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1) Talk to me about the making of your latest project. What was the inspiration behind it?

I released my debut project Visuals earlier this month. It really was a tape of me showcasing that I am a artist.

2) With the music industry tanking and record sales falling, how do you envision yourself earning a living as an independent hip-hop artist?

Currently I’m only concerning myself with giving people quality music, everything else will fall into place as God sees fit.

3) From a business point of view, which artists in the game do you think are really pushing the boundaries and changing it up?

One person I can think of off top of my head is Kendrick Lamar, besides him being a great lyricist he really added a different feeling to hip hop by adding so much live instrumentation within his album which I thought was different from a business and what sales stand point and also as an artist.

4) What business lessons have you learnt from the music industry so far?

It takes more than just talent to really thrive in music.

5) What do you love about hip-hop music?

The thing I love the most about hip hop is the fact that it’s probably one if not the only genre of music that can implement any other genre of music into it and also how much hip hop is pure poetry. I find that amazing in hip hop.

6) What still surprises you about hip-hop?

That it hasn’t reached a limit since its birth and how it’s constantly reinvented with new ways to be projected.

7) If you had the power to change one thing about the hip-hop industry to help independent artists – what would it be?

The politics, hip hop in my opinion has moved greatly away from who can actually make good music and and moved toward who can be sold the most.

8) Who do you think are top 3 rappers doing it at the moment?

My personal favorite artist as of now are Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Joe Budden.

9) So what are your plans for the future?

To continue developing my sound, putting out quality music, and enjoying my independency.

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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