He Rock. He Roll. He Rap. He’s Choze! Kamil Jones otherwise known as “the chosen one” is a rising rapper based in the ATL.His flow and style mixes the old school with the new, gifting listeners a whole new vibe. As an emerging artist he sports a hustle and grind supporting of his growing career. During a short stint in the military, Kamil would keep the barracks lit with his energy and lyrics. Realizing that the strict environment was not a place for him to attempt his rise in the industry… he finished out his time then went full speed into his music. Consistency is key and Kamil has been steadily releasing new tracks and gaining momentum.His most recent release was an 8 track project titled “Big Choze”. With songs like “Chakra Glow,” “Sunflower Seeds” and “Hi Tec,” the artist is using beats and bars to shift the energies of his listeners.
When did you start making music?
It was a long time ago. Just like make… As far as just making, it was a long time ago. I wanna say, we started in seventh grade, six, seventh grade, me and my friends used to freestyle. We used to just freestyle in class, and that’s how it really always starts. Freestyle in class, record some songs on your phone, show your friends. We even played it in our class for our teacher, she laughed at it. I’m from Danielsville, Georgia which is real country.
They don’t really hear a lot of hip-hop and stuff. But even back then, I will say we was rapping pretty decent, but it’s just us being us. It didn’t really move people but we just kept going.
Since hiphop wasn’t really common where you grew up, how was that?
It’s interesting because at first, as I kept going, it’s like everybody know there’s a shift in the culture. There’s always been a shift, every so often there’s a shift in the culture. So by the time we got to high school, it was like people started feeling it more, but in middle school, it was just like a gimmick. Even in high school, there was people that laughed, just laughed like “Why ya’ll wanna rap?” And I’m just like, “Well why do half of y’all wanna do lashes and nails and y’all wanna be barbers?”
There’s always somebody hating.
There’s always somebody hating. And then even one of my buddies, the dude who I consistently make music with, they used to talk a whole bunch about him and stuff. And just as we kept going, it was just, you realize you don’t care because the local people are always gonna hate. The people that know you are always gonna hate, but it’s like when you reach out and you continue and you start putting yourself on SoundCloud, you get reactions from people that don’t know you personally. So they don’t try to paint a picture of you, so it just became more… It came easier, honestly. Being confident in your music and stuff. It came way easier.
What are some of the people that inspire you, musically?
Casey Veggies, Dom Kennedy, others like… If you know all them 2012, all those 2012 West Coast rappers like… Really, that’s it, like who else? Skim, I don’t know if you know if you know Skim.
What are some of the goals that you have for yourself as an artist?
Honestly, at first, I guess when we first started, everybody kinda imagines themselves in the lights and stuff, but as you continue and you learn more about the business, my biggest goal really is just to like make music well enough, and I guess be so successful in my own standard, in my own lane that I can just pay… At least pay my rent and a car note with it, you know what I’m saying? Just to be able to survive off of it because it’s like more so just… I do want like, you know, everybody wants to go as far as they can go, but right now it’s just like my main goal right now is to be able to get that sustainability so I can not have to… Wait till 5 o’clock to do an interview, you know what I’m saying? So I can have free times in my hand, so I guess time freedom is the biggest goal. That’s how it really is.
In your bio, it says that you are chosen. You have a lot of spiritual stuff going on with your brand. So talk to me about where that comes from and why you choose to do that?
It’s like the triple 4s, like the triple 4s, every time you see like 444, is like the the number of manifestation and stuff. So like to say I’m the chosen one, I ain’t trying to say it in a cocky way, like, “I’m the chosen one.” It’s more so just like, everybody can be chosen, you could be chosen at anything that you wanna do if you wanna be chosen, you know what I’m saying, so it’s just… It’s just all about manifestation, you are chosen. If you say you’re chosen, then you’re gonna make it in whatever you’re doing, that’s the biggest goal behind the brand it’s the message I try to push though. That if you put a whole bunch of hours into a craft, I don’t care if you suck at it, if you put a bunch of hours into a craft, you know what I’m saying, somebody’s gonna vibe with it. It’s gonna turn into something, ’cause I put this like this, in my opinion, Riff-Raff is not that good. But Riff-Raff put the hours in, you know what I’m saying, look at him.
Who are some of the people that support you right now and do they make music as well?
I got a handful of people. My friend Moe Da Don, her Instagram is backinthefuture, she’s a photographer. Honestly, sometimes she does a lot of candid photography that she’ll go and edit up, just to make sure I have content to push out all the time. I got my boy Cody, he shoots videos. Shoots real good videos. Nala London, LondonMakesBeats, Tez, my boy Tez, always has my back. It’s like just really, it’s a friend group, Kali, you know what I’m saying, my homeboy Anaias, he always taps in, just hits me. Sometimes he’ll text me and just quote a lyric and just let me know that he’s still out here listening or like if I drop something, he’ll quote a lyric from it to let me know that, you know, he is still out here supporting and watching stuff.
What is one thing that you would want everybody to know about who you are as an artist?
I’m somebody I’m not gonna cap my rap. I’m not gonna sit here and lie about stuff, everything I rap about is me. I rap about situations where I’ve been broke, you know what I’m saying? So like, you rap about situations where you ain’t… Where like, I only had a dollar in my bank account, you know what I’m saying? I’ll never be ashamed to rap about stuff like that, just being humble and not trying to always glamorize, I don’t like to glamorize the flashy lifestyle and stuff, even though it would be nice, but I don’t wanna glamorize it too much because it’s just like, I guess, chasing money. When you chase money based off of your goals, like if your goal is to be the best painter in the world, but you’re doing it because you want money, your art’s not gonna be genuine no more, you know what I’m saying? It’s gonna be money-driven. So if your money is, if you’re hustle is money-driven, it’s cool to be money-driven, but if it’s too money-driven, it’s just always gonna… It’s gonna backfire, it’s gonna hurt worse whenever you have failures, you know what I’m saying? If you expect to have a million dollars tomorrow, it’s gonna hurt worse when you don’t get it. When you expect to have just like some people appreciate your art, whether it be three people or 300, 3000 or whatever. If you have that… That intention is just basically pull people in to love who you are and get to know who you are and just appreciate you as a person, and appreciate your craft, and you just start appreciating your craft and be genuine to it, then you’ll be okay, you know what I’m saying?
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Virginia bread artist Wayve is captivating listers with his harmonic flow. He stared off 2021 with the release of his single “Uno”, gifting listeners smooth vibes. The track served as a follow up to his debut album “Self Discovered” which released mid 2020. As he continuities to excel, the artist has caught the attentions of fans and influencers across the country. He is an artist and college student putting in the work to nurture his flourishing music career. While COVID put a wedge between shows he had lined up, he recently performed for DMV ReVamped, hosted by The Clout Cloud, Heir Wave Music Group, and Refresh Music Group. Wayve graced the virtual audience with his smooth flow and catchy lyrics. I had the opportunity of catching up with Wayve to talk about his career to this point, and what’s in store for the future!
When did you first start writing music?
I first started writing music when I was probably 16 or 17. I started with my cousin. We would just record music in his like closet type, and do little stuff like that to start out. And then he kinda got me introduced to it when I was probably in 11th grade or 10th grade, with me and my other cousin.
Is that when you started taking it seriously?
No, I didn’t take it seriously until 2019, summer. I mean, I was dropping stuff on SoundCloud, just for… You know? But I feel like 2019 summer was when I first started doing music videos and stuff.
What changed that made you decide to really go hard for it?
I feel like for real, it’s ’cause I started getting… I started noticing the progress. I feel like when I first started out, it was… You know, my cousin was telling me from the very beginning that I was good. He saw that I was talented, but I feel like I wasn’t taking it serious, like I said at first. But 2019, I did, I started doing the videos and… I started doing videos, started really paying for studio time and that was like, “Alright,” you know?
Talk to me about your style a little bit and how did you become Wayve?
Well, I got the name because my name, Wayne… And I was with some friends and we were just thinking like, “What could your artist name be?” And then she was like, “Well, your flow kinda like melodic. You kinda got some wave-y type vibes to you.” So she was like, “Maybe you should just call yourself Wave.” But I feel like me as an artist, I feel like I make real melodic music, like singing type, but rap at the same time.
Who are some of your inspirations?
Drake. Drake is like a big inspiration for me, just because he touch every genre of music. I feel like I want to get to a point in my career to where I could make like a Latin song, or make an alternative type song, because I feel like I appreciate all type of music, for real.
What are some of the other types of music that you’re into?
To be honest, I like everything, but I listen to classical music, piano music. I do listen to pop, anything that sounds good to me, for the most part, I like. But yeah, I grew up playing the violin and stuff, so I’ll say the biggest thing that’s outside of regular hip-hop, rap, would be classical music, like listening to piano, Bach, Beethoven type. I mean, I don’t do it that often, but if I wanna chill, calm down, I feel like I get in my zone with that.
Talk to me about the two of your tracks that ended up getting picked up by the YouTuber, Tommy Craze? That was right when you started releasing too!
Yeah, that was like, when I started releasing. He actually worked with us, or picked up one of my homies named Troy the Rapper, he picked up him and his brother’s video. He was like, “Dang,” and he kind of… He followed Troy and we got kind of in tune with him, and then I dropped a song called Luxury two months after… No, first we made a song called Die a Legend, I made that with Troy, that was not… That was last January. And then he posted that on his page and then he got familiar with me, so when I dropped Luxury, he ended up posting that, and then Switch Lanes too.
How did you end up getting linked up with Ilias? And what is your relationship like, with him as your manager?
I really don’t even know how I met Ilias, to be honest. But actually, I think I just got familiar with The Clout Cloud and then I met him and I met Joe, we have been cool for a few years, and then as a recent, he just was like, “Bro, let’s really like lock in, I can manage you,” type. I mean, I’ve never had a manager before this. I’m used to being self-managed, very independent. But yeah, I got tuned in with Ilias, he… Shout-out to Ilias, ’cause he real tuned in… A lot of stuff… He did do a lot of stuff behind the scenes. So, I felt like that would be really beneficial for me, but linking up with him… Because he’s so in tune with everybody, he’s so business-minded, and I feel like that was good for me because managing myself, I know how I wanna be managed, and I know what I expect out of a manager. I feel like linking up with him was definitely a good move.
Talk to me about the VA story. That just dropped right? With Pedro and another artist.
Yeah, Pedro and Why Not Deuce. Yeah, shout out to both of them. I’m glad I got on the song with both of them. It was long overdue with me and Pedro, but I met Deuce probably two, three months before we made that song and I was like, “Oh, this dude fire.” I was trying to link up with him. And then when Joe and Pedro had sent me the track, they was like, “Bro, I want you on this.” They sent it to me, I did my part, then I was like, “Yo, we gonna put Deuce on this too.” So when that happened, I’m like, “Alright, yeah, this definitely ’bout to be a hit,” ’cause when he first sent me the song, I was like, “Dang, this definitely like a vibe, I wanna do my thing on it.”
How has it been for you as an artist, especially just kinda getting into it and releasing music during the pandemic?
I feel like that the pandemic kinda screwed up a lot of stuff because performing is a big type thing to gain exposure, obviously, and gain fans and stuff and… I was in school, I go to UVA and February, January, last year, I was doing a lot of performances for the events we had here at school. And I had three more like that coming March. We had went home for spring break, and I was supposed to come back and do… I had three things lined up to do. I don’t know what I could have done over summer or later last year, but I definitely feel like it affected it, but I was dropping… I was still dropping music, dropped the EP, I dropped my album, and I feel like both of those have been doing well.
Sohow do you manage too, balancing the music and the schoolwork?
It takes up a lot of time ’cause both of them full-time things. I’m a full-time student, but I’m also trying to be a full-time artist at the same time. So times that I do get free time, I try to record, but then sometimes I’m like, “Dang, I’m taking away from my studying, I need to be studying, I need to be doing work.” So it’s definitely hard trying to manage both of them, but I’ve been managing to get by, so might get by, do well in both, I feel like.
What are you working on right now, music-wise?
I dropped an album in October, so these last three months I’ve just been hammering videos, doing photo shoots, trying to create outside of just making music. I wanna push my album a little bit more, so I’ve been just… Like I said, I’ve just been making videos, just trying to create good quality content to put out in front of people to build my image. But I still record, I still have unreleased stuff. I’m just not dropping as much right now because I’m trying to build my image and push the music that I did before because it’s a whole lot of saturation as far as the music industry. So I wanna be able to make sure that the stuff that I’ve released already it’s gonna get heard before I give out more of myself type.
What do you feel like you as an artist offers the industry that’s different than what’s out there right now?
I feel like I have a genuine appreciation for music. Like I said before, I grew up playing the violin, I started in sixth grade, I finished when I was… I stopped playing my senior year and I feel like that created my melodic sound, singing, and then I also wrote poetry, so I combined both of those to create my sound. But as far as the saturation part, I just feel like it’s a whole lot of people that’s just doing music for… To say they doing music or influencers who got a platform, and they’re like, “Oh, I can make music off of this,” but they don’t… Never appreciated music, they just dropping it to make money off of it. And I feel like I’ve been doing… Consistently making music for years now, and I get paid for my music, but it’s not… You know what I’m saying?
I just really enjoy making music, I enjoy the process of making music, I enjoy creating with people. So I feel like it’s a lot of, right now at least, people just dropping, dropping, dropping, or random people who never made music before just making it because it’s like, “Oh, this is just an opportunity to get by.”
Florida-based artist Juśtin is bringing some soul back to Hip-Hop. He stands out from the masses with his ability to sing in the capacity of a choir and formulate bars that cut like a knife. Juśtin’s journey through music has faced him with some of his biggest blessings and challenges so far. Following the release of his album “Rookie 2 King,” Juśtin began to earn label attention. As his success ensues, Juśtin continues to release tracks representative of his growth.
Music Is Color is a testament to every experience and emotion surrounding his music.
“This album is really a personal project for me. I was at the lowest point in my life while making this. Dealing with family issues as well as suffering from medical issues, this album is the result of me pushing myself past all obstacles.”
The album kicks off with a classic take on OutKast’s “They Way You Move,” introducing listeners to a wealth of soul and creativity that may otherwise not be missing in mainstream Hip-Hop. It leads into 8 other tracks featuring Juśtin’s confident and witty bars. 4 other artists were also featured on the project. Juśtin’s girlfriend Ramiah, brother, and close friends Dae’Shawn, Zay Sever, and Khamron, added a colorful range of vocals and bars to the albums opening and “Soul Food Freestyle.”
From RnB style tracks like “SouthSide,” to lyrically dense tracks like “Space Jam,” Music is Color is not just a record. It is a lyrical painting of Juśtin’s life experiences up to the moment of the release. On all platforms now, Juśtin created a record that provides more than sharp bars and catchy hooks. He gifted an album of motivation and a testament to the future he holds.
Virtual shows have become a new innovation within the industry. Nonetheless giving fans the option to watch artists perform from the comfort of their own home. Platforms like Twitch have become third-party concert venues broadcasting shows to fans.
The Clout Cloud wanted to showcase the talent that has come out of DC, Maryland, and Virginia… best known as the DMV. They teamed up with Refresh Music Group and Push T’s label Heir Wave Music Group to takeover twitch for one night. 13 artists took to the stage from Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe in Washington DC. Specifically highlighting the talent bursting from the DMV, the show featured rising and established artists from across the DMV.
Headliners included Maryland’s own Q Da Fool and Shordie Shordie. The two performed some of their hits that have been making a wave in the industry. The virtual crowd heard from several others including Bandhunta Izzy, 3OhBlack, Fe_Lie The God, and Kahri 1K. DJ Hypeee handled music curation for the show and kept computers and cell phones lit across the country.
The show was opened by rising artist Wayve who recently released his first album. He was recently featured with WhyNotDuce on a track titled “VA Story” by PaidDro. The three took to the stage together to deliver a boastful performance highlighting the talent the lives in Virginia. In addition to the heavy hitting male artists who performed 2 female artists took to the stage as well. Shaolinn delivered soulful sounds to mellow out the hype followed by Almira Zaky who brought out her dancers to perform her debut single titled “Miss Me.”
After the pandemic changing the way fans consume live music… The Clout Cloud, Heir Wave, and Refresh Music have set the bar high for virtual performances with DMV REVAMPED!
She’s the perfect amount of darkness and light rolled into one. The growing star best known as Eleanor Kingston possess a raw and melodious voice. Based in La, her style and creativity exemplify her ability to find light in any amount of darkness. Eleanor’s lyrics are intensely relatable and when accompanied by her vocals, the hits are endless for her. Eleanor’s visuals are extended stories of what she writes in her music.
I like to twist and turn the concepts of my songs and make them a different story that even more people can relate to or get behind in the visuals.
The artist recently gifted her growing fan base a new EP. The 4 song record titled “Great Kind of Madness, Pt.1,” is a recollection of a time when she had nothing, but her strength and grind have brought her to a higher place, and this project is her tribute. I had the opportunity of catching up with Eleanor to talk about her release and everything that makes her the artist that she is!
When did you start writing music?
I started making music… Okay, it’s kind of a funny journey. I think it’s similar to Ariana Grande’s story a little bit, where she really… She started in acting, obviously was hugely successful, and then she was always like, “Whoa, I love singing.” I really just want to be a singer, I know that, but I’m getting all these acting gigs and it’s happening really fast and I’m kind of in that space more. I actually started when I was really, really young, going to acting camp since elementary school in Los Angeles. because I always knew I wanted to be there. I would do casting calls and had an agent in LA. And all of that. And then I ended up going to a boarding high school in Connecticut. And there was not the best experience for me. It was very rigorous academics. I didn’t love the drama scene there. I didn’t really fit in, I felt like it was kind of… The directors weren’t necessarily on my side, I wasn’t really finding my place and it was in the middle of nowhere. It wasn’t like I could go out and act on the side because the academics were so rigorous and we had five hours of homework every single night that you couldn’t just leave on a jet to LA and kind of come back when you wanted to. I had to stop acting for a bit, and it ended up being kind of the best thing for me because in the acting world, it’s very… There’s so much pressure. There’s pressure in the singing world, but I feel like I’m more in control. And my main thing in life is control. I want to be able to have a voice in what I’m doing and who… What I’m coming off as to the general public. I started just singing kind of to numb the pain because acting wasn’t going right. I was a huge volleyball player, that wasn’t really going right. I didn’t have too many friends at my school in… In Connecticut. I felt super out of place. Just kid on financial aid, super rich school, I just didn’t really fit in. And I kind of ended up going into the music wing, they had a phenomenal music program. And I was able to just belt out my feelings, and it started with a lot of covers. And then I started writing poetry because I had a phenomenal poetry teacher in high school, and she really pushed me to start writing free verse. And from that I was just like, “Whoa, I really love singing, I really love poetry. Why don’t I just try to combine these two. I already have the footing in LA, I already kind to know how to navigate that scene, why don’t I just start kind to shifting my focus to something that I love doing more. I’m able to get on my emotion.” It really just started from mental health. Just feeling in a really dark place and feeling like maybe no one cared, maybe the people around me didn’t want to hear it, maybe I was just venting my feelings to people who didn’t actually care about me personally. When I started releasing music just off a whim, I’m very glad I Did because I feel like in these past few years, there’s so much more availability for… With social media for you to get your music out and heard. Even when I had no fan base, I ended up getting those songs to 80,000 streams and it was all just organic fan traction who cared about what I had to say and who felt understood. Yeah, that’s kind of a bit about how I started. It’s a very long-winded answer, but it’s very special to me.
What really inspired you to release the first song? And what gave you the confidence to really be super raw and open with the world?
I guess for the first part of your question, as far as what made you release that first song. I think a lot of my music is rooted in boys. And it’s not generic like, Oh, I was broken up with, kind of stuff. I’ve gone through a lot of stuff at a very young age, that my mom is like, “Woah. That didn’t happen to me till I was like 30,” as far as being the other woman at 16 years old and just weird stuff, being taken advantage of by much older men and just situations that I knew weren’t okay, but I also knew if they were happening to me, they were happening to so many people, and it was deeper than a break-up song of like, Oh my God, I’m so sad because you chose another girl. It was like, What the hell? These things are real. This is really real content. And I felt confident to put that out. The first three songs were about my situations with guys that weren’t acceptable at all, and I felt comfortable putting them out and confident because I knew I was actually sharing something that was important to the broader scope of female empowerment and what we have to go through on a larger scale, and it was deeper than just me. So even if I’ll be the face of it, of my music, my music’s deeper than even who I am as an individual, if that makes any sense. That’s just kind of how I found the confidence. It was more just innate because I knew it was for a broader good than writing a song about a club and saying like, I’m confident because I’m the shit.
Let’s go into Great Kind of Madness, Part One. How did that come about?
So Great Kind of Madness, Part One happened when I had just kind of gotten out of the high school situation. I started those three songs that I came out when I was in high school, I made at Paramount Recording Studios in LA, and those were big-budget situations, but the sound quality to me wasn’t there, even though the money was being put in, because I was fortunate enough to have that with my first couple songs. I know a lot of artists when they start out, all they have is themselves and a mic, and I know that I was fortunate to start off at that point where people from Paramount did care and they wanted to help. But to me, the sound quality that I was hearing from Billie Eilish who was blowing up at the same time in her bedroom with her brother was so… That was why I wanted to make music. I was like, You are revolutionary. You’re taking all of this money that people feel like they have to spend at a proper recording studio so that they can only put out one song every six months so that it’s top quality, and you’re saying like, Let me just use my brother who’s super talented and use my voice, which is amazing, and then make something dope. When I moved out to LA, that was really what I craved to find. And in that period of time, my producer from Paramount, because I was broke, dead broke at the time, moved out to LA at 18 with nothing, fortunate enough to have my mom helping with rent and stuff. He said, “I don’t think this project is for me.” And whether that was genre or financial or whatever it was, I felt super stuck because I came out to LA, got super sick that summer, and then just… Couldn’t get out of bed sick, couldn’t find a job, just was in a horrible situation with a guy I had just met in LA and got attached to, and he was much older, and it was just messy, messy, messy. And that’s actually what Dedicated to You is about, it’s that summer. And a lot of Great Kind of Madness, the reason I talk about that summer right now is because that summer was when I wrote these songs. Even though it was so long ago, it was two summers ago, the emotions I felt then when I had nothing are what I really wanted to put out this year when I feel so fortunate and blessed, but I still want to pay homage to that time. I had a girlfriend, a good friend of mine, and she had this guy come over and she invited me over to meet him and he was just new to LA too, and he was like, “Yeah, I’m a producer, but I don’t really have much behind my belt, but I love to do production.” And I was like, “Dope. That’s what I’m looking for. That is what I want. You are the type of person I want. Let’s just try it.” And he took one of the demos I had made with a different guitar player or demo producer kind of vibe, he took that song, and when I heard his version, I literally started crying because it was the most amazing art that I had ever heard in my life, and I knew from that moment on, he was the producer that I needed to make every single project with, and I fully believe that in my heart, and I’m fortunate enough to call him my best friend right now. But it started just two kids with a vision, to be completely honest, who moved out to LA to do one thing and weren’t necessarily really getting those gigs, and then just put our brains together and said like, “Okay, dope. We don’t need to work with the world’s most renowned producer, and you don’t need to be in search of making your first song with Ariana Grande. Let’s start from the ground up.”
That’s how it started, and he became my co-writer, producer, mix engineer. He does all of it. My music is literally him, that’s what I always say. It’s very much like our child. That’s what we make together. It’s not just me behind it, and I’m super proud of that because, yeah, every single song is him and I, and we also have another phenomenal producer named Kit who stepped in to help on some of the records as well, but it mainly just is the two-person collaborative team. And then as far as the visual side goes, I… We had been creating and fostering these records for so long, and I had basically just looked like an Instagram influencer who was just posting random pics of me and selfies, and I was like, “I need people to know I’m an artist,” and that doesn’t just mean posting pictures of me in the studio. That means full-fledge, How am I going to present this art once I want to put it out because I went on a year-long hiatus when everyone was like, “Eleanor, I thought you didn’t go to college to make music. What are you doing?” And I was like, “You know what? I need to come back and show what I’ve been doing.” So literally during Coronavirus when I was alone again in Los Angeles, unable to leave my apartment, and I didn’t know many people in LA at that point, and just literally, it was just me in my head that whole time in my apartment alone.
Talk to me about your team and what role they have played in your success?
Part of it is, how did I take them and put them into a business position? And then on the other hand it’s like, how the hell did they take me and put me into one? I think it’s just both parties really worked together to make something amazing. I’m a business woman first, and I think that’s what people don’t understand about music sometimes is it’s like, you can have the talent, but talent and the music part of it is 20% of the gig. If you don’t have the other 80% where you are hustling your ass off learning music business, and you’re figuring out e-commerce, and you’re figuring out how to run ads, and you’re saying, “What are people grappling with? Why is this artist blowing up? It’s because of this. Okay, I need to figure out a way to do something like that.” It’s the business, because I hear so many independent artists every day who, they’ll say, “Oh, I want to join your record label. Can you sign me?” Or whatever it is, and their music’s amazing, but the other part of that is the branding and what numbers do you have because you work to get there. I definitely will always say that the marketing side of it for me, and the business side of it for me, is the most important. I will never put someone on my team and say, “Okay, here’s this much money upfront, peace out.” It’s more, “How can we work together to make this sustainable?” I was fortunate enough to be offered a record label contract in that first year of making music, literally before I had even released a song coming out of high school, I was presented with a record label contract. So that was dope because it kind of bought us some time to figure out how to do it ourselves, because the goal for me, I own a record label with my brother, I make music. The goal for me is to do what Russ did, where it’s like, “How can we expand and make it so that I’m making a good living without someone else being in control of my career?” And I know producers who signed to record labels, they get taken advantage of and paid little to none. Or makeup artists who are working gig to gig, get paid little to none. And I was like, “Okay, you guys are still talented, if I figure out a way myself to market this music to the top, you aren’t going to deal with record label percentages, you’re going deal with my percentages, and because you’re my best friend, those percentages are going to be a lot higher.” So that’s kind of just like how I did it and how I figured it out. Obviously on the business side too, that’s not just me being smart and figuring it out, it’s so many people that coached me along the way, so many mentors, including my brother, who stepped in and said, “We should try this.” And then a mentor who came in and said, “Okay, this is how I do this.” And all of those things made me such a better marketer, made me such a better business woman, and also just heightened my music craft, because I was like, “Whoa, if I’m sitting behind a computer for legitimately 13 hours a day just focus on marketing, then this better be the best music anyone’s ever heard. And this better be worth it.” So it also helps your creative flow as well.
You and Buppy are like the ultimate brother and sister duo especially in music. Do you have any other siblings?
We do. We do. I’m super happy that you asked about that, because they are equally as amazing. So we have an older brother who is graduating this June from Stanford University, completing both his masters and his undergraduate degree in four years, for sustainability and just… He’s literally the epitome of my best friend. He’s such an adventurer’s soul. He’s so intelligent, the smartest person I’ve ever come to know, but he also knows that the main thing he wants to be known for is fun in his life, which keeps me grounded, because I’m such a workaholic and such a Capricorn and all this stuff. Where he’s like, “If we’re not going out and rock climbing today or surfing today or hiking today, why are we living? And so, he pushes me to that extent. Also, our younger brother right now, is kind of training for the Olympics. He took the Park City, Utah route. He’s 13, but he’s already top of his age group in Slope style skiing, so he’s up the mountain right now, he wakes up at 7:00 AM every morning, comes home at 4:00 PM He does online school, so that he can be a skier primarily during the winter and kind of work throughout the summer as well. So, yeah, no, I mean, I would say out of our family members, I’m least proud of myself, because I’m so proud of all of them.
What is one of the biggest changes that you’ve seen in yourself as an artist up to this point in your career?
As an artist, I’ve changed so much as a person, and I think that that shows in your artistry. I guess for me, when I first started, as far as artistry goes, I was so… When I was young, it was the Katy Perry and the Ariana Grande and the Fergie, and all of these phenomenal pop women, and I was so rooted in pop. Those first few songs. The first one is completely alternative, but I also didn’t have a lot of say in how that record was made, but that’s another story. All of the records that I’d made to my name were pop and just very pop-focused, and how I grew as an artist was recognizing I love Frank Ocean and I love Mac Miller, and I love the alternative energy and I love UK rap, and I love rock. I just want to be as diverse of an artist as I can, while also recognizing I love pop, it’s my favorite genre and it will always be my favorite genre, and I want to make music that I want to listen to. But also, just that these other genres do come into play, and I want to experiment. And my producer is one of the most talented people on the face of the earth, so I don’t want to put him into a pop box either. So yeah, I think that’s the main way I’ve grown, as far as sonically, is just recognizing that you can put in a lot of genres and different alternative elements and still succeed.
What is your favorite song from the EP and why?
I would say “Pink Things” is definitely my favorite song. That’s because it’s… “Pink Things” is the song that we wrote in August, so it’s the most recent song that I’ve written that we also created in full. And that song is about so many things, it’s about being tomboy and girly-girl and how that’s okay. It’s about how, if you love pink, and you love makeup and you love dressing up, and you love all of these things that are seen girly and feminine, putting people down for that only makes us stronger and only makes us want to do it more. So, you’re not really succeeding in putting a woman down when you say a negative comment in any way. And then, it’s also just about my dark fantasy. When people say, “Well, I really like girly things and tomboy things,” and I’m taking my own spin on that to say… The verse lyrics are, “I cut off half my nail last night, wrote your name in my burn book, said goodbye, wore my heels to the park and cried in front of a family of five.” So many of those things are girly, where it’s like, “Okay, if you’re wearing heels, you’re feminine,” and then it’s like, “But then you’re also going to the park and crying in front of people,” and that might be a little frowned upon as a girl, but to me, I’m like, “I don’t care.” Then, in the pre, it’s like, “Embarrassing, you think girls fixate on pink things, boys and rings, but here’s the thing, I’m obsessed with dark things, empty rooms, as long as it’s not one with you.” So, it was kind of saying, like, “I’ve seen so many times, through growing up… ” There was a really long period of time with the Kardashian era and whatever, that everyone just… All these rappers and these people wanted a trophy wife, and I was like, “I never, ever want to be a trophy wife.” Yeah, I want to dress up and feel beautiful for myself, and wear pink and all these things, but I’m going to be the breadwinner. Sorry about that. I have a dark side of me too, and if I’m upset one night, it’s not because I’m on my period. No, I’m just upset and I’m sad, I’m in a darker mood, and that’s fine, and that’s also how women are as well. So, it’s not just like you can put us into this one box. And it’s so funny, because I’ve started to get a lot of hate on the internet, which is super exciting for me, honestly, because I think that means you’re really succeeding. A lot of the hate I get is just straight white men who say, like, “Women are never told what to do. You’re reaching. You’re trying to get clout.” Just weird stuff, but I think that that even speaks to it even more, and it makes me happy that people comment that, because it validates my point that no matter what a woman does, she’s going to be put down. I never… You can correct me if I’m wrong, but how many times are men in music put down? Slim to none, in my opinion. But women are constantly scrutinized, and that’s what I want to bring to light in a very, very direct way, and I’m very proud of myself for “Pink Things”, because that’s the first record where I really did that, and there will definitely be a lot more of me doing that.
The former frontman of the Indie/Alternative-duo, The Blancos , songwriter and producer Cory Hueston , is a breath of fresh air. Fans have grown restless since The Blancos last studio release and it’s honestly just in time. Cory has since shifted his energy and set his sights on his very first solo project, Hueston .
After one of the toughest years, Hueston emerges like a phoenix from the ashes with a six song EP that will take you on an emotional ride. Orbs is the culmination of immersed self reflection, overcoming trauma and facing what scares you most.
With songs like Eyes Bleed Water that on the surface speaks of a codependent relationship and a hurtful breakup but in reality encapsulates all the things we desperately hold on to thinking it’s for the best when they’re only hurting us more.
Orbs, the song that names the EP, comes along with a message of embrace. The turning point when some light starts shining through but emphasizing the importance of darkness. To go through the journey you have to visit the darkest place , the most forgotten corners of your mind, the scariest experiences you need to face in order to wake up from it all.
“To get through it, you need to go through it. Orbs is the moment the sun starts peaking, that moment when the sunrise begins” – Cory Hueston
Orbs is produced in collaboration with Todd Spadafore and recorded at Love Potion Studios.
Based in Massachusetts, rising artist Trace is winning the hearts of listeners with his purely indie vibes and down to earth personality. Always having a love for music, Trace is more than just an artist as he plays a wealth of instruments on top of possessing a raw and organic voice. With a growing discography Trace continues to turn out upbeat and catchy hits. From his tracks like “Everybody’s Gonna Die” and “No Chill” to his feature on the track titled ” Ooo That’s Nice,” Trace has shown no fear in not only making indie pop but showing an appreciation for rap as well. As his hype grows, he continues to hone his sound and expand his brand to match the energy he is generating. Upon the release of his new guitar flooded single titled “Poison,” I had the chance to sit down and talk everything Trace and his new hit.
What got you into music?
Originally, my go-to answer is that I used it as a therapy, which I think it’s true for all writers or all artists, really but I think that I started writing because my parents divorced when I was around 10-ish, and it really sucked. And I grew up with a single mom, and so I remember writing a song in… Let me fix this before… There we go. I remember writing a song for my mom when I was a kid and her loving it, and so I just remember that feeling of how she felt when I did something like that. And I guess just when I was growing up, I always remembered that and kept just wanting it over and over again, so now I write.
When did you… Did you just start releasing music? When did you start putting it out?
I’ve been putting out music for about six years. And I used the past probably four and a half to five years to really develop my sound and really develop my craft and learn how to song-write and learn the music theory, and kind of grow up around my favorite artists and listening to the greats, like Kanye, Jay-Z, Nas, Pac, all of them. When it was time to jump, when Buppy called me, and he told me he had this idea for something he wanted to really do and said, like, “This is it. It’s go time.” I really could bring it, and I really could show him that, I know what I’m doing, and I really want it.
What did you go to college for? Did you go to college?
I went to college for commercial music production. As almost every artist’s story when it comes to college, I really went to college for my mom and just like… Because it’s like the thing to do. You graduate high school and then, okay, time to college, and what else? And I didn’t really realize that I had other options. While I was in college, I was talking with my music professor, and he found a workaround to hire me as a TA, so I worked for the school for about a year and a half until I dropped out. I recently dropped out, and now I’m doing this full-time.
Ithink especially when people go to school for music, they end up dropping out only because… And in a college, it’s really, really, really hard. It’s a lot harder than you thought to go through the process on your own.
Yeah, I think that if you pursue music in college, it’s more for the music theory and more for the classical or the classically trained musicians. And I’m classically trained in almost 15 different instruments, and I know how to play a lot of them by ear. I just grew up around a lot of different instruments. So, when it came time to go to the college classes, I already knew what they were teaching. I did this in my free time. My final project was an album for senior, when I was a senior. I’ve been doing this a long time, so I know all the stuff already, so that way I can just skip that and go straight to what I don’t know, like the music business part of it and stuff like that.
For sure. Do you have a favorite instrument?
My voice. And I really like producing. But I think that I’m classically trained the most in piano, and I’ve been playing piano for a little more than a decade.
That’s cool! Describe to how you would describe your style?
It’s interesting, because my manager told me that I would get this question and that I needed to be ready to know what my style is. But if I’m honest, I really don’t know yet. I’ve done everything, and I can do everything from just straight hip-hop music, straight R&B music. I can write a girl a love song, I can’t write a girl a break-up song. I don’t want to like toot my own horn, but I know, on that end of it, I really know what I’m doing. I’m basically anything that I’m feeling in the moment. I think that that’s my style. I think my style is… I think right now it’s like indie pop. And by indie I don’t mean the genre indie, I mean just really, really independent. I don’t want to be industry. I want to take what more of the mainstream artists are doing and challenge it and take what they’re doing, because I write songs like The Kid Laroi, and I have beats, all those like Juice WRLD and stuff like that. But I want to take that and push it further, if that makes sense.
Who are some of the people that inspire you then?
I grew up on Ye, so I know every word to 808s & Heartbreaks. That’s my favorite. That’s my favorite album of all time, is 808s & Heartbreaks. Yeah. I think Ye is an extremely underrated project. I love Ye. I really like Kanye. I think Jay-Z is the greatest rapper to ever do it. I love Jay-Z. And a huge influence in the pop side of it is Jon Bellion actually, which sounds kind of weird because I know he’s known for two songs, and they’re really, really mainstream pop, but he grew up, and he still is, as a songwriter. And he got signed… He signed a songwriting deal. And he’s written, just in the past year, Memories by Maroon 5, half of Katie Perry’s album, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, everyone. And it’s cool because all of the songs are massive, and everyone is like, “Oh, my gosh, what is it about these songs?” And it’s because Jon Bellion wrote them. He’s just so good at writing, and he produces them and everything. So, I think he’s one of my biggest influences and he’s just a pure genius. He’s just a genius.
Talk to me about Poison. What inspired that?
Poison, I wrote about an ex, that I was in a toxic relationship my first year of college. And we dated on and off for about nine or 10 months, and then we called it quits. I think I was chilling with my friends in college one night, and we were talking, and my friends… My college friends and I, we’re really close. They’re some of the most supportive people ever, and I love my friends to death. And we were talking about this girl, and my past with her. And one of them was like, “Dude, she’s really bad for you, she’s really your poison.” And I was like, “Dude, she is.” And then, yeah, I found the beat online. I just really love Pacific Beats, that’s the people who produced the beat. I recorded it, and I went to Buppy and I told him, “I want to release this on a big, big, big scale, bigger than I’ve ever done before,” that I want this to be the song that legitimized my brand. And he said, “All right.” And then he helped me through it. Him and his sister, Eleanor, really were some of the biggest people to do it.
When did you meet them?
Buppy is awesome. Buppy is my favorite. Yeah, he’s super dope. I met Buppy, it’s the weirdest story. I went to a church camp five or six years ago, and I met this girl there who… And this was when I first started doing music, on an old 2004 laptop with fruity loops, and I just messed around. I started with a Roland, it was… Yeah. And I told her I did music and she said, “Oh, I know this other guy who wants to get into music.” And she introduced me to this kid named Jake Crum, who’s doing well now, shout out to Jake Crum, he’s super dope. But I hit him up, and I was in his lives sometime, and he previewed a track with a girl named Eleanor Kingston. And so I followed her, and then she posted her brother’s music, and then we’ve just been showing love to each other. And then come beginning of 2020, he hits me up.
So, when is the video coming?
Friday. The video is coming. And the video is shot by Isaiah Kim, he’s a director, he’s shot a lot of stuff for Zedrin. I don’t know if you know Zedrin.
Yeah. And he’s insanely brilliant. He’s topnotch, he’s really good, and I think it surprised me how much he brought to life. I would say something, just on the fly, I’ll be like, “Oh, yeah, let’s do this.” And no expectation to actually do it, but he would work it in, and I’d be like, “Dude, that’s insane.” Yeah, he’s really amazing.
What do you want to be known for as an artist?
When I was going through this re-brand that I went through, I came up with this slogan that I really, really liked. The slogan is “From Memories, For Memories.” And I think that really kind of… Just to speak on that, and what I want to do, I think that that perfectly encapsulates what I want to do. I write songs from my memories, from what’s happened to me, from my life experiences, and I’ve started to write songs about other people’s life experiences. And I think I’ve always acted like life is a movie, and I want my songs to be the soundtrack. I think it’d be super dope because… I mean, Poison, you can even hear it in some of the other earlier stuff on SoundCloud, and just in general or whatever. I kind of wanted to be that guy, but I just didn’t know how, but now that I’ve spent so much time on it. Poison, that’s a big song. It’s really intense and it’s really jamming, and I think that that’s just what I want my music to be, just from memories, for memories.
Buppy has been gaining traction with his versatility and creative vision. After dropping everything to take a chance in LA, the rising star placed importance on the business end of music and has more than become a mogul in the making. Valuing quality over quantity, Buppy closed out 2020 with his album Bedroom Tapes, Vol. 1, but lit a fire at the start of the New Year with the release of his track “Violence.” Hypnotizing guitar strums, light drums, and Buppy’s vocals float over the track to create a vibe of toxic love. In creating “Violence,” a relatable hit held together by a catchy melody, Buppy is solidifying his sound while highlighting his versatility and respect for other genres. The dark and smoky visual Buppy released shortly after the track has already racked up over 38K views on YouTube. I had the opportunity of sitting down with Buppy and we got into it all… From clubhouse and running ads to everything about his newest single titled “Violence.”
You mention in on of your captions it took like 6 months to make it so,How do you feel now that “Violence” is finally out?
That song was literally written six months ago, its been a while coming. It feels really good to have it out because there was a lot of people who worked on it you know it went from my bedroom, just me writing it as one of my little songs…and then when I moved to LA it was like alright got me in a room with my sister’s producer and we thought the entire production we striped it. We said alright here are the vocals, let’s do the entire production over. Like all of it right, and then from there we really made, basically we did it in three days. So it went from sitting with nothing on it for like four months, to being made completely in three days. It was because I had this pitching session with this A&R that really went no where that weekend and I wanted to pitch that song in its finished version so like me and my producer worked tirelessly, his name is Boilla, he’s amazing. And we finished that song and I love it and you know from there I was already like “Wow I just collaborated for the first time, that’s crazy.” And then I got my videographer on it and we just like leveled up. We drove 800 miles for the video and went to Northern California, we went to Monterey. This girl Lucy offered up her huge house and her parents let us film in their coffee shop. We set up this huge set like you won’t be able to recognize that it’s a house or like a coffee shop it. It should’ve cost me a lot of money. The video is amazing and like one of the things I’m most proud of. And that was a collaboration with you know multiple people in Monterey. People just came out to help like I had this kid named Zion shooting photos, that we pretty much met for the first time in like years there. And then one kid I hadn’t met before helping me out and then the girl… I hadn’t talked to her in ages but it was just a lot of like “Wow, people actually give a shit” in random places.
A lot of emotion went into this track and you were sharing a lot of people’s favorite lines which was dope and I was reading your meaning behind it. So what was your real message and direction with such a deep track?
It like very written about someone. And it’s so written about someone that even sometimes it’s like hard to relate to in some parts because you’re like “I felt that last part but like what is he saying here.” This is bipolar as shit like this makes no sense right. But that’s like how the relationship it was written about was very bipolar. And it was my last relationship and it lasted three years. You know like all my teenage years, like all the teenage time people usually just go and fuck around and like meet a bunch of people… but like I was with one person and like I went from really caring about this person to falling into this toxicity where like I was just dependent, like really just dependent on her and us and I didn’t really have anything else. And it’s scary to me that some many people like live in their partners like… like if their partner dropped them then they’re fucked. And it was like I was that way and I’m scared of it now. Like I have become content alone and like that makes that song like… I got an audio recording, after I posted all those things on my story from the girl. I had blocked this girl but she made a separate account and sent me an audio recording in a DM. And it was just closure like honestly it was closure and really nice to hear and we’re both doing better. It was really just about this toxic relationship I had that lasted three years and there was a lot of mental and emotional manipulation, a lot of fights. Not ever me, but just like a lot of physicality on her behalf that I didn’t appreciate, and it’s just written all about that. She also came out to LA with me when I moved there so I re-wrote a little bit of the song when I went out there
So you were with her when I interviewed you the first time?
What “Alexis Texas?” Yeah so we were on and off. Like we were for a while then we weren’t. And I can’t say to much like I don’t want to bring to much on her but that what that’s written about. And it’s very personal to me, like literally anyone could say that like that song’s shit and like I would not care because that shit is closure, it was closure.
So for the visual, did you come up with the concept?
No, so like I came up with a few scenes. I just I really like supporting the guy I work with his name is Anthony Palmer. Her directs all my videos he directed “Alexis Texas,” he directed “Violence.” We shot “Open My Letter” while I was out there which is another song we’re working on, we’re shooting “Tell Me You’re Sorry” in a few weeks. Like I have a video for every song. Every single song is a video and this guy is like the only guy I work with. He directs all of it and shoots and edits all of it but I direct like a few scenes. So he’ll come in with like an actual treatment and basically we’ll take that treatment and just start shooting on the treatment right and if I see like, for instance at this last shoot there was this mansion we were recording in and it had these six windows, and we did this shot in “Alexis Texas” where we had a bunch of me’s in this ranch and it was like me performing to a bunch a me’s, that was my idea at the last one. So my idea with this one was these six windows and I would just pop up in each window, I don’t know if you’ve heard “Violence,” but when it goes “Hello, Hello,” I’m just popping up in each different window and it’s like a bunch of me’s. That like one of the scenes I directed but no I don’t really come up with all the ideas for those videos. I really like collaboration.
I want to speak to the teasers real quick, and this should definitely be in the article somewhere but like I make and edit all of my teasers on my Instagram, like all of them. Except for the older ones but like yeah.
You use your phone?
I do it on my laptop. I used to use iMovie then I changed to Final Cut. I have no idea how to edit but they look good.
What was your biggest challenge with this project?
I dropped it on New Year’s Eve. And as much as I like thought that it was a good idea, it wasn’t. And I was really, you know I’m not drinking age so I’m not going to out myself on anything I was sober as can be, but I was just not, you know I wasn’t there no one else was there for that night. I was trying to get people to post it on their story and like realistically I couldn’t even post it on my story. So like I tried and I ended up doing it but no one was really showing love that first night so that was rough. But I guess the other hardest part would be just like… you know it’s hard when you’re very emotionally attached to a record because like you never know how a song is going to do and I want this song to do great. I love this song like it’s my favorite song. Guess what everyone listens to rap, everyone likes random rappers and they don’t want to listen to me sing about some girl for like three minutes. So no matter what it’s going to get worse then a lot of my other songs and that blows but it’s like the people who do like it, what I’m realizing is that’s where I’m transitioning. Like I’m not going to make rap much now and like I don’t really do that so I’m kind of transitioning into that alternative R&B scene and I’m really proud of the record so I think that’s why I’m happy without, like I know it will get up there and do well.
Maryland born engineer and producer Biggz, has been the creative brains behind some of the hottest tracks on streaming platforms. From EarthGang to Lil’Boosie and more, Biggz discography continues to grow with collaborations from some of the biggest artists in the industry. He jumped into the game at an early age determined to build a household name. 2020 was a solidifying year for Biggz as he inked a deal with BeatStars and Sony/ATV. From The Street Team, to DNA Recording Studio where he operates his label “Prime Records…” we go into it all in a sit-down with Biggz.
How’d you end up in Virginia? You came to Virginia when you were young?
Yeah, I came to Virginia when I was 14…My mom… Just to keep me out of trouble and stuff like that. Maryland is real… I’m from Baltimore, Maryland, and then I moved down here to Virginia Beach when I was about 13, 14, and got into the band. And it’s crazy because I moved right across the street from Bridle Creek, and that’s where Pusha T, and Pharrell, everybody… That’s like their prime time, when they were around that… When I was around that age. So it was dope just to be in the midst of them.
Was that inspiring for you?
Yes. That’s what made me just make the decision that I can do it, just by seeing everybody else doing it around me, and being in that environment.
I saw you started The Street Team. You started that like mad young. How old were you?
Probably about 15, that was like a year after that. My boy… Me and my boy, Wax, was just talking about that last night. that was my boy, that’s my boy, T Butts. He passed, but it was him. He was… Me and him… I was the producer, he was the rapper, and my boy, Jay, Gerard, and then Keith, they were like our mentors. And then I ended up moving to Norfolk, and that’s when every… That’s when I started The Street Team, with my boy Wax, Dallis and Don. And Butts came with us too, my boy, Anthony Butts. But yeah.
Your team got the attention of Hood Platinum Records and stuff. Y’all were really doing things.
Right, right. That was like the hometown heroes for us, because we were like, “Yo, that’s where we want to be next.” It was… That was inspirational.
How old were you when you ended up getting their attention? How long after?
Probably… It was 16, 17, ’cause we started sneaking in the club. We were sneaking into the club…The open mic events, and then we just eventually just was in there having fun. We were the young kids on the block. So it was fun.
You studied under some big people too, Double XL and CEO P. So how did you get… End up getting mentored by them? And what were some of the biggest things that you learned from them?
Alright, so from Hood Platinum, those were the CEOs of Hood Platinum, and then Ms. Blends was like my mom. So as far as when it comes to music, they taught me how to grind, how to hustle, what the music scene was like, what it was lacking, what it wasn’t, how to put people in position, and how to help people take it to the next level that’s around you. They was teaching me all of this stuff at like 16, 17.
Sothey really taught you how to move.
Yeah. And so at 18, that’s when I started my label with my boy, Hemron, and my boy, Intense, and a couple other of our buddies. We started Major Movement.
That was Major Movement?
Right, we came together, and we had like…Man, that was different. It was like 50 artists under us at that time. And I’m 18. So like from 18 to 22, I had this record label. And it got to a point, my mom was helping me manage the artists, and cutting their hair, and we had the whole studio going. It was crazy. And that’s what made me see that anything was possible here. From 18, I just was like, “Alright, it’s go time.”
So you ended up dissolving that though. What… If you don’t mind sharing, what led to that decision and what ultimately did you learn from that specifically?
Well, they just dropped me. Because I ended up letting go of my label, because it was a lot of stress on me and I needed some guidance and help. But they dropped me and didn’t say anything. So one of their producers had pulled up to my studio and we had… He was doing a session with somebody or he came to kick it or something, and he was like, “Yeah, you ain’t heard? You got dropped.” And I was like, “Oh, snap!” It just tore my heart up for real, but it made me stronger, it made me go harder, and that’s what gave me the courage to keep going. I was like, “Oh, nah, we… It’s go time even more now.” It wasn’t no love lost on my end though, it was always love.
Black Vinyl Recordings, what was the original goal for that and who were some of the people that you had an opportunity to work with there?
Oh, from there, Black Vinyl Recordings, that’s when I was like in full-fledged, just engineer mode. I just was like, “I’m not doing the label thing.” I was just going through a lot. So there, I started meeting EarthGang, that’s where I first discovered them. And it was my boy, J-Slim, he brought them to me, and they all did this collab session. And this was at my first studio. I was like, “They gonna be lit.” And this was like probably ’15… Oh, nah, probably like 2011 or ’12.
This was a minute ago. So with them, I got a chance to work with Gucci Mane, around that time. I got a chance to work with… Not work with Rick Ross, it was just a track, but I had got a credit off of that. We had Freeway, he came to the studio. Yeah, it was just my, Grand Hustle, some of the artists was coming there and this one, he had Pimp Squad Clique but it was just, it was a lot man. I was all the way in my grind… God was just blessing me. I was just all the way into my grind. God was just blessing me, my journey is speaking for itself.
I did see on, on your BeatStars when you got the deal, that your favorite placement was Lil’ Boosie, why?
His energy was just… It was so honest, it was like having a child in there and for him to be so seasoned for him to still had that energy, it was inspiring because around that time I was just like lost, it was like refreshing to see him come in to my environment and bring that energy. I’m like, if he could do it, I could do it too. And that’s why I always give him credit for that for me.
What is one of the biggest changes that you’ve noticed about yourself over the years?
To embrace… And I don’t mean to say this in no braggadocious way, but to embrace me being a GOAT, that shit is hard. It’s hard to embrace because you don’t want to get cocky or… But I do have a story to tell and I love to show people my story and help them advance this, so that’s what GOAT to me is like. I’m still in the field with you, but I’m willing to teach you with the mistakes that I did, so you don’t have to make them too, you know what I mean? It’s just embracing that and just understanding that some people look at me in a certain light, so I have to move a little different.
Talk to me then about DNA Studios. When did that come into play?
That was my partner, Mr. Dan, he’s my mentor. And he just believed in me, so I was getting kicked out of my studio, downtown Norfolk, because somebody was smoking weed and all that, so… You know how that go. So I was just stressed. I got two kids on the way, it was just a lot on me, and then once I got kicked out, he had a studio…So once we did that, he was like, “Here, build your platform here and make this your base.” So I did that. I partnered up with my partner Haze, and we started Prime Records within DNA Studio and from there, we just took it to a whole another level.
What is really your goal right now for Prime Records?
Well, Prime Records right now, what we’re doing in Virginia is breaking the doors down and getting the artists, showing artists how to fish for themselves, if I was to put it in the most perfect way. We teaching them how to have an industry in this area, so that way they can carry it a certain way and then teach others, so we can build the area around here and have our own industry and not have to rely on anybody else to build that up for us. And that’s my passion and it’s showing the industry that we have something to bring to the table too, we don’t just want to snatch from the table, and not bring that into it. We got something to bring too.
So what was the inspiration for the This is Biggz Show?
Really the same ambition I have for the city. Just giving game and knowledge and showing people, showing the underdogs that are really putting in the work, some love. You know what I mean? Helping people, educating people on money, music, and business, just the ins and out of it all and sharing experiences with my colleagues and peers, also through that platform. So that way… because like I said, understanding that I’m at a certain level, have to be able to give back in the best way that’s comfortable for you, you know what I mean? When I’ve seen the opportunity and we have a studio, we have the resources to do it. I was like, we just might as well just do it ourselves, so I just figured it out. I’m not no podcaster or nothing I just figured it out and now I enjoy it. So it was something that I have fun with too.
So this year has been BeatStars, and Sony ATV, How did that happen?
That was different. They sent me an email, just saying, we’ve seen your credits, this, that and the third. So I thought they were just like somebody trying to sell me something for this, so I was like going back or forth. And then I hit my homie DJ Pain up, that’s one of our producer homies. I got a little consultation with him and talk to him about it, and I was like, “Should I do that?” He was like, “Yeah, they hit me up too. They want me to do some stuff, this, that and the third. And I didn’t know if it was that… ” I was like, “Bro, yeah let’s do it, bro. Let’s do it.” I didn’t know what to do, but I just went out and just was like, alright, let me figure it out, let’s see what we can do it and if it’s official, and then I’ll bring everybody else along with me. And that’s what’s going on now.
What is one thing that you can share with people who are on the grind trying to get to where you’ve made it to?
Don’t give up and stay consistent, stay focused, stay focused on whatever plan you build and just stick to the script. Don’t divy away from the plan. Stay consistent and it’s going to pay off. Consistency breeds success. So if you rob banks really good, then that’s what you’re going to be really good at, you feel me, if you keep doing it. So like anything you do, you keep smoking, you eventually going to know how to roll a blunt really, really good. So it’s like, don’t create habits that’s bad for you, create good habits and do ’em consistently.
He’s more than a rapper, he’s a hood Rockstar! Luh T5 hails from West Palm Beach Florida, and is delivering head-banging trap hits to listeners across the state and beyond. Embodying every bit of slime energy, the rising artist is making all the right moves to hit the top. After beginning to view music as a career, Luh T5 has released a versatile discography filled with his mellow flow, and of course those heavy 808’s for your car speakers. From club hits to chill vibes, this Rockstar is mastering the ability to create energy altering hits for both his day one and new fans. He recently released a new project titled “Reincarnated,” which happens to be 11 songs of heavy vibes and a new extension of the official Hood Rockstar.
4 years ago, what changed for you that made you decide to pursue music as a career?
I learned more about the business and I learned more about what I could receive than just music. I feel like it’s just like, it could help me get more into the doors and to other bigger things I want to do.
I know young thug is one of your inspirations talk to me about what about him inspired you and why his label interests you?
I feel like the reason why I love Thug so much is because he’s different. Like, just like me, I’m different. I always want to be creative, I want to try new things, I want to experience new things, I don’t care if they’re going to judge me. I like, I want to be the one to walk so they could run.
I feel you. Is that why they call you Rockstar?
Yeah. You feel me, I’m the Rockstar. I’m the Hood Rockstar.
You’ve been busy you were on a mixtape with a bunch of artists from Florida, the “Palm Beach Mixtape.” Talk to me about the tape and DJFourteen who put you on it.
It was like, Fourteen was trying to put everybody together because everybody’s not really together, so he tried to put everybody together to see what we could do as a whole. And like that he came to me, and he was like… He’s a close friend of mine so he just told me he felt like I should be on the tape. And I work hard so he was like, yeah he got me. Sent him a couple of the songs and he made it a day for me. He made it happen.
What are some of your goals for your music and what other avenues do you want to pursue?
Yeah, I’m more of a multi-talented entrepreneur, so besides music, movies, books, property, just everything. I just want my name to be a part of everything, I want to tap into everything and see, just learn, I just want to… The more knowledge I get I feel like the more happy I can be. I just want knowledge, I just want knowledge from all around the world.
You have a new video about to drop in a few days, talk to me about who shot it and the vibe that can be expected from the visual.
Shoutout to Nemo. He the one who shot it and… I don’t want to say which song it is because I want it to be a surprise. But it’s a song off of my mixtape though, song… And I just dropped my mixtape cover today, “Reincarnated.” That’s going to be a whole new side of me, a whole different side of me, I just feel like I had to be reborn, I had to… Not restart, but I had to really understand how I’m going to go this way, how I’m going to do it this time. It was like that and also today Fireboy, what’s up Fireboy he part of the Thug crew, me and him because we dropping a tape today, I have to call him to see what time its going to be released. But that I got that mixtape, the visual coming up, and I got my mixtape coming up.
So being independent right now and being so business-minded, what are some of the challenges you’ve ran into?
Really, I wouldn’t say really challenges, I would just say everything that I get, that comes my way… Everything that comes my way, I just have to go with it, because that’s just part of it like nothing comes easy. Nothing comes easy. Nobody just blows up overnight. They are not going to feel it as working hard for it. I feel like…I like the challenges, I’m happy I get challenges. I’m happy they come. They don’t, it stop me, it just makes me go harder and it makes me into a better person.