Tell us a few things about your new song SHINJI. What is the story behind it?
For starters the song is about myself and how I felt around 2017/2019. I was in a pretty bad space and looking back I’m so glad I just made it out to even have the blessing of being able to write a song about reflection. It was a dark time, I was still doing music but my mindset was still pretty bad and I was in the process of changing myself for good.
How would you describe your musical progress over the years?
Over the years I can say its gotten easier for me to create and easier to say what I really wanna say mostly because I’ve let go of a lot of things that would hinder most from the process of creation. I know I have gotten better but now I can do it even on a bad day where I wouldn’t feel the “urge”.
What first got you into music?
The idea of making a broken stereo at my house work by creating my own music. That got me into wanting to do it. Over time I discovered different genres and figured “hey I can do this.” and fell in love with telling my story.
Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?
I believe so, I also believe all that new talent deserves to be recognized.
What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?
To me its self expression. Hiphop is just one way of doing so since all music gives you that ability. It’s also about what kind of uniqueness can you bring to the table instead of trend hopping for popularity. Its an overall embodiment of being yourself to the fullest and not caring about what others think and not being afraid to stand out.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Just continue to be you. If you don’t like it then change for the better. Stay curious its what’s going to keep you passionate.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
I plead the 5th haha!