Antioch, Tennessee Vs. The World!
From Tennessee to the world, I recently had a chance to sit down with one of my favorite rising artists, FXNESSE2X. A well rounded producer-turned-rapper, Fxnesse has been dropping some of my favorite music as of late including his recent EP, “1644.” With a list of numerous hard singles under his belt this year also, his constantly evolving sound provoked the opportunity to introduce him to our audience in full. Get to know the young talent in this special follow up addition to our Q&A series!
Q: What is the scene like in Nashville, Tennessee?
A: I think it’s about to be our time as a whole. The scene is getting hotter by day and we got a handful of dope artists and producers coming out of Nashville. S/o to my brother Juugstar and Lil Kaydee (producers). S/o to all the rappers coming out too, its too many to name I don’t want to leave anyone out.
Q: What made you want to make the transition from producing to rapping?
A: A couple things. First of all, I started feeling stagnant. I got a number of big placements, but nothing was changing besides my sales pretty much. Then my computer broke so I lost ALL my project files to everything, still have mp3’s though, but you can only do so much with those. Other than that, I really just said fuck it and bought my equipment one morning. I’ve been freestyling with my friends for years, so of course I always had the idea to rap but I was afraid of what everyone would think of the music itself, but me as a person as well.
Q: Who were you listening to growing up?
A: Man I grew up listening to Young Jeezy the most. All of the trap or die tapes, then of course Wayne and all his shit. Yo Gotti, pretty much ATL region rappers now that I look back on it. So like Gucci, Future, T.I., etc.
Q: Which artists/producers would you like to work with in the future?
A: I want to work with Future mainly. Money Man, Unotheactivist, Trippie Redd, honestly too many to name on the rapper side. As far as producers I have to work with the legends of today such as Zaytoven, Metro, Turbo, and Southside. Anyone who’s music takes me back to better times of my life.
Q: What’s your favorite song you’ve released so far?
A: So far I’d say “EVERYTHING IS FINE,” I really love that song because its like modern R&B (in my opinion), and it shows people I really did the producing thing. My voice really fits that style and I wanna evolve that sound more.
Q: Top 3 movies of all time?
A: Zombie Land, Pineapple Express, and 21 Jump Street.
Q: What’s a normal studio session like for FXNESSE2X?
A: 9/10 I’m by myself unless one of my homies pull up on me. I don’t have any rappers I’d go as far as to say we’re friends, so I’m usually alone recording because I can mix my own stuff and record so it’s no need to really. And honestly I’m more comfortable alone to experiment with different sounds and what not.
Q: Who are some people that inspire and motivate you?
A: I think Future for one because I think that my style kinda came from him as far as the flows go. Kinda sing-y melodic like “real” shit. I seen his come up from the beginning dam near so I wanna take after that. Just anybody I know that came from little to nothing and found a way out on some positive shit, music or not.
Q: You have a one way ticket to travel anywhere you want, where are you going?
A: Straight to Japan. I’ve always wanted to go there since I was little I’ll make it there one day for sure.
Q: What would you tell your 16 year old self today?
A: I’d tell myself all them long days and nights trying to make my dreams come true is paying off more than I will ever realize before they become reality. Never stop no matter what anyone says. 444 means to have faith and confidence that your life is headed in the right direction, so keep going your own way.
Q: Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?
A: I see myself as a star and someone to look up to where I’m from. I want to be the one that gives the opportunities to change your life and show the young niggas its always a way. And just because shit looks bad right now, doesn’t mean you can’t change it. It’s never too late.
Q: What should everyone be on the lookout for in the near future?
A: Stay on the lookout for my debut tape and a whole lot of new music. I’m coming for the top it’s no slowing down. I’ma show everyone I really want this shit.