Plvto

Twitter Username: @SpacemanPlvto

 

Bio: I’m an Indie-Hip Hop artist from Arkansas currently residing in California to pursue music. 

Top 5 artist influences? (in no particular order) Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, Pharrell, Kanye West, and Jay-Z, with indie-rock and alternative influences as well. 

What made you want to make music? I myself was inspired to make music when i was homeless around the age of 17. I didn’t want to express my emotions in any way that would harm anyone else so i wrote poetry. Most of my poetry had rhyme schemes so i realized maybe i could put them to beats. After rapping for a short time i realized i loved the whole process of making a song, so i decided to get involved from the ground up and make music from scratch. 

Are you currently working on any projects? Hangout 3 was just released August 1st, and that was my last free project. Now i plan to take my music to a more serious level and start treating it as a career, which is why i moved to California and took the dive into big waters.

How would you describe your sound? I would describe my sound as “Far Out” which is why i went with the name Plvto. I always felt like i was too much of an outsider to be counted, but i also feel like there are more people that feel like that who relate with me. Pluto is a planet, but it’s so far away from the other planet’s orbit patterns that people don’t want to claim it as a planet. My music is deemed as “weird” a lot, but i feel like if there are people who have shared the feelings i express in my tracks, then im helping them by expressing them openly. So yeah, i describe my sound as “Far Out” or “Indie-Hip Hop”.

When writing a song, is there a routine you go through? When i work on the song the beat is usually what comes first. Once i feel like i connect with that beat, I pull the feelings i want to express from how the beat made me feel. That’s not my only routine, i have a few, but it’s the one that usually gives me my most genuine songs.

Prototype The Spitter

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Twitter Username:@Prototype_spits
Bio:
Who are your top five influences (artists)? There are so many, but if you’re talking about current artist id have to say. Chance the rapper, big Sean, Jhene Aiko, jay z and meek mill.
What made you want to make music? i grew up with music. its almost like i cant ever remember a time when music was not with me. music is my best friend. its always been there for me through the good times and the bad. i remember growing up spitting freestyles for my friends just because we were bored and all we had was the music to keep us entertained. so one of the reasons you can say i wanted to make music was to impress my friends growing up. later i realized i was a poet and I’ve been writing ever since.
Are you currently working on any projects? Right now I’m putting together a mix of all my favorite beats from multiple favorite artist and covering them. with my own lyrics of course. also I’m working on my second album. I’m always writing so there is always music being made.
How would you describe your sound? I honestly do not know how to answer this question. haha. i get it a lot but can never find the right answer. lets just say its really lyrical and refreshing vs whats going on in the game right now. my life, my stories and my frustrations with a unique sound.
When writing a song, is there a routine you go through? When writing a song there is not really a routine. I usually already have the lyrics to a beat I’ve never heard before. i write a ton so most times when i hear a beat i can just piece my lyrics to it and in no time i have two three or four songs ready to go.

Danny Handsome

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Link: https://www.reverbnation.com/dannyh?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav

Twitter Username: @davidjo43991517

Bio: Hip-Hop , R&B purist who evokes street soul appeal. Influenced by the likes of artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, D’angelo, Nas, Marvin Gaye and a host of others. Has performed in hundreds of shows on the east coast ,and I aim to extend my listening audience and acclaim internationally.

Who are your top five influences? D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley

What made you want to make music? I come form a musically inclined family. My father and sister sing and my older brother sings, plays classical violin, guitar and drums. Singing has always been a part of my life from very early on, starting with my upbringing in church, It wasn’t until high school when my best friend introduced me to D’angelo’s music that I started taking singing seriously.

Are you currently working on any projects? I’m currently working on a project called “Better Late Than Never” which will be released later this year.

How would you describe your sound? My brothers and I describe my sound as “Gangster Smooth”.

When writing a song, is there a routine you go through? When creating, the process can be described as an event. There is usually plenty of family and friends around, snacks, drink etc. It’s like a party. Though I also enjoy creating in solitude for my more introspective works at times.

QUI$MONEY(Keese-money)

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Link: www.soundcloud.com/marquismoneyharrell
Twitter username: @Masterquismoney

Who are your top five influences? you know, really I’m just influenced by the “sounds of music”, period. Hard to choose in any style. I’ll go with Hip Hop. Let’s go 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Krayzie Bone, and Snoop Dogg! 

 
What made you want to make music?  I’m a poet at heart. Growing up around my mom and uncle was pivotal in my musical background. They had all the music of black culture you could think of. All the greats, and then some! I was bred this way, but 2pac put the icing on the cake. Seeing Pac was like seeing the Truth, for me, other than like Michael Jackson or something. I have a duty to express Truth in the form of this art, Music!

 
Are you currently working on any projects?  I always try to stay working. Never any, too specific plans or anything though. When I create & accumulate the best songs at that time, I prepare for a proper presentation(which I feel I still haven’t had). I always seen myself as being “under the underground”, so I just want to create as much as I can.

 
How would you describe your sound? My sound is Hip Hop! Authentic! Realistic! I work too hard at not sounding like anybody else, so I feel like there will always be a spot for me.

 
When writing a song, is there a routine you go through? When I write a song, I usually end up doing the hook/chorus first. It’s the simplest and shortest part of the song to me. If I don’t just think of a concept out of the blue, then I use whatever comes out of the hook/chorus. With that said though, it’s no set way in the creation of my art. I do what I wanna do! That’s the beauty of it.

King Just

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Bio: Yo, what’s up I go by the name KingJust you can follow me @deviou5nation on Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook or simply just visit my website deviousnation.com . But, anyways I was born in Austin, Texas and I’m 25 years of age. from birth to about 13 years of age I spent my pre-adolescent years with my mother, 1 brother and 3 sisters. My mother being unemployed, we relied on government assistance as far as food stamps, government housing etc. I grew up not having a lot but my siblings and I had the essentials to get by: food, shelter, clothes and school supplies obviously for school. As I grew closer to my teenage years I thought I was “Billy Bad Ass” and turned to the streets which in turn didn’t last long. Although my father was in the picture when it was permitted, he eventually took me under his wing to raise me due to the fact that my mother could not raise a man. What my father brought into my life from 14 years of age and up shed a new light on the darkness that I was dwelling in and gave me a new perspective on life.

What made you want to make music?

I remember to this day I was 5 years old attending Zavala Elementary School I was maybe in kinder going on to 1st grade really can’t recall. (Really doesn’t matter I’m just thinking out loud or better yet thinking while I type this for the reader… HAHA) The school went up to 6th grade, and the 6th graders had the choice to be in band or in orchestra (remember this!!). I remember hearing that morning during announcements on the intercom “Attention to all staff and students, at 13:30 (1:30pm) please be seated in the auditorium for a special performance from our very own Zavala Mustang Orchestra.”
I was excited because at that time I would only listen to classical music in order to sleep. The time rolls around and I remember taking my seat and the auditorium embarked on its journey of silence then the composer announced the orchestra. They played 4 songs before music truly hit me. The composer begins to announce the last song “Thank you everybody, we have one more for you and to the parents in the audience I hope you enjoy this one. The last song we will play is Stand by Me from Ben E. King.” At that moment the old heads roared with cheer and anticipation so at this time I’m at awe in the sense of being lost to why all the parents are cheering so I’m excited. They began the song with the bass section and hearing the notes from the bass vibrate through the auditorium I felt the; authority, intensity, love, peace, sincerity and last but not least l felt the drive and passion to be a musical kind of guy. I told myself at that moment “When I’m a 6th grader I want to play in the orchestra”, I did just that. Then it turned to me listening to Hip-Hop and all I would listen to was Tupac and The Temptations, which lead to me writing and in turn making my first rap song when I turned 14 “Just a Youngsta”. From that one day in elementary you now have what I do today make music.

Who are your top five influences?

From listening to classical music Bach, Mozart, Hofman to listening to The Temptations, Smoky Robinson and all the Motown greats I learned that my inspiration for music came from artists in those specific times. My influence to actually make Hip-Hop/Rap music came from the greats before me who were Hip-Hop’s pioneers and that list could go on forever as you and I both know if you truly call yourself a Hip-Hop fan. Tupac, largely because that’s all I listened to when I started listening to Hip-Hop but other reasons would include his style was brutal when delivering, his work ethic was phenomenal, he really didn’t care about what others thought of him, he was true to himself and most importantly he was genius. Another person I get influence from is hands down B.O.B o’ Mr. Bobby Ray (lol). The reason the reason being is, this dude is one of the most creative artists on the Hip-Hop scene, from his word play to his delivery and like Pac B.o.B simply doesn’t care about what others think of what he does but at the same time he enlightens the listener. The Temptations, would be another influence of mine because no matter I have to be the voice that will produce greatness when I deliver my words, Smoky Robinson would be in the talks with The Temptations. I mean come on how can you not talk about Smoky when talking about The Temptations, as a song writer I appreciate the work Robinson produced but as a one who has an ear for music Smoky was a genius. I want to be sure I keep my work up to that standard of making classic hits just as Smoky, he plays a huge influential role in my music making. Last but not least Hip-Hop I say that because authentic Hip-Hop as in going back to the roots is paramount in going forward so Old School Hip-Hop is another key influence to me.

Are you currently working on any projects?

I’m currently working on a chain of singles which now they’re in the completion stage, I’m also working on a mixtape the name of that will be Authenticity which will encompass nothing but 80’s and 90’s instrumental, after that is completed I will be dropping an album. (There is no name for the album yet.)

When writing a song, is there a routine you go through?

I go through this extended listening phase to instrumentals and then I wait until the beat speaks to me. I pray to the most, high Yah (Psalms 68:4). Yes, it’s the same name of that song on Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN! I digress, then I start writing sometimes it takes a while because I don’t force what’s not given to me.

Rosco No E

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Link: http://livemixtap.es/y87
Twitter Username: @Rosco_NoE

Bio: I Was Born & Raised In Cleveland, and Stow Ohio. I Started Making Music In 2010 & Telling My Story With My Lyrics. Once I Realized People We’re Inspired By My Songs, I Knew The Lord Blessed Me With A Gift. 

Who are your top five influences? 2 PAC, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, J Cole, and A Tribe Called Quest.

What made you want to make music? I always loved music, and I grew up on it. My cousin Wiz was a battle rapper, and he used to make me write raps for fun. I always thought it was cool, and loved hearing my voice back after recording a song. I thought I would be in the NBA, but after getting injured my senior year and dealing with some coach issues I stopped hooping and replaced it with making music.

Are you currently working on any projects? I just dropped my newest project “MAB DEMO3” which is out now on LiveMixtapes.com ! I’ve worked on that for about a year or so, and Plan On pushing this tape all around the globe.

How would you describe your sound? Outlandish! I say that because it’s an unknown type of music in a good way. I don’t have any Specific genre preference I make what I feel. I love to experiment!

When writing a song, is there a routine you go through? Yea I usually vibe out to the beat in the car, get some ideas, start writing it out on my phone and put the pieces together. The Lord kind of shoot ideas to my head, and they come out through my fingers!

Hydro Jay

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Link: Audiomack
Twitter Username: @HydroJayDGM

Bio: I am a 21 Yr old independent rap artist/producer/engineer & founder of “DiceGang Mafia”. I’ve been into rapping since I was 4 but didn’t start taking it serious as a career until I was about 15, I started a local music group/label with other local artist which most of the members were family. We began doing music and releasing small mixtapes online which most of them caught an unexpected buzz from other states & even other countries. Well, since we were really young most of the parents kinda forced majority of us away from the music when it got back to them from local listeners that we were putting out material that contained A LOT of explicit lyrics so everything kinda went flat and downhill from there for a good while at this point I was about 17 and had a pretty good buzz and fan base mainly from my followers from my social networks but since everything was kinda going sour we all for the most part just vanished away from making any material getting tweets & emails from other artist/producers/fans who we had promised to do work with and upcoming songs/mixtapes/eps. At this point I still wanted to do and make music but didn’t have the tools and equipment to so I disappeared from rapping from 17 all the way til now. I came in this time by myself but still do features with the other local artist I always collaborated with. I feel like I’m picking up where I left off but my music and knowledge improved a whole lot while picking up a different fan base that I was not accustom to from my later work, I began writing songs in my room or outside nonstop sometimes I wrote at least 6-7 songs in a day for about a month then started releasing songs, dropping at least 2 songs a week and promoting while still having a major project in mind along with other projects and EPs. I feel like this career is for me but it gets hard and sometimes depressing but I’ve learned that things that are meant to be will happen and one day here soon the name Hydro Jay will get all the klout people been sleeping on.
Who are your top five influences? Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Lil’ Duke, Curren$y, and Future 
What made you want to make music? Well, my older sister (Qua Qua) who’s on my last 2 projects is about 3 years older than me, she always rapped and freestyled so I kinda went with the wave and started freestyling and rapping we would always watch music videos pretending it’s was us telling each other “that’s gonna be us one day or when we grow up”. 
Are you currently working on any projects? Yes! I’m currently working on another EP, a solo mixtape, and a collaborating mixtape with local artist “Mavin $tarkz”.
How would you describe your sound? I would have to say that my sound is definitely based from southern hip-hop but with a mellowed out weed vibe. I do trap music but i also love east coast boom bap production with Pittsburgh sound that I hear a lot in Wiz & Mac Miller’s music.
When writing a song, is there a routine you go through? Yes, I have to be showered up and clean, I smoke a lot of weed so it’s only right that I have some with me when I go into my studio, I grab some snacks but mainly something to drink, and I grab my bandana and tie it around my mic stand. I think that’s about it. Thank you so much for letting me take place in your interview this is my 1st one ever so I hope I was able to give you all the info you were looking for. I look forward to doing business with you!

Jo Rackz

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Link:  https://open.spotify.com/album/2VdVJWw273CmOoXcIkfBCZ
Twitter Username: @_jo_gotti_

Bio: Get money and remain you..

 
Who are your top five influences? Lil Wayne, Chief Keef, Lil Tracy, Kurt Cobain, Wiz Khalifa

 
What made you want to make music? I always was into music but in Highschool I realized I could really do something with it.

 
Are you currently working on any projects? I am currently working on my debut mixtape. So be on the lookout for that..

 
How would you describe your sound? I have a laid back melodic sound and I’m very clear and easy to understand.

 
When writing a song, is there a routine you go through? No not really. I barely write songs I like to go off my brain most of the time.

Jai Fresh

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Link: https://youtu.be/wdnKJXZERyc

Who are your top influences? Curren$y,Big Krit, J.Cole, and Young Dolph

What made you want to make music? What made me want to do music was i came out of Birmingham Alabama flat broke like barely surviving and i had to do some to make it out and music was my way to express my feelings. I always got teased and picked on by the clothes i had i got sick of it. Also i lost my dad at the age of 12 and he always told me follow my dreams and that’s where it really started

 
Are you currently working on any projects? I am currently working on my first ever album called Jai Fresh Est 1992 which should be released September or August.

 
How would you describe your sound? I would describe my music as a cool chill realistic life vibe you know? My music expresses my life and pretty sure a lot of of  peoples lives as well.

 
When writing a song, is there a routine you go through? when i’m writing believe it or not i have to have 4 rolled up like a fatty u know? And some water of course and i’m good to go.

Drazon B.

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Link: https://soundcloud.com/drazon-b

Twitter Username: @DrazonLB

 

Bio
My name is Drazon B, and I’m a rapper from Scarborough, ON, living in BC. Music occupies a lot of my thoughts and a lot of my life because it’s my favorite form of art. Ironically enough, music never really grew on me until I got older and actually started to listen to it more. Rap is my favorite genre but I pretty much like all music because it’s all art at the end of the day. I tend to focus on lyricism and having content in my songs, usually over my own production. I make music for people who can relate to me in the sense that I care about the poetry and artistry of a song and album, and want to gain and spread as much knowledge as I can in my life through music.

Who are your top five influences?
My top five influences (in no order) are: Nas, Yasiin Bey, Lupe Fiasco, Gang Starr, and RZA

What made you want to make music?
In all honesty, I just started listening to more and more music and got obsessed with it. I went to college but in my last year I realized that I couldn’t work at a job for a company I don’t own for the next however many years just to retire with a pension and unaccomplished goals. I had been making music for a while at that point but I never took it even remotely serious until that revelation. As of then I’ve been working hard to learn more about not only the music business but myself as well, and letting it translate into my music.

 

Are you currently working on any projects?
Right now I’m working on a few things, mainly a new EP and a mixtape to follow up on that, but the mixtape is later on down the line, into next year. Right now I’m enjoying the summer, creating memories and organizing my thoughts and plans for this EP

 

How would you describe your sound?
I tend to gravitate towards more ambient, chill sounding beats, with a lot of atmosphere to them. My rhymes are always focused and targeted at something, and no bar is wasted. I’ve been told my voice suits grittier beats and I’ve been experimenting with that too, but for the most part my sound is very calm and calculated.

 

When writing a song, is there a routine you go through?
I usually loop 4 bars of a beat and just start writing, usually until I get a whole 16. I don’t always write them down, sometimes I just think up the verse in my head right before recording. I tend to write my verses, dedicating each one to a specific point or concept of the song, before I work on the hook. this doesn’t take long, but I do find myself erasing and rewriting a lot, sometimes even recording completely different verses and scrapping them. I write a lot because I think a lot.