Describe your sound in 3 words
Happiness. Passion. Hurt.
Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the story behind it?
The entire project, “Come 2 Terms,” is aimed at removing whatever anguish I have built up over the past few years. I speak about a time when a close friend chooses betrayal over loyalty on “Right Here.” “Ahead” is about a man who begs another woman for her hand, but at the same time, he knows that he can’t give her what she wants because he hasn’t closed the door on past pain himself. “Come 2 Terms” depicts a man who gives his all to his city, only for the city to denounce the talent he brings. However, he still cannot let the passion he has for this certain place go. All types of emotion flow through these three components.
How do you deal with a friend’s betrayal?
I believe that acknowledging the betrayal is a good start. Your emotions can only take you so far, you need a clear mind. Take a moment to be yourself. Do not let anger or disappointment control you. The good and bad of the entire ordeal should be highlighted. Who was to blame? Did you play a part in the betrayal? I don’t believe that people stop and think enough when they feel they’ve been wronged. They often blame the other person. I still belong to that group. Ultimately, it is about trying to change.
Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?
To say that I have a favorite is to say that I model my music after someone, especially when that is not the case. It’s more like a time period. The 90s will always be a part of my music. You listen to my music, you hear it. For producers that channel that time, I have two. They are Obrian and Smidi Beats. They are worth checking out. You will not be disappointed.
What does hip hop symbolise in your opinion?
A lifestyle. It gives artists a chance to be creative and let loose. I use it to cope with everyday life. I would like to say that it is an expression of free speech, but it is becoming much different these days. You can’t even express your opinion anymore without someone taking offense to it. But I suppose it has always been that way. These days, I see it more often. No matter the future of it, it will always be an inspiration to me.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Please stop giving a damn about what people think of you. I could have overcome so many obstacles if I had stuck to that motto. Make sure that you are doing what is best for you and the people you care about. Watch those who are close to you. You should pursue what you are passionate about. It won’t come to you. People will be negative. That seems to be all they know. Use your hands more. Skilled hands can make a difference. The list can go on for a long time. There are numerous things I wish I had done differently 20 years ago. But then I think that the person I was, made me into the person I am. So, I’m where I’m supposed to be. No doubt.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Be your own person. Although you probably hear that often, I’m speaking differently. Regardless of what society expects you to do, you should do the opposite. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. Don’t waste your energy on the wrong people. You find those who deserve it, and you cherish them.
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