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

The inspiration behind my last and first project “Dreams To Reality” is all about me coming up in the rap game telling people my past, my hopes, my ambitions, and people’s thoughts of me chasing my dream as well as how they could potentially act if I do end up making a career out of music.

2) With the music industry tanking and record sales falling, how do you currently make money as an independent hip-hop artist?

Currently I’m still making music but as far now I have a full time job to support myself as well as my family for the time being.

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

To be honest a lot of trap and mumble rappers are really changing the game right now although I would not say it’s for the better , just the same I still listen to Rappers like Lil Yachty and playboi carti who make music more the vibe than the words itself , I’m hoping real rap will come back where people will focus more on the words than the beat.

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

So far I have learned that this is really a grind! The likely hood for a easy come up is slim to none , every rapper out that’s popular had to work to promote themselves to get to the point where there at , so I shall do the same, also that perception is key.

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

The thing I love most about hip hop is word play and how spontaneous music is , A Harvard scholar can know more words and meanings than a rapper does but if they lack the creativity you can never use the words to there advantage when asked to freestyle on the spot as well as make a good song or poem with the format that goes into it.

6) What still surprises you about hip-hop?

How the waves just like fashion trends can change not mention there so many different unique sounds , that continuously change the game which form more gateways and paths for newer sounds and flows , not to mention it surprised with how much format , energy , and creative flow that actually goes in to recording a song.

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

If I could change anything it would be for fans to support for more talent than popularity, a lot of rappers who are popular are really not that good but have so many people backing them up while I’ve seen a lot of really good rappers who’s fan base doesn’t match there talent.

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

Top 3 rappers that are doing it without a doubt are J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chance The Rapper , big fan bases, stuck to their own styles and are not changing, as well as everything they put into there music , I feel like as a rapper you should never changed up what got you there cuz that’s what your fans want to hear.

9) So what are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to continue working on my music I want to be even more genuine with my music than I am now I also want to learn how to build music better , and I’m still going to work on my fan base to show everybody I want it and that this grind will pay off.

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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