Soundcloud: Parris LeShun
Bio: I’m a 19 year old born in Chicago, raised on the Southside to be specific. My dad was a DJ/ rapper across the city of Chicago during the 90s. My mom was a singer, actress and then joined the military. I grew up being raised by my grandparents, aunt and uncle. At the age of 9 I then was being raised in a single parent home having to move around a lot as well as transfer to many different schools, because my mom was in the military. So it was rare for us to stay in one place for more than 6 months to a year. I have about 6 siblings total, some from different sides of my family. I graduated from Urban Prep Charter School and went on to Western Illinois University for a semester in 2016. I studied Graphic Design and Art. I was involved in acting and the poetry club as well. I suffered badly from depression and suicidal tendencies so I decided to come home and get myself together. I used art, sports, poetry and music as my outlets to help cope and get through my issues.
Top five artists that i’m influenced by? Personally this is a difficult question for me to answer due to the fact that I was raised off of so many different artists and genre’s of music. (This is in no order) but I would have to say, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Isaiah Rashad, Joka (my uncle), and Michael Franks.
What made me want to make music? What made me want to make music? Well first of all, I personally believe musical talent is hereditary. Since both of my parents were heavily inclined in music at some point, I believe the love of music was passed down to me. I grew up around my uncle (Joka) who is currently a rapper. So whenever he was in the studio making music, writing, producing or whatever, I was usually there watching, listening and learning. When I was 8 years old, I actually wrote my first rap. It was inspired by the tv show “Class of 3000”. I don’t remember exactly what it was about, but I do remember one line was about PB&J sandwiches. When I was in 8th grade I noticed I grew a love for writing poetry. My freshmen year of high school, me and my friend Naseer and some of his friends we decided to make a rap group called “OAT”. He went by the name of Olly-Al and I went by the name of Savage P at the time. We promised each other we would make music and take music more seriously. So during high school we would spend our days freestyling during school or over the phone after school or just writing songs. We still are a group to this day, we have more members and we are planning some music in the near future.
Am I currently working on any projects? Yes I actually am working on 2 projects. I’m planning to release 2 EP’s. The first one which i’m still working on is called Therapy Sessions. The name came from the fact that my mom sent me to a therapist this year to help with my depression. I decided to call it therapy sessions because when you’re going through tough times you want something you vibe to or vent to, and this a project where you will get to know some of my inner thoughts and issues that most black men are afraid to shine light on. As well as some of my happy, “good vibes” or “laid back” moments. This project im really excited to release because it will be my first but I think it will be a breathe of fresh air for hip hop in Chicago and outside of the city as well as people who may go through the same issues as me. I don’t have a specific release date yet but people should expect it anywhere between Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. My second project has yet to be named and won’t be released until later 2018.
How would I describe my sound? I’m honestly still finding my true sound but based off of anyone who has heard me rap before, seem to describe my sound as a mixture of an early Lupe Fiasco (Food & Liquor/The Cool) with Joey BadA$$ and my uncle (Joka). I would also describe my music as smooth, sometimes jazzy, sometimes lit, laid back, and something you could smoke to, even though I don’t smoke lol.
What routines do I go through when writing a song? Okay so I actually got a few methods. Sometimes I may just write randomly because I feel something on my heart or mind. Then maybe later if im listening to a beat I’ll look back on what I wrote to see if I can apply it. Sometimes I just listen to a playlist of instrumentals and I will literally sit there and hum, freestyle out loud or in my head. Then once I hear that beat I seriously wanna turn into a whole song, I’ll have that one beat on repeat and just write to it until I feel like its good enough. My younger cousin who produces and mixes songs for me will literally play me a beat that he made and we’ll just playfully freestyle back and forth until I feel like I wanna write to it. His soundcloud is “King Doowop” if you wanna check out his work.