First and foremost, I want to take it back to the start real quick. Was there a particular time you knew music was the goal?
I was never really sure of myself. But the boys always backed me when I was spitting raps and would tell me I was going somewhere. I was telling my stories through songs, and they felt it. I’m still good friends with them to this day, and they tell me that they’re proud of me. I’ve always admired dope artists coming out and telling stories about their communities, and that’s what I’ve always wanted to do. No ones really made it from my area hip-hop wise, so I figured I’d do it and tell the story of blackfellas coming from the Tweed area to provide opportunities for my brothers, sisters, and family. Because to tell you the truth, the only work I saw myself doing was in labour or hospitality, and that wasn’t the go. So it was this music stuff, or it wasn’t, and I had to put 100% in for it to happen. I had to work and provide money for bills, but the rest of my time has been dedicated to making this album and collaborating with artists like Nerve. I’m thrilled that it’s all being recognized and that it’s all paying off.
What was it like rolling out your debut album amidst a pandemic?
It kind of feels like it was god’s plan. Everything worked out well for me because I had a son in June, and I got married at the end of May. When you have a wife and a newborn baby, you have to be there, helping out. If shit kicked off with this album and I had to be away a lot of the time, I think it would have created a barrier between us, and our relationship wouldn’t be as good as it is today. She has my back when it comes to music, and I have her back as well. So everything that’s been going on has allowed me to be there for my family. And while the gigs aren’t rolling through, the love is. The reaction to the album and everyone supporting me has resulted in big numbers and big moves. It’s all been great. And this album meaning something to people is all the gratification I need; the extra love is just on top. I had an elder in my community reach out to tell me that he’s proud of me and that I’m representing the mob from here right. So while this year has been challenging in many ways, it’s been a pretty good one for me.
I love the title Made For This and the hunger it represents. What are the traits that make someone made for this?
It’s all about the passion, man. You can hear it. You can hear that they’re meant to be doing this shit. Many rappers these days are made for the music industry, but the music they’re making isn’t saying much. So it’s difficult to determine. People are blowing up and getting money by not keeping it 100 with themselves and not speaking from the heart. Which I think is the industry in general. You can’t rap about certain things and expect to blow up. Because who’s going to want to listen to confronting shit? Only the real people make that stuff. Some people aren’t honest with themselves, and at the end of the day, that’s cool because you gotta do what you gotta’ do. But sometimes, it has to be more than that. And once you get to that part, you know that this is what you’re meant to do.