Lexa Terrestrial – “SAD GIRL RAPS” (feat. Rittz) [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Inimitable, melodramatic, entertaining

You blend different genres in your music. Tell us a few things about your creative process.

It’s everything in my brain, my life & what I like into musicorganized into certain sounds,my diary& going through my giant biblical sized Rhyme Bookfrom there I try to construct what I want to say around intresting flows
And keep adding or taking away from there.Choruses are the easy part for me…

Laying down a track, I have a certain little secret formula that helps me out.

Why sexism, and even outright misogyny, is so pervasive in Hip Hop culture?

So I think people take their pain & emphasize it in Hip-Hop Lyrics. A lot of those rappers actually probably treat women right, so it’s not across the board. A lot of rappers who say don’t rap about those things, may treat women worse. Because mentally they’ve not grown, or been considerate of others feelings, and been influenced by this kind of stuff. It can influence people but i do try to see them as just lyrics. As i hope most others do.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I’ve never been this committed
To suicide
Especially cause my friend just died
or

In a cage,I’m the one,
With the keys to the place
Only prison that I fear is the one in my mind.

You released a full album. Do people still listen to full albums? What was your favorite album of the past decade?

Ooof… I don’t think my generation appreciate albums. It’s not like it used to be. Not only is music more fast food now, so it’s watered down frequented singles… but also not many are putting out pieces of art. It’s oversaturated.
The last Albums I really liked were probably back in 2017. I was a huge fan of J.Cole’s Album “KOD” was everything! It had a message and it was all inside of interesting beats. I liked Blackbears “Cybersex” Album… or “Digital Druglord” They were AMAZING Albums. XXXTentacion’s Albums are like notes he left behind I feel… Like Diary’s. Jarren Benton’s “Grandma’s Basement” was so entertaining. This is what I find cool about Artists but it’s not like that anymore. Also other mention that isn’t so much Hip-Hop but the band the 1975 releases some amazing albums & one of my all time favorites is their self titled album “The 1975” as well as “I like when you sleep, for you are beautiful yet so unaware of it”

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Strength, But also a place to talk bout your weaknesses. A place to fight the corruption in this world, a place for you to talk about what angers you. It’s in your blood and it helps you cope.

Any future plans?

Become one of the best female rappers in the world.
Or die ;p
Lol

Thank you!

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Flamma – The Might [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Energetic, Passionate, Conscious.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

My lyrics/tracks always have a message and/or draw on my personal experiences that we can all relate to in someway. This track reflects on the good times, going out and getting lit with your people!

It was inspired during lockdown where it made you appreciate the ability to be able to go out and have fun. Like many people, I missed going out and having a great time.

When I first heard the beat for this track it reminded me of moments that I can imagine many relate to; good energy, out with your mates, drinking the night away. It gave me that feel good aura when you feel on top of the world and unstoppable. The feeling that you don’t want the night to end, just pure good vibes.”

I hope that this track ignites the same feeling for others, reminding them of being out with their friends and taking them back to their most memorable party days, when they felt euphoric. Hopefully it gives the listener a sense of power to do what makes them happy – unswayed by others’ negativity.

Why is it still difficult for UK rappers to break through to America?

I believe there are a culmination of reasons that contribute to this and it’s not just as simple as one thing. I believe stylistically UK rappers are very different in their delivery, cadence and flow. This can be a positive in some markets globally as much as it can be a negative one when taking on the American market. Another thing that can’t be ignored is the difference in culture and lifestyle, all these aspects add to the authenticity of UK rappers but also create some hurdles for the American listener to overcome. That being said there are a lot of listeners in America who are fans of UK music/rappers but perhaps not substantial enough for UK rappers to make their mark.

What are the main ingredients that make London one of the world’s leading music cities?

Diversity is the main thing. People and cultures all across the world have come here through the years and left their mark in London. This causes original styles to be a hybrid and a mish-mash of others styles creating a unique sound.

One thing I admire about music in London is that people are not afraid to be experimental and the general public are open to this which endorses creativity and innovation from artists.

Favourite album of the past year?

I find it hard to usually pick out one single album but over the course of the past year I’ve been listening to a lot of Chip, Dave, Stormzy, AJ Tracey, Aitch, J Hus & Young B.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

I wouldn’t describe them as a hidden talent but I think Aitch & Dave have a lot of years ahead of themselves to hit even higher heights. I think Young B has also nailed his style and consistently brings out those banging smooth tracks.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I genuinely can’t think of any right now but I can do a one arm push up!

Thank you!

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J.F.O – Amnesia [Interview]

  • Describe your sound in 3 words

whatever I want

  • Who is the voice of emo rap at the moment?

The goat will always be lil peep nobody has managed the catch up with him popularity wise and I think impact wise nobody will

  • And what does the future hold for emo rap?

I think the scene is really good and there is amazing talent out there just waiting to be found. There’s so much versatility there’s really nothing like it.

  • What would be your dream performance venue?

Liverpool football clubs home ground of Anfield would be unreal. I don’t know if they do stuff like that but I’ll make it happen

  • What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

I just watched fear and loathing in Las Vegas and I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before,Fucking unreal very much my style

  • When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

When I’m not indulging in sin and smoking weed pretty much all I do I watch anime I recently got sucked in but it has been amazing

  • Future plans?

I just wanna keep working on my music and my craft and hopefully enjoying life

  • Thank you!

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Dama Juda – young [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words.

Adaptive, piercing minors, and provoking lyrics

What made you use a lofi beat in “Young”? Tell us a few things about your creative process in general.

I love lofi. It’s relaxing and simple, yet creative. It allows my mind to wander and create more. The beat itself was created by a producer in a musician group I am involved with online. He’s got a cool sound and when he sent me the track, I immediately knew I could write lyrics to it. And here’s the final result!

Your music is definitely melodic driven. Tell us your favorite melody you wish you have composed yourself.

Debussy is so unique in his melodies and note composition. His sound is everything I want, adaptive, piercing minors, and provoking. How many emotions do you have when you listen to a Debussy piece? It’s incredible how he takes you through a series of emotions and not one word is spoken.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

Yes, in fact “young” was my first collaboration. It was eye opening to see how collaborative work can inspire you, sometimes even more then when writing alone. Songwriting is not a lonely process. The mind has many voices, lol. I’m just trying to make sense of my experiences when I write.

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

Interesting question but nothing stands out. I’ve recently started some TV series though that I’ve really liked. House of Cards, Last Kingdom, Timeless, Queen’s Gambit, Ozark, and Survivor.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I can pick things up with my toes

One last thing we should know about you?

I believe God is a Woman

Thank you!

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Ali Bla Bla – Island [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

raggo, classic, weird

You blend different genres in your music. Tell us a few things about your creative process.

I just like everything, i’m one of those people. I get excited by so many different types of sounds and emotions, I love all styles of music, everything has a place in my heart.

When I make a tune, i’m not thinking about fitting in a box or not, I just do what sounds good to me at the time, as cliche as that sounds.

How Important are political statements by music artists? Can music have an impact on politics?

Its important, but it doesn’t really have the same space as it once did, like in the 80s. That is because escapism dominates music, and people want to forget about their problems and enjoy it a lot of the time, fair enough really.

I think everything has its time and place, but we have been through so many cycles now, it’s easy to be another generic protest lyricist.
Sometimes I just wanna rap about money and women.

Is Britain racist today?

Everywhere is racist at every time. Intolerance is another human trait, and crosses over a multitude of different scenarios. It’s not always so black and white, no pun intended.

What does hip hop symbolise in your opinion?

Im just that millennial old school rap head stuck in his ways. It means something real to me I guess. What it means now, depends on whos involved. Theres a lot of imposters out there selling an illusion to lost kids.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

Make sure you check out Hak Baker, a real voice of the people.

One last thing we should know about you?

I really dont care anymore about success in music. I am doing things at my own pace and self funded it all and I am not bound to impressing anyone or any labels etc… and I finally feel artistically free.

Join the revolution guys, stop giving a fuck and enjoy making music like you did when you were young.

Thank you!

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A.D. – Popcorn [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

“Built mad different”

You are heavily influenced by the American sound. But what makes UK Rap distinct?

Outside of the accent there’s actually not too much distinct about UK rap from American Rap. I would say maybe that your average UK Rap track is of a higher lyrical quality than the average American Rap track but otherwise there’s a lot of crossover between our music. That’s why these days we have Americans and Brits jumping on the same sorts of beats, especially in the Drill scene. That’s why UK Rap deserves more respect; it’s just as great as any other music out there in the top charts once you look past the accent.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

It ALWAYS depends on what mood I’m in when I’m writing but I’d say at the moment my lyrics revolve a decent amount around bigging myself up. Being unapologetic about how dope I am and believing in my sauce. After all, how can I make others believe in me if I don’t believe in myself?!

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip Hop is far greater than just a genre of music, but a whole lifestyle and community across the entire the world. It’s a language we can communicate in, a tool of great expression, a method of release, a pleasure for our pain and a pain to our pleasure. Hip Hop is as deep as humanity itself and it symbolises exactly that: humanity.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

Besides myself??? I would definitely have to recommend a singer called Kiing (@iamkiing). I was a legitimate fan of his before I reached out to him for a collab and thankfully he did it so we’ve got a song coming out soon that he absolutely DEMOLISHED! Nevertheless he’s got amazing music and I’m a real fan of his so definitely check his stuff out.

What would you change in the music industry?

Two things: being unafraid to show love/weakness and bringing back originality. In the UK especially it seems very rare for people to just show love to a dope artist, let alone artists bigging up other artists publicly. It’s also rare for artists to be vulnerable and let their emotions show so I wish people would do that more just like we did in Hip Hop back when we talked about the struggles we faced. Also these days so many artists share the same sound and it’s ANNOYING! Back in the day you could NEVER confuse 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Ludacris, Ja Rule, DMX, The Game, Jay-Z, Fabolous, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, etc because they had such iconic and identifiable sounds. Nowadays people find a sound and jump on the wave, which kills creativity and individual identity. Part of why I struggle to describe who I sound like or what my sound is like is because I sound like myself, and I love that about myself. I wish other artists would do the same.

One last thing we should know about you?

No matter what I just want to express how much love and gratitude I have for each and every person who genuinely likes me and my music. Of course I’ve got big dreams but it all starts from the ground up and I want everyone to know my appreciation runs deep for you if you take even a fraction of your time to come rock with me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you and I hope you look forward to this journey we’re going on.

Thank you!

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JV/ZUU – The Drip [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

(JV) colourful, avant garde, mudbutt.

You blend different genres in your music. Tell us a few things about your creative process

(ZUU) Something interesting about our forthcoming E.P. is that three of the four tracks are written totally on an Electribe Sampler 2. Its a really janky & inexpensive piece of equipment. It has a lofi kind of vibe and often glitches quite a fair bit which makes the audio characterful. Anyone who owns one of these machines could recreate the sounds on our E.P. quite easily. I liked blending this sampler with my accoustic drum kit. I feel a lot of hiphop & pop is just pure samples these days. I prefer to use mics and actually capture something unique in a time and in a space. It might not have the ‘fidelity’ of some super produced drum kit out of Abbey Road but our music allows for the blend of the raw and polished sounds. We’re not looking to compete sonically with anyone.

Unsigned, unmanaged & completely independent, you managed to sync your music to a national TV advert. What advice would you give to young artists who want to follow your success path?

(ZUU) TALK TO EVERYONE. Its the key to life. Its said over and over in interviews to the point where it has become meaningless, but its true! Networking is a tried and tested means to success. The amount of opportunites which have opened up to Johnny and myself purely because we know a tonne of people in the music industry is insane. You have to emerse & surround yourself with people in all areas of music. Just enjoy connecting with people. Don’t go into these interactions focussing on how you might beneifit. That is disingenuous and people will see you coming from a mile away. Be genuine and take honest interest in what they are doing. If they are in the music industry conversing with them is your number one tool to moving your career forward.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

(JV) I haven’t written my most honest personal lyric yet.

What would you change in the music industry?

(ZUU) I would change the way streaming revenue works. I think blockchain technology is going to improve streaming income for artists in the future. I’ll give you an example… Spotify currently pays £0.0031 per stream. Say the average person streams 20 tracks per day. That equals around 500 streams per month. 500 x £0.0031 = £1.55

This means that per month, only £1.55 of your £9.99 subscription is going towards paying the artists. £8.44 is going directly to Spotify.

Imagine a streaming service where you only paid for the tracks you streamed? You could double the amount of streaming royalties artists would get & still give the end listener a 70% discount on their monthly bill. I think someone will build a decentralised music streaming service on one of the blockchains soon and this will become a reality. Who knows… maybe I’ll go and do it!

What is the most useless talent you have?

(JV) my most useless talent is doing nothing

One last thing we should know about you?

(JV) I’ve been in a house fire that burned up my first solo album back in 2005, I lost my 2nd solo album in a flood. Come hell and high water we are now bringing our your JV/ZUU project.

Thank you!

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Gold Frames on Brown Skin – Medusa (A Versace Consumer)

Describe your sound in 3 words

Unthinkable, Unique and Timeless.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

My lyrics usually are about overcoming a struggle, whether it be getting over an abusive relationship, poverty or police brutality.

How Important are political statements by music artists? Can music have an impact on politics?

Music is about expression and when an artist state their political preference, I feel its the same as the artist releasing new music. If you have the ability to vote, you should have the ability to speak on politics.

What would you change in the music industry?

I would change how playlists are regulated. I believe all playlists should be verified that no bots are responsible for plays and make it so just not anyone is not allow to have a public playlist.

Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?

Gold Frames On Brown Skin

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

Godzilla Vs. Kong. I can’t wait for the new “Mortal Kombat” to come out.

One last thing we should know about you?

I love laughing and being happy. Anyone or anything that brings a smile to my face, I am in your debt.

Thank you!

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Aeropryme – Bonafide [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Wavey, Lyrical, diverse

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

Life, Love, and The Culture

What moment in your career are you most proud of?

I haven’t gotten to that moment yet

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop symbolizes freedom, connectivity, identity, purpose, and lifestyle.

Favourite album of the past decade?

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

What would you change in the music industry?

I would change everyone sounding the same. it’s confusing tryna figure out who is who lol.

One last thing we should know about you?

I can do different genres of music like country, alternative rock, pop, edm, and afro music.

Thank you!

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Spence Brown – 2011 [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

I would describe it as melodic, fun and usually thoughtful.

Tell us a few things about your song 2011 and your creative process in general.

The song was heavily inspired by high school days coming up listening to people like Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y. It’s part of a mixtape coming this Spring/Summer that will all be inspired by my upbringing musically and otherwise.

You control all stages from producing to marketing and everything in between. Does this feel lonely? Is a successful collaboration in music difficult by default?

I don’t ever really get lonely, I love doing everything myself. I’m kind of a solitary person in general so I tend to just spend my nights making music in my studio. I definitely do collaborate but it has to be the right person because I’m pretty introverted.

Missouri and California. What do you love and what do you hate in each place?

Man there’s honestly not a lot I hate about California, besides maybe the wildfires. But I love everything about California from the forest, to the mountains, the ocean, it really just is my favorite state. I can’t speak for all of Missouri but I actually also really enjoy the Kansas City area, where I lived. The BBQ has to be one of the things about it for sure. Although I don’t love how flat it is lol.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Man, so many different things! It’s hard to pinpoint one thing exactly because there are so many sub-genres and moods of hip hop, but to me the most central is probably the story telling. That was the thing I think I fell in love with growing up listening to music like Nas, Tupac or Outkast, all of which tell such vivid stories that almost make you feel like you’re in them.

Favorite music related film?

I’m working on watching more movies but I just usually don’t end up watching them for some reason, I usually end up watching anime. But I will say I saw Juice a while ago and remember that being really good, plus Tupac plays one of the main characters.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m here for a good time AND a long time! Also I’m learning Japanese.

Thank you!

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