I released the “Sunrise On Your Dreams” mixtape this past October, and it's basically like an album because I produced most of the songs. That project got a lot of love and I really felt like I finally found my own sound while recording it. I had been doing a lot of songs over the summer, and realized that a lot of them had the recurring theme of 'dreams' in them, which I guess is pretty common for independent and unsigned artists. The concept of “Sunrise On Your Dreams” is really to wake up from your dreams and turn them into reality. I had a few songs from that mixtape get some radio play: “Get it Started” ft. Asante & Jay Hussle, and “Poppin”.
What are you all most proud of in your career right now and what do you hope to accomplish?
I'm really proud of the fact that I've been able to build my team up with guys who have been in the game for years and who really truly believe in me – guys like DJ Head who was Eminem's DJ for a very long time, and Mark Hicks, my manager, who was a co-manager for D12, and who knows the game back and forth; the fact that my music has attracted them and they believe in me is really amazing to me. Also, my fans who constantly are hitting me up and telling me that they are feeling my music is something that really motivates me and that I'm proud of. In terms of what I hope to accomplish, I've always had the dream of traveling the world and making music with artists from all over. That would be crazy.
How did you get started rapping?
I've been rapping for a long time now – I'm 19, but I got started really early at like 9 years old when I recorded my first song, and just fell in love with the recording experience. I began listening to a lot of Eminem, 2Pac, Biggie, and really just fell in love with the genre and began writing my own stuff. It started off as just making beats on my computer and then turned into releasing my first album at age 14 called “Awakening”. I didn't really find my sound until around this last year and a half or so, but I've kicked out about 5 mixtapes so far and haven't stopped since.
Who is your biggest music inspiration?
I could list off a huge amount of hip-hop influences, but my favorite artist growing up was of another genre. Bob Marley. That dude was a true artist, and I have been listening to his music forever. I get a lot of inspiration just going back and listening to that “Legend” album.
I'm not listening to any one thing in particular really, just keeping up with everything new. I really liked My Beaufiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and I just picked Lasers last week. “All Black Everything” is my jam right now.
Well J. Cole is my favorite new artist out right now, for multiple reasons. First of all, dude has bars for days. Second of all, when I was looking at the back of his Friday Night Lights mixtape I noticed that he produces too. I gravitate to that because I rap and produce also. He is definitely my favorite out. Also, I really like Theophilus London's style and sound. Really different and unique. I also have been paying attention to everybody on the XXL Freshmen list.
With artists out now, I'd love to do a track with me on the first verse, Bruno Mars on the chorus, J. Cole on the second verse, and Busta Rhymes on the third verse. Oh, and Kanye produced the track. Ha. That would be crazy.
I think my best performance was probably at the Sundance Film Festival this past January in Utah. My hypeman B-Smooth had the crowd so pumped; it was crazy. It was at the Fender Lodge and there were celebrities like 50 Cent, James Franco, Terrell Owens, Tommy Lee, and more in attendance. A close second, though, was my first show at the legendary spot in Detroit – The Shelter. I just felt like my stage presence was on point that day.
If you really listen to my songs, you'll notice that my content is not the same as these guys out. No disrespect; but I feel like I'm actually bringing some content that can crossover into multiple different markets. A lot of guys get caught up into rapping about the same handful of topics in hip-hop, but I'm more rounded than that. That makes me different, and also the fact that I produce as well. The college market is killing right now! I love it.
There's no telling at this point, haha. I see myself doing big things – a major album or two out by then, on tour, maybe a few movie cameos. Who knows haha. Doing music for sure.
What is next?
Right now I'm working on my next mixtape, “B.U.R.N. – Blow Up Right Now” which should be out soon. Look out for one of the songs from the mixtape to come out soon called “Spazz Out” featuring Royce Da 5'9″. I produced it, and DJ J Cash is presenting that single. Also, I've got a radio single that's going to be coming out soon called “Like Yeah” which is very rhythmic sounding. I've got a lot of grinding to do in the next few months, and it's going to be a very busy summer!!