Before the interview I just want to say thank you to everyone at the Stereotype Company for the continued support.
Why did you make this album?
I created ThX 4 Listening as an after effect from Stereotype. Ok let me explain.. Stereotype was me telling my story and the struggles that I had to go through as well as many others in my community. Now Thx 4 Listening is what happens after you take all the Stereotypes and show the world that you can make it and be successful, but with success comes different, new and even fun situations you get placed in.
What inspired the title ' Thx 4 Listening'
Well besides the album being a side effect of Stereotype, the title was actually inspired by people always saying, "See you not listening.." and everyone around me continuously reminding me to stay thankful, humble but hungry.. So I put the 2 ideas together and ThX 4 Listening was created. Plus its my 4th project i've released (Bright Lights End of End, Stereotype, 718 & Heartaches). Im just thankful for people listening (See what I did there) lol
If you could do a remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?
Well i'm already going to do a remix to H&H and the feature I wanted on the remix actually reached out to me once he heard the track, that would be KONY Brooks. Fellow Bronx rapper, dope rapper & if you havent heard of him.. you need to check out his music... ASAP
Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc
All the writing was done by me and the features (who are amazing) did their own thing, I like to let the music come naturally. As far as producers I used a few but they're all up and coming such as Class, Illegal Spigel & Syndrome. The inspiration pretty much came from my life and things that have gone on or that i've gone through.
What is your favorite track? Why?
Honestly I don't have a favorite track on this project, I think they just fit well together for the concept I was trying to create rather the picture I was trying to mentally draw.
What is your goal as an artist?
As an artist my goal is to tell my story, not a hip hop story, not someones ideas, MINE! I want you to understand what it is to grow up and live life. Its not always happy and its not always good but you learn to survive and continue pushing toward success. Gotta stay above the Stereotype.
When did you know you wanted to make music?
I knew from the 1st moment I stepped in the booth. At 1st I just fell in love with words and how to make people feel what your going through so they can learn form it. See poetry was my 1st love so the ability to put my ideas on paper and breathe life into them was what i did, now once the beat comes on the track is already talking to you. You can kinda hear what the song is suppose to be its your job to create the visuals with words..
What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more
My Dream stays the same but gets bigger, meaning I want to continue to release music and reach people but grow my brand as the vision grows. I want everyone to be successful because everyone has a talent its just what you do with it that makes you stand out. As for Stereotypes, growing up in NYC in the 90s, yes stereotypes were every where and it continues to this day. As i've gotten older & wiser ( lol ) i've come to see that the people who are suppose to protect us are the ones pushing the biggest Stereotypes. I just wish officers of the law wouldn't be so quick to draw their weapon on someone of color, but if its the same instance with someone white there are no casualties. i'm just saying. I've been stopped on numerous occasions just for walking down the street, doesn't matter what I have on, they just see man of color.
Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it
Heres the good part, everytime the cops stop me they expect me to be crazy, and start yelling and going off but what do I do... Kill them with kindness, it seems to piss them off because they can rile me up lol you just have to keep your cool and listen.. Then turn walk away an hit the with... Have a good day officer
Some last words
I'd just like to say Thank you to everyone listening to the music and those who continue to support the dream. ThX 4 Listening is out now and on all streaming platforms. Follow me
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