Newest Emerging Rapper of the East Coast Interviews with Bass Feeds the Soul
By Taylor Robinson
1. What made you want to initially get into the music industry, and at what age did you finally do so?
- I used to take hip-hop dance lessons when I was about 6 or 7 years old. After doing that for a couple of years, I became accustomed to listening to hip-hop music and I began to have a feel for the beat. I still remember it to this date...one of the songs for our dance routine was Touch It by Busta Rhymes. As a dance class, we probably did the dance to that song at least 100's of times so I eventually fell in love with the track. As I continued dancing, I was also an avid basketball fan. I was on the New Jersey Nets website one day, just checking the score for a game, and I came across an advertisement for their kids dance crew. I thought, "hey, I might as well give it a try", and by some miracle I made the dance crew for 3 straight seasons. While I was already used to hip-hop, this adventure took performing and being in front of a crowd to another level. On top of that, I always wrote poems throughout elementary school and middle school. So putting all that together, performing my music creates the perfect combination of doing everything that I love to do.
2. What artists have been the biggest influences for you throughout this journey?
- Definitely, Busta Rhymes. I'd say he is absolutely one of my biggest influences. His flow and character are what catch my attention and I try and blend some of his style into my own music. Next, Eminem and Tech N9ne. There are many other artists that I enjoy listening to but as far as actual influences that had an impact on who I am today, those are my top 3.
3. Do you have any inspirations for your music and if so what have they been in the past?
- Inspiration-wise, it is all over the place. Sometimes I can just listen to a beat and know exactly what and how I want to write to it. Other times, I simply write down some lyrics for an idea I have or an event that has happened and eventually I try and match it to an instrumental. It's all about the mindset for the motivation and also me. So I usually just listen to music to get pumped up for writing while thinking, "Oh, I really liked that. I want to do something similar for this one part of my song." Radio is actually what gets me motivated the most. When I hear these artists and songs that I absolutely hate getting airplay on the radio, I think to myself "Hey, while I might not like them they must be doing something right to be getting airplay. If I think I should be heard, why can't I do the same?" Then, I take that fuel of energy and put it on paper.
4. What are the plans for the future? Any upcoming tracks to share with listeners?
- I had to take some time off to get accustomed to college so I have not been able to put out anything in the past couple of months. But after one of my most recent tracks passed 80,000 plays online, putting a permanent halt on my music never even crossed my mind. I am actually going to the studio in the next couple of days and I have several songs prepared. So be on the lookout for new music and videos very soon!
5. How do you think music has shaped you as a person?
- I am not sure where I would really be without music. I mean, I am not doing it for a living right now but it is still always around me. I listen to music when I am going to sleep, playing basketball, and even in the car. Certain songs contain certain emotions, which I can either relate to or feel for. Basically, music is the best form of expression that I could ask for. Whether it is through dance, instruments, or anything else, music has shaped me into the person I am today. It allows me to take all of my emotions/thoughts and it let's me show them to the world.