1. How would you describe your musical style?
Coupè Cortez leads the rebellion of new age artist who have independently built they’re own fanbase. Not conforming to industry standards while doing things his way, Cortez makes for this eras perfect rap rebel.
A. “Beauty and Rebellion. ‘Cause you here all the artsy samples and melodies I rap over, but I’m not always spittin’ the most politically correct shit. Nor is my image aimed at what mainstream considers clean. My fans gritty, straight savages. They want they music raw and uncut so I feed them that”.
2. What is the first album you owned?
A. “Bow Wow ‘Beware of Dog’ Cortez says with an embarrassed chuckle. “Moms use to fake act like I couldn’t listen to all the gangsta artist so I use to have to sneak and bump that shit as a shorty. But when Bow Wow came out she was all for me listening to another kid. So the first album I purchased was definitely that Bow. A few other early entries was College Dropout and Slim shady show”.
3. How do you prepare before going up on stage?
A. “Shit we on tour now so I can just give the whole routine from our last show”
- me and the gang woke up and had a big ghetto boss breakfast at IHOP
- Second, we hit the practice stage at this dance studio owned by some BDs. (I know crazy some BDs who teach ballet classes every Tuesday at 11) We made sure our performance and set list was memorized and ready to slay.
- Shit you know we had to stack up on Za, so big cuz came through with 2 zips of some Sherblato and everybody got to rolling up.
- By this time we all then flamed up and got drippy. So we figure we go ahead and make this 3 hour drive to the venue.
- We arrive, everybody peeping our flee and tryna match Blunts. We turning people away of course, a couple females got to Chief. My manager nem talk to the Djs and promoters while me and bro nem chill in the back blowing on gas mingling with the other artist. Camera man’s had me flick it up with the headliner and all that good content shit.
- We lock arms say a prayer. Then slay the stage. Easy Kill
4. If we’re going to buy you a drink, what should it be?
A. “A green tea Frap with caramel drizzle. I’ll drink that in the club if they let me. I don’t get drunk like that no more for real. I hate being hungover g.”
5. What’s a song that has been stuck in your head these days?
A. “Drakeo The Ruler ‘Tricky Ball Play’ “
6. Who’s your favorite artist?
A. “Of all time no question Kanye. He elevated all of culture. I’m from the Chi he the only correct answer for me.”
7. Tell us about the first song you made. Was it a success or a failure?
A. “I dropped this record called Blood on my Timbs, dumb poison for real man that record was hard. I listened to my whole first mixtape the other day and was lowkey hating on my older self. So free, and happy. No loses or heartaches in the game yet.”
8. What is the story behind your song Aaliyah’s Act?
A. “I tell a Narcos style story. I’m on the run, I’m doing dirt in the streets, etc. The crazy part is I tell this story as if the singer Aaliyah is the woman on my side. You know Aaliyah one in a million Aaliyah. I thought it would be dope to imagine her on some action star shit, we both on the run ducking snitches and feds. I mention like real facts from her life in the song making it mad polarizing to listen and follow.”
9.If you could pick one or the other, what would you choose, the money or the fame?
A. “Money mane” Cortez smiles. “My management had to make me become a social media nigga and start focusing on my image. I use to just focus on my SoundCloud. If I could just make Art that influence the next kids in line that’s all I need fr. I’m trying to keep hip hop going. So money nor fame is what I crave from music. My pockets good mane, but I’ll always take a listen to a check. If I’m still able to influence like I want then I’ll accept it.”
10.If you could go back in time or in the future, which one would you choose and why?
A. “Future fasho. American gone be turnt in the future. Racism will be dead, every citizen will be woke to the system and it’s tricks. I would love to see that. F**k the technology, even tho Pro Tools in 500 years might be off the chain I’d be going to experience people and society. Might peep what kind of drugs the kids using those days aha nah.”
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