1. How would you describe your musical style?
From hip hop-rap to trap to afrobeats and back baby! (Imagine ASAP Rocky if he was a Nigerian who grew up in California.) Rooted in 2 Westside cultures, my music is a fresh blend of old school and new school. Balancing the root of hip hop/rap with the new age, I’m able to produce hard hitting substance bars on a track, ( “IF”, “No Talk” ) wavy melodies/melodic bars on a track, ( “Trip”, “Hey Hey” ) and/or my favorite, BOTH in one ( “Tomorrow”, “Everywhere” )! (Whether it’s a slower track or better yet something with a lil tempo/bounce, word to the Westside!) Furthermore, although I’ve yet to release a full one of my afrobeats joints, I’ve been able to keep things experimental, blending hip hop and afrobeats in upbeat tracks ( “Free Black” ) as well as darker/trap-like tracks ( “Energy” ).
My pallet is truly versatile making my style great for features whether it be just a hook or a verse!
2. What is the first 1st favorite rap song?
We Takin Over by DJ Khaled ft. Lil Wayne, Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman
3. How do you prepare before going up on stage?
Right before, I try to ground myself by remembering my “Why?” and reminding myself that the people out there are just as ready to have a good time as I am so I shouldn’t think too hard about it and just vibe. And if that doesn’t work the weed in my system usually puts me in the right zone! Lol
4. If we’re going to buy you a drink, what should it be?
And old fashion. On the rocks.
5. What’s a song that has been stuck in your head these days?
Silent Hill by Kendrick
6. Who are your favorite artists?
Kendrick, Lil Wayne, and Childish Gambino – in that order.
Kendrick – I draw a lot of inspiration from bro currently (heavy influence from 2014-now)
Lil Wayne – I feel like bro taught me how to rap and show me in was an artform
Childish Gambino – I feel like bro gave me the courage to rap (he was different when I came on the scene and he leaned into that rather than anyway – I like that shit!)
7. Tell us about the first song you made. Was it a success or a failure?
My1st recorded song, Foreign, is about the grind, the hustle and being on the move while the world is watching you come up; overcoming the trials and tribulations I had already experienced in my young life. This song was definitely a success seeing as I got a lot of great feedback from my peers who realized that I just wasn’t another guy out here that just wanted to rap once they heard it.
8. OUT NOW, what is the story behind your project, The ‘LEGENDARY’ EP?
Walking by faith not by sight. And pushing on through the good and the bad regardless of what I did see. That’s how the blessing of this body of work came to be. I was just coming off the high of my song, Energy, being featured on The Game’s mixtape and I was asking myself “what was next?” after having found more motivation for my music and an elevated mindset of what could actually be possible for me. I was a little stressed as always, but I was determined. Then unfortunately, I actually fell into some life trouble that set me back mentally and financially tbh and it hindered some of the growth/ideas I was trying to capitalize on at the time. But God had a bigger plan and in the midst of all the turmoil in my life, he showed me a window of opportunity. Man I was so down at that time, I almost couldn’t even convince myself to take the risk after everything that had just happened to me.
But thankfully, I was able to connect the dots that an old boss had laid out for me and with the help of my best friend, I jumped! Shoutout to AD & Legion for the connection to the OGs, but I always wanted to show people how different and nostalgically significant my sound/bars were and with the way music’s been going the past 7 years, what better way to do that than to take it back to the basics! People are getting tired of non-substance music and I saw that old school was making a comeback slowly, but surely so I felt like it was perfect! Most artists can’t rap for real let alone embody the essence of how hip hop started like I felt like I could. I decided I could take it back to take it forward, showing just how versatile I can be on one side of the spectrum before I continue to show more of the other. My hooks and verses for the songs with Kururpt, Ras Kass, Planet Asia and Kxng Crooked came together slowly, but surely as I took time as an older man now to reflect on my life. But, I honestly didn’t feel like the EP was complete until I came up with the intro, Legendary, in a deep introspective moment where I feel like life was closing in on me and I just wanted to do/be ME. It was crazy, the full song came to me in like 1-2 days and I instantly knew I had something like I’ve never had before. I was proud of myself, the EP was now truly LEGENDARY. And I’ll be that much prouder when it finally drops on 6/24/22! Pre-save it now, but if this article isn’t out til after the 6/24, know that hip hop ain’t dead! Go stream my joint ASAP!
9. If you could pick one or the other, what would you choose, the money or the fame?
Money hands down! Fame doesn’t always equal and money doesn’t always equal fame, but either way I’m here to provide for the next generation and generations of my family and I’d love to show them how I can use my talents/gifts to change all our perceptions on what it means to work and live.
10. If you could go back in time or in the future, which one would you choose and why?
As much as I’d love to go to the past, I believe I’d choose the future. Why because I’ve already lived the past, and I look forward to seeing and helping change the future, for the better of course. Plues, attempting to change the past would inevitably be too painful for me as well as dangerous to my current present and future. However, beyond all the little things we’d all like to change about our past, I’d give all this shit up in a heartbeat to have my little brother back.
Social media links:
The ‘LEGENDARY’ EP | OUT NOW! : https://streamlink.to/
GOZ’s Complete Catalog Playlist: https://streamlink.to/
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