What inspires you most when you create? What inspires me most when I create is the idea of connecting with the listener on a real level. Not just another empty track with a dope beat to nod their head to, but something that makes them think and reflect on their own lives. Life is full of ups and downs, and we all go through it. I think it’s nice to hear something that is relatable; the majority of us don’t live luxurious lives, and many of us struggle. I think people connect with my music because I talk about all that. Hearing your music has touched someone’s life in a positive way is extremely rewarding, and holding on to that feeling when creating new music is a great way to stay inspired.
Top 5 Influences? My top 5 influences…that’s a great question. #1. I’ll start with E-40. I was in 7th grade riding a school bus listening to a cassette tape of The Click on my walkman(cue the old jokes). I would listen to that tape over and over, and write down all the lyrics so I could memorize them and spit it just like 40. I liked everyone on the tape, but 40s style just stood out the most to me. I’ve been an avid fan ever since, and his career is beyond impressive. The King of Longevity in my humble opinion, he’s still killing it and his ability to consistently push out new music is insane. No doubt I look up to him in that respect, as I’m not a young buck anymore. He proves in an industry where youth is almost a prerequisite, you can still carve a lane and remain successful no matter what age you are with the right mindset and a quality product. Good music is timeless. I don’t focus on the fact that I’m getting older, I focus on my music. Because of that, I’m never having to chase trends, or clout, and there’s no disconnect between myself and my writing.#2. Sounds cliche, but Eminem. I’ll keep it short and sweet. He’s a lyrical genius. His abilities are insane when it comes to putting words together, and he’s another rapper whose longevity is something to be admired. Still murdering beats in his 40s.#3. Tupac. His presence and conviction in his music was what immortalized him. Real recognize real, and nobody made you feel things on a real level more than Tupac. I draw inspiration from that when I create music. Being genuine is the best way to build organic, loyal supporters. It’s easy to skim over or forget about an artist that comes off as fake, it’s hard to forget somebody who made you feel something on a real level.#4. Jay Z. For his ability to turn his life into music, and his music into an empire. One of the smartest rappers in the game. His style has been filthy since day one, but how effortless it seems is the real kicker. His music always puts me in a mood, makes me hungry for a mic. I’d be stoked to find a fraction of his success or recognition.#5. I had to think on this for a minute. A lot of great candidates, but right now I’d have to say Russ. In the realm of independent music, dude is crushing it! Racking up plaques with his own production and writing, and keeping it 100% independent is such an inspiration. He’s making bank producing and releasing the music himself. The numbers he’s putting up on his own is something all artists dream of. He shows dreams can become a reality, and you don’t need the help of a major to get there.
New Projects? I have new projects coming out this year. I don’t have specific dates set yet, as I’ve got some work to do still. I am planning on releasing a single featuring E-40 in the coming months, called “People Show Me Love”, also featuring Cool Nutz and Q Dot. And I am working on releasing my first full-length album, titled “Manifestations”. I know singles are the new wave, but I’ve been wanting to make this album for years, and it’s a personal goal of mine, so I’m seeing it through.
What helped you get into music? What helped me get into music was a combination of always loving music, and writing poetry. I started writing poetry when I was in 4th grade on a regular basis. This was a passion of mine throughout school, and eventually it began to mesh with music and lyrics were born. I think I was 17 or 18 when I wrote my first song, to a beat I made on Playstation with a video game called MTV Music Generator. Now I travel to record with certified engineers using quality beats I buy from producers I connect with. You get what you pay for.
Anything to tell your fans? Thank you is the first thing that comes to mind. Thank you for being supportive and giving my music a chance when it was just another ‘nobody’ crossing your feed. Music is meaningless without the fans who connect with it. Aside from that, one thing I would tell my fans is, be genuine and kind. Be kind to others, but also be kind to yourselves. In this digital social media era, it’s easy to feel like your life isn’t successful or exciting enough, or like you aren’t attractive or valuable enough. Nobody has a perfect life, it’s just edited to appear that way. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to be anything other than who you are. You’ll find peace in that. And you’ll attract more people into your life that vibe with you.
Biggest goals for 2019? My biggest goals for 2019 is to release this single I have featuring E-40, and to finish/release my first full-length album. I also want to invest more into marketing, and seek out more blog opportunities to continue building some momentum. I would like to book some festivals or team up with someone to put together a mini-tour. And I want to have a dope album release party when I finally finish this project.