Interview with Hip Hop Artist “Lil STL”

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Hip-hop artist and emcee, LIL STL, is an enigmatic, and provocative young talent.
He creates raw lyrical content that gives listeners a clear visual of street culture that
is beyond the typical gangster mentality. LIL STL has had features with artist such as Yo Gotti, Kash Doll, and also has opened for legends 2 Chains and Pusha T.  He hopes to collaborate with artist such as Kodak Black, Young Cash, and Future. Since the release of his single “Whitney & Bobby” he has created quite the buzz around the country.  He is someone to look out for as he proves that he has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

We discussed the following:

ZI:What do you enjoy most about making music?

LILSTL: What I love the most is having the freedom to be myself creatively and artistically.

ZI:What would you say inspires your music?

LILSTL: Life itself…

ZI:What message do you want people to receive through your music?

LILSTL: My artistry… I want people to get that I`m an artist and I work hard.

LilSTL2.jpgZI:How did you feel going on tour with 2 Chainz & Pusha T? how was the experience was it what you expected?

LILSTL:Being on tour was definitely humbling. The crowds were so dope and I am just happy I got the opportunity and gained exposure.

 

ZI:There are a lot of rappers who are hot right now….What would you say is different about your sound?

LILSTL: I would say my Originality.

ZI:What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your music?

LILSTL: Too much company

ZI:You just dropped your newest single “Whitney & Bobby” which really goes hard when I listened to it…. What can your fans expect to see from you within the next year… anything big planned?

LILSTL: Lots of new music and new projects.

 

Be sure to check out his latest single “Whitney & Bobby”

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To check out more of Lil STL`s music follow him on the following social media outlets listed below

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Taking Off Upcoming DMV Rapper “Vonsway Rocket”

B88BE212-C2B7-412B-A13D-493D1AF5F5C3.JPGVonsway Rocket is an upcoming rapper from the DMV. His drive is unmatched and he will continue to push until he reaches his goal. He works harder than most towards his dreams. We at zealousinked believe he will in no time. With the amount of time he spends in the studio he has also just dropped his very first music video. We see big things for him in the future. We got the opportunity to sit down with him for an exclusive one on one interview.

We discussed the following: 

ZI: What do you enjoy most about making music?

VSR: What I enjoy most about making music is the creativity, and the challenge as well. Making music keeps my mind going as well as keeping me away from doing dumb shit. It also keeps me interested in myself, basically seeing how far and how hard I can push myself. To me making music helped me that’s why I love it so much.

ZI: What message do you want people to receive through your music?

VSR: Lol the message I need people to get through my music is to live your life to the fullest. Never let no one stop you from what you doing or trying to do, be yourself and be humble at all cost. Stay in your own lane create your own vibe & wave and ride that mafucka. And to NEVER BE A HATER

ZI:If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

VSR: Shit if I could collaborate with any artist right now it would be , Lil Wayne that’s my favorite artist of all time , Gucci, offset from the migo’s, Lil uzi vert, yo gotti and the whole cmg for real, money man, kodak black, young dolph, shit to be honest I’m willing to work with everybody and anybody who willing to work for me for real, I would most definitely work with every major DMV artist though.

ZI: What inspires your music?

VSR: I mean I always had a passion for music. I started out in middle school playing for my school Gogo band, you know if you tuning in and you’re from the dmv you know what Gogo is, but yeah then I was playing the drums at first , then I got to high school and probably like 11th grade me and a couple of my good men started a band name A.O.N (All.Or.Nothing) and I was on the mic 2nd to be exact. From there on music was kinda forced on me. Then growing up like I watched my mom struggle a lot as a single mom as me being the bad ass of our Brady bunch. Like I been threw a lot too from, loosing good men to street violence, being shot at, shooting at maf*ckas, robbing, as well as getting robbed , I done been in all types of fights and shit, let’s just say growing up I ain’t have a perfect life or strong support system to keep me positive which strived me to grind harder.

ZI:What would you say is different about your style?

VSR: I would say the way I put my music together and the different melodies and ways that I humanize is different, and as far as what I like to talk about, like I ain’t with a the violence fr I’m all about turning up having fun living life. Fuck all that other shit

ZI: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

VSR: I don’t really think I have a pet peeve when creating my own sound forreal because, I love myself so much that my sound just flows with my vibes

ZI: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

VSR: 5 years from now I see my self having my own record label company having my own empire off the ground and running. Like I see myself wealthy as ever living life how I want to somewhere on a private island sipping pina coladas out of a coconut with my wife, and my mom and  family whatever house they want

ZI: What can your fans expect from you later this year, do you have any new projects coming up?

VSR: Right now so far all I’m working on is dropping single after single and video after video until people getting tired of hearing single after single, seeing video after video to the point where maf*ckas going start asking me to put a mic tape together or to the point where the people want me put a tape together. Until that time come Im giving out nothing but free crank!

Feel free to check out more from this artist on his social media accounts below

Snapchat:Vonswayrocket

Instagram:Vonswayrocket

Next Up: Interview with Upcoming Female Rapper from Baltimore YBSLEX!

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YBSlex is a female rapper from Baltimore. She has always carried a passion for music and by the way she flows you can tell she OWNS IT! Her flow is sick and speaks some real sh*t. She prides herself on showing that you do not have to be from the “hood” to rap hardcore. You can be a hardcore rapper but, still be proper. She beats the stereotypical rapper profile. We at ZealousInk are excited to see what new projects she is working on and how far she will move as an artist.

We discussed the following:

ZI: What do you enjoy most about making music?

What I enjoy most about making music is the fact that I can really express my inner thoughts. Most times I feel that I’m underestimated with my creativity, inner thoughts and my passion all around for music. I have always had experience with music. I have played the cello since I was 14. So I want to incorporate that in some type of way in my music. But from being influenced from people like Beyoncé to Janis Joplin to Sade to many others. I want people to know this is my diary and I’m not afraid to share my secrets.

ZI: What message do you want people to receive through your music?

I want people to receive a message that pretty girls that speak proper can have hood swag too. I was born in Spain. My father was in the military. When my mother moved here I grew up in West Baltimore and I am a product of the Baltimore City School system. I’ve always been “different”. I’ve always been “white girl”. So getting older and networking and people that are just getting to know me, don’t understand that I’ve  lived with that stigma my whole life and I know I’m not the only girl.

ZI: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

Can I give my top 5 collabs please? Lol If I could collaborate with these musicians:  Kanye West, Mike Will Made It, Future, Meek Mill and David Guetta, life would be amazing.

ZI: What inspires your music? 

My pain and lack of space to express my inner thoughts. Today it’s “cool” to be “weird” (whatever that means) lol. But people are attracted to different and the fact that I’m able to have an avenue I can be myself in, I’m all in.
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I would say that my sound is different because I sing as well as rap. I can sing in Latin as well and I’m not afraid to cross barriers when remixing things. I’m actually working on a remix to the “Suavamente” club mix. That’s going to be fun. I also dress however I want. I do my makeup how I feel. If I want to wear fur flops and a bomber jacket, if my inner energy enjoys that. I’m doing it..

ZI: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

My biggest pet peeve is when I’m recording and I listen back to my voice and certain words I don’t hit with conviction and “feel” like that’s the one. My voice is well received but I’m very sensitive about it. When I speak, I almost sing when I talk so my voice is high pitched. But I have that aggression in me as well.  So don’t play with me lol.

ZI: Where do you find yourself in the next 5 years?

In five years, I see myself opening the music scene for Baltimore by opening a very large recording studio. Jay Feddy doesn’t know but he will be managing that studio lol.( That’s my engineer and producer. We both worked closely with Scoota. He moved to Atlanta a month after me and began at Street Execs and the rest was history for us.) When artist come to Baltimore, most times they make their money and they leave. I want people to have a studio home when they come here and actually enjoy my city. I want it to feel  almost like my home studio in Atlanta, Street Execs. It feels like home EVERY time I’m there.  I also see my boys, my mom and I living in a big beautiful house. They deserve that from me. I also see myself having my own eyelash & makeup line. I was a makeup artist for a very long time and I love fashion so possibly a boutique as well. I also see myself giving back to my city in a major way. West Baltimore is home. “The Avenue” (Pennsylvania Avenue) means a lot to me because of my love for Scoota. I know that’s what he would want me to do and continue what he started.

ZI: What can your fans expect from you later this year, do you have any new projects coming up? 

My fans can expect an amazing project from me but also me really honing in on more visuals. I love to bring my words to life. I ask that everyone be patient with me because the gifts I have in store will be memorable.

 Be sure to follow YbsLex on Instagram @Lexchapo

Next Up: Interview with Upcoming Rap Group from Atlanta

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Demigod Squad is an upcoming rap group from Atlanta. The trio is made up of 3 rappers backed up by a talented producer. They spit a tight flow as they are not like any other rappers. They try to differentiate their sound and take you on a journey poetically and lyrically. They want to be admired but feared by other rappers , hence their name “demigod” after the half man half god himself. This trio is on the break of their careers and will be soon opening up for a few other up and coming artist.  Look out for these artist a they take you along for their journey we will see them doing big things soon! Don`t forget to also listen to their newly dropped single “24/7” on their mixtape  linked below.

We discussed the following:

ZI: What do you enjoy most about making music?

YP: The process of making something dope from your creative side nd everyone loves it..or hating it. don`t matter if you listened

Mulatto: It gives me peace of mind you know.putting my thoughts and feeling on the track

Lil Saint JP: The freedom to express how I feel or what’s going on in my life.

Matt Nice: what I enjoy most about making music is watching what you had in mind or your idea/vision become a MUCH better than anticipated reality.

ZI: How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

YP: I just wanna make music you can get lost too. no matter how you feel when my song come on your vibe change nd for those 3-4 minutes everything is just good

Mulatto: Im not trying to be a roll model. fuck you if you dont like our music #SupportOrDeport

Lil Saint JP:  I plan on making music that will make my peers and people listing to my music want to grind to do better in life and never stop grinding to get to the next sept.

Matt Nice:I want to show people that wild things such as becoming a rapper or celebrity is NOT as farfetched as it may seem.

ZI: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

YP:Kanye west off rip.that’s GOING happen.then like Babyface

Mulatto: wiz khalifa

Lil Saint JP: J Cole and joey Bada$$ , those guys are my to favorites

Matt Nice:I would love to collaborate with Young Thug. I think he has brought one of the most unique styles and sounds not only to Atlanta rap but to music as a whole.

ZI: What inspires your music?

YP: Tbh…my situations and experiences with females do lol. i think a woman is like the most inspirational thing on earth

Mulatto: My goals that can come from the success of music such as girls money and fame

Lil Saint JP: My life and how im trying to better myself so I can live better

Matt Nice: My beats are inspired by artist such as Rich The Kid, Migos, Young Thug, and many other trap artists.

ZI: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.

YP: Dont do it for the money.barely any in it.do it because you love making good music.

Mulatto: grind hard…thats it

Lil Saint JP: Go for it and go hard, and never stop working to do better in your craft.

ZI: What would you say is different about your style?

YP: MY style is different because everyone sounds the same now a days.yea i can flow with them but im more lyrical,witty nd layed back

Mulatto: im fye and they not…..simple

Lil Saint JP: That I kind of mix it up, I sing and rap and I try to add that in most of my songs and I speak real life events and never anything made up

Matt Nice: When I get ready to make a beat, I have a song or instrumental omewhere in mind. I start messing around with what im thinking about.That’s why my name is mattNICE. Whenever Ihmond (Young Poseidon) has an idea for a song and has me make the perfect beat for it, he tells me to put the “nice” on it.

ZI: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

YP: When you know how you want something to come out…but it takes forever to get it right.but once you get it right its just dope

Mulatto: not getting it right on the first few takes.i like to stay fresh

Lil Saint JP:  To be honest I don’t have any pet peeves. I like to be open to anything. I figure if I like it, I like it and I’ll use it in my music it if its real to me.

Matt Nice: Honestly, I don’t have any pet peeves when it comes to producing. Every part of the creative process in making beats is fun to me.

If you would like to check out more of their work feel free to check out their social media accounts!

Snap Chat: youngposeidon ,younginmulatto, younq_lightskin, lilsaint_jo

Instagram: imyoungposeidon ,mulatto3x_ , _zvchry , _mattnice

Twitter: mulatto3x_ , imyoungposeidon , _zvcrhy

Youtube: 

Demigod Squad (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfUtSxyHJ-ho7WAvCBS0JXA)

Soundcloud:

Check out their latest single 24/7 ( https://spinrilla.com/mixtapes/demigod-squad-n-i-c-e/ )

DGENT ( https://soundcloud.com/demigod-squad )

YoungPoseidon ( https://soundcloud.com/ihmond-mason )

mattnice ( https://soundcloud.com/user-670406255/tracks)

youngineric( https://soundcloud.com/youngineric)

Datpiff: http://www.datpiff.com/profile/YoungPoseidon

Begin to Start Blushing: Our Interview with Hip hop`s Newest Trio “Blush”

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Hip hop trio “Blush” is setting the tone for what it takes to be an all-female group in the music industry. Managed by music mogul Matthew Knowles, father of two influential singers of today; Beyonce and Solange Knowles will be taking on another set of ladies. Composed of two sultry rappers and a soulful vocalist the group has been known to produce an old -school sound comparable to groups such as, TLC, Destiny`s Child, and Salt-and-Pepa.

The group is now on tour opening for R&B songstress Sevyn Streeter. The tour will take place until the release of Sevyn`s new album “Girl Disrupted”. While on tour the girls will be performing singles from their debut album “Old School Back Past, Present, and Future.” Be sure to check out their latest single “Cinderella”. We had the opportunity to sit down with the girls for an interview.

We discussed the following:

AC: What do you enjoy most about making music?

Blush: The fact that it is our own and we get to share it with the world!

AC: How do feel about being managed by the legendary Matthew Knowles with his knowledge of management and the music industry?

Blush: It is great , the reason that we grow is because, he believes in the formula that we already had and didn’t want to change us. He took us to another level…. Not only as a manager he is a teacher, father, and entrepreneur

AC: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be? Whether it is someone who has passed on or is still around today.

Blush:Missy Elliot,  Kanye West, and Will .I. Am

AC: What inspires your music?

Blush:Life experiences, the industry ,and  each-other.

AC:What would you say is different about your style?

Blush: We are two rappers and one vocalist. We have a hip hop sound and we are sisters as women we are sending a message together not just in it for the music.

AC: What would you say is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

Blush:Someone speaking on our sound.  Oh and when we go somewhere and can`t perform!

AC: How does it feel to be opening up for Sevyn Streeter on her girl disrupted tour?

Blush:Its great & an honor! Teachers and students we are watching her performance and learning from her. We love her she is a professional.We are taking in everything from her.

AC: What can we as fans expect from you this year?

Blush:Lots of Blushing,  Everyone will be putting on their glass slipper !

AC: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music?

Blush: Be you  none can be you better than you. Accept who you are and put your best foot forward. Don’t use negativity, Set goals and don’t let anything get in the way if this is your passion keep going, and Seek a positive mentor , Don’t let anyone tell you what you they want to hear.

Be sure to follow them on Instagram & Twitter: @officially_blushed

Check out their Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/officiallyblush

UP NEXT: CYNMOB`s Kai Ca$h Hip hop`s Next Mogul

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 Kai Ca$h is an upcoming artist/entrepreneur from Brooklyn, NY going hard to get to it!  He is currently a student at Hampton University studying Business Management. Kai is an upcoming music mogul representing his own personal brand CYN to the fullest.Inspired by legends like Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, Ma$e, and much more .He is someone who should be kept a close eye on. He is on big moves and definitely on a come up!

We discussed the following:

AC:  What do you enjoy most about making music?

KC: I would have to say being able to dominate creatively in the field that I love, creating with producers, writing music with versatility, relating to a broad audience, and just getting the work done with all my efforts, that gotta be the best feeling to be honest.

AC: How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

KC: With my music I rap about classy sh*t that I go through in my everyday life, one time you may get a song from me about my hardships dealing with school and my lifestyle, and then you’ll get a song about my feelings toward a female I’m falling for, but it’s always fun, witty, and positive. Although I haven’t made it YET, lol, I always feel the need to be an artist that provides my generation with a wavy message, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I like to get fly, I like to look good, I like to smell good, I like getting the ladies, lol as well as the whole CYN crew, we’re aiming to be that group of youngin’s paving a new wavy way for our generation.
AC: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?
KC: There are actually a few artists I would like to collaborate with but a main one I would have to say would probably be Jay-Z, coming from Brooklyn, with the love for music and the culture, I’ve always looked up to Jay further than just music from Reasonable Doubt till 2016, I’d gotta say Jay.

AC: What inspires your music?

KC:  My life to be honest is the biggest inspiration in my music. I live what I’d like to call the Best of Both Worlds, where one day I’ll be performing on BET and the next day, i’ll be in Brooklyn on the stoop just chilling. The blessings granted by God to me is all I really need, biggest inspiration of all time to me!
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AC: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.
KC: Go hard at all times, no matter what man, be original, dominate your sound to your likening, you gotta LOVE what you make and if you don’t love it, do it again, until you love it. Never let nobody tell you can’t do something, you got it.
AC:   What would you say is different about your style?
KC: umm I would probably say my persona, I’ve been told I’m a real nonchalant guy, i’m laid back like my pops lol, with everything so I would definitely say that. My exquisite simplistic demeanor lol, with that I mean, my style is complex but at the same time, it’s so much simplicity to me.
AC: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?
KC:  Working with someone who isn’t working as hard with you to be great, don’t be half-a** man , especially when it comes to a real life situation that you go hard for, its one thing if someone doesn’t see your vision, but to have someone claim to see your vision and then give you 45%…. its like, get away with all that lol.
Go check him out on the following for updates on his next projects.
Instagram: KaiCash
Twitter: KaiCash_
Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com/kai_217
Facebook: Kai Cash Music

Young, Fly, and Flossy: Who is Alex Vaughn

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Born & raised in PG County MD, Soulful songstress Alex Vaughn is definitely someone to keep your eyes on! This 24 year old singer/songwriter/pianist producer has been involved in music of all forms her entire life, from R&B, to jazz… and all the way to classical music! Vaughn was granted a full scholarship to college for classical music, but then decided that school was not her passion she decided to pursue her dream to R&B stardom! Since then, she has performed at different events and occasions singing background with soul artist Goapele, while working on her own music… She dropped her debut EP ‘The 4pm Mix’ on Soundcloud, where it received really good reviews and numbers. Alex is currently performing at local events, while working on her second project, (title TBA) along with visuals, which is projected to drop Spring/Summer 2017, so stay tuned!!!

We discussed the following:

AC: What do I enjoy most about making music? 

AV:I enjoy EVERYTHING about making music, but what I enjoy MOST… being able to express myself without feeling embarrassed about the ways that I feel. For some reason it’s much more challenging for me to articulate what I’m feeling in just plain words, as to just turning it into a song… Music makes me more comfortable with who I really am.

AC:How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

AV: I only write about how I’m feeling, and reaI things. I know that I am farrrr from put-together, & I also know that I’m not the only one going through the struggle either… There’s comfort in knowing you’re not the only person going through something, or thinking a certain way…I want my music to ALWAYS have something you can take from it, while still grooving to it… There are so many songs that made me feel good while I was down, because of how the beat made me feel & what was being said. I  want to be that same type of artist for my listeners.

AC:If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

AV: There are entirely too many people I could name to be honest lol… but off the top of my head, I’d have to say Kanye West & Alicia Keys… Those are definitely my top 2

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AC: What inspires your music?

AV: Literally everything! Every single part of life inspires me, lol… Even the shittiest parts… Those good & bad moments make me want to write from the perspective of the person I plan on becoming… I always write from the perspective of “What would I want someone to tell me right now, while I feel like this?” My friends inspire my writing too… All my love/ heartbreak songs are solely from them telling me their crazy stories lol (which is why I don’t see myself ever getting into any relationship lmao)

AC: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.

AV: Love yourself, know yourself, TRUST yourself, and pray.I’m still on my own come-up, & although I haven`t made it YET, I’ve had to overcome soooo many battles, (& still am) & I didn’t necessarily always have a plan either… but those 4 things I said earlier kept me from going completely underwater… & This entire process will not be easy, otherwise everyone would have it. Stay consistent, & remember who you’re doing it for… Of all people, don’t let yourself down. Always remember why you started going this path in the first place.and TRUST THE SIGNS!!! that’s a huge one

AC: What would you say is different about your style?

AV: Hmmm… I guess I’m not trying to be like anybody else… & I feel like people are trying to be the next Beyonce’/ Rihanna (which is impossible because they’re too great, lol) while I’m trying to be the first Alex Vaughn & that’s it lol… I want to create my own path, & create my own shoes that will some day want to be filled… I feel like lots of people are trying to be the same, because it’s trendy… But trends fade… especially in this generation… I guess what makes me different is that I am aiming for timelessness, & prayerfully with time, & hard work, people will feel the same way about me 🙂

AC: What would you say is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your work?

AV:I think my biggest pet peeve is the fact that not everything comes to you when you want it to… I’m now finally learning that sometimes, things need to marinate, meaning you may have to sit on an idea or concept for a while for it to finally come together… I’m a very excited & anxious person when it comes to creating lol

Follow her and Stay tuned for her next project coming in December!

Instagram – @whoisalexvaughn

Twitter- whoisalexvaughn

Souncloud –soundcloud.com/alex-vaughn-music

 

 

BadBreed Artist ChaseUnruly

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Chase is a talented young artist from Prince Georges County. While he does not have his head in the books and focusing on getting his degree in Business, he embodies a passion for music. I got the opportunity to interview him.

We discussed the following

What do you enjoy most about making music?

What I enjoy most about making music is the creative freedom that I have when it comes to anything I record. I enjoy the process of creating a song(s) no matter the feeling or the type of record. I also enjoy the feeling of having people actually want to listen to your music; would’ve never imagined myself going from 200 plays to over 2 million collective plays in one year.

How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

I plan on using my music to prove to those who feel obligated to enclose their true self that being comfortable with who you truly are is the proper way to live life. In my music I am always myself, some people will accept and respect it while others may not. What’s important is that I remain true to who I am; which is what I want instill in others.

If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

If I had the opportunity to collaborate with any musician it would be between Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Bryson Tiller, or PARTYNEXTDOOR, to name a few.

What inspires your music?

The inspiration behind my music stems from life experiences, how I feel about a particular situation, or my overall mood. Essentially, my music comes from my heart. Regardless of what any song is about, it is always something that is extremely genuine.

What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.

For anyone seeking to make a career out of music I would stress to him or her that the focus should always be the bigger picture, focus on longevity & not momentary success. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone with your music, there’s no telling what works until an attempt has been made. Make yourself marketable to multiple demographics, otherwise, being one dimensional can really limit your career.

What would you say is different about your style?

What’s different about my style is that pride myself on being able to control anything from a song, a stage, a room, picture/video, etc, in a manner which is unparalleled. My goal is to make myself known without forcibly imposing my presence. I pride myself on deviating from what’s normal.

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

My biggest pet peeve is that I’m my biggest critic and I’m such a perfectionist that sometimes I can over-think about certain things which leads to minor frustration. Other than that, there aren’t any pet peeves.

 

https://soundcloud.com/chaseunruly/damage

To Check out more of Chase`s work Follow him on all media outlets.

Twitter & Instagram – ChaseUnruly

Snapchat – Chasethe3

Soundcloud – ChaseUnruly

DMV to New York R&B Star $RainaRich$

rainarichinterview         Originally from the DMV (Washington D.C. Metropolitan area), RainaRich recently relocated to New York City to pursue her career in music. She got her start in singing as a kid by touring the world with her mother – soul singing diva and go-go legend, Maiesha Rashad (Maiesha and the Hip Huggers). In 2015, she released her debut project, The Box to a positive reception, landing features on The BoomboxYou Know I Got Soul, and Soul You Know amongst others. Mixed by Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Buck 3000 (Murder Inc.), the experimental five video series pays homage to 90’s R&B hits, and the legendary The Box Music Video Network. RainaRich is currently gearing up for the release of her forthcoming EP, Cinderella 99 (Fall 16) with Grammy Award-winning producers Sid “Omen” Brown (Beyoncé, Drake, Lil Wayne) and Chink Santana (Ashanti, Keyshia Cole, Toni Braxton). Her debut video from the EP, “Stars in Space” ft. Tray Pizzy recently premiered on HipHopDX in July. RainaRich can also be seen as the face of jewelry brand Aether79. I had the opportunity to interview her.

P.S.  Stay tuned for RainaRich’s second single and music video from Cinderella 99 premiering at the end of October.

We discussed the following:
Q:What do you enjoy most about making music?

That moment when all the pieces of the puzzle come together perfectly. The creative phase is definitely dope, trying different ideas on a track and stuff, but when it all comes together into a finished song, it legit feels like magic.

Q:How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

The best I can do is tell my story, sing from the heart, and hope people can relate to where I’m at. The topic might not always be “positive”, but if my story strikes emotion within a person who is going through something similar, then I’ve done my part. That’s the beauty of music to me, it’s the soundtrack to our lives…The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Q:If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

That is a tough one. I’m a music lover! I would at least have to separate new school and old school though.

New school: Right now I would love to collaborate with Future. The way he puts it down out on these songs is so right.

Old school: Even though I’m not a reggae artist, I have to say Bob Marley. Hands down. His music is timeless, and every song he did had a certain feeling to it.

Q:What inspires your music?

I’m inspired by life experiences. It could be a sad thing like a breakup, or a fun thing like getting drunk in the club, it’s all about the feeling that I get in that moment.

Q:What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.

Stay prepared. When opportunity presents itself, you need be ready bruhh!

Q:What would you say is different about your style?

My style is different because there is only one me. We are all different. The way we present our creativity starts with what is inside of our minds as individuals.

Q:What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

Trying to force creativity. It’s never the wave. So if you are trying hard to create a sound, you might end up frustrated. I’ve definitely been there. I’m sure that’s why some of the best artists take years to finish albums

For updates on her music check out her on all social media outlets

Twitter- @prxncessloudpac

IG- @prxncessloudpac

Snapchat- rainarichxoxo

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