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1) How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

I have been writing raps since the seventh grade. It all started when I had a crush on this girl in middle school back in Keyport New Jersey and she was really into Soulja Boy because he was blowing up at the time.

I wanted to show her that I could do it too and maybe she would throw herself at me or something I didn’t know what to expect I was just hoping for the best. But once I wrote it I brought it to school and the Superman instrumental to go with it.

I made all my friends laugh and the girls smiled. It was then when I was like yeah, maybe I could do this forreal. So since then I used to scribble raps about different things but didn’t really get serious with releasing full songs until recently.

2) What sort of hurdles and obstacles did you face to get to where you are now?

The journey has not been easy to just get to where I am now, there’s been many times I’ve been tested like I’ve by my family, friends, and just people in general really.

Many people don’t want you to get what you want just because they never did or never had the courage to go after it but after a long time of compromising and biting the bullet I finally said enough was enough and am going to be my own man and do what I love to do wholeheartedly.

Took me a while to grow into the person I am today, took a lot of weed and thinking and traveling to finally find myself. But I make sure to take the time out to learn from each lesson that I had gone through with all the people in my life that I have encountered.

3) What’s the hardest thing about being an independent artist?

The hardest thing is getting people to take you in that same light as a legit artist. I know in my experience it has been hard to get people just to listen to my work just because it doesn’t have that radio factor to it.

But I’m here to say that it’s art either way! You should still give it a chance because before that there was this. And who knows maybe one day it’ll go back to how it was without all these special technological advances and people with techno dependencies.

4) Are there any independent hip-hop artists out there who inspire and motivate you?

Oh yeahh, there are so many soundcloud artists that I follow and listen to daily that the average might not have heard of like Wifisfuneral or Playboi Carti for an example. Them nighas go hard as fuck.

I steadily be bumping they latest shit. But yeah, I listen to a lot of main stream artists too but it’s much more fun listening to the underground in my opinion. I mean just look at Immortal Technique!

5) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Well in five years I see myself out of college first of all. And making ends meet by the work of my own hands, being my own boss doing it like it’s supposed to!

6) Who were the first influences on your music and style?

My first influences to me doing music were Wu-Tang, Nas, Tupac, (that’s how I first came up with the acronym “GADY” listening to him), Lil Wayne also had a big part of it I was a huge Lil Wayne fan growing up, he would blow my mind with some of the stuff he would say forreal.

7) If you could choose to collaborate with 3 other artists on the same track – who would they be?

If I could collab with 3 different artists I would probably choose; Drake, Kanye & Curren$y that would just be so dope.

8) What makes your music different to other artists?

What makes me different is that I speak what’s true to me. We all may live in the same world but some of us only see what we want to see, while the rest have to deal with seeing life for what it really is.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I add a perspective that others artists do not but there is a people for it tho that yearn to be heard and that’s who I do it for, I do it for you.

9) What are you hoping to achieve with your music?

I am hoping to do enough work to be able to provide for myself and my family and give them all a better situation then what they are in.

All the people that helped me and all those that were there for me I just want to be able to always have enough in me to be able to be there for them whenever. If I could just reach their hearts though with the moving word pictures I tell then my mission would be complete as well though too.

10) What do you think is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself has to overcome, to gain commercial success?

The biggest barrier for me would probably be for me to get people’s attention. There is so much white noise out there on the internet and everywhere you go its just a constant stream of information you’re being bombarded with all the time, it’s hard for an independent soul to stay in the light.

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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