Hi Skypp, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I am great, thanks for asking. Thanks for having me also. I’ve been great. Staying encouraged and occupied.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Divine Rights of Kings”?
For sure. “Divine Rights of Kings” is a record I decided to release with an accompanying music video in promotion of my upcoming album, “King of Indiana”. We felt the song sets the tone for the rollout of the album. It’s one of those “I need more” type of tracks and that’s exactly what we were aiming for.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes. The theme of the album is royalty and self-appreciation. This record embodies the self-appreciation part of the theme. It’s basically saying, “I’m a king in my own right”. Not seeking anyone else’s validation except my own. How we feel about ourselves mean far more than how the next person feels about us.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was extremely fun, haha. We were aiming for a laid back, royal type of vibe. The room we were able to secure and the wardrobe we picked out was all perfect, in my opinion. Shout to @reel.og for the dope video production!
The single comes off your new album King of Indiana – what’s the story behind the title?
“King of Indiana” is the story of an underdog who lives in a vintage but modern kingdom (confusing, I know). There are just as many carriages as there are cars. It’s a culture shock. This mystic kingdom of Indiana is ruled by injustices and prejudices. The protagonist of the storyline decides to overthrow the kingdom and make it fair and just, but that comes at a cost. You’ll just have to tune in for the rest, haha.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process for most of my music is pretty much effortless. It’s second nature at this point of my career. I like the write on the spot. That’s when my best ideas and melodies come to me. The fun part is the process and direction of each project. We usually start with just making music, then we build a sound and then comes the story line and theme.
What role does Indianapolis play in your music?
Indianapolis plays as much of a role as my lyrics. It means that much to me. I had an industry figure tell me that repping Indianapolis as much as I do actually holds me back because Indianapolis isn’t an urban entertainment mecca. That just made me rep my city even more so that I can turn it into such. I’ve never been one to take the easy way out. My city is a part of me and I see the every day struggles of our hip-hop artists daily. It’s my mission to change the narrative of Indy hip-hop.
With the major reception your music has gotten – do you feel any pressure when putting this record together?
Absolutely not. I stay far away from “over-thinking” or anything similar to it. That’s how writer’s blocks occur. The great Drake said a lyric that I’ll never forget. It went like, “the moment I stop having fun with it, I’ll be done with it”. I felt that completely and I totally agree. Shoutout to Aubrey, haha.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
My homie DJ Topspeed recommended that I do an all hip-hop album. I felt like if I was going to do a project that relied heavily on lyrics, I needed to talk lots of big boy language, haha. Nothing but confidence and king vibes. Once the title “King of Indiana” came, I wrote each song to fit the theme.
What else is happening next in Skypp’s world?
Grinding, as usual. I have a few shows coming up. That’s extremely good news after the virus put us out of commission for a while. I’m also prepping the Side B of this album for release. The music grind is a never ending process. I’m always working and seeking new opportunities and relationships. I’m grateful to have created one with you and your audience. Much love and thanks for having me!