Sprado – the cousin of award-winning R&B singer Jeremih – has teamed up with NLE Choppa to release his new single, “Magic (feat. NLE Choppa).” The Chicago native has quickly established himself as one of the most versatile rising rappers in Chicago, with co-signs from multiplatinum producer Hitmaka, rapper O.T. Genasis and others. He’s also the cousin of Jeremih, and has been following in his footsteps on his way to music super-stardom.
We asked Sprado a few questions about the new single and what he’s got on the horizon!
Hi Sprado, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been good. The world’s a bit crazy, so I’ve just been locked in my home studio, just continuing to make dope music and better my craft, and stay away from this virus that’s out right now.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Magic”?
I made “Magic” a few months ago, in the winter. I had just dropped my most recent project, Bases Loaded, and me and my friends were just chillin’ in the studio and vibing. We were all excited about the project dropping, so right then and there is when I actually recorded “Magic.”
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I’m trying to release the music video for “Magic” for either this month or next month. Just trying to make sure everything’s ready, and everything’s lined up right for it.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording was dope. I actually wrote it at my house, and recorded it in my home studio. With the writing process, I started with the first line and just kept going from there. I usually just let my mind roam freely as I’m writing – whatever comes to mind for the next line, and the next, and the next, I write it all down. I just try to keep it in line so it all makes sense.
What role does Chicago play in your music?
My city plays a big role in my music. grew up in the city of Chicago. Chicago is me. With my music, I want to paint a picture and tell a story, and my story starts here in Chicago. I’m definitely influenced by people like Kanye West, big people that grew up in and came from Chicago, because those are people I looked up to before I even started in music. I want people to hear me and know it’s me, but also know where I come from.
How has the likes of Jeremih influenced your work as an artist?
Jeremih influenced me big time. Before recording with him, my writing process was just sort of like, listen to the beat, and write to it. But there was a time when I had actually gone to his house to start recording, and he told me, “get as creative as you want, that’s what makes it music.”
He actually influenced me to start freestyling to the beat before even writing to it. It makes the process way more creative. I got to watch him do his thing and see his process, and was able to take a few things and create my own process. He’s like a big brother to me.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
You can definitely expect some new music from me. I’ve been in the basement working hard. I’ve got so many songs that I feel can make some noise out here, so be on the lookout for that.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m thinking about going the single route, or just dropping the project… I’m not too sure yet, but I’m leaning toward the project, because my fans keep hitting me in my DMs like ‘where’s the next project? Where’s the next album?’ I might have to get that to the people. I’ve got so much music, I’m just trying to plan it out.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, definitely once this virus stuff slows down. That’s my dream – part of the reason I started music was to use it to tour and to see the world. I want to touch different fans and create a bigger fanbase, and create a platform for myself where I can be a bigger voice. So I can’t wait to hit the road, and travel, and see new things. I can’t wait to share my music with everyone.
What else is happening next in Sprado’s world?
I’m definitely trying to drop a new song called “Follow My Lead” within the next month. That’s a smash. And of course my new song “Magic” is out with NLE Choppa, so check that out.