When did you realize that you wanted to be a musician?
I realized I wanted to become an artist between the ages of 5 and 6. I have an older brother who has always been into writing his own lyrics / rapping, and I thought it was super dope. I actually used to run behind him rapping his lyrics until everybody figured out it came naturally to me. My older brother started writing my raps up until I was about 11.
Can you talk about the first project you made as a professional musician?
My very first official project I released on all platforms is called "No More Handouts". I was 16 at the time and was being managed by a lady named Shari. She helped give me a major push early on as far as professionalism and taking my first steps towards being successful in music. The project was filled with a lot of different things I tackled in my life, while also stamping my presence in music.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a musician?
The most challenging aspect of being a musician to me is finding genuine supporters and having to figure out who has your best interest at heart when it comes to the business side of things. I'd say another challenging aspect is just trying to figure out which route to take to get your foot in the door or be heard, having to learn the technicality of things behind making music.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a musician?
The most rewarding thing about being a musician is that you get to vent to your music freely. Everything you feel uncomfortable discussing or venting about you can do comfortably in music and that's what I love about it.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspirations are my sons Qaran & Marwan. No matter how I’m feeling or what I'm doing, I know I've made promises to myself to give them a better life than I had. That always serves as a reminder to focus boost when it comes to chasing my dreams.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be with anybody who feels like they genuinely like my artistry and feels like we could make some classic art together.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting to be a musician right now?
It might sound cliché but seriously, if you see yourself being a musician (and I’m talking about in your head... a real vivid imagery of you being something in music one day), DON'T GIVE UP. I don't care where you are in life if you have solid relatable things you can produce in your art keep it up cause it only takes that one time for everything to connect and your life could change forever.
What do you have in store for us this year?
Maaaan so much, I have over 100 songs ready to go. I plan on taking my visuals to the next level as well. More creativity, Different sounds, Different deliveries, & working harder than ever to make this dream into a reality.
Stay tuned for new music coming from Cypha this month!