Davis.
First things first, this year (August 11th) marked the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop — What exactly does that mean to and for you?
The 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop is an honor, especially to be a part of the contribution to art among the greatest talents in the world is beyond epic. It’s really a time and epic moment for most of us in it. Our genre has helped shape, change, and save lives in so many ways. I’ve been a fan since I was born, so to be a part of it is really a dream manifested.
To quote the late, great The Notorious B.I.G., “You never thought that Hip Hop would take it this far!” — Was this something that you ever could’ve imagined?
Well, many don’t know that they thought Hip Hop was just a trend that would soon go away. There were no videos released or radio play at all. So to make it this far speaks volumes, especially when you factor in how much money it makes annually. They definitely thought wrong on that one.
What are some of your fondest, most stand-out moments / memories from your lengthy tenure in this thing called Hip Hop?
Probably taking the stage on the ‘Puff Puff Pass Tour’ to perform. We went on right after Jay-Z, and we had rehearsed opening up with a freestyle to an instrumental to one of his songs. So I guess he heard the instrumental and was like, “what’s going on here,” and he stood on the side of the stage and watched us. I was like “girl, you better kill it on his beat, because he is watching us, and we have to do it justice,” and I was nervous as hell. Lol! That was huge for me.
That said, what are your future plans and / or goals throughout the remainder of 2023, going right into ‘24?
My goals are this new album I’m about to drop titled Duffel Bag Music, also my husband and I have a few film projects in the works. I’m just about to go crazy, with my foot on the gas! So I hope they are ready; I just want to create and have fun while doing it.
Switching gears here, what exactly do you want people to get from your music?
I want people to be motivated to elevate. I make music with hopes of inspiring people to reach for greatest, when they’re passionate about accomplishing goals, which should lead to the bag.
On a more serious note, are you happy with the current state of Hip Hop?
Yes, I love it! Especially, since the women are getting a great look right now on and off a major level. I have my faves, I listen to Lil Baby, Money Bagg Yo, Pop Smoke, Latto, Joyner Lucas, Mello Buckzz, Lola Brooke, Connie Diamond, All Money In, just to name a few. I could go on because it’s a lot of hot talent to stream right now. I love it!!
What do you feel has and will continue to be the key to your longevity?
Knowing the business and creating great relationships. Burning bridges is the biggest recipe for disaster. I’ve seen too many fall victim from ego and just got in their own way, pushing them right up out of the business. Relationships are key, knowing the business is vital.
Do you have any other outside / additional (future) aspirations, maybe even completely away from entertainment?
Yes. I definitely want to establish a nonprofit organization that will help young women execute their business goals and become entrepreneurs, kick starting their small businesses. Especially in our community, many of us can definitely use that support.
What’s an average day like for you?
I’m up at about 8am, work out, make smoothies…about 10AM I take some conference calls, then I’m on to get other label business done until about 7pm. After that, it’s dinner time for the family and settling down to relax. Unless it’s studio time. Lol! I’m up till like 3-4AM on a daily basis. I need more sleep! Lol.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans…
When it comes to fans, I’m excited to meet people that support what you do is amazing on any level. If they want pics, we are flicking it up, period! Without them, it’s nothing. Gotta love your fans.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? And, why?
My favorite part is meeting the fans, and also creating music without restrictions. I love the freedom we have now with our artistry. My least favorite are the fake people you meet. I’m not big on that type of energy, so I try to eliminate it as soon as I detect it. My peace is everything to me, so if you are not solid don’t even bother.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Make sure you learn the business, and stay on top of it with a solid team. Surround yourself with people that really want to see your team win. Also, an administrator for your publishing is key. Musiquearena.com is a great platform, especially for artists that are independent. They really are instrumental in helping you run your label independently like the majors.
Lastly, what are the odds of you, Big Chan & Kola Loc [Doggy’s Angels] ever working (whether on stage and / or wax) together again?
We had our time and it was epic, but unfortunately that will probably not happen. My album Duffel Bag Music will be dropping soon, and it will definitely give you that energy that the fans loved in the Doggy’s Angels album.
Looking ahead, say five or maybe even ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
I see my self as one of the female moguls in music and film, with continued elevated success. I’m working hard towards it, too! Lol. You have to manifest it.
Is there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention?
Not at all, but please check out my new video “Evil Twins” via YouTube! It’s crazy!!
Any “parting” words for our readers?
Thank you for having me, I really appreciate it, and be on the lookout for my new album Duffel Bag Music, hosted by Snoop Dogg. Your speakers are going to love it!! I promise you.