How did you get into rapping?
I remember it like it was yesterday. Me and an old friend were chilling on the bus in 6th grade, I was going to his house. At the time I was listening to a lot of Lil’ Wayne & Soulja Boy tell ‘em. I rhymed something really stupid, I forget what, and my man said “dude, you can actually rap.” Then some Junior on the bus said “that sucked.” At the time I didn’t pay him any mind. My friend said “I thought it was good, you actually should try writing a verse.” Then I said “Alright I’ll let you be my DJ but I want more than 50 percent because I’m the artist rapping.” Long story short we went to his house and wrote some verse about how “I be smoking like a chimney.” Then we wrote “You’re the fish swimming over the sea anemone” or something (whatever that means, we thought we were rapping about smoking blunts and class warfare at age 11.)
What do you have to offer as a young artist?
Rapping wise--I’ve always had something to say. Even when I first started rapping people said I was lyrical even though they hated the flow. Since then my flow has definitely (thankfully!)improved. When I write, I’m exploring a train of thought I’m on. I like the Hip Hop format, because I can say a lot in one bar, as opposed to a rock song where it takes four bars to do the same. Ever since I was three I’ve always wanted to make a hug(e) impact on the world, right now I’m trying the music route. Production wise I sample some weird stuff. I like trap production a lot. I like to chop up a bunch of Ethiopian jazz records, add some bass and make something that bumps in the car, or flip a classic.
What advice would you have for someone trying to start rapping?
If you’re coming from an out-of-the-box place don’t listen to what other people tell you. Most of the time they’re just afraid of something different. Make music for yourself, take constructive feedback into account but make sure you don’t listen to others too much.
When you're not rapping what do you like to do?
I like food: Ethiopian food, Indian food, Italian food. I like relating with other people. Girls are cool. I do cross country. But when it comes down to it most of the time I’m rapping and making beats in my room.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Today, November 25th, I dropped my debut EP. It’s called “Contrast EP,” It’s awesome. It has 6 tracks on it all mixed and mastered properly. It’s beautiful. It’s on Bandcamp, name your price. I have studio dues to pay so any support is helpful. I also dropped a single on iTunes with a music video called “Work.” It’s pretty much an anthem. That’s probably all of my releases for this year but I’m already deep into the next project. I’m also doing some local Connecticut gigs. You’ll hear about me.
Whether he will make it or not, time will only tell. Regardless Cynic is trying...so you be the judge.