1) Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Nigerian born, moved to the states when I was 5 Grew up in the Richmond Townhouses and moved to hilltop when I was 13. I love long walks on the beach, candle lit diners blah blah lol, but seriously, uhm I’m just a good hearted chill dude who’s been through what I been through so I know what I know. Always been blessed (and cursed) with the gift of gab, I’m tired of being complacent feel me?
2) Who were some of your musical influences coming up?
Biggie, Nas, Jay Z, Slick Rick, Mase, Fabolous. Memph Bleek, Freeway, shit the whole Roc/dipset family, Talib, Mos Def, Common, Kanye, Pharell The clips, mob deep, jadakiss, Dmx, the lox, Dr dre, snoop, pac, Nate dogg warren g all them. Da Jacka, Hussalah, Johnny Ca$h, Yung Smacka, Nhtboyz, beeda weeda Stalin n the whole livewire Too Short.
Mac Dre, E-40, Rappin 4tay, Mac Mall, Turf Talk, B-slimm, Droop-E, hoodstarz, Federation, Frontline, EASKI, San Quinn,Bailey, Keak…damn 3times krazy, outkast, lil Wayne, souljah slim, Yung Turk, Juvey, man the whole cash money…and no limit too Lecrae, Da Truth, Cross Movement, Da Clique/GMC, Diligentz, Go Getters, Da brodis, Technicians, I could go on and on for real.
3) How would you describe yourself as an artist? Has your style changed much over the years?
As an artist I would say I’m a story teller. I’m big on lyrics, word play, metaphors, alliteration, you know all that lyrical shit that can disguise a verse and sugar coat it to slide through all or select ears.
My style really hasn’t changed, I’ve always been a story teller. I’ve developed the way I tell stories though to be a little more witty and relatable. There’s always room for improvement but you have to stick to your strengths you know?
4) What’s your process like for making music? Do you have a set routine or does it vary track by track?
It varies track by track, but as long as there’s Dro around, once I hear a beat I like, the words just start forming…it’s the back end that takes time, but luckily I got a great engineer who puts up with my frequent “eff it, I’m doing it all over” moods when we crank out a hit and I’m not feeling it a week later.
5) Can you run me through the making of your latest project? Where were the studio vibes like?
Basically I was at a time where everything was going negative. My father was losing his painful battle with leukemia, and that had me all twisted. The girl I was building with started actin out, fake friends started showing their colors, like it was a real emotional time for me. Every aspect in my life was no Bueno.
N then I had this brilliant idea to take my life. That’s when I was like ok that ain’t me that’s the devil. N the devil is a lie. I was raised in the church growin up, and Honestly the values I learned from the word are what kept me from letting go of life feel me? I ain’t tryinna preach but u can learn everything needed to successfully navigate in this world from the Bible…or 48 Laws of Power.
I prefer the former, but I promise you the values are damn near identical. Anyways after that shit happened I knew I had to run back to the booth. It’s therapeutic for me. With everything going on around me especially pops, I mean shit It only made sense. This time around though I wanted to actually put a project out for the world to hear.
A few positive tracks for the youth or those goin through adversity tellin em to stay the course, a few tracks for the ladies cuz well it was a stressful year, and a few introspective songs all which are describing how I coped. Honestly it’s more like a peak into my journal during 2015…just not as raw.
I Linked up with my engineer Ant from The Grill Studios and shit the rest is well music. I’m a lot to deal with, but Ant a real one. Him Lev n Oscar over there at the grill really made making the project real seamless. All positive n medicated vibes throughout. Almost had me thinkin of papers…Almost! What up Lev!
6) What sort of independent hip-hop promotion and marketing are you doing to differentiate yourself from other artists?
You know, Datpiff stop the breaks, thizzler, shows where I sell merch and music. I copped some camera gear for visuals since that’s where it’s at for visuals now a days. If you have any skills in visuals, tap in Starrvinartist@gmail.com.
Definitely trying to build a team of likeminded individuals. I’m also doing the whole social media push even tho I ain’t really a social media kinda guy. I mean I have a fb with my most organic network, but that’s attached to my government name. I just created a Twitter and IG not too long ago though so you know I’ll be pushing and promoting there.
From a business standpoint it is a great spot to reach new ears and interact with current ears. If anyone has some social media marketing skill sets …tap in with the kid. Starrvinartist@gmail.com. What else…direct marketing. I got physical units and shit that I’m gettin off every opportunity.
Nothing beats face to face. I feel that the fact I am much different than most in this game, my substance will differentiate me. Just gotta give the world a glimpse of that high and then show them that I’m not a 1 n done, but I got a lot more potent shit cookin up feel me?
7) What are you thoughts on the current state of hip-hop music today?
It’s just fine. There are so many lanes it ain’t even funny. And then there are artists that appeal to multiple genres…Like Pusha T. By the way that interview you did with him was dope. Pure uncut and raw.
You don’t really think about it but Pusha been killin the game since arrival. He humble as hell and spit that real flame. Dropped a lot of info for up n comin Indy cats doin it on our own…build a team! Anyway back to the subject. Lanes..yea it’s like there are so many lanes, but they all have their place in hip hop.
When I’m workin out I might throw on some Dmx still but when I’m Ridin around I might throw on the jacka. Shit, when I’m reading or something it’s mos def Kendrick, Hov, well damn near anything I named up there but point is all these types of genres of rap have their own place in hip hop and as long as it creates avenues where cats are eatin and people have that audio dope to listen too I ain’t mad. We all Lookin for a pot to piss in.
8) What music are you listening to these days? Anyone in hip-hop really blowing your mind?
Now a days, Nipsey, A-one, aka frank, Damey, Showbanga, kool John n all them shmop hbk boys Mani Draper, Philthy Rich, Joey bada$$, pro era, Troy ave, J cole, Kendrick Lamaar, Schoolboy Q, Rick Ross, lil herb, G-easy, Killafresh, red cafe, nick grant, Nef, E-40, Short, Joe Blow, Street Knowledge, Jacka, earl sweatshirt, old school drake, Jay Ant, Future, Fabolous, Jeezy, Jay Z, King Los, Wale Wiz, Rayvenn Justice, Gamble, City, Asap Rocky, Foolie and Gusto lambert, shit I’m just naming now but kdot really has my ear buds right now.
9) If you could work with any artist you wanted, what would be your dream collaboration?
Nas, Jay Z, e-40, Future, Fabolous, Biggie, J Cole, Wale, Nipsey, aka frank, Damey, Showbanga, Mani draper, A-one, King Los, Egypt (swizz get at me) Lil Wayne big boy Andre 3000, pharell, Everyone from TDE, but honestly my dream collaboration would be to do a song with Lauryn Hill…or Alicia keys.
10) What has been the best moment in your music career so far?
My all track 20 of this project.
11) So what’s next for you?
I plan on dropping two more projects this year. “Growth” a 9track project in May and better late than never II in December… Add me on snapchat: Starrvin_artist Instagram: GovernorMoses Twitter: Chillmoday, website: www.starrvinartist.com Stay Happy Stay Honest Stay humble and always STAY HUNGRY.
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