Can you tell us about your journey into hip-hop and how you got your start in the music industry?
I’ve always been a fan of hiphop for as long as I can remember, but I think what really hooked me in on a much deeper level was Eminem’s “Not Afraid” music video when it was released back in 2010. I think that’s what kind of made me pay attention to the genre much more consciously. How I actually started rapping though – I was freestyle rapping with my brother for fun (I was probably 11 at the time) and thought “I’m actually pretty good at this” (I doubt I actually was) and so I decided to take up the art. I had many more reasons to continue rapping and other motivators as time passed, but that’s pretty much how it actually started.
How has Toronto influenced your music and what sets your sound apart from other hip-hop artists in the area?
For a long time actually, I’d say Toronto never really influenced my music (besides Drake). I drew most of my influences from American artists. It wasn’t until more recent years that I made a conscious effort to explore other areas of rap that my brain wasn’t really attuned to, because I knew it was important to understand what style of music people were consuming the most and why. Once I broadened my tastes, I was finally able to enjoy and learn from Toronto-based music to a much higher degree.
In terms of what sets my sound apart from others in the area – I think I’d say my focus on lyricism and the topics I touch upon in my songs which usually come from a pretty genuine place
What’s your thoughts on the music scene these days?
I don’t think I have much of a stance on today’s music. I’m not really as opinionated as I was when I was younger. Music’s constantly evolving and so are people’s perceptions of it. Everything in music is subjective. If I had to make an observation though, I’d say everything is much more melody driven than it used to be (at least in hip-hop) but I feel like lyrical rap will slowly make a nice comeback. Ultimately I think every style of music will balance out pretty well, and there’ll be a good amount of something for everyone – not really any overly dominating genre