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I caught up with the rapper/producer in downtown Boston, where we talked about his influences, inspirations and his opinion on the state of Boston hip hop.
Listen to his latest track “KEEP ON GOING” on Soundcloud above, and check out our interview below!
Tamara: Tell me a little bit about you, what kind of influences did you have growing up in music and in life?
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My biggest inspiration is definitely Nirvana. I’m from Chelsea, MA. Right outside of Boston, 15-10 minutes. Growing up I never really had anything that I was “into.” My mom was a big music person so she would play a lot around me. So everything inspires me, you know?
So when did you get into music seriously?
I would say like 2015-2016. I dropped my first song and it hit like 30k in a week. It was mad weird. And I was just like word, it’s just getting love because I went to a big high school and shit so maybe people were just listening. Then like, a month later it was at 150k. And I was like, maybe I should just keep doing this. I dropped a second song, got 100k and I was like I’m just gonna keep making music.
What was the first track that you dropped?
It doesn’t really have a name, it just had three money signs. I don’t really like it. That was my first song and I didn’t really know how to make music. I’ve always played instruments like drums and shit like that but I never actually recorded music, so that was my first song.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
I’d say universal, anyone can listen to it. It’s for anyone, doesn’t really have a certain audience.
You have a lot of different musical styles, so how could you describe the type of headspace you were in when you recorded a track like SUMMERTIME or SUICIDENOTEXX?
For SUMMERTIME, it was literally just the summer, and I was like somebody needs to make a summer song, cause I’m all about feeling when you listen to music, I feel like it’s better like that because if you wanna feel a certain type of way, you listen to a certain type of song. So SUMMERTIME, was that song for the summer. SUICIDENOTEXX, I didn’t even have any intentions of making it. I was just actually really depressed one day, and you know I just set up my mic and made music.
Do you also produce or just vocals?
Yeah, I produce too.
What do you have currently in the works?
Right now I’m working on this project, no title yet. It’s gonna drop this summer, it’s gonna be dope. It’s gonna be a little bit of everything. I’m gonna mix rap and RNB, and my rock side.
So there’s a lot of talk going on right now regarding the state of Boston hip hop and the scene here. What are your thoughts on it and your perspective as an artist?
I think there definitely is a Boston music scene, it’s definitely poppin’, anyone you listen to in Boston has a different sound, and everyone is driven. It’s just everyone kinda wants to do their own thing, so everyone feels like they’re alone, that they can’t rely on someone or whatever. I just think that Boston needs to come together more.
What song of yours best describes where you’re at in life right now?
Never Broke Again. That song really motivates me. I’m at a point in life where I’m doing good, everything is going well with music and life’s okay. That’s what motivates me to never be broke again.
Tamara is on Instagram @tamsou.