What is your name and what city do you rep?I
I work under the pen name E.G. Olessego in order to maintain my privacy. I tend to work out of Los Angeles but my clients come from around country and beyond, over the years I’ve contributed a significant amount of work to most of the major markets including Atlanta, New York, San Francisco Bay Area and Miami but especially Atlanta.
What is unique about you and the services that you offer?
There’s something special about my clients and I’ve been able to recognize what that is in each one of them. I don’t offer a run of the mill rap, I start with a consultation to get to know my clients so that we can consolidate on a vision for their project as well as their brand. The writing happens from within them. I work within the music industry and I offer these services on the side at a significantly lower rate than my actual working rate. I do this mostly out of my passion for songwriting. When you work with me you’re getting industry standard quality and my clients recognize that. There’s a level of ambition and seriousness of craft that seems to be the parallel with those that seek out my services. These people are engaged in music business, they aren’t just hobbyist. They come to me to help them in building a product.
When did you realize you were going to ghostwrite professionally?
I began offering my services to fund my own ventures but I quickly realized how much I enjoyed being able to create through someone else. Things began to pick up for me in my own career around 2012 when I was offered an apprenticeship with a major pop producer and through that I found many opportunities through the writing workshops. When things began to work out for me within the music industry, I just kept offering the services
What type of music do you listen to?
In my early years I was listening to NWA and everything else that came from Dr. Dre’s lineage but I grew to have an eclectic taste in music. Tupac Shakur, The Beatles, Mac Dre, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Strokes and Prince
Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
A lot of artists come to mind, as far as clients and former clients that deserve recognition but they are well on their way to gaining it in their own right and privacy of my clients is a top priority. So I will just say Paul McCartney. When he releases a new song the world should stop and acknowledge it.
What ignites your (song) writing flow?
My client’s vision and a burning desire to see them achieve their goals. Watching my clients grow over the years and helping them with their releases.
How many things can you really be passionate about?
Many people are walking the earth without any passion for anything. The word gets thrown around too much. I have two passions music and love. Outside of that I have interests and hobbies that I cycle through.
Success to you is…
How does success feel. I’m living it. Success is a state of mind and a state of being, there’s a process behind the grand successes that we celebrate
What do you wish you were told when you first started rapping that you think would help artists starting out?
I was brought up through a great apprenticeship so I was able to learn a lot early on. There’s a lot of knowledge in the music industry that is closely guarded, valuable information is rarely volunteered.
Any upcoming projects?
I’m always working and after 8 years of ghostwriting I’m still excited about just about every project that comes my way. I keep my plate full with a few projects a week. It’s a balancing act, time management and communication with my clients is imperative. I accommodate all deadlines and because of that I’m not able to take on all prospective clients when they inquire.
Where do we find your songs?
I’ll never speak the name of any of my clients but if you’re into hip-hop you’ve heard my work and if you get out to your local music scene in any of the major music scenes you have a good chance of hearing my work