Hello! Thank you for having me! I’ve been extremely happy since my first project has finally released.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Can’t Run Away”?
Of course! “Can’t Run Away” is one of my favorite tracks off of my latest EP, Lily of the Valley. This song focuses on depression, anxiety, and the experiences that occured while I was in one of the darkest stages of my life. All three verses within the song were written at different stages of my depression. When I initially developed the concept of this song, I didn’t expect to use three short random raps that I originally wrote just to express how I felt in that very moment when I wrote them. I was going to start the entire song from scratch, but I didn’t because I knew I had short raps and poems on depression on deck. Writing about it every now and then helped me managed a lot of my aggressive emotions.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
That moment when I realized I was no longer in that dark place, I became inspired to write this particular song. I wanted people to know that no matter how bad things get, you should never run away from your problems. Just take a deep breath, feed your mind, and take one step at a time.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I have auditions coming up soon for someone to play the lead role!
The single comes off your new album Lily of the Valley – what’s the story behind the title?
Lily of the Valley is a flower that blooms in the darkness. It blooms better in the shade, unlike other flowers, which become lifeless in the shade. I took the idea of a flower and metaphorically used it describe myself. Just like the Lily of the Valley, I still bloom even in the shade. No matter what I overcome in life, I will grow, learn, and educate others through my experiences instead of letting get the best of me. So throughout my EP, it begins with a darker vibe and transitions to a more up-beat one. I speak on what triggered me to become depressed and how I managed to get out of the darkness and grow from it.
How was the recording and writing process?
Surprisingly, the writing/recording process was the easiest part about all of this. The writing process took about 2-3 weeks since some of the verses in my EP came from previous verses or poems that I had already. I’ve had most of my rhymes written for the EP for awhile, I just needed to figure out how to put it all together to tell a story that makes sense.
How has Selena influenced your music?
Selena influences my music in many ways. She’s the reason why I was inspired to take a different path than most female rappers. Even though her music is completely different from mine, we both carry the same thing which is passion. I look up to Selena for her music, but I mostly love her for the character that she was. She was always positive and stayed true to herself. No matter how big she became, she always remained Selena Quintanilla.
What role does Illinois play in your writing?
Illinois doesn’t really play a huge role in my writing. I write globally, not locally.
What aspect of the Valley and old school hip hop did you get to explore on the record?
I was experiencing many of those vibes from beginning to end. Old school hip hop is the reason I rap the way that I do. That’s where the majority of my inspiration comes from if not all of it.
Where else did you find the inspirations for the songs and lyrics?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs and lyrics come from my personal experiences in college which is clearly evident, but a lot of my inspiration also comes from the stories I hear from others who are experiencing the same, if not worse. There were too many stories of young people taking their lives in the media and I was tired of seeing depression being treated as a joke. No one takes it serious until it hits close to home.
Any plans to hit the road?
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