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#MEETTHEARTISTMONDAYS : Meet R Locko

When it comes to ingenuity, creativity and lyricism, R Locko is a someone who epitomizes these things and embodies the definition of a true artist. This week we got a chance to hear more from him on his inspirations, his influences and his ideas on the underground culture.

 

Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Virginia Beach, VA! Where we skate, create, and most importantly, SHOW LOVE!

 

Q: When and How did you discover that you had a passion for music?

A: CRAZY STORY! It was game 5 2014 NBA championship Heat vs. Spurs. My uncle and I had a freestyle battle over text during commercial and I guess I bodied my stanzas, because he came to me in person and told me I need to start recording what I’m writing. 3 months later, a week after I turned 16, I created my first song in a studio one of his homies from college owned. I always wrote since about 6th grade, but I never took action and really realized my passion until I released my first track in October of that year. (2014)

 

Q: . Who do you consider to be your biggest influences?

A: Definitely 3 artists musically, they’ve always influenced me and my life substantially from the physical to the metaphysical. In this order, ASAP ROCKY, TYLER, THE CREATOR, CHILDISH GAMBINO. Live Love ASAP, Bastard, Because the Internet. CLASSICS. Skateboarding really fuels the way in which I create as well, before music I was trying to go pro skateboarding.

 

Q: What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as a creative?

A: The feeling of complacency. There are times where Ill create and create and create, and not feel as though I’m evolving in the ways that I should. My brain is like a movie reel with no cut. I’m always getting new ideas for songs, but its the boundaries and limits of those songs that make me feel boxed within my own confines of imagination. I haven’t figured out how to stimulate all the senses with the sound yet.

 

Q: . What do you think is your biggest accomplishment thus far?

A: Being able to meet the new faces, and just seeing the journey’s folds. You know, new energies, new inspiration, new places and ideals! A lotta people get caught up in the milestones and whatnot but for me, its about the distanced traveled towards those milestones that make me feel sedimented. The failures, the in-betweens, behind the scenes are always cooler than the curtain call.

 

Q: What upcoming projects do you have in store for this year?

A: I have a project called “T.A.S.T.E.” coming out this summer. Its sort of an idiom on the wave of short-term music coming out since the Soundcloud wave came and went. Whole lotta autotune, pretty much parody on how easy it is to harmonize and create without meaning, LOL. My next project is called, “BODY EVERYTHING 19” an annual installment of LOCK. Straight heat, heavy hitter project. Then I have, “Autotune Blues” coming for the winter. I have ALOT in store this year, execution is key. 

 

Q: How do you feel about the underground scene? Do you feel as if it is too oversaturated and unoriginal?

A:  VERY UNORIGINAL. Oversaturated? Maybe.. Nowadays, I’m a lot more focused on who actually has something to show and say, than those who have something to gain from this shit. Clout isn’t currency to me, nor is currency consistency. Its so easy to sellout and lose your image and your reality as a human being. To me, an artist is the most human you can be, and how that humanity can be portrayed sonically. The vibe shit coo though, FOR THE PIONEERS THO (that was their original style)

 

Q: What qualities about yourself do you feel separates you from other artists?

A: My versatility, I can basically do anything with my own twist. I also do it all myself! STUDIO TIME??!?!? I have something to say to. Every song portrays a state of consciousness, within its field of energy. There’s only ONE LION in this jungle. 

 

Q: What was your biggest failure as an artist and how did you overcome it?

A: My biggest failure as an artist was and still is not believing in myself. It sucks being discouraged from time to time with my talents fighting the battle with real life at the same time. To overcome that, I must physically instill my ability into myself through banging my own shit and rapping to myself. I look at the DMs and love shown over the years from time to time to reassure myself that I’m touching people with what I express. Its sucks when you feel unimpressive, but for all my artists out here; FUCK THAT SHIT. YOU GOT THIS. YOU FEEL IT. SOMEBODY GOTTA FEEL IT TOO.

 

Q: What advice do you have to upcoming artists who want to make a name for themselves?

A: TAKE. YOUR. TIME. Only work with who YOURE INTERESTED IN. REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED. I’d also say, don’t believe what you see online. Overnight success took at least 7 years.. think about that. LOC FROM DA V YALL. BLACKHEARTSCLUB IS THE BEST PLATFORM FOR YOU; REAL ASPIRING ARTISTS.

 

Stay connected with R Locko on social media as well as his streaming platforms.

IG: R.LOCKO

TWITTER: RLOCKO47

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/r-locko-1

ITUNES: Apple Music

SPOTIFY: Spotify

 

“ON GOD” Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?

 

GRXZZLY Keeps It Real in “Ghee’d Up” Visual

From his recent project “THG”, DMV artist GRXZZLY has just released a visual for his song “Ghee’d Up”; a song all about keeping it real and staying true to yourself, something GRXZZLY is no stranger to.

With this release, GRXZZLY gives the same hard hitting energy that we received earlier last heat in the “GoldMxnd Freestyle” visual and definitely stays true to his lyricist ways. In addition to strong lyricism, GRXZZLY keeps things interesting on the track by using a plethora of flows and styles all while staying true to his original sound. When GRXZZLY gets on a beat you can tell that he really has fun with it and challenges himself to see what he can do on the track, something that definitely keeps listeners coming back for more. His new album “THG” is available on all major streaming platforms.

Check out the “Ghee’d Up” visual here!

G RIEL shows “Sum Slight” in New Visual

The end of the year is always an interesting time for music. With a little under two months left in the year, its always interesting to see what tricks artists have up their sleeve to close the year out. Recently, artist G RIEL has shown signs of closing the year out strong with the release of his new visual for his track “Sum Slight” 

On the track the Winchester based artist delivers diverse  flows in an extremely cohesive manner over the intricacies of the beat (produced by Cxdy & Wxlfstealth). From G RIELs brash delivery to his witty (sarcastic, even) punchlines, there is just something about G RIELs presentation on this track that screams “banger”.
Check out the visual (shot and edited by Markeyy Markk) here!

Don’t Sleep on Antny Rome’s new Single “Fade Now”

With his appeasing aesthetic and new wave sound Antny Rome, singer, visual artist and creator of Romaniatic visual art platform, is a talented young creative whose whole persona embodies the word “innovation”. His most recent piece of creative work is showcased in the release of his single “Fade Now”.

The sing-songy single has a very dreamy, smooth sound compared with vocals that are comparable to Trippie Red. The track is produced by Pagano and combines entertaining vocal effects, nostalgic lyrics and a very mysteriously inviting delivery resulting in a uniquely crafted track that listeners are sure to love.

Follow Antny Rome on Instagram @antnyrome as well as his art platform @Romaniatic and Check out “Fade Now” here!

https://m.soundcloud.com/antnyrome/fadenow

Rashad Starks “Playing With Fire” Is a Beautiful Contrast Between Lit Times & Dark Thoughts

A project that perfectly contrasts an artists dialect about internal conflict with crazy lit beats paired with insane animation and intricate storytelling to bring the subject matter to life is always appreciated. Throw some top notch production in the mix by producers such as DEIPSET and Yung Kifo in the mix and you’ve got Rashad Starks newest project “Playing With Fire”

The project does a wonderful job of tackling the artists feelings regarding suicide, depression, anxiety, being a college drop out and feelings of low self worth while at the same time displaying the artists motivation to overcome these feelings and be a “greater man”. The project opens up with “With Fire”, On which the artists gives pretty much a run down on what the whole tape is going to be about. The artist also showcases his singing abilities on the opening track as well. On “No Ls” he features Dell Fargo and speaks on his desire to persevere and keep grinding. On DRIP, another “turn up” song the rapper adds a feature from menacing rapper Hooks Ventura, adding to the eerie, dark effect of the track. In contrast to the “most lit” theme he goes for in the previous tracks, Stark flips the script and discusses very dark thoughts on “Fahrenheit 451” where he speaks on his feelings of depression, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts. On “Amen”, a more upbeat song, the rapper speaks on his feelings on religion and closes out the tape with a prayer asking God to help him to be a more appreciative, focused man.

Check out Rashad Starks “Playing With Fire” here!

https://soundcloud.com/rashadstark/sets/playing-with-fire

Exclusive Release: Nicholis “Had To” Give Fans An Aesthetically Pleasing New Visual

Quality, artistic visuals are always an appreciated bonus when it comes to songs we love. A dope visual takes songs that are already our favorites and not only adds a “face” to the sound but also gives a deeper look into the personality and aesthetic of the artist. Nicholis’ release of his “Had To” visual does just that.

The video for the bouncy track is shot by OGVISUALS ( @000.og ) and provides viewers with a wavy, unique display to accompany the track. The song itself features producer Chet’ Atlas and combines animated delivery with relatable content and a catchy beat for an overall well put together track perfect for bumping on your spring playlist.

Check out the exclusive release of the “Had To” visual here!

Listen: Fontain Releases Boom Bap Inspired Track “Commencement $peech”

Rapper Fontain has released a new single entitled “Commencement $peech”. The rapper, who is also member of the Flight Ent. collective, is putting a new spin on the classic boom bap sound with this track, a style that many emcees aren’t necessarily able to pull off. The track also displays the artists unique word play as well as his ability to include comedic elements in music as a method of keeping listeners engaged in his story telling.

Check out Fontain “Commencement $peech” here!