UGR: Tell us about what’s been going on with the 5th Child.
I’ve been focusing most of my time on conceptualizing my next project and working mainly on production. I haven’t been one of those people who write lyrics just to do it in a long time. Most of the stuff I write now has some topic or theme that’s really the overflow from stuff that’s been on my mind rather than just rapping for the sake of rapping. I kinda have to be inspired to write lyrics. I’m always inspired to produce though. In the meantime, I’ve been practicing the bass guitar and teaching myself piano chords to step my production-game up. I also work with a group of kids to teach them how to rap and express themselves through music and that’s way more rewarding than a YouTube view to me. Just to see them learning to put words together like that is beautiful. Of course I stay performing, mainly trying some different stuff to keep the audiences on their toes, lol.
UGR: Where do you see yourself fitting into the current music scene?
Realistically, my focus is more on standing out in the current music scene. I just think my goals are different than a lot of people. Normally when you talk to indie artists, they want to go diamond and get millions of radio spins and make boatloads of money. Not saying that I think money is evil at all and of course I want to be successful but I just think I have a different idea of success than a lot of my peers. I will always love music and I love the hustle aspect but not so much the “rat race” part of it. I don’t like begging program directors or djs to play something that people have already expressed that they want to hear. Having said that I’ve gotta give a shout out to the djs like Rico Banks who have taken that stand to break records that they really believe in and not just what they’re paid to play. I’ve said that radio spins don’t matter but what I really mean to say is I had to stop letting the fact that Jackson FM radio doesn’t play my stuff discourage me because Dallas, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, New York, and a few other cities do play it regularly. Basically I had to stop focusing on the people who don’t believe while there’s a whole army of people who do. I’ve never paid a dime for radio play elsewhere and I just don’t want to have to jump through hoops and play the politics to get it played here. Everything in time though. I’m not upset about it at all. I just gotta work harder to get better at what I do until it’s undeniable.
UGR: What new artists have you been listening to lately?
5th Child, lol.
UGR: Where do you see the sound of Mississippi being 5 years from now?
Hopefully being more organized. More innovative too I guess. We have a great story right here but we keep telling everybody else’s. I guess I wanna see MS be more creative artistically and sonically. We have talent that, in my opinion, can stand up against any major city’s music scene but we try to fit in a little more than I’d like.
UGR: What are 3 of your favorite albums?
Santana- Abraxas, Curtis Mayfield- Curtis, Dead Prez- Let’s Get Free
UGR: What should we be looking for in the future from 5th Child?
Look for a lot more production. I pride myself on quality control so rather than a brand new track every week, expect that when I do drop something it’s gonna be really, really good. God has blessed me with a talent and I really do my best not to whore it out when I don’t have to. I just wanna make stuff that means something. This isn’t some self-righteous type stuff either because I definitely don’t want people to think I’m some “holier-than-thou” jerk who thinks that club and trap records are beneath him because I listen to EVERYTHING. I listen to Jeezy a lot more than Talib Kweli right now, but I just have a purpose that I’m trying to fulfill with the music I create. I’m inspired by mostly everything though.
UGR: Do you have any last words?
Dare to be different. Say something. Rico Banks for President! I wanna go on tour.