UVTW Presents: THE MULAMANDAM Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE MULAMANDAM Q&A

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Long Island Vs. The World!

The ability to have a sound that stands out in comparison to all the other music being put out is a difficult task to accomplish. There are those who are capable of having a distinct and unique sound to their music. MulaManDam is one of the prime examples and one of the most slept on as well. He can tackle any type of beat with his unmistakable flows and vocals. His most recent project "Green Eggs & Dam" proves that he's ahead of his time and is only going up from here. We spoke specifically on his background with music and the project. Get familiar with Mula in the conversation below:

Q: Who are you and where are you from?

A: I'm MulaManDam and I'm from Long Island, New York. Darkside 419.

Q: When did you first start making music?

A: I started making music when I was 11, producing Hip-hop beats on FL Studio 7. That was 10 years ago.

Q: So you produced before you started rapping, what kind of beats were you making back then?

A: I started off making dirty south trap beats, Lex Luger was a big producer inspiration then I transitioned into producing more of a boom bap New York style. With my boom bap production I was mostly inspired by 9th Wonder.

Q: You've gone through different phases of sounds then, when'd you decide to pick up the mic on top of the production?

A: I started to rap my 10th grade year so about 5 years ago. That was my first song I recorded of myself but I always would write my own songs and stuff. I never laid any vocals down until 10th grade.

Q: Who are a few artists that inspired you to start?

A: I'm mostly inspired by the artist around me that I grew up with like Casey Chang and GG Tef. When it comes to legends I'm inspired by Biggie, Busta Rhymes, and Michael Jackson.

Q: Let's talk about your latest project "Green Eggs & Dam", what was the process like putting it all together?

A: The process over all was definitely long but all the songs came to me relatively quick. Lord Casso and I have a very good chemistry so the creative process is probably the easiest. Everything just instantly meshed together.

Q: Would you say Lord Casso is your go-to producer?

A: Yeah, Lord Casso helped create my sound. He's also my best friend.

Q: That always helps to be close with the person you're working with. Are there any other producers you enjoy working with or would want to work with?

A: I enjoy working with Cor Blanco, Patient Music, Von Solo just to name a few. I really would love to work with Kanye West on something.

Q: What do you have coming up for the fans the rest of this year?

A: I'm working on a few EP's to keep the summer hot. Also working on some visuals to continue to push the album. I'm throwing some huge shows in Long Island to have a fun time with my fans and friends.

Q: You really seem to connect and care about your city. Is that one of the most important things to you?

A: Yeah my city is what made me who I am. I'm grateful to be from where I'm from and to have met and grown up with the people that I did. I love my city.

Q: Who made the cover for the "Green Eggs & Dam"?

A: His name is Obscurist. His Instagram is @obscuristworks he's an artist from Canada that I met through my manager.

Q: The artwork is perfect for the sound of the album, tell us about your manager and how he's played a part in the picture.

A: My manager Zaire knows how to keep me on point. Smart ass guy, he knows the right places I need to be networking wise and he knows the steps I have to take to advance as an artist. He's like a basketball coach in the sense he knows how to draw up plays that will win us the game.

Q: That always puts you a step ahead to have someone looking out like that. What's your favorite spot to eat at in your city.

A: D&B Deli got the good eats on Front Street.

Q: What're your top 3 favorite films to watch?

A: Definitely "Friday", "Pootie Tang", and "All About The Benjamin's".

Q: What's your favorite clothing brand at the moment?

A: Right now my favorite brand is Vfiles but I also love SoltauNYC. They a brand coming up in New York that I rock with heavy.

Q: Who's the best visual artist in yourf opinion right now?

A: Cole Bennett is relly changing the game, I would say he's the best. My personal favorite right now is LoneWolf, can't wait to work with both.

Q: You have any last shout outs before we wrap everything up?

A: Shout out WGWS. Long Island we be wilding. Thank you for the opportunity and keep following your dreams.

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UVTW Presents: THE ICEBIRDS Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE ICEBIRDS Q&A

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Dallas, Texas Vs. The World!

There aren't many artists today who make it solely off of talent and being genuine. Icebirds is an artist coming out of the heart of The Lone Star state who is keeping everything organic. He's been putting out music for less than a year and has already proven an outstanding work ethic. All his fans find him legitimately without any extra promotion, he just lets them come to him. When the music is good that's all it takes and he certainly has some quality content. We recently chopped it up about topics such as his music, IceWater, and the NBA. Make sure to read up below:

Q: Who are you and where are you from?

A: IceBirds , Yung IceBirds. I’m Dallas, Texas but born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Q: When did you start to make music?

A: I started last year like 10 months ago. I been making songs but I ain’t never release them til then.

Q: You’ve already got a project out and a grip of singles, tell us about them.

A: My project was just something I wanted to put out there to everybody. I worked it for a minute, to put together something solid. “Livin Too Fast”, “Fake & Fraud”, and “Blowin Up” is what made me release a project. I felt like those were some of my best.

Q: You always have quality work, what’s the latest music you’ve put out?

A: I just put out three songs in the last month. “Wakanda”, “They Know” & the latest “All About A Dollar”.

Q: You’re working. Who’re your go-to producers?

A: Right now, my go-to is TairofrmTaiwan. I also do a lot with Tash & EQMadeit

Q: What is IceWater gang?

A: A group my brother IceWater Sparrow started way back. A group of bros, all artist. We all individuals but still come together as a group

Q: Shout them all out for us.

A: IceWater Sparrow, Diego , Myself, Bando, 44oakboy , Toni Ice & Chewla.

Q: Those are the main artists you collaborate with, right?

A: Yeah definitely.

Q: Who’ve been your biggest influences?

A: In my sound?

Q: In general. Anybody you listened to growing up, all that.

A: I liked Migos (the older music) , Chief Keef, Diego , shit listened to Cash Money like Wayne and Juvenile, Soulja Boy. It’s a lot.

Q: You got your own sound though, what do you have in the works right now?

A: Right now... I’m working on a joint project with Bando, coming real soon. I’m still pushing my first one, “The IceBirds Project”. So I’m just releasing single tracks right now, videos too.

Q: Go get on that if you haven’t already, who’s your favorite shooter?

A: I don’t too much have a favorite but right now I’m fucking with my guys VisbyBwoods & Jack Sadlers from Dallas.

Q: Is there anybody outside of IceWater you’re trying to work with?

A: I wanna work with anybody who wanna work with me. People be caught up in egos these days. They’ll listen to you every day and you’ll never know

Q: What’s the rest of the summer hold for you?

A: Just dropping heat. Tryna get that hit all year round.

Q: What’s your favorite spot to eat at in your city?

A: I be smashing at Cheddars and Rudy’s.

Q: What’s the best place you’ve performed at so far?

A: Observatory Santa Ana always lit. I ain’t been too many places yet but it’s coming.

Q: What’s your favorite NBA team?

A: I don’t got a favorite right now but I’m rocking with the Cavs. All time favorite Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

Q: Who’s better Lebron or Jordan?

A: I can’t even choose. They too cold in different ways.

Q: Fair enough, what’re your top 3 favorite films?

A: I’m not too big on movies and TV. I never watched a lot of that.

Q: What’re your top 5 albums of all time?

A: Lil Wayne / Carter 2

Juvenile / 400 degrees

Michael Jackson / Off The Wall

Drake/ So Far Gone

Them just a couple I like, not all time.

Q: Where’s one place you want to travel to?

A: Wherever that check take me.

Q: Any last shout outs you want to give?

A: Shout out to y’all.

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UVTW Presents: The JAY DANZA Q&A

Charlotte Vs. The World!

Javonn "Jay" Danza, A.K.A. "LIL FUKK UP" is the creator and mastermind behind Us Vs. The World and one of the new supreme gatekeepers of the underground. From his hometown roots in Charlotte all the way to Broward County, Florida and California Jay Danza is at the forefront of the underground scene executing moves to bring his vision to life. His work ethic is unmatched and now it's time for you to get to know the man behind the movement! 

Q: Where are you from?

A: I'd like to say I'm basically from the south but to be more specific, I was raised in Hampton/Newport News, Virginia and Charlotte from elementary until middle school. Then I finished all of high school in Broward County, Florida. 

Q: What made you want to start Us Vs. The World?

A: My life was going nowhere I wanted something to fully keep me occupied. I also didn't like that Charlotte artists weren't getting enough attention. So I decided to fully recognize Charlotte's talent within this platform alongside the co-founder and my bro Cole Klapheke! We first talked out a whole plan and then the rest is history!

Q: What's your connection to Charlotte?

A: I grew up in Charlotte from 5th grade until 8th grade summer. Throughout those years I met a handful of people who have sort of made me who I am today. Even though I'm not physically in Charlotte anymore I'm still a well known name there, almost every artist who's booming right now from there I grew up with.

Q: Describe a little bit of what it's like being in charge of a team of so many people? What are some of the challenges in doing so and what are some of the rewards of it?

A: I wouldn't say I'm in charge of people, they all my brothers frfr without them there wouldn't be an Us Vs. The World platform that the underground has came to really respect and appreciate.

Q: How did you get involved with music/the underground scene?

A: I started rapping at a young age maybe 11 or 12 with my cousin "Sleep" and others. I was okay at it but deep down I knew rapping wasn't for me. I always had an ear for music that wasn't really recognized and everyone around me that made music was extremely good at it, so I realized I didn't have to be a rapper in order to be involved in something I was passionate about. Long story short I began semi-managing artists and really getting introduced to more and more fye artists by the day which made me want to expand my roads of interest in the underground.

Q: What do you think is the best thing about the underground rap industry and what do you think is the worst thing about it?

A: The best thing about the underground is that there will never be an end to it. New raw talent is discovered every day and who doesn't like listening to a new artist who makes music that's extremely satisfying to your ears?! The worst thing are the backpacking people and the unoriginals, be yourself in this industry there's nothing worse than riding someone's wave.

Q: If you had to pick a city filled with some of your favorite artists besides Charlotte, what city would it be and who are some of the artists within that city that you are partial to?

A: Tacoma, Washington (ILLFIGHTYOU, Glenn, UGLYFRANK, Khris P) these guys don't really drop music like that but they are something serious. Definitely a collective to keep a very close eye on. 

Q: Favorite clothing brands at the moment? 

A: When I'm 100% on I need my whole closet full of FELT. Next would be FTP and after that is Cruwelf. 

Q: Was there ever a time in your life and the development of UVTW where you just wanted to throw in the towel and quit? What was that like? And what made you ultimately stay and push forward? 

A: There has definitely been multiple times like that, I've went through a lot of problems when I first moved to Cali, not to mention I lost one of my best friends Adam and then my other close friend Destro so that had me extremely down and out for a very long period of time. During that time I really reflected on my entire life and where it was going I knew this platform could be a start to something extremely rewarding in the near future. What really made me stay and push forward was my girlfriend Daisy, she motivates me every day and is really the first person to fully believe in me, if it wasn't for her and my team I probably wouldn't even be doing this Q&A right now.

Q: You get a ticket to travel overseas, first place you're going?

A: Cuba.

Q: Entrepreneurs that you look up to?

A: Cole Bennett. 

Q: One deceased artist you could bring back to life? 

A: Biggie.

Q: Favorite video games growing up?

A: This is a real good question right here. I'd have to say GTA III, Sonic The Hedgehog, Def Jam Fight For NY, and Ratchet and Clank. I got so many more I used to be heavy on the games but not so much anymore. 

Q: Top 3 Lucki Songs?

A: "Dirty Demons" has to be my most favorite. But there's also "Lowlife" and "Jigga in '98." Honestly every Lucki song is my favorite he one of the goats fr. 

Q: Favorite movie of all time? 

A: Belly.

Q: Should artists put their music on major streaming services compared to Soundcloud or both?

A: Artists should definitely have their music available for any and every listener on all platforms. It's important to expand your audience there's people who only have Spotify or Apple Music and then there's some who can't afford that so they stick with Soundcloud so just be thoughtful to all of your listeners preferences it could really boost your fan base. 

Q: Who are the 3 most slept on producers right now? 

A: My bro Lux, Groveside, and Antwon Carrera. 

Q: What's your dream whip?

A: I ain't really big on cars but shit Ima have to say something foreign forsure, Bentley Coupe. 

Q: Where do you see Charlotte within the next two years?

A: Charlotte is seriously growing more and more by the day. It's so many fye artists like 10Cellphones, Ron$oCold, 006Set, Jay Storm and more really making way for the city now and in 2 years Charlotte will be a household name to the entire industry. 

Q: Future aspirations/goals? 

A: I want to be able to quit both my jobs and work full-time on Us Vs. The World. Become an official A&R, and go on tour with my whole gang! 

Q: What's next after this show in June?

A: I'm not the type to let everyone know what I got going on besides gang and my close family I guess y'all will just have to find out. Only thing I'll say is it's going to be a very productive/wild summer. 

Q: Who are some people that inspire and motivate you?

A: My pops forsure he's always behind anything I do. My whole team of UVTW we all push ourselves to go harder each day that's inspiring as fuck fr. My girl she always knows how to uplift my spirits even when shit ain't going good. And A$AP Yams. Long Live Yams!

Q: What would you tell your 16 year old self today? 

A: Being cool won't mean shit when you're out of high school. Make a way for yourself now you'll thank me later. 

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UVTW Presents: THE YSB OG A.K.A KANE GROCERYS Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE YSB OG A.K.A KANE GROCERYS Q&A

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Chicago + Los Angeles Vs. The World!

I was given the opportunity to speak with Goth Money Records affiliate, YSB OG. Most recognize him as Kane Grocerys, one of the most significant names in the underground over the course of the past five years. Kane has put out an endless amount of hits and just recently dropped his latest project "Pardon My Back", which we discussed a bit. He's also known for collaborating with some of the hottest artists and producers in the game. We spoke on everything from what the future holds to his favorite clothing brands. Check it out below! 

Q: Who are you and where are you from?

A: YSB OG A.K.A Kane Grocerys. From Chicago & LA, grew up in Chicago went to high school in LA.

Q: How’d you get acquainted with the rest of goth money?

A: So I met Black Kray back in 2012 and he came to me with the idea of Goth Money and he wanted me to be a part of it..  I said fuck it I was rapping at the time already working on my very first mixtape so why not be a part of a team and I fuck with Black Kray that’s my brother from another ya hear me. After that we eventually all met in New York 2014.

Q: You’ve really been in this for years, you’re a veteran at this point. Out of your extended discography who are your top 3 favorite artists you’ve worked with that aren’t part of Goth money?

A: Shoreline mafia / ASAP Ant / K$upreme

I Fuck with everybody though, shout out my camp too. YSB we got big dogs over there.

Q: What about top 3 producers?

A: Xangang / Working on dying / Rob Surreal

Q: You got songs with all of them on “Pardon My Back”, what’s your favorite song off the tape?

A: Probably “Pressure” or “Loner”.

Q: You got Trap Goth 2 on the way too, when’s that coming out?

A: Real soon man.. Summer for sure, not gon say a specific date.

Q: I know I’m looking forward to it, can you let us in on any collaborations on the project?

A: Got Sickboyrari on the tape, YSB members Wahlioochi and Varre, my boy Ruemaneli and yngx dior .. production wise I got DJ Kenn Rojas, Working On Dying, Xangang, 12MillionGlo..

Q: What are your 3 of your favorite films?

A: Friday / Belly / Menace 2 Society

Q: Those are some classics, who are you going to if you need a video done?

A: Shit bro right now I got in house shooters as well nobody major. I really be random when it comes to who I want to shoot a video for me. 99% of my videos were no budget.

Q: That’s real you just let them come to you, Cavs or Warriors?

A: Warriors! All the way game 6.

Q: Favorite clothing brand right now and all time?

A: FTP & Vlone. Wouldn’t say I got a specific all-time favorite clothing brand I like a lot of shit.

Q: What’s your go-to spot to eat at in your cities?

A: I fuck with Uncle Remus in Chicago and Jimanos Pizza or Mikes Pizza in Waukegan, North Chicago area. In LA I fuck wit Simply D’licious Comfort LA.

Q: What’s the best place you’ve visited so far?

A: Paris & Switzerland. Had my 21st birth day in Amsterdam.

Q: You need a cover art or flyer done, what artist are you hitting up?

A: Shit mane I got some in-house graphic designers I be fucking with. Shout out Stevie Franchise, golden_plx, and Trxntt.

Q: What else do you got in store for the fans this summer?

A: Look out for the gang YSB we getting greazy all summer 2018. Most def doing more shows and probably release some exclusive merch for the fans out there.

Q: Keep your eyes open YSB is going up this summer! You’ve been independent your whole career, can you offer any advice to artists who’ve chosen to take the same route as you.

A: Hard work pays off, you put in the work & you will receive what you deserve. Not everyone gets a spotlight so you got to know what to do when it’s your time to shine. Never let anybody tell you how to be you.

Q: You’re a prime example that that’s all true, I respect how you’ve always stayed solid to yourself. you got anybody you want to shout out before we wrap this up?

A: Shout out the gang YSB OTF, my girl, my OG and free foe nem out the jam long live all the kings and queens.

Q: No doubt I appreciate your time and stay safe out there!

A: Thanks bruh off top you already snow.

 

 

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UVTW Presents: THE TRAPGHANISTAN Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE TRAPGHANISTAN Q&A

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Orlando Vs. The World!

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with one of the most prestigious Art Directors doing it right now, Trapghanistan. These days he stays out in Los Angeles but originally came out of Orlando, Florida. At just the age of 21 he has surpassed many in his field who have been working for years at their craft. He is capable of accomplishing any body of work and has a creative vision that is matched by few, if any. For starters he has recently been working with ASAP Rocky on a few pieces, but has an outstandingly long list of clients that will leave any person in awe. From photography to design, all his work is superior and showcases his unmatched creative ability. The rest of this year holds a lot of surprises and huge ventures for him, I got a chance to ask him about a select few. See for yourself below.

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Q: Who are you and where are you from?

A: I'm Trapghanistan, 21. From Orlando, Florida.

Q: How’d you come up with the name trapghanistan?

A: It’s been my name for like 5 or 6 years now. I always listened to trap music (ATL) & I used to play hella call of duty when I was a kid always loved the look for the Afghanistan maps. So I put both together and my friends fucked with the name and it’s stuck ever since.

Q: Explain what an Art Director is, for those that don’t know.

 A: An Art Director is the person responsible for overseeing the artistic aspects of a company/ brand or artist.

Q: What puts you in a higher spectrum than other people doing Art Direction right now?

A: I got signed before 21 to Alamo / 1017 Eskimo /interscope records .. I’ve already worked with half of everyone’s favorite artists.

Q: Run me through everybody you’ve worked with.

 A: Lil wop,  Gucci Mane, Complexcon, Lil baby, ASAP Mob, Lil Wayne, 40oz Van, YesJulz, Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti, Smokepurrp, Kodak Black, Ski Mask The Slump God, GhostMane, Distorted, Mackned, Trippie Redd, UnoTheActivist, ThouxanbanFauni, XXXTENTACION, Wifisfuneral, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Robert Gallardo, AWOL Erizuki, LVCID, Ian Connor, Team Sesh, Richy Samo, Yung Simmie, Otown Marco, Danny Towers, Vinny Virgo, KidWay, Grownboi Trap, Famous Dex, Richie Souf, Softest Hard, Akhil Sesh, Tommy Swisher, Alamo Records, and Republic Records.

Q: You weren't lying, that really is everybody’s favorite artists. Out of that huge list, who were your top 3 favorite clients?

A: AWGE / YESJULZ / GUCCI MANE

Q: Are you still actively working on AWGE?

A: I am. Shout out to Flacko & Gallardo they making the future right now.

Q: I know you’re a great photographer, is that your favorite form of art?

A: Thank you, yes it is to be honest. Sadly I was robbed for my camera recently but once I get a camera, I’m back at shooting. I’ve shot a lot of people, I love freezing time.

Q: I’m sorry to hear about that, I hope you get back on it soon. What are your favorite images you’ve captured so far?

A: Ski mask / Carti / Ian / Tracy

Q: So you got an art gallery next week, let the people know how to go and support you.

A: Hell yeah thank you!! It’s called the RedRoom I’ll be there with @lovelucyford. On May 27th from 5-8 P.M, 2234 W. Temple St. in Los Angeles.

Q: Pull up at this if you’re in LA! Who’re some people you look up to or that have influenced you?

A: Gallardo / Basquiat / Warhol / CDTHETEAM / @MKBLVCREATES / @Unkleluc

Q: You’re moving to Texas soon too. What’re you doing out there?

A: Don't want to spoil that surprise shout out to my manager, Megan Elle, she making big moves for me.

Q; Understandable. I’m sure whatever it is you’re going to kill it. What can you tell anybody doing art that’s trying to make it out here?

A: Just do it every day til them bags hit, don’t give up, make it a lifestyle, and find the real fans then build.

Q: Absolutely. Appreciate you talking with me and wish you luck in everything to come.

A: Thank you so much for the opportunity let’s do more shit this year. I fuck with the whole brand y’all going up this year much love!!

Make sure to stay in tune with Trapghanistan and check out more of his work in the links below!

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UVTW Presents: THE DOTCOMNIRVAN Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE DOTCOMNIRVAN Q&A

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Sacramento Vs. The World!

[dotcomNirvan] is the rising videographer from Sacramento, California who has made an unbreakable bond with underground legends such as, WINTERTIME, 10 CELLPHONES, & JAY STORM. For those of you that didn't know, WINTERTIME was the artist to have Nirvan pursue videography full time. Building quite an audience & portfolio, the work from Nirvan is something to leave any new viewer in awe. The 21 year old college dropout is clearly on the road to success. After gaining over a million views on videos such as "ALL THE TIME 2" by WINTERTIME & now working closely with 10 CELLPHONES it's not hard to tell he's next up. Nirvan gives us a deep insight of his personal life & much more on this highly-detailed Q&A that we have to share with you all today, take the time out to step into the mind of the mastermind behind the camera of your favorite music videos out now!

 

Q: What’s your name & Where you from?

A: My name is Nirvan Sorooshian. My internet name is DotComNirvan. I’m from Sacramento, California. 916.

Q: How’d you came up with the name “Dotcomnirvan”?

A: People have been mispronouncing my first name, Nirvan, my whole life. Which is cool, but not if you’re trying to build a brand on the internet. So I put Dotcom in front of it because it rhymes and makes my name easier to say. DotComNirvan. I really identify with it.

Q: What made you want to become a videographer?

A: I was in college and I hated it. It felt like I was wasting my potential, and that nobody there really cared about what they were doing, they just wanted to make it to the weekend. I knew I wanted to make music videos, but I didn’t have any rappers to shoot with. So I learned how to animate from YouTube tutorials. I started working on an animated music video for “All The Time 2” by Wintertime. I skipped like a month of classes working on it every single day. When it was done I sent it to Wintertime’s management, and a few hours later they told me it would be the official music video. That’s my favorite rapper of all time, it was so crazy. I dropped out of school the day the video came out, and started pursuing videography full time. Fuck it.

Q: How would you describe your videos?

A: Hopefully all my videos come across as completely different. I want every video to be its whole own universe. I want to move the viewer through the video like a Disneyland ride.

Q: Favorite video you’ve shot + why?

A: Probably “Too Busy” by 10 Cellphones. That video is just so raw and rough around the edges. It’s just real. All my favorite music videos are like that. I also love the Jay Storm “Kehlani” video. That one will always mean a lot to me. That’s like my favorite song of all time. My friend Matt and I were so geeked when Storm hit me up to do that video.

Q: You + 10Cellphones have been killing it w/ visuals lately, how did you two link in the first place?

A: After me and Storm did the Kehlani video, someone tweeted that me and 10 should do a video together. We were both with it, so I went to North Carolina and we shot “Calls” and “Too Busy.” 10 is crazy talented, he’s one of my favorite people to work with because he wants to really make something unique and he brings real ideas to the table. We have this video about to come out… I can’t say too much but I love it. He’s gonna go so far, it’s crazy. Shoutout 10.

Q: If you had to explain your work in one word what would you say?

A: Hard.

Q: How old are you?

A: 21 years yung.

Q: Any artists you want to work with in the future + why?

A: Yung Gleesh. His music is just so ridiculously hard. I know I’m gonna make it happen. Lucki. Greatest rapper alive. Chief Keef. The day I do a Sosa video is the day I can die happy.

If you had to pick one place to shoot a video where would it be + what artist would you choose for it?

Damn that’s a tough question. I’d probably shoot a video with Young Nudy and the whole time he’s walking around a big hotel suite full of naked women still asleep from the night before.

Q:Biggest Inspiration?

A: That feeling I get after I watch a Tarantino movie and walk outside and look at the sky and wonder if I’ll ever make anything half as good. It’s a feeling of despair and excitement. I live for it.

Q: Besides your videos, what’s the best music video of all time to you?

A: “Don’t You Love Me” by Lucki, Directed by Jake Osmun. Nothing comes close to me. It’s so raw. Just puts you right there with him. You really feel that shit. Every word and every sound.

Q: First thing you do when you wake up?

A: Instagram. Then straight to editing.

Q: Biggest accomplishment you’ve made this year or want to make?

A: Probably having a YouTube video with a million views on it (All the Time 2). I always wanted that since I was a kid. It’s still crazy to me. And just being able to make videos for a living. I can’t believe it happened already, I feel so lucky.

Q: What’s next for DotComNirvan?

A: Music videos and cartoons. And movies.

Q: Any shoutouts you want to give out?

A: Shoutout to Wintertime for giving me my start. Shoutout to my real friends, you know who you are. Shoutout anyone who’s ever watched one of my videos. Shoutout UsVsWorld!

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UVTW Presents: THE CORTDOT Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE CORTDOT Q&A

Kansas Vs. The World!

CORTDOT has been gaining a immense amount of notoriety due to his highlighting production with hotshot artists like LUCKI, ATL SMOOK, WARHOL.SS, TRIPPIE REDD, BBYGOYARD etc. The young producer from Wichita, Kansas gives us a brief insight of his life, who inspires him & how he feels about being UP right now! Racking over a million plays on songs like "STARSTRUCT", "YSL", & "DON'T YOU LOVE ME" it's not hard to tell CORTDOT is very important to the underground community. He's done a lot & is nowhere near to being done, read up on this rare Q&A with the rising legend & go spin some of our personal favorites from him down below!

Q: What’s your name & Where are you from?

A: cortdot, wichita ks.

Q: Why the name “Cortdot” is there any background story to it?

A: my real name is cortlin, and I felt like cortdot was pretty cool & easy — a lotta ppl still get it confused w cordot though.

Q: How old are you?

A: 21..... old asl

Q: What inspired you to become a producer?

A: i’ve always wanted to do music, i come from a musical background so i’ve been around it my whole life.  

Q: If you had to choose one program (FL, Logic, or Abelton) which one would it be & why?

A: FL — just cause that’s what I started on and I feel like you can b more creative on it.

Q: Is there anyone you look up to industry related or even family?

A: pierre bourne.

Q: Last message you sent?

A: a text to my moms.

Q: How does it feel working with hotshot artists like Lucki, Warholss, Boofboiicy, Atl Smook, BBYGOYARD etc? Have you met any of them?

A: it’s pretty cool and no I haven’t actually, not in person anyway.

Q: How many beats do you make daily?

A: it just depends, sometimes i’ll make like 6-8 beats in a day, then there’ll be times where i’ll only make like 2 beats all week.

Q: First thing you do when you wake up?

A: check my phone.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment ever since you started producing?

A: probably hitting my 1st mil.

Q: How would you describe your sound?

A: Drip.

Q: Favorite beat you’ve ever made & why?

A: lucki - nothing different because I feel like that beat best describes my sound.

Q: What could we all expect from you in the future?

A: i’m working on my first tape right now, and i’m also in the process of working on my brand (unavailable) so be on the look out for both of those.

Q: Favorite clothing brand out right now?

A: unavailable.

Q: Any other artist you’d like to work with throughout your career?

A: pierre, hoodrich pablo, lil dude, gunna, & valee.

Q: Last question, what are one of your long term goals in life?

A: to have myself & everybody around me eating good.

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UVTW Presents: THE YUNG ICEY Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE YUNG ICEY Q&A

Rock Hill Vs. The World!

Yeah you read the title right! This is the legendary YUNG ICEY Q&A that we are bringing to you guys on this good ass Tuesday! Our main mans Dre met up with the iconic South Carolina producer at a tattoo shop on 6th st in Austin while at SXSW. Here YUNG ICEY is asked a handful of questions like where's he from to the artist he now manages. If you keep up with ICEY you'd know he's got 2 of his artists, RON $O COLD & NGEEYL record deals in the same year while at the same time producing hits after hits that run up to a million in a matter of weeks. The guy really has his work cut out for him & we couldn't be more excited to bring you guys this piece of history in the form of a genuine conversation. Thanks to YUNG ICEY for fucking with us & we hope you guys enjoy this Q&A. Take a mintue to rock out to every song YUNG ICEY has ever produced down below. 

Q: Where you from?

A: Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Q: What was it that made you decide you wanted to become a producer?

A: I just knew I wanted to do something creative something where I can push myself. I couldn’t rap and I wanted to do something with music so I started making beats and shit and just by me watching tutorials I got more and more into and taught myself everything I know.

Q: Was there any specific type of music that made you want to start being involved with music?

A: All types of music from old to new. My family is really cultured like my moms is from Florida her people from the West Indies so it’s really in my blood. I really just love music bro.

Q: Who are some of the artist that you manage?

A: Ron$oCold, SlimeDollaz, NGeeYL. With slimedollaz and NGeeYL I try to help them out a lot and be very hands on with their careers.

Q: How many times you been out here to SXSW?

A: This my first time out here.

Q: Was SXSW what you expected before you came out here?

A: It’s hella people out here bro it’s kinda what I expected though nothing more nothing less.

Q: What’s your favorite tat?

A: I only got one but I’m about to get a new one right now.

Q: What’s the new tat about to be about?

A: It’s my producer tag ‘ICEY IM SO SICK OF YOU’

Q: Where did you get the idea for your Producer Tag?

A: I was messing with this girl and I just told her to send it though and then I later added the effects and all that to it but eventually I’m gonna get different girls to do it from different countries and stuff like that.

Q: What’s some upcoming street wear brands you fucking with right now?

A: Right now I got on that kodone (DEATHat5) I really rock with whoever rocks with me bro like whoever sends me stuff even if it’s wack I might just wear it around the crib or something.

Q: Any upcoming projects in future from Yung Icey?

A: I’m tryna drop a project sometime this year all produced by me with all my artist but I’m really just tryna focus on my artist projects now that we’re getting hit by labels and shit so were focused on well establishing. So it’s more of a process than just dropping music.

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UVTW Presents: A JON PSYCHO Q&A

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UVTW Presents: A JON PSYCHO Q&A

Los Angeles Vs. The World!

This is a JON PSYCHO Q&A, in other words a conversation with the king of horror inspired music videos in the underground right now. The 20 soon to be 21 year old is a videographer/photographer who has worked with names like, DRAKEO THE RULER, DA$H, THOUXANBANFAUNI, ATL SMOOK & much more of your favorites out now. Specializing in cinema, PSYCHO opens up to us & his supporters with each answer he provides to our well thought out questions. After finishing up the LOOSE SKREW TOUR with DA$H, PSYCHO is set to go only higher in notoriety & status as he's the only Director out now putting that horror touch to all his visuals he films. Scroll down below to read up on what inspires JON PSYCHO, where he came from, the first thing he does when he wakes up & a handful of more personal questions shared with the young icon. 

Q: What’s your name & Where you from?

A: Jon Psycho. Originally born in Chicago but raised in Southern California. 

Q: How old are you?

A: 20. I'm about to be 21 in a few days.

Q: Top 3 Inspirations ever?

A: Quentin Tarantino & The movie American Psycho.

Q: What made you want to pick up the camera & shoot timeless videos/take timeless photos?

A: Watching horror films as a kid, making music videos for my friends, and the urge to create something I'm proud of. 

Q: How was it like for you growing up?

A: I grew up in a fairly good situation. I was mostly in my head a lot which in turn made me search for an outlet. 

Q: How would you describe your work to somebody who’s not familiar?

A: Honestly I don't try to describe my work. I just show people to see their reactions. If they like it then they like it. I create for me though. 

Q: What do you want to achieve in 2018 that you haven’t already achieved yet?

A: Placements with bigger artists. Larger budget films so I can express myself better.  & Passion projects, which include my first short film. 

Q: How did you link with artists such as ATL SMOOK, THOUXAN, DA$H & DRAKEO THE RULER?

A: The majority of the situations were through social media. Either they hit me or I had hit them. I established relationships and friendships with them first before I started shooting.

Q: What would one have to do to be able to work with you, meaning how could an artist get their next visual shot by you?

A: Honestly in the position I'm in, I'm the one deciding whether or not I want to shoot with someone. But if they make good music I'm always willing to create with an artist. Also if they have an idea and budget, it makes the process a lot easier. 

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

A: Check my messages. Smoke a cigarette. Take a shower.

Q: What would you tell your #1 fan if you’ve ever met them?

A: I would ask them questions if anything. Like about their passions and what they want to do. I honestly do that cause I'm awkward and can't hold a conversation well so it's the easiest thing to talk about. 

Q: Craziest thing that’s happened in your life?

Going on tour with DA$H. And spinning out on the freeway my homie slim. 

Q: Backwoods or Swishers?

A: Marijuana is a gateway drug. Next question.

Q: Favorite munchie food?

A: White cheddar cheez its and the lime cucumber Gatorade.

Q: Who’s your fav rapper out now?

ATL Smook. BobbyB. & Valee

Q: Last question, Your favorite video you’ve ever shot & why?

A: Chucky by Boofboi and Bandman because I got to really express my love for horror cinema with that one.

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UVTW Presents: BBYGOYARD Q&A

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UVTW Presents: BBYGOYARD Q&A

North Carolina Vs. The World!

We finally got the chance to meet the infamous underground phenom, BBYGOYARD while we were in Austin for SXSW. After sharing a lengthy conversation on 6th street, we got down to business; finding out personal & musical things about the 22 year old artist. The FOREVERWORLD front runner next to BIGBABYGUCCI explains how he used to be a big anime fan & how Chief Keef's "Back From The Dead 2" is the reason he found interest in the underground rap scene. Today he finds himself making hit after hit just waiting for the day he blows all the way up into the star he's soon set to be. Take the time out of your day to find out a little about the heavily versatile artist making impeccable noise out of North Carolina. 

Q: Let's get straight into this, What's your name & Where you from?

A: My name is BBYGOYARD & I'm from a smalll town in North Carolina.

Q: We see you're apart of "FORVERWORLD", what is that?

A: FOREVERWOLRD is a collective but it's pretty much a label at this point & a family full of creatives.

Q: How old are you?

A: 22.

Q: When did you start making music?

A: I started making music when I was 18 but I didnt really start getting into the type of music I make now until about 2 years because before then I was making anime rap. 

Q: Speaking of anime rap, what are your favorite anime's ever? 

A: Well I don't really watch anime like that anymore but if I had to choose it would definitely be DBZ & Attack on Titan.

Q: What made you want to start making music?

A: To be honest bro, I'm not really sure but I've always been into the music scene like Rock & Heavy Metal. It wasn't until I heard Chief Keef & his tape Back From the Dead 2, that shit really made me change up my whole prerogative & perspective on rap. 

Q: We see you have quite a few tattoo's could you tell us a little about them? 

A: Yeah, I have the Baby Angel on my hand cause I'm a Angel Boy for life. I have a shit load of other tat's across my forearm & what not but really it's just a bunch of art bro, my favorite tattoo spot in TOKI TATTOO in Canton, NC. I have the Vivian Westwood logo on my face because I rock with her & what she stands for heavy.

Q: Biggest Inspirations? 

A: VALEE, 10 CELLPHONES, LIL XELLY, it's really just my friends cause we doing some big shit right now I don't really look up to anybody big.

Q: Any upcoming projects & collabs you would like your listeners to know about?

A: I have a tape dropping called "SACRIFICES 2" produced by MAX2K10 which should be dropping in about a month, I have a few features on BigBabyGucci's next tape & I got some stuff coming with 10 CELLPHONES & LIL XELLY.

Q: Describe how it was where you came from?

A: Where I originally came from was some suburbs type shit but we left quick because my moms was a recovering drug addict & shit so it was pretty much rough from there on out.

Q: What Streetwear Brands are you fucking with right now?

A: Right now I'm fucking with a brand out of New York called "HELLWORLD" but you know I also fuck with CDG, LOUIS, a little bit of OFF-WHITE & PALACE here & there.

Q: Did you finish school?

A: Highschool yes, College nah.

Q: You smoke tree? 

A: Hell yeah man I smoke BIG TREE. 

Q: What's your favorite strain? 

A: Back in Maryland it's all GREEN CRACK where I'm from but I really just love weed, bro. I smoke any type as long as it's not mid feel me?

Q: What's a BBYGOYARD studio session like?

A: Fun as hell because I really put my all into what I record. 

Q: What's your best received songs out now?

A: People really rocking with that "HESITATE" produced by LIL RAMBO & that shit I'm on with BigBabyGucci "LEGENDARY GOLD STAR" that ones really going crazy.

Q: Why the name "BBYGOYARD"?

A: I didn't even choose that name, LIL RAVEN actually chose it for me when we were chilling one day, shouts out to him!

Q: Did you fuck with the SGP & Raider Klan Era?

A: Hell yeah! Denzel Curry & Yung Simmie are some big inspirations for me rapping.

Q: :Last Question, What's your go to munchie whenever you're in the studio? 

A: The Jacked Buffalo Doritos & Smart Water. Always gotta stay hydrated. 

 

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UVTW Presents: BASED JEEZUS Q&A

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UVTW Presents: BASED JEEZUS Q&A

Greenville Vs. The World!

This is BASED JEEZUS, a 19 year old photographer/videographer who's made enough noise coming from the state of North Carolina to make it onto our Q&A series. Here we ask him a handful of questions some personal & some of topic & Marcus comes back with full length answers for anybody who's not quite familiar to become hip almost instantly after reading this good ass conversation we've shared with him on here. After traveling to Austin, Texas for SXSW for his first time, he explains how he's been extremely excited for that trip for him to achieve some of the biggest accomplishments he's been wanting to such as shoot for MAXO KREAM, BLOC BOY JB, DRUGRIXH PESO, D SAVAGE, MATT OX & more! Get more in touch with BASED JEEZUS down below & don't be shook when he's the next name you begin to hear more & more in the underground industry. 

Q: To start this off what’s your name & where are you from?

A: My name is Marcus J. Booth and im from Greenville, North Carolina

Q: What was it like for you growing up? Did you have other dreams & aspirations?

A: I Grew Up In A Middle Class Family Living On the Eastside of the city. My family isn’t rich at all but we were far from broke at the same time. on my 11th birthday my dad Brought my first ever camera. it was a Canon Powershot. and that same day i made my first youtube channel. and started making lil action figure videos and PSP tutorials and other typical 11 year old behavior i recorded on camera. and editing them in Windows movie maker on the family PC. At a young age i knew art was my love and passion and what i was gonna chase to the grave. In middle & school i was involved in sports such as Football and Track. Track Helped me get to College where im currently a Mass Communication major with a minor in Digital Art. my second year of College i quit the track team because it started taking away from Shooting videos and perfecting my craft and most importantly. Money. i chose my camera over alot of things growing up and i dont regret one bit pushing things that didnt contribute to videography out my life.

Q: Why the name “BasedJeezus”?

A: In middle school i was a HUGE Lil B fan. The Based God. The way Lil B explains the term “Based” is being the best you you can be without worry about anyone else’s opinions about you. and what anyone says about you. i was a weirdo in high school but everyone still fucked with me aside from all the weird shit i used to wear and the weird shit i used to do. from hairstyles to my clothes. and i did that all freely with no care. my first and current instagram page i ever made the name was BasedJeezus. and at times i had thoughts of changing it but never could find anything to fit. basedjeezus stuck with me so hard cause it literally fits my personality on all levels.

Q: First thing you do when you wake up?

A: Tell myself im great and im unstoppable over and over in the morning in between me showering and brushing my teeth and washing my face. i feel like if you self motivate yourself early on it shapes your day. a positive mindset will have you having a 100% positive day

Q: What’s your creative process, meaning what’s something that gets you going before you shoot a video?

A: My mind is very Abstract. so whenever i listen to music i envisioned the video like im doing for the artist im listening to. i sit around and look at art online or just look at other music videos. never to jack styles but to obtain the same art pattern and put my own approach on it. so when it comes time to shoot. i got a whole layout on how ima shoot and edit in post-production from the time of the shoot till the time its rendered out.

Q: We know that buying the necessities to be a videographer can be expensive, so how’d you get a hold of everything needed to shoot a video?

A: Being in college helped me get the tools of mass destruction that i need. The average college kid whenever they get their refund would go spend it on clothes, a car, or something they always wanted. Me on the other hand i blew my first refund last year this time on a camera & and then this year i blew it all on a new editing only laptop. Im still got one more tool i need to grab as a personal item and ill have officially everything i need to make it to where i need to be.

Q: How would you describe your visuals you create?

A: Aesthetic, Stupefying, Keen i could honestly go on. I strive to make every visual different than the previous one. i honestly love being versatile. i like being different areas of Videography & Cinematography. it makes me more marketable to a wide selection of artists

Q: Who/What inspires you the most?

A: i like looking at art alot. i like going to Art Museums. i like to sit around and watch other visuals on youtube that are really sharp and would probably cause someone to have epilepsy if they was to watch what i usually watch. i like visuals that really play with the human brain such as people like LONEWOLF. probably my main inspiration right now.

Q: Your fav visual you shot so far?

A: Kale Hunter - Jewelry Off. Jewelry Off by itself was already my favorite song so when me and Kale linked i already knew i had to push my creativity to match the level of his song cause it was already up there like it was. so i really put alot of effort and stressed and stayed up late nights to create literally a masterpiece and the cleanest vid i ever made

Q: One goal you want to accomplish in 2018?

A: i already accomplished my goal for 2018 and it was to get my foot officially in the door of the music industry, get another step further & start getting in tune with bigger artist. & i did all of that when i went to Austin, Texas a couple of days ago for SXSW. It was amazing. shot photos for rappers such as Drugrixh Pe$o, Maxo Kream, Matt OX, D Savage & more it definately exposed my strengths and weaknesses and it helped me become a better photographer/videographer.

Q: Fav streetwear brand out right now?

A: American Hardcore. Samo is a genius for creating a bread so edgy & true itself.

Q: How old are you?

A: 19 Years Old

Q: Who’s your fav artist you like working with & why?

A: I honestly dont have a favorite Artist i work with. i like all my clients each one of them give me different tools to become better and they really help me out & i appreciate them more than anything for letting them trust me with their vision

Q: Top 3 visuals ever?

A: Kale Hunter - Jewelry Off RookDiddy - Tension Lil $car - Ed Edd Eddy

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UVTW Presents: THE LONESOME CHILD Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE LONESOME CHILD Q&A

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Charlotte Vs. The World!

Roaming around Charlotte for the past year, Lonesome Child has been making some serious noise. The Queen City local wields his VHS everywhere he goes and that translates to some out of this world documentaries with some of your favorite artists. Whether he's shooting with the underground's premiere shooter, 10cellphones or showcasing some new Fashion Criminal with 006 Set's Lil Fetti, this 16 year old film maker is ready to take over the internet.

Q: I know you’ve probably heard this question a bunch of times, but the people need to know. What’s your name, how old are you, what do you do, and where are you from?

A: My name is Eric, a very basic name. I’m sixteen, I do videography, and I’m from Charlotte!

Q: When did you start filming? What about holding a camera was so intriguing to you?

A: I started filming last year. It took me awhile to find a replacement battery. I’ve just grown a attachment with the camcorder; it’s just wonderful to catch motion images of lovely beings.

Q: How did you get your hands on a VHS camera like that? The one you own is the craziest one i’ve seen.

A: I got my hands on my VHS camera from my sister who actually owns it, but she got it from my dad who placed it on the side of the road.

Q: What purpose do the documentaries you post all over your Instagram serve? What message do you want to convey?

A: The purpose of the documentaries I post on Instagram serve a visual representation of unique beings. The message I am conveying is to just do what serves you happiness in this existence.

Lonesome is one of the most down to earth people i've ever met. He's willing to put the subject from himself and that's what makes him such a good film maker. This guy isn't leaving the spot unless every single shot is up to his standards. 

Q: Who’s your biggest inspirations when it comes to this? Who or what made you pick up a camera in the first place?

A: White Trash Tyler is my inspiration just because he’s picked up vintage camcorders and rebirths in this era of technological advancements beyond that. Being lonesome made me pick up the camcorder because I had nothing else that made me happy. 

Q: What’s your favorite part about filming?

A: My favorite part about filming is going back home and watching it.

Q: What music do you like to listen to when put all your clips together?

A: I listen to David Bowie when I put all my clips together.

Q: Who’s your favorite person you’ve ever filmed and who do you want to shoot for in the future?

A: My favorite person I’ve ever filmed was Andy Schenk. I’ll have the two hour edited version soon. He narrated a lot of the footage.

Andy Schenk x Lonesome Child documentary coming very soon. Just to give you guys some incite and a sneak peak of what's to come, it's just me, some friends, and some special guests just living life. We went to some parties and even pulled up to a crazy ass show (fuck 12 though). Once we get it on DVD, you'll see what i'm talking about.

Q: I know that you’re somewhat into the fashion scene with your sick shots from the Fashion Criminal pop-up. What are some of your favorite designers/brands at the moment?

A: I don’t really have any favorite designers/brands, I just followed trends and haven’t bought any streetwear clothes in months if i'm being honest.

Q: In your opinion, who are the hardest artists from our city (Charlotte)?

A: The hardest artists from Charlotte are clay.ots & APOLLO! They’re underrated.

Q: What’s one word or phrase that you would use to describe your visuals?

A: One word that I would use to describe my visuals are philosophical.

Q: Have you ever thought of upgrading to a better camera or is it VHS for life?

A: I haven’t thought of upgrading to a “better” camera because I’m simply broke, and VHS is working out.

Q: What’s your biggest goal that you want to accomplish by the end of 2018?

A: My biggest goal that I want to accomplish by the end of 2018 is to have everything figured out. I want some success from this. I depend on it.

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UVTW Presents: LIL XELLY Q&A

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Maryland Vs. The World!

Get to know LIL XELLY on his very first Q&A courtesy of us here at UsVersusTheWorld! We've always got you covered with the hidden talents making noise from anywhere in the world! XELLY goes on to tell us his inspirations, who he looks up to, how he feels about the underground scene & more! After recently delivering a well received project titled "XELLYWORLD" it's no telling what else he has in store for 2018. Read up on our conversation with Rockville's buzzing sensation below & get in tune with his latest releases on his Soundcloud!

Q: To start off, what is your name & where are you from?

A: I'm LIL XELLY out of Rockville, Maryland.

 Q: When did you start making music?

A: I started rapping at a young age I don't really remember exactly when but I was always writing. 

Q: Who would you say you looked/look up to musically?

A: I looked up to my brother, EAZY-E, WARHOL.SS etc.

Q: What is your favorite song right now?

A: My favorite song right now is Phase by GUNNA. 

Q: What is your favorite song you have made?

A: I don't have a favorite song because I really have a lot of music like it's unbelievable

Q: How do you want people to receive your music?

A: All of my music will be on souncloud until further notice.

Q: How long did it take you to make your extensive mixtape at the end of last year?

A: It took me at least like 30 days to make new songs but even some of those ain't go on the tape. I just wanted to share my growth.

Q: If you could have any pair of shoes right now what would they be?

A: Black cement 3's or Cherry 12's.

Q: What is your biggest motivation for making music?

A: My biggest motivation is myself & I don't really know how to explain that. 

Q: So for Xelly’s World you decided to do a different cover for every song, was that a plan the whole time or did it happen to work out that way?

A: Yeah the plan was to have different types of art for each song just for different reasons but really to try something more eye catching to my listeners & whoever else is listening. 

Q: You’ve worked with a lot of great artists and continue to, who have been some of your favorites?

A: WIFIGAWD, GRIMM DOZA, ALVINXABYSS , SUB9K hopefully more this year.

Q: Now that we’ve made some progress in the year, how do you feel about the future of 2018?

A: I don't have any plans but to drop as much content as last year I'm just building.

Q: How do you feel about the status of rap right now?

Rap right now is just too easy it's people just rapping for months & get on I don't fuck with that. 

Q: Whats your go to food when you’re in the studio?

Pizza.

Q: Coming from a place like Rockville, do you feel like an underdog at all?

A: Yes coming from here you get no love from your peers they will love me later though

Q: Is there anything you wanna say to our readers?

A: I love all my fans & my supporters big things coming this year.. but get ready for #FYX4 shout out usversusworld!

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UVTW Presents: GABELAMANE Q&A

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UVTW Presents: GABELAMANE Q&A

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DEADSTEAD Vs. The World!

Meet one of South Florida's most promising underground stars who goes by the name of GABELAMANE. The HOMESTEAD native gives viewers a front row to his life as an artist & as an individual living in a small town just south of Miami, Florida. He gives us a very detailed Q&A in which he goes on to say how the collective "BRAINDEAD" came to be, shouts out to the rest of the guys as well, OTTO, JERRZI & DANNY HILL$! GABE brings an insanely versatile sound to the plate, while letting it be known he will always pay homage to those who inspired him to be what he is now. Read for yourself our deep & personal conversation in which we've had the opportunity to partake in, with BRAINDEAD's own, GABELAMANE below & hear some of his hit tracks on Soundcloud as well!

Q: What’s your name & Where you from?

A: Name is GabeLaMane from a pretty small shitty town down south in Homestead Florida.

Q: What made you want to start making music?

A: A lot of things led to making music, mostly my homies in my group. I started off just wanting to make my own streetwear brand, and the homies really pushed me to make music cause they saw something in me I think, I’ve always loved music, but when this underground scene came into play I fell in love with it since day one since the Raider Klan days, Black Smurf, Bones all of that it was so raw and uncensored and really transparent and that shit was cool to me and I knew I wanted to make a name for myself in that world because I know a couple years down the line, what myself and everyone else is doing in this game will be looked at as history.

Q: How did the collective “BRAINDEAD” come to be?

A: I met everyone in BRAINDEAD in high school we all went to the same school, and we were just homies not even super tight yet. And one day I heard that first Earl tape, and it changed my life, I saw these dudes were doing whatever they wanted and did it with their friends and didn’t give a fuck what anybody said and you can just tell it was all organic and I wanted to be apart of something like that. So me and my boy Jerzi spoke about it but we didn’t make music at all but we knew Danny and Otto did we came to them pretty much saying were gonna handle the streetwear/image part of things and you guys just keep making music and we’ll all help each other out. But long story short they helped us get into the making music part and taught me everything I know when it comes to that and ill always be thankful. Those guys are my brothers, and I wouldn’t wanna be doing it with anyone else.

Q: Describe your music with one word?

A: Versatile

Q: We noticed you changed your name, Is Soulja Mane nomore? & if so why’d you choose Gabe La Mane?

A: I originally started with GabeLaMane and then came out with Soulja Mane because really my favorite rapper ever is Master P, and I was into making that heavy hitting sorta trap vibes but as time went, I started experimenting with other sounds just trying to be as versatile as I could and felt like being Soulja Mane was trapping me in a box and I felt limited and my mentality in this world is I live my life with no limits. So it just felt right to go back to my roots and be GabeLaMane so I can show everyone I’m much more then just one sound pretty much.

Q: How old are you?

A: I’m 19

Q: What’s a studio session with you like, & do you write your lyrics or is it all off the dome?

A: Studio sessions with me are for the most part pretty fast, I wish I could spit off the dome some hard shit but na, I write a whole song in about 15 minutes, and take most of my time on the recording process getting it down till me and the homies are satisfied with it.

Q: Who/What influences you the most?

A: Im influenced by a lot of the prior people that did it before me, and I’m alright with saying that a lot of these rappers are scared to pay homage to those who did it before them or even their contemporaries now, but ill always show love if I genuinely fuck with you. Im influenced a lot by groups in a whole, like the whole Awful Records movement how they did it so genuinely and want to see all their homies make it. Also the whole ASAP movement, RIP YAMS. And another one is Buffet Boys, they really got great energy and they earned everything they got, Ive had a chance to kick it with some of them and those people are just genuinely good people and shit like that influences me.

Q: What do you plan on accomplishing in 2018?

A: Being more of myself, making more music, prospering with my brothers. Really trying to get a chance to get that platform to show the world our art.

Q: Favorite streetwear brand out now?

A: My favorite Streetwear brand is Wendigo thats some new shit me and a couple of my friends are coming out with now y’all will see soon enough. Do you have any upcoming projects or songs releasing soon? Im recording a project now, but for now on whats ready to release I got a few singles I’m about to put out with some special features. I got a song coming out with two pretty well known artists details coming soon, I also got a crazy track me and my boy Otto that he’s going to release pretty soon with some crazy visuals. More music more everything soon you feel me.

Q: If you could work with any artist at the moment who would it be & why?

A: If I could work with anyone right now it would probably be Yung Lean, his shit has always been crazy always someone I’ve looked up to in this game. He’s really doing this shit for him and doesn’t care if anyone likes it, plus his music is crazy and we would cook up some wild shit.

Q: Top 3 mixtapes ever? This is tough but top 3 ever. The Earl tape, Back From The Dead 2 by Keef, and this isn’t considered a mixtape but I saw it as that the Tales From the Underground by Raider Klan.

A: Will we ever get another BRAINDEAD project? Most definitely, Receptive Death Vol. 2 is about to be put in the works.

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UVTW Presents: STEEZDESIGNS Q&A

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UVTW Presents: STEEZDESIGNS Q&A

Spokane Vs. The World!

We've had the time to reach out to one of Spokane's most dedicated/talented graphic artist & clothing designer who goes by the name of STEEZDESIGNS. We break down a little bit of STEEZ & who he is as a person in the creative underground scene as he's slowly making a name for himself in the Pacific Northwest. While building up a few credits from the likes of our favorite artists in the industry, STEEZ shows he's more than determined to make this year a positive one for him & his growing audience that his art attracts. Read up on our round of personal questions we gave STEEZ to answer & understand him as a creative so that whoever is reading will become a fan of what he brings to the table!

Take a look at his portfolio below:

steezindustries.wixsite.com/portfolio   

 

Q: What’s your name & Where are you from?

A: Steven McCracken, I’m from Spokane Washington.

Q: What made you want to design art?

A: I’ve drawn my entire life and when it came to picking a career I figured arts the thing I’ve put the most hours into so why not make it my living. It’s also the thing I enjoy doing most in my off time.

Q: Who/What influences you the way most?

A: Famous artists and their art have always been interesting to me, but I feel like most of my inspiration comes from seeing other kids doing the same thing as me make it. Whether they’re graphic designers, producers, rappers, or whatever I’ve seen so many kids go from ten followers to working with their favorite artists within years. It really gives me the hope that I’ll be joining them in the near future.

Q: What is one thing you want to achieve in 2018?

A: Last year I drove myself to the edge of insanity by setting myself too high of goals. So for this year the only real thing I want to do is make better art and stay positive, and I think achievements will come along with that.

Q: Describe your work in one word?

A: Steez.

Q: Best cereal?

A: They just brought back Oreo Os, no other cereals compare.

Q: What is your art process, meaning what do you like to do/hear when creating?

A: I’ll usually just get a little high and drink some coffee or a redbull to keep me motivated lol. Then I’ll usually throw on either some instrumentals or MF DOOM, something lowkey like that so I can focus. That’s just my ideal environment though I’m usually working in a loud living room at my house with 6 roommates.

Q: We see you have quite a few credits.. any other artist you would like to work with?

A: So many, Some of the biggest though would be Famous Dex, Retch, Yung Bans, ASAP Ferg, and some of the greats like MF Doom and Sosa but idk if those will ever happen.

Q: One thing you would tell your biggest fan?

A: If you want to be an artist or do whatever you’re passionate about, the hardest part is going to be not quitting. Im over two years into this and I’m just now getting some recognition, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost quit, but if it’s truly your passion quitting simply isn’t an option -

Q: Top 3 mixtapes?

A: Damn of all time would probably go Capital Steez - Amerikkkan ASAP Ferg - Ferg Forever Danny Brown - Detroit State Of Mind 4 -

Q: Any future plans for your clothing?

A: Got a ton planned over the next year, hopefully including a new website. As of right now I don’t have the funds or the following to be really successful with a clothing though so I want to wait until cover art takes off a little more and then when this isn’t fun to me anymore I’ll be able to turn my full attention to my own art and a clothing line. It may not be real soon but keep your eyes out for some Steez collections they’re coming.

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UVTW Presents: BLACKLENSES Q&A

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UVTW Presents: BLACKLENSES Q&A

Phoenix Vs. The World!

We would love to introduce a very special feature on our Q&A series, Jayla aka BLACKLENSES. Jayla is a photographer from Phoenix, Arizona who's photos speak a thousand words while being entirely in black & white. If we do say so ourselves, that's exactly what makes her photography stand out. She's taken images of countless living legends such as the late, LIL PEEP, PLAYBOI CARTI, TRACY, THOUXANBANFAUNI, UNOTHEACTIVIST & many more! Just a few days ago, we had the opportunity to ask her a few personal questions regarding her role as a photographer. Take the time out to familiarize yourself with a creative who is making a name for herself one step at a time out of her hometown in Phoenix. 

Take a look below at her website & a few pictures from her portfolio below: 

BLACKLENSES.US

Q: What’s your name & where are you from? 

A: Jayla Lawrence (BLACKLENSES) I'm 21 & from Phoenix

Q: What is “BLACKLENSES” & what does it mean to you? -

A: When I first started shooting i slowly began to realize I needed some kind of branding behind my photos & since I shoot mostly black & white the name ended up sticking.

Q: What made you want to become a photographer? -

A: In high school I was a band kid who didn't see themselves trying to be a musician after graduating but since I also studied Graphic design, photography was always around. I picked up a camera in class one day junior year & stopped going to band. From there I started taking pictures around the neighborhood & of my friends , I guess it carried on into adulthood too. making memories for people is fulfilling.

Q: Who/What inspires you the most? -

A: Films, Guillermo Del Torro & Larry Clark are my top two directors right now

Q: Describe the feelings your photos give off? -

A: It honestly depends on which photo you're looking at, some are a darker vibe than others

Q: We see that you have merch & it’s called “RESPECT THE SHOOTER”, what made you want to bring that to life? -

A: Visual artists don't get a lot of respect working in this industry, I've had a few of my photos stolen, used without accreditation etc. That's mostly where the idea came from, frustration & wanting to make something that I felt I could wear when I'm shooting as well as any other visual artist.

Q: One of your fav photos you’ve taken? -

A: The portraits of Carti

Q: What’s one thing you want to achieve this year? 

A: Go on a gallery tour & shoot a short film.

Q: Craziest thing that’s happened in your life? 

A: I'm not too sure to be honest

What was it like taking pics for Lil Peep, Tracy, Thouxan, Uno etc? Like how did that come about? 

A: I had a couple mutual friends of Fauni & they asked if I was interested in coming to the show. I pulled up , got a couple shots and that's were Uno & I met. I text Uno the day after the show & we linked up and had a photoshoot at the house, they're great people so it was fun. Back in 2016 is when I ending up meeting Gus he came out & performed at the Suicide Boys show, it was an interesting experience. I barely just turned 20 & he was 19 at the time , we thought it was cool to see other & other people our age making moves like that. I met Tracy in October last year. I shot his set & we kicked it in the green room while I filmed for a little bit ,he's probably one the quietest people I've met.

Q: Favorite cereal?

A: Coco Pebbles

Q: Your biggest fear?

A: I don't like snakes or birds

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UVTW Presents: THE COLESROBOT Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE COLESROBOT Q&A

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Charlotte Vs. The World!

UsVersusWorld's own and one of my best friends, COLESROBOT has been in the conversation as one of the most creative artists hailing from CLT. I've been following his work for over 3 years and his constant progression is something I've been able to see first hand. Many have wanted me to pick the brain of this 19 year old trendsetter and now here is his first published interview. Read the full interview below and check out my favorite pieces of art by Cole right here:

- To get this interview started, let’s get the easy stuff out of the way. Who are you? How old are you? Where are you from?

"My name’s Cole Klapheke, I’m a digital visualist and I’m 19. I’m from Charlotte, NC but I live in San Jose right now."

- Where did the nickname “colesrobot” come from?

"So I had ‘@colemanklapheke’. That was me. That was my personal account. Colesrobot was supposed to literally be 'my robot'. Well I had different passwords, and I guess someone happened to know the colemanklapheke password, hacked me on twitter and instagram and deleted my accounts. So I just kept colesrobot and built from there."

- You’ve worked with a lot of artists whether it’s cover art or even some wild ass edits. Who has been your favorite artist to work with?

"I think one of my favorite people to work with is honestly WesX. He has really good direction and I feel as if he has a good sense of how people's styles work."

- Many know you’re the co-creator for UsVersusWorld. How did you and Jay come together and how did this blog come to life?

"So about a year ago I was getting into all this. I knew no one. I knew the locals in Charlotte, but I did not know there was this whole scene where even if someone doesn't know you, they know of you. So one of my friend who raps, Sleepy said he was managed by this dude Jay Danza and my friend Delux was too. So me, not knowing shit, I’m like 'I need a manager, man.' So I hit up Javon and he knew who I was already and he said he was down. I feel like a lot of people overlook it but Javon really took me under his wing and I’m still under there. I'm still young as shit and going through the dumbest shit all the time and he’s hella patient with me and really helps me get a sense of strategy in all this. Us Versus The World is just the start of amazing ideas me and Javon got."

- I’ve seen that you have been working with different landscapes in your most recent work on your social media. Is there a deeper meaning behind that or am I digging too deep?

"My more recent work has actually been more focused on taking the skills I have and making this almost painting-like digital collage style. I’ve been trying to convey more feelings and depth. I honestly might even be a little emotional when I’m creating. I’m glad you noticed. I really like having this aura of mystery and cloudiness in my work. I feel like it leaves a lot of room for people’s brains."

Cole's work is meant to leave us wondering; keeping interpretations up for grabs. It's more than art. It can be a conversation. He's trying to grab admirer's attention by trying to showcase a certain feeling or emotion. The mystery is what makes Cole's work so captivating to his fans.

- I know you were a huge fan and even met Lil Peep. Having said that, if you could create artwork for anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

"Lil Peep was super crazy to meet and I feel like he was one of those people on a similar brain wave as me. I really would’ve loved to work with him. Honestly if I had to pick someone I think that it would be Montell2099 . If you havent heard of that guy he's ridiculous. His music is insane and I have a feeling my visuals would go great with it."

- Could you give an explanation behind the videos you make. They’re all so atmospheric and trippy. What is the purpose behind them?

"Honestly a huge part that goes into a lot of my art is me getting pretty high and just going to some place in my mind that I think is beautiful at the time. The videos are for aesthetic pleasure and to create something high quality for people to be exposed to. It's so important to spread quality art."

Who are you biggests influences when it comes to your art?

"I’m honestly influenced by the designer Math and I fuck with Jackson Pollock. I go to a lot of ravey shit and certain substances take me to dope places in my mind. I really try to find a lot of real world, natural stuff that inspires me."

- What’s the biggest difference between North Carolina and California?

"Honestly people are supportive in california. They know the difference between quality and bs. They understand how a cohesive society should work and execute it well. NC is a beautiful place but everyone kind of minds their business and sticks to themselves."

- What’s one word you’d use to describe yourself?

"Little bitch"

- I remember when you were putting your art on clothing not too long ago. Are you going to expand on that any time soon?

"That's a little hush hush. I’m sorry." 

Translation: Expect some crazy Colesrobot clothing this year.

- What advice can you give any artist trying to make it?

"The most important thing to do as an artist is keep going. Life is not easy and if you don't have passion and hard work behind your shit it really feels like nothing is going anywhere. You can't stop, you never know when youre about to get subbed in to the game."

- What’s an excuse artists use that pisses you off the most?

"Any excuse pisses me off. Everyone comes from everywhere and is going through some sort of struggle. Being an artist isn't easy for anyone."

- What can fans expect from you this year?

"This year I’m working with as many people as possible. I feel like with the new style I’ve been using I could collaborate with a dope drawing artist. I’m gonna really work on getting my name out to a lot of bigger artists and continue to build my platform."

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UVTW Presents: THE KALE K Q&A

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UVTW Presents: THE KALE K Q&A

Charlotte Vs. The World!

A few days ago we got the chance to ask one of Charlotte's rising stars a handful of questions so that the fans & everyone supporting could get to know the artist on a whole other level through his own perspective. To say the least, we are truly inspired by KALE HUNTER. His work speaks for itself & stands out on it's own. His delivery & versatility is insane and his songs will put anyone in a great fucking mood. KALE K has been making noise out of the Queen City for quite some time & plans on making 2018 his breakthrough year & from the looks of his most recent release. It's becoming more than evident that his rise will happen! Take the time to read up on who KALE HUNTER truly is & why he is going to be the next big star in the upcoming year!

Q: Alright to start this off, Where'd you get the name KALE K from & why do you consider yourself a Kardashian?

A: I wanted my name to be something dealing with money &  I chose "HUNTER"  because I'm chasing the money.

Q: Explain your music to a new listener in one word?

A: Pretty. 

Q: What's the first thing you do when you wake up?

A: Look myself in the mirror & smile. 

Q: Explain a "KALE K" studio session? 

A: There has to be a big ass picture up on the wall of myself & there has to be a different color in the room, preferably pink or red. 

Q: Where do you see yourself 2 years from now?

A: I see myself driving a pink Hummer then laying down in a pink room with 10 bitches all around.

Q: If you were to ever meet your #1 fan what would you do/tell them? 

A:  I would grant him the next 3 months of fucking bitches & having nonstop kush smoke.

Q: What upcoming projects do you have planned?

A: Prettiest Flexer Ever should be dropping at the top of January or this month.

Q: What is "PINK" music?

A: "PINK" music puts you in a happy place & it calms you down.

Q: Top 3 mixtapes of all time? 

A: Back From The Dead, Barter 6, & Pretty Boy Swag. 

Q: Any Charlotte artist you fuck with?

A: Ron$oCold, Jay Storm, 10CELLPHONES, $MINK, MELYCASHIER, Anzier

Q: Why is Charlotte important to you? 

A: Charlotte is my hometown. I really only want all the bitches here though, that's why it's important. 

Q: Last question, what is your favorite rolling/strain?

A: Woods & Girl Scout Cookies.  

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UVTW Presents: PICOTHAPLUSMAN++ Q&A

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UVTW Presents: PICOTHAPLUSMAN++ Q&A

Baton Rouge Vs. The World!

We present to you the PICOTHAPLUSMAN++ Q & A. The buzzing artist from Louisiana that makes music to vibe to and holds a place in your favorite playlist. Thanks to his manager @WHOTFISMAR for having us feature him onto our pages for the first time. He has been an artist on our radar for quite some time now. The rapper on the rise has a project on its way titled "TIMELESS" that is destined to be his breakthrough. With the opportunity to get closer with the man behind the rap, don't forget to stay updated with new moves, music and sounds.

Q: What's your name & Where are you from?

A: "PICO" BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA++

Q: What is your fav cereal?

A: Captain Crunch++

Q: Fav clothing brand out now?

A: "Naked And Famous"

Q: Top 3 Inspirations? - "MOMS, MYSELF, And OKANE"++

Q: What made you want to start rapping? -My Big Brother Marquez++

Q: How can you describe your music?

A: "REFRESHING AND MOTIVATIONAL"++

Q: Artists you want to work with?

A: None At Tha Moment Prolly Later On Down The Line I'll Know, But For Now Im Just Honing My Style And Perfecting My Craft To Be Tha Best Rapper Out++

Q: What can we expect from you in the near future?

A: Currently Working On My Newest Project Titled "TIMELESS" No Release Date Yet , But It Should Be Dropping No Later Than August++

Q: Fav album of all time?

A: "The College Dropout"++

Q: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

A: Making Investments To Further Make Sure For Tha Rest Of My Life Myself And My Family Are Taken Care Of++

Q: Swishers, Backwoods, or Raws?

A: None of those++ I Like Big Blunts So I Prefer To Roll Phillies Cigars And When Im On Tha Go Optimos++

Q: How did you come up with your name?

A: My Homie Xan Started Calling Me "PICO" In High School After Getting Loaded Watching "Paid In Full" One Day++ I Always Put Tha Double "++" Behind Everything So People Just Started To Call Me "PLUSMAN"++

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UVTW Presents: FXNESSE2X Q&A

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UVTW Presents: FXNESSE2X Q&A

Yesterday I had the the opportunity to have a Q&A with one of the hardest working producers in the underground scene right now, he goes by the name of FXNESSE2X. I've always seen his name credited at the end of a lot of my favorite songs & I wanted to get to know him as a person & also a producer. This guy has big time credits & his beats are out of this world! The future for FXNESSE2X is very bright,  don't be surprised if you begin to see his name everywhere. Read below to find out exactly who FXNESSE2X is! 

 

JD: What's your name? & Where you from?

F2X: My name is TJ but my stage name is FXNESSE2X, a couple of my friends call me fxnesse tho. I'm from Nashville, Tennessee. To be more specific Antioch, TN which is a area in Nashville. Almost like a small town but not really. That's where I consider I'm from, this is where I grew up.

JD: Backwoods, Raws, Or Swishers?

F2X: Really white grape games or green games, swishers would be my 2nd choice. I can fuck with woods if you don't roll limp ass shits

JD: What made you want to start producing?

F2X: Honestly I always had the like feeling of being a producer since a little kid. I use to hum songs but in my head I always added extra sounds or maybe singing you feel me? I didn't actually start doing it until like 8th grade on my iPod lmao. So it's been like 6 years give or take. I still remember telling my family that's what I wanted to be when I grew up for the first time too.

JD: At what age did you start producing?

F2X: About 13 or 14.

JD: What's your fav clothing brand right now?

F2X: I'd say 10deep, don't have much of it but def one of my favs. I really just rock whatever looks cool, nice quality all that good shit. I really wanna rock more upcoming street wear instead of shit everyone wears tho.

JD: Who's some of the artists you work with? & will we see more placements from you in the future?

F2X: So far I've worked with SAHBABII, UNOTHEACTIVIST, ATL SMOOK, DSAVAGE, FREHIE, BLVCK LONDON, me and MAR90s got shit in the cut too, but that's for some of the more notable placements, S/o to all of the ones I have worked with though it's just too many to name. And of course I'm always working. Freshie and I have more shit that's actually confirmed and it's super hard all of them. As for the others I've named we'll see what happens.

JD: Who's some of the artist & producers you would like to work with?

F2X: Mannnnn I wanna work with THOUXANBANFAUNI the most. Always been a fan of him. Then FAMOUS DEX and CARTI and UZI. definitely more with Uno and SAHBABII. Other than that no one really that I can think of off the top of my head. Been kinda sleep on all the new music dropping in the underground scene honestly.

JD: How can you describe your sound?

F2X: I'd describe it as really melodic, almost dark but light at the same time. Real wavy shit. Some shit you can really vibe and like rap rap on, not no diamonds on my wrist bitch on my dick shit. I'm trying to start a new trend cuz everyone sounds the same now. Gotta stand out and you can't do that if you can't tell this producer from the next without his tag in it.

JD: Long term goals?

F2X: I just want to make it to a point I can live comfortably off of making beats. I don't have to be metro level and ones like him, but I do wanna die a legend and that's all. I'm making my mark on the game soon.

JD: Last question, when's the highest you've ever been?

F2X: Lmfaoooo man one time I smoked a fat ass joint with my homie Marley before school one morning and I was so fucking high I was sweating like a mf and it was like 20 degrees outside. Everybody on there thought I was tweakin fr lmfao.

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