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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!

GRXZZLY Shows Lyricism Isn’t Dead in the DMV With “GoldMxnd Freestyle” Visual

Who doesn’t love a good freestyle?

Recently DMV artist GRXZZLY has dropped his “GoldMxnd Freestyle” Visual which proves to hip hop fans that lyricism is still alive.

The visual begins with a recording of a phone call of someone explaining to GRXZZLY how the scene has become oversaturated with rappers who are producing a lot of less than great music and how unimpressive this music is. The person on the phone then tells GRXZZLY to give the people something serious to listen to, and with this freestyle that is exactly what he does. With this freestyle, GRXZZLY gives amazing delivery paired with witty punchlines that will resonate with true hip hop fans. GRXZZLY stated that “this is a representation of his penmanship and mindset as of right now. Some people claim that lyricism is dead in the DMV, well I disagree 100 %”

Check it out here!

Listen: Check Out Young D The Pilot’s New Album “ORF”

Its been a while since Young D The Pilot has released a project but with the release of his highly anticipated project “ORF”, he is back with an all new delivery while still staying true to the authenticity that fans love.

When asked about the album, Pilot stated that with this album he desired to redefine himself as an artist and show his audience how he can pull off various styles and the project displays that perfectly. The project beautifully tells stories of the struggle, survival and the route this artist took in order to not become a product of his environment. The enticing lyricism presented by Pilot paired with the beautiful production done by Illien Rosewell makes “ORF” a quality project that listeners are bound to enjoy.

Check out “ORF” here!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/orf-ep/1424534109

WhyNotDuce Shows There Are “Two Sides To Every Story” In New Release

If you haven’t been introduced to WhyNotDuce yet, now would be a great time to familiarize yourself with this upcoming artist. With a delivery that is very unique and his captivating ability to bring words to life in his music, WhyNotDuce is proving in his new release, “Two Sides To Every Story”, that he is certainly an artist that everyone should keep their eyes on.

The project “Two Sides To Every Story” is a collection of thoughts, narratives and experiences that gives listeners a deeper look into who WhyNotDuce is as a person and an artist. On the intro to the tape the artist sets the tone for the tape and gives motivation to keep God first, focus on grinding and let their talents “make room for them” in the world. On “Mr West Interlude” a great example of the artists amazing storytelling abilities are shown as he talks about his experience as a college student at Norfolk State University and the struggles of college life, something many listeners will  be able to relate to. “Two Sides To Every Story” also houses some great features as well from other VA artists such as WhyNotGotti, Brax, and VA greats Treez Lowkey and Young Crazy. The project was produced beautifully by Jack TP who has done work with several VA artists such as Antny Rome and Doug Finesse

Check out WhyNotDuce performance at the Mix Madness Showcase on October 12 and listen to “Two Sides To Every Story” here!

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#MeetTheArtistMondays Lil Percy

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Coming from the 804, Lil Percy aka Positive Percy, is an artist who prides himself in keeping the underground culture thriving in the Richmond area. In addition to making music, the outspoken, young artist has made a name for himself by hosting house shows in the Richmond area. This week the artist took the time to answer a few of our questions about his journey as an artist. Check it out!

1. Where are you from
Richmond, RVA
2. When and How did you discover that you had a passion for music?
I was like 4 and I was listening to Nelly in the car on the way to a swimming pool and I remember in my head I was like basically this shit sweet I was listening to Hot In Here that song still goes crazy
3. Who do you consider to be your biggest influences?
Lil B, made a nigga extra positive about the outcome of life and just made me accept myself for who I am seeing who he is, Being Based is really about doing you and keeping positive and I respect this lifestyle, Lil B must be protected. I remember first hearing him in 2011 I was 13 years old (I’m 20 now)
4. What has been the hardest thing for you to overcome as a creative?
Just knowing that not everyone is going to like what you create and knowing I shouldn’t try to please everyone, I please myself more than anybody and sometimes people don’t like that I guess but…I can’t make everyone happy
5. What do you think is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Getting signed to Black House
6. What upcoming projects do you have in store for this year?
Man I just dropped Extort The Bag 2018, I got my first album coming out under Black House Records called REVENGE, And it’s coming out March or April on Everything, and I got more Extort The Bag mixtapes coming soon all on physical CD and SoundCloud only
7. How do you feel about the underground scene? Do you feel as if it is too oversaturated and unoriginal?
I mean the current underground scene is pretty decent to me cause if you REALLY know the Underground on the East Coast niggas would know shit good over here and won’t listen to an artist that aint really underground or ain’t really themselves, it’s easy to tell
8. What qualities about yourself do you feel separates you from other artists?
I’m a cloud rapper, a sensational cloud rapper and that’s really the last of a dying breed of sub genre in Hip-Hop, and it’s not a lot of us left plus I don’t feel like I sound like anyone else
9. What was your biggest failure as an artist and how did you over come it? Just other people I associated with, sometimes not everyone is for you and you have to accept that, acceptance is key.
10. What advice do you have to upcoming artists who want to make a name for themselves? Don’t do nothing harder than weed
Keep up with Lil Percy on social media at the links and handles below!
IG: @positivefriendpercy
Twitter: @vacantmayne
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/percgod