Y. SAMUEL – BLUE FERRARI [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Introspective, Genre-breaking, Unique

How many beats do you listen to before you end up using one? Tell us a few things about your creative process.

I make the majority of my own beats, so if I make a beat I like, I start writing to it before I move on to another track. Typically, I only finish songs I like. I make a ton of music and I make music fast so if a song grabs my attention long enough to write an entire song, it’s usually going to be one that I put out. When I’m getting beats from other producers, I know within the first 10-20 seconds if I’m going to use it or not. I never force songs over beats that I don’t like.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

Honestly just me. I write from the heart about experiences I’ve had or want to have. In early days, I used to tell very specific stories about my life. I realized that no one could really relate to that, so I started using those stories to create more broad, relatable lyrics that everyone can resonate with. I never “cap in my rap”, but I definitely write about situations that haven’t happened. They just haven’t happened YET.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?#

I could list 1000 people, but my first favorite artists were Kid Cudi, Kanye West, The Beatles, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Eminem and Fall Out Boy. I think my music reflects that wide variety because you couldn’t say “Oh, he’s 100% a rapper” or “He’s 100% a singer”. Both my vocal styles and my production styles vary a lot from song to song.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop as a concept gives an incredibly loud voice to people who have consistently been silenced. There’s no denying it’s a Black genre. It’s Black culture. That’s not to say other races can’t participate or contribute, but to be in the space is to accept, recognize, and celebrate its roots.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

“Young sammy, you deserve everything in life” When I was younger I was dealing (and still do deal) with a lot of anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. I had it in my head that anything good to happen to me was a facade for something terrible to happen. I wasn’t confident in the fact that I was making great music and great strides as a person. I still struggle with knowing that sometimes now, but I’m lightyears ahead of where I was then. That’s what Blue Ferrari is about.

Should we expect an album in the near future?

You should expect an album VERY soon. I’ve dropped 3 EP’s this year titled, “Y.” “DOT” and “SAMUEL” respectively. This was intentional, leading up to my album coming out in the next month titled, “YDOTSAMUEL”.

Thank you!

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