Also Check Out: “Manhattan”
And: “God of Joy”
Reppin’: I’m from all over: an Ethiopian born in Russia, lived in Germany, spent time in Dallas, TX, grew up in the DMV area, and have lived in Manhattan for the past 6 years.
My styles and/or skills have been compared to: Most of the comparisons to date are driven by people listening to When We Were Kings, which was a street tape I made as an ode to 90′s hip hop. I’ve drawn comparisons to Blu, Kendrick Lamar, Cole, Lupe. Since WWWK, my releases have had a different sound. I think perceptions will continue to evolve with my next project, Joy & Pain. [My standout tracks are]: 1.”Polaris” 2 “Life Imitates Art” 3. “Stolen Whips” ft. Black Rob. A [memorable] moment: Performing at S.O.B.’s 30th Anniversary Showcase at SXSW; Blu came out and performed “Polaris” with me. Rocking a show at Swarthmore recently, small school in Pennsylvania and seeing people in the audience who knew all the words to my songs.
I’m gonna change the game by: I’m going to change the game by being one of the nicest emcees lyrically, while always being able to span a wide range of sounds to make really good music. All of the music I release will sound good and it will be lyrical.
I’d Like to Work With: Timbaland + Missy. 50 Cent. Beanie Sigel. AZ. Redman. Pete Rock, Exile, Clams Casino.
My goal in hip hop is: to leave behind an undeniable catalogue that is as consistent in quality as it is impressive in artistic range.
I’m gonna be the next: I’m not the next anyone, but artistically, I hope to follow in the footsteps of Kanye West and Andre 3000 because they continue to explore and experiment with different sounds, but the end result is always dope. In terms of career progression, I respect Wiz’s path with regards to crafting his identity and building out his fanbase independently before linking with a machine to take it to the superstar level.