Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?
I’m from Albany, New York. But I’ve lived all around Upstate NY. But growing up surrounded by conflict and gang violence in a family just barely getting by is something I feel obliged to give commentary on. My surroundings mostly affect the lyrical content of my music though, cause I’ve never felt as if Albany had a defined SOUND, ya know? But meeting all sorts of people with all sorts of motives has given me experiences in loss, heartbreak, anxiety, and all sorts of other stuff. And it’s these people that gave me a sense to live and make music for OTHERS and use my experiences to enlighten them and help them through their own.
What’s your background like?
I’ve lived in the same place all my life, I have a caring family, and I actively make sure I’m on a sports team of some sort. But I don’t have a father, he was just kind of one of the things that came and went growing up the way I did. I’ve lost a lot of people growing up, and all the drugs, angst, and hate that filled the world around me didn’t make trying to be the best person possible any easier. But I’ve been surrounded by nothing but people who want me to win. I spent a lot of time growing up listening to music and experiencing it in ways far ahead of someone my age. And I also spent a lot of time doing school sports, because I’m good at it and needed to experience everything I could physically, mentally, and socially. I’d say sports and music are honestly the key points of growing up for me since I’m still growing up and active in both.
Who are your top 5 favorite artists?
Currently, I’d say Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Lancey Foux, and TOBi. I just enjoy all of their styles, and sometimes you can see the influence in my own music, but it’s nothing more than minor things because I prefer to stick to my own style.
What made you start making music?
I always felt this strong urge to do something in media. I’ve always been addicted to artistic expression, and I knew, and still know that I have a unique perspective and sound to offer. I gathered up all of my experiences, all of my influences, and all of my skill one day and decided to make music. Obviously, I had people around me doing it and the success of it looked interesting, but I knew I could take it to another level.
Who are your biggest influences?
Recently, I’ve been insanely obsessed with the artistic vision and genius of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how he could implement social and internal ideas onto a canvass, and make millions regardless to being a young black man. My Dirty Bunch collective has also been a great influence, they’re responsible for everything I have, and that includes beats and artistic confidence and I owe them for that.
What’s your favorite song at the moment?
My favorite song right now has gotta be COFFEE BEAN by Travis Scott. I’m just obsessed with how atmospheric and spacey it sounds. Travis Scott is goated by me for that song alone.
What keeps you going? How you doing mentally?
My dead homies and I never forget that perspectives and creation like mine can heal a lot of people. Me and those people will come together to change the world someday. I know I’ve got a purpose to fulfill and success to return to everybody who helped me in the past. Mentally, I’m optimistic and incredibly happy.
How would you describe your style?
I’d describe it is varied. I’m still venturing out into new areas of my voice and testing out new instrumentals.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2019?
I hope to finally drop the project I’ve been working on, Let’s Just S.K.A.T.E. and I hope to get recognized by someone willing to pick up my art and take it to the next level. I wanna heal as many people as possible, and that means being heard by as many people as I can reach, and I know that I’m sending a message at the moment, but I know there are more people hurting who need to hear it.
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