Fab 4TS – The World From My Eyes [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Soulful, Authentic, Thought-Provoking

Tell us a few things about your album. What is the main idea behind it?

My view on the world, society, and the future molded by my environment, pain, and experience.

which lyric you are most proud of?

“Fighting through confliction, so no one’s outworking me”

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

God, Louis Armstrong, Bob Marley.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

An outlet for one to express their views, beliefs, pain, and intentions.

Favorite music related film?

La La Land

What is one message you would give to your fans?

It’s either 100% or 0%, and if it’s 100 it might as well be 110%.

Thank you!

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Trevour Amunga – Vespa [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Pure, chaotic, creative.

Your EP Vespa has very nice variety in it. Tell us a few things about it, what is the story behind this project?

I started working on it right after my 1st Ep for Akira, but at the time it sounded completely different from the Vespa we have now, musically and subject matter wise. Unfortunately, my dad passed away and so the project changed into something dealing with grief, and how his passing has affected my life and faith.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“I cursed God the entire night, it should’ve been easy to bring him back to life” off my song Bleached.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Andre 3000, MF DOOM, Madlib

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

The biggest challenge is honestly just marketing. Making music is really fun, but figuring out how to get the music to the right people is a big challenge.

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

I’m usually reading poetry, watching cartoons or sports.

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

Got arrested because some lady thought me and my friend were selling drugs and called the cops on us.

Thank you!

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Super Saiyan Jay – Let Them Be [Interview]

In Let Them Be a great variety of flows blends with a heavy on 808s instrumental. Tell us a few things about it

“Let Them Be” as far as an instrumental was really hitting all the components for me in a beat. The 808’s are strong and rough and the beat just has that rugged sound I was looking for.

Where did you draw inspiration from?

As far the inspiration. I just do what I normally do and just let the music come to me naturally. I never force my pen, which provides me my best creative work when the motivation to create does come to me.

What first got you into music?

What first got me into music was my parents really. I don’t think I can think of a time where I wasn’t influenced by music. I’ve been banging on pots and pans since I was 2 years old. So may from then on is what did it for me.

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

Not too sure what you mean by “hidden gem” in the context of how the question was asked. But if I’m answering correctly. I think King Dev, one of the artists that I collaborate with is a diamond in the rough waiting to be found. Dude is really gonna change the landscape in the drill genre of rap when he gets discovered in my opinion.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

The biggest challenge for me as an artist so far is really, exposure. You do everything in your power to make good music and hope people can recognize your talent. Sometimes talent gets overlooked. But that’s all apart of the process that goes into it.

Favorite music related film?

I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I had to google the meaning of this specific question haha. But I don’t think I could pick just one. There’s a good amount but, Hustle and Flow, Cadillac Records, School of Rock etc. It’s a long list, but to name a few.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

I think my biggest vice is that I’m a perfectionist. Which isn’t really a bad thing in most cases but when it comes to being creative. It can

Thank you!

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Elan Suave – 1 OF 1 [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words.

Clear, Modern, Unique

Your flow has a signature autotuned sound. Tell us a few things about your creative process.

Although I use autotune, I don’t need it as a crutch. I can sing just as well without the autotune. In fact, I record with no autotune on my microphone. The autotune is only added when I send the clean vocal files to my engineer after I record.

Which song of the EP reflects you the most?

“1 OF 1” reflects me the most because of the confidence in the song. “1 OF 1” was also inspired by my birth date 1/1

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Tory Lanez, A Boogie, PNB Rock, and Roddy Ricch are artists who influenced me and inspired me to make my own music. More personally, though, my brother was the first person in my life who made me want to record music. I always saw him and his friends make music and I knew that I had potential to make great music.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip Hop, in my opinion, symbolizes the liberation of black people. Music is often a getaway for a lot of people. Hip Hop is also a tool that black people have used over the years to better their situations.

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

I believe that people can listen to my music in any state of mind. I don’t make only one type of vibe. I have music that people can listen to in a sad state of mind (Found Me) or a happy state of mind (1 OF .

What is the one habit/thing you cannot live without?

I cannot live without my phone. It’s always in my hand, rather it’s because of work (social media, posting, etc) or leisure time. (Texting, etc)

Thank you!

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Tony Loud Woodz – What The Hell Is This [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Loud, Different, Fun

Tell us a few things about your new album What The Hell Is This. What is the main idea behind it?

I created a question for the audience, What the hell am I listening to? I wanted it to be a rollercoaster ride that makes you say to yourself, What did I experience, I kinda wanna do that again because I think I liked it!

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I Working all night for that beach front house
I need a Large amount
I’m Broke

There’s too many personal and honest lyrics to count!

Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?

Yes because the barrier to entry for all entertainment businesses has been lowered due to ease and low cost of equipment. So the Underground sound gets confused for mainstream but it’s still “Underground”. Check out my channel Paradise.Mobile on Youtube. It’s the MTV Jams of Philly.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Freedom and expression. The ability to create your own but also the ability to turn you as an individual into a true business. I like to look at my music career as a business I plan on taking to Shark Tank. I feel like hip hop/rap has put a magnifying glass on the business side of the music industry due to hip hop being so translucent. If you study Hip Hop you can see that it’s been able to take people from the basement to the mainstage, but also allowed them to retain that foothold in entertainment acquired by forcing all artists to either learn the business themselves or choose another profession.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Do It Now, Like Right now, stop being scared, it’ll get better, and easier!

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

Well when you’re an african american male and you graduate from a suburban highschool with Straight F’s, but you look like a nerd, no one even cares to monitor you. You tend to get written off. So whatever I did I got away with.

Thank you!

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cmfrt. – Facelift (feat. Jay Coast) [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

ethereal, nostalgic and vibey

Facelift has a very nice melodic flow uppon a classic trap beat. Tell us a few things about it.

It’s a collaboration between me and my good friend Jaheem, featuring the always talented Jay Coast. Jaheem and I are on production while Jay lays down his dreamy vocals. It’s an ode 4/20; one of our favorite unofficial holidays. Not just is it a celebration of a holiday, but a testament to our work, how far we’ve come and how far we will continue to go. This is also our first collaboration with Jay, and the videographer Blunt Lung.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Honestly the amalgamation of all the lyrics are my favorite. No one bar can do justice to the joy the entire song brings.

Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?

In all honesty no. There are too many sounds circulating through the hip hop stratosphere to solidify on one underground sound.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Every emotion that can be brought out of you. Hip Hop is my beating heart. The reason I’m still alive. Hip Hop isn’t a symbol but apart of reality; of life.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

“Only the best performers get nervous.”

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m working on a lot of music right now.. soon I will be flooding the world with my name. I can’t wait to show you.

Thank you!

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AM. – LOL [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Forward thinking Raw Passionate

LOL. has a lovely atmospheric vibe. Where did you draw inspiration from?

I drew inspiration from my trips to Florida in 2021, I would fly there to work every month or so. It’s something about that Florida water, southern swang and Jamaican food just brings a different vibe out of me!

For which lyric you are most proud of?

I say a lot of cool things but recently my favorite has been “Even war zones have sunsets” – speaking to the silver lining. No matter how much chaos lies on earth, through all the smoke the sun will still shine.

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

The artist that I’m into right now is “My Favorite Color,” a super dope rapper from LA.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop represents freedom of expression.Its not just music….its a way of life, nonconforming to the normal standards society tries to put on us and being yourself. Speaking the truth.Its the voice of the streets.

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

I hope people relate to my music as an outlet. An expression of the things they feel but can’t exactly put into words. Whether it’s love, anger, bliss, comfort whatever I may be expressing at the time, I know God is using me as a vessel to show people they can be themselves and be unashamed. Just stay true, have faith and be fearless.

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

I got kicked out of school for throwing too many parties in my apartment

Thank you!

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Don HardRisk – 13th Apostle L.P [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Inspirational, Catchy, Sentimental

Tell us a few things about your new album ’13th Apostle L.P’. What is the main idea behind it?

The 13th Apostle is a project where I mainly preach the Ghetto Gospel. It is meant to inspire everyone that have had an upbringing like mine. It is not meant to make you dance as the intro suggests but to help you meditate and to make the right decisions in life by not giving up hope, to see the beauty in the struggle because that’s what shapes our character.

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

Honestly, this is a tough question, lol. 98% of all my music speaks to me and have their own place depending on my mood. In this current mood, I’d say ‘Who I Gotta Be A Man For’ because it speaks to a future me, reminding myself why I’m doing all these things.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

I don’t have a favorite rapper but I have a favorite singer and artist overall. Brandy. I think her music and voice inspires me although I’m a rapper.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

HipHop symbolizes freedom to me. It’s a form of expressing myself in a very raw way, mixing and experimenting different elements to make something beautiful.

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

a. I watch Sci-Fi films, especially alien and time-travel related films.
b. Playing Chess. it sharpens my concentration skills
c. Gym, I’m at the gym at least three times a week
d. In the stock market analysing charts and making very risky investments lol

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

Hahaha, if I reveal that now, I bet the F.B.I would come knocking on my door as soon as this article is released to the world. But maybe someday I’ll reveal them in my music..

Thank you!

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Gxbriel – I Can’t Help My Sagittarius Ways [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

The three words to describe my sound would be energetic, fun, and gay!

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

The creative process is a fun part for me. I usually have a sound in mind for a song and then look at a catalog of beats to see which is close to what is in my mind. After I pick the beat, I find beats that fit in the same element. Thus, creating an album/project based on that. My debut album’s track list was changed five times before being satisfied.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

It was very important to me to show vulnerability on my debut album. A lot of artist are straying away from that and it sucks. I love getting to hear an artist’s story and what made them who they are today, so that is why I wrote “IS This What You Wanted?” and put it as the opening track. I also wrote “Memory Lane” and “My Heart Is Looking For Yours” to give more of an insight. These three songs are my most personal and honest lyrics.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

My favorite rapper is Megan Thee Stallion. She is killing the rap game and I hope to do a collaboration on a song with her one day. My favorite lyricist is Doja Cat. Her music is so transformative and she is one of the best. My favorite producer is “bckgrnd,” he produced “Pretty Ricky, Vol. 2” and “Fraudulent.”

Trap music came to rule the world, but at the moment the genre feels stagnant. What does the future hold for hip hop in general?

You never know what is going to dominate the rap world next. Anything can happen, but I feel like something big is going to happen. Something very transformative and groundbreaking. Shout out to Saucy Santana, he might be the one to do it!

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

I have a variety of songs that range in emotions, so it would be hard to tell, but I hope they are having a good time, laid back, and enjoying themselves as I tell my story!

One last thing we should know about you?

One last thing you should know about is I am a people’s person, if you ever see me out in public come by and say hi!

Thank you!

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Vala – Baddest Bitch [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Alternative Hip-hop/Pop

Tell us a few things about your new song Baddest Bitch. What is the main idea behind it?

“Baddest Bitch” is about self-confidence and standing up for yourself. In today’s world, it often seems that you can’t feel good about yourself or something that you’ve done without someone criticizing you. Sharks, who are people who try to use others for their own advantage, are everywhere. They are at every job that you work, they can be the people you meet, and the song is about how you handle those interactions with them that shape who you are going to be.
 
In this video (which is partially animated), the animation shows Vala vs. the villain – who is an actual shark, personified. At the start of the video, Vala is in a retro TV when a remote reaches to the TV and changes the channel to the animation where it’s Vala vs the shark in a series of scenes ranging from the gladiator arenas in ancient Rome to scenes in which she’s fighting zombies.  All of this is to create one underlying message: be confident in yourself, and don’t let anybody try to change who you are.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“You’re more like a mean ogre, a creepy club promoter, a mediocre poser at best…” I thought it was funny.

Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?

No and sort of yes. On the yes side — there is a sound of what “underground” hip hop is today but it is more just a sound that was created in the mainstream, so underground hip hop artists today have taken the mainstream and tinkered to make it their own and they all have a similar sound to their music. On the no side – there is no underground sound today that I have heard that was created first in the underground. The old underground sound seems to be only kept afloat by the artists who are still putting music out that were there when there was an underground sound that was created in the underground.

What would be your dream performance venue?

The house of Blues in Boston. While maybe it is not Madison Square Garden, when I was growing up I used to go there to see some of my favorite artists and bands. I have wanted to preform there ever since.

Favorite music related film?

School of Rock (haha might be kind of a strange answer but seriously it is an awesome movie and just makes you want to write or play any and all types of music)

You’d give up making music for…

I wouldn’t

Thank you!

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