G.Pari$ – Patterns [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Melodic, Catchy, and Honesty

In the end, is it easy to recognize the patterns and change for the better?Tell us a few things about Patterns and the main idea behind it.

It’s never easy when it comes to self reflection. It takes a lot of discipline. When I created patterns I was at a time where I felt that I needed to make a change in my life. I began to notice the loop that I was in and the patterns that I stuck with out of comfort. So I decided to make a change and love myself more. There are so many issues that I’m still dealing with but I learned to take it one step at a time.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Definitely from patterns it was “I’m always stressing thinkin bout life and sh*t my job don’t work for me I think it’s time to quit.”

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

I have so many but my top three in no order would be Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, and Tyler, The Creator

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Symbolizes the art of expression. Some people see it differently I look at it as an art form and people just expressing their lives. There’s so many artists that are putting these bodies of work out. Most People don’t understand that as an artist to put a song out is probably one of the most vulnerable things that we can do because that song is a piece of us that were showing the world.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

When they need a little bit of motivation and just knowing that there’s someone else out there that understands how they feel when it comes to certain issues or situations. Maybe the listener is needing that extra reassurance about life. That’s where my music comes in.

One last thing we should know about you?

i’m someone who loves learning and creating. i’m not a big fan of school. Not saying that school isn’t beneficial for others it’s just not for me. what I mean by learning is learning new skills whether it’s learning how to mix & master music, graphic design, or even learning color palettes.

Thank you!

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Vantreux – Outcast [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Powerful, passionate, and thought-provoking

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘Outcast’. What is the main idea behind it?

‘Outcast’ delves deep into sensitive subjects, such as underage drug abuse, systemic racism, and poverty. Growing up in today’s society, especially as an African-American child, you are exposed to a lot of injustice and tragedies. It’s easy to feel hopeless and like you can’t do anything to change your life. I wrote ‘Outcast’ as a way to process some of those tragedies that I saw as I grew older, as well as hopefully to let others going through the same things know that they are not alone.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Honestly, I would say the entirety of ‘Outcast’ is personal and honest. I put my heart and soul into this song, and the words in it come from things that I personally dealt with or saw firsthand growing up in a small suburban city area. If I had to pick one, it’d probably be, “I just wanna live my damn life, but was only taught to get by.” Schools in impoverished and underrepresented areas really don’t prepare you for the world. They do their best, but for those kids who aren’t already growing up with money or connections, it’s insane how hard it is to just be successful and not have to struggle every day. I feel like I was told how to get by with the bare minimum, but I feel like we all deserve more than that. Everyone deserves to thrive and be happy in their life.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

I take a lot of inspiration from Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Pharell, and Kenny Beats.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip-hop and rap tell stories from the viewpoint of individuals that just want their voices to be heard. It started out as a way for underrepresented and silenced black voices to advocate for themselves and to express themselves in a safe space. It can be something as simple as just wanting to fuck around and have fun, or it can be an outlet to process complicated and raw emotions. That’s the beauty of hip-hop and rap – what it symbolizes is up to each individual. It’s art in one of its purest forms.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I imagine people will listen to my music in an introspective kind of way. Maybe they’re laid out on the couch, just chillen in their thoughts.

You’d give up making music for…

I’d give up making music if we could have world peace, but that’s about it. Music is my life, so unless it was something that would drastically change humanity for the better, I’m going to continue my passion!

Thank you!

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JOHN QUE – Latta Green [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

in 3 words my sound is classic hip hop

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘Latta Green’. What is the story behind it?

its an anthem for cannabis users that laugh a lotbut also are conscious b.its actually an old song that i rewrote for now

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“now i like to smoke til im damn near in ah coma love this shxt so much i had to move to california”

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

a.krsone
b.Kendrick lamar
c.p diddy

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

hip hop is my way of life its my religion

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

chill mode is usually when u listen to mymusic

One last thing we should know about you?

i am one of the worlds premier improv freestylers

Thank you!

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Ascidzz – WAR [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dark, passionate, triumphant

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

I’m really a producer first, so usually I’m accustomed to just creating the ideas that come up in my head, which are entire songs. With this project, I really stepped outside of myself to work with other producers. I am very meticulous about how the music sounds — if it doesn’t have real potential , the lyrical ideas I receive I get aren’t going to be very strong, either. There are a lot of instrumentals out there, but there are also a lot of gems. You have to find what works for you.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“Why should I confine to the norm, I have been scorned before I had a chance to be born, planned to abort — still kicking, I’m meant to move forward — still in it. Honesty, confidence, personality, let them witness it….”

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

My favorite rappers/lyricists are Big Pun and Eminem. My father (also known as GSB/Lake Verde, another of my greatest inspirations) gave me an MP3 Player when I was 12 years old with the entire Eminem discography on it with the freestyles, and just no one was on his level. Even to this day, it’s difficult to find lyricists on his level of penmanship. Same with Big Pun, who was incredibly ahead of his time. I place Big Pun ahead of Eminem on my list mostly because of the time period. My favorite producer has changed so frequently (I am a producer first), Alchemist was my first favorite producer growing up. Then it became Skrillex and then Ramzoid… producers have their hots and colds, and I’m extremely picky about soundscapes. I also love ka1, who produced “Goddess” for the I Know I Waited project. Super talented, we’ve known each other for years trying to make it in the electronic music scene.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip Hop symbolizes a culture that mostly people who look like me can call a place for expression, whether as a listener or a contributor to the genre. Hip Hop is the culture that was cultivated out of love during a time where we couldn’t seem to get it outside of our closest communities. It represents Deejaying, Emceeing, Graffiti, Breakdancing, street fashion, Beat boxing, street knowledge, street language, street entrepreneurialism, which have provided a means of salvation for a people who have been oppressed and marginalized for generations to the point of desertion. I may not know my cultural heritage, but I do know that I can represent for it through my culture, which is Hip Hop.

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

I love to play chess, I love to read. I also like to go out to events and vibe and connect with more creative people.

Future plans?

I Know I Waited is one of a few mixtapes. There are videos/content coming soon, I’m performing throughout LA, more mixtapes being released soon; we’re leading up to an album, that will be titled “The Stomach.” Stay tuned!

Thank you!

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Dre Day 100 – Ride With Me [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Innovative, creative, and litty

Tell us a few things about your new song Ride With Me. What is the main idea behind it?

Ride With Me is a track that gives the audience a clear background about me. I had a fan one day tell me that they wanted to hear more about my story and what I am about and they were right because I didn’t have many songs describing my story. So I decided to go head and spread my message and let everyone know about what I had to go through to get to where I am now.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“Working all them jobs working day and night shifts.” The whole song is honest but if I had to choose the most personal and honest lyric it be that one. I still work two jobs at the moment and that just let’s everyone that I grind for mines.

Your music has an old school vibe. Are you into today’s Hip Hop? Or do you prefer to listen to old classics?

I like the new era of hip hop but yes I do prefer the old school more. It was more genuine and different back then and everyone was original back then. 90s rap just gives you that feeling that you never want to let go for a long time.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop symbolizes struggles, triumphs, and revolutionary messages being spread to the masses.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

If they have the mindset of wanting to be litty and enhance their mood but wanting to actually listen as well instead of just bopping their head, then those are the people I can see tuning in to my music.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Besides the weed charge I got a couple years back, there was a time back in middle school when I was 13 going on 14 and me and a homie of mine decided to go scratch up our teachers car for the sole reason of us not liking her. Well the homie that I was with decided to go tell everyone about it and whoever he told snitched on us and the teacher decided to press charges on us. Long story short we got arrested at school, got sent to an alternative school, had to take a tour of juvie, and luckily all we got was probation.

Thank you!

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Dax – A Lot At Stake [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Impactful, Irreplaceable, motivational

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘A Lot At Stake’. What is the story behind it?

Song with the amazing female artist Snow Tha Product. High Energy with a underlying message of staying true to yourself.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“NEW YORK with my STATE of MIND, every STATUE is at LIBERTY to get DECLING”

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

My parents, Beethoven, Mozart, Tupac

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Rhyme and poetry used to tell the stories of this messed up world for future generations.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Fck with people who fck with you.

Your biggest fear?

Mediocrity

Thank you!

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DreGarde – Twenty5 [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Authentic, Relatable, Vulnerable

Tell us a few things about your new work ‘Twenty5’. What is the story behind it?

Twenty5 is an audio autobiography of what I was going thru at the age (25) and the earlier part of when I turned (26).

I had family and family friends pass away
My mom wasn’t at her best health , my lady at the time just broke up with me plus I was in a state of transformation within myself.

So much was going on in my life at that time it was very overwhelming, when I heard the beat for “Goosebumps” that’s when the journey of creating Twenty5 started.

Now we here!

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

“Imperfections” I cried writing recording and listening to that song! It’s hard to not feel the vulnerability in it. Also Shoutout the homegirl Limbochildd for blessing me with vocals on that record she definitely took it to another level in my eyes.

Who is your favourite beat maker and which rapper’s flow do you enjoy the most?

I know y’all asked for one beatmaker but I have to give you two producers I’m sorry!!

Alchemist and Cardo got wings is my favorite right now and been for a minute.
to work with any of them would be an honor!

For flows off top Kendrick!
Many may not know of them but Le$ and GT also got flows that I vibe to heavy!

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

The real. Real comes in all shapes sizes and voices. Of course there’s always gonna be some bullshit but at its core hip hop symbolizes the real.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Accept that you’re different from people but not better & embrace it there’s a reason some people don’t fit in. They’re supposed to stand out.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I was at a young lady’s house doing my thing back in my younger years and didn’t know her father was a sheriff well his ass came home and I tried hiding in the closet like a goofy lol that didn’t end well! I’m here to tell the story though so it’s all good in the end.

Thank you!

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Ty Thom – $alary Bump [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Soulful, Nostalgic, Authentic

Tell us a few things about your new song “$alary Bump”. What is the story behind it?

So I ended up connecting with the producer Yarou at a show we both performed at. He sent me a pack of beats. I remember hearing the instrumental and I started writing to it immediately. I was blow away by the production. It has a triumphant feel. It reminded me of something Benny the Butcher or Nipsey Hussle would get on so I knew I had to really rap and come correct with my penmanship this time around. After recording my verse, I hit up my homie Tre Romell to hop on it and the song gave him the same feel. We recorded his verse at the studio about a week later. The song was fully mixed and mastered maybe a week or so after the recording session. I’m proud of where we took this song lyrically.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“My opposition still on level one, I won’t stop until I’m dead and gone, they tried to box me out my skills on Delle Donne”

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Favorite Rapper is Drake
Favorite Lyricist is Biggie
Favorite Producer is Mac Miller or Partynextdoor

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

In my opinion, Hip-Hop symbolizes life and experiences. As people, we all go through similar situations. There are also times where those situations are very different. Hip-Hop is a platform that is used to speak on the human experiences through a million different lenses. It connects the things we can relate on and builds a bridge towards understanding another perspective that differs from one’s own.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I want to give people the same feeling I had when I listened to my favorite artist for the first time. I want to be able to script the soundtrack to people’s lives while also being truthful to my own story. My goal is to have my fans to feel connected to the things I’m saying and hopefully they can learn from these stories I’m telling to create their own path to success and happiness.

What is one message you would give to your fans?

Never give up on your dreams. Things are closer than they appear. Always believe in yourself and never let a couple “no’s” block you from reaching that big “yes” you’ve been searching for.

Thank you!

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Joe Radio – Are We There Yet [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Old-School, Alternative, Relatable

Tell us a few things about your new song “Are We There Yet”. What is the main idea behind it?

As I started to put out more music, I noticed that people began to expect more from me…asking about the next track, the next campaign, the next pitch etc etc. “Are We There Yet” is a response to all of those questions – how can we know if we’re there yet, if we don’t know where we’re heading! This track was also my first international feature – US Rapper Mark Battles reached out after hearing my music, so I sent him this beat and he recorded a dope verse for me!

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

The topic changes based on what’s going on around me at the time…something will inspire me and I’ll just start writing bars on my phone! I think it’s so important to write about something that means something to you, authenticity is what helps your music to feel real and connect with your fans.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Favourite rapper will always be Mac Miller, he was a big inspiration for what I’m doing right now and I probably listen to his music every day. Early 2000’s Eminem is definitely my favourite lyricist – his ability to tell stories through his music is crazy to me. For a producer, I’m going to go with Benny Blanco…mostly based on what an interesting guy he is behind the scenes!

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

To me, Hip-Hop is a way for anyone to express themselves creatively. It’s such a dope thing to take a recent experience, your thoughts and feelings or whatever else inspires you to write – and just throw it all onto a beat for people to hear!

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

Great question…I loved ‘The Guilty’ with Jake Gyllenhaal. Heavily recommend if you’re into psychological thrillers

One last thing we should know about you?

I started making music at the beginning of 2021 and I think this was my 10th project…but I’ve got a lot more to say, so go follow Joe Radio on Spotify and @joeradioraps on Instagram to see what’s coming next!

Thank you!

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jozie_ramone – SHINJI [Interview]

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!

Thank you!

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