12 Jun From Brick City to Mecca GloBal
“Grafton Ave projects in Brick City is where we lived when I was growing up. We didn’t know we didn’t have it. We were broke living in the ghetto. We weren’t homeless but sometimes we wen’t hungry.”-Mecca GloBal
No B.S…..this interview is by far my favorite. I wished everyone could have been on the phone I was speaking with Mecca. I honestly felt like she was an older sister. Same struggles just a different hood. I love when I am able to be in the presence of someone and I am able to feed off of their positive energy and learn. This woman is so humble and honest. She tells the truth, she is who she is and you have to respect that. You honestly do not get that a lot in this industry. This is a woman, that even though the odds might have seemed against her, she made a away. I thank her for the time that we spent on the phone, and she might not know this, but she has left a lasting impression on my life. And also I have to shout out Scamma Moe out of Newark, NJ, Brick City as well as Shine from Jersey, Shaquan Baker, Wahida Clark, DJ Kay Slay, and CeCe Vance. -Fierce
Fierce: Hi Mecca how are you doing?
Mecca: I’m good. I apologize I am running late I was in a meeting.
Fierce: You were born Sharonda Baker, where did the name Mecca GloBal come from?
Mecca: First of all my middle name is ‘Mecca’, and when I ran the streets I used alias. I added ‘Global’ because I knew that’s what I would be. I wasn’t thinking local and when I began rapping, I used Mecca.
Fierce: You were originally a solo artist back in the late 90’s, were you a singer or rapper and what happened?
Mecca: I was a rapper and I did not stop rapping I just flipped it into writing. The label I was signed to at the time had a distribution deal. It was a lot of politics behind the scenes. I was able to flip my skills from rapping to writing and use my skills the right way.
Fierce: With the industry being what it is now, are you glad you are no longer an artist?
Mecca: I actually am glad, I am able to use my talents in more ways than one. What’s dope with writing is that we all have a book or books inside of us that people can relate to. The drama, the baby mama drama, the late night calls that you read about in the urban books. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to relate to books. I encourage you all to read if you’re already not.
Fierce: How did you link up with DJ Kay Slay?
Mecca: I’ve been writing for him since 2010. I reached out to Kay Slay before I even came to his magazine for another magazine I was writing for who will remain nameless. I am cut from a different cloth and I will bow out gracefully. I called him and said I wanted to write for him and he called me back and said “yeah.” Certain ones are real niggas, I am from Newark, New jersey and they’re realer ones in the streets than in the industry. DJ Kay Slay is a real one. I’ve been writing with him since 2010 and he plugged me in with some of the artist that I feature on my tv show.
Fierce: Tell us about your TV Show in Newark NJ. Is it able to be streamed for someone who may not reside in Newark?
Mecca: It’s through CableVision In Brick City (Newark, New Jersey) on channel 19, we play independent artist music, videos, and spot light new artist. I’ve been so busy lately so I’ve been sending repeat videos to play or mainstream but the show is original.
Fierce: You also volunteer your time speaking to the youth, mentoring, and feeding the homeless. How does that make you feel when you’re able to give back and how important is that to you?
Mecca: First of all of mentoring the youth and feeding the homeless is something we’re suppose to do, it’s not something that we talk about. With the Big Sister Little Sister program I am a part of, I go there on Saturday mornings to mentor the girls. We are suppose to mentor our girls and it is important to give back and not forget where we came from. You don’t have to be a celebrity to give back or mentor either. Just go do it.
Fierce:What’s next for you?
Mecca: I want to expand my TV Show and also turn my book, The Heat, into a movie. I am also relaunching my radio show along with my book, magazine, and blog. Shout out to Wahida Clark. She’s another real one. I self published my first 3 books before linking up with Wahida Clark.
Fierce: What would you like your legacy to be?
Mecca: The only thing I want them to say is she was a real female from Newark, NJ. Remember she gave back, she was humble, and didn’t think she was better than anyone else. Everything my name is/was attached to I was humble. I want them to say I was a human being who gave back and cared. When you come from the streets, dating drug dealers, the flashy stuff doesn’t impress me. Show your face in the hood, give back. Put some of these kids through college.
Fierce: Is there any last positive words you want to end with?
Mecca: I was a teenage mother. We want to be grown and fast and we need to talk to our girls, these girls and mentor them. I am glad I had my son young; he’s now an adult doing his own thing working on Shades of Blue and OITNB. So to all the teenage mothers out there, make sure to keep your head up and raise your kids.
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