What is your name and what city do you rep?
Chicago Threez. Representing Chicago, IL. Westside the Best Side!!!
Tell us about your latest releases, what inspired you to create them?
My latest releases are “Other Side” a politically/socially conscious song about the infamous, crime-infested neighborhoods of Chicago and the B-side “Osiris” which gives tribute to the African ancestors of Ancient Kemet(Egypt), the spiritual culture of the region and the entire North African civilization.
What is unique about you and your music?
I’m a Hip Hop purist, yet I’m influenced by so many other genres of music: Pop, Rock, Reggae, Salsa, Soul/R&B, Country, etc. So there is some element from each of the aforementioned which may appear in one of my songs via sample, guitar riff, chorus/breakdown, etc. I also attempt to deal with social, political and international issues.
What shaped your music?
My childhood and experiences growing up. I had the enviable position of growing up and living through different eras of music: Soul/R&B, Disco, Hip Hop, House, EDM. Trap, Drill, etc. So my entire scope of music comes from my experiences. I always incorporate my life’s realizations and episodes into my music so much so that it truly represents who I am, where I come from and what values/principles I stand for. My influences are also pivotal. I always admired the true artistry and lyricism of musicians who opted to deliver social messages in their music: Curtis Mayfield, Maurice White(Earth, Wind, and Fire), John Lennon, Bob Dylan, etc. To this end, I never wanted to be a shallow artist who is subject to the winds of change. I strive to make timeless music which will remain relevant for generations to come.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
I take myself back to a performance many years ago at the Club U.N. in downtown Chicago. That show featured other Chicago acts such as Do or Die and Twista. Kurtis Blow hosted the event. After our set, Kurtis approached me and complimented my style and delivery which I felt was the ultimate recommendation coming from a Hip Hop legend whom I admired since childhood. From that point forward, I pretty much understood that everything I imagined in Hip Hop or music could be actualized if I remained diligent and serious about the endeavors.
What type of music do you listen to?
Anything that catches my ear or inspires me. It actually only takes a few seconds for me to realize if I like a song or not. I also utilize this approach when making music.
What inspires you to write music?
Life and experiences. I don’t think there is a stronger motivator or sense of inspiration. I think following this blueprint is a sure fire way of connecting with one’s audience, fanbase, or potential body of new listeners.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
I write and read often. Meditation is a gigantic part of my life and schedule. It keeps me balanced, centered and focused. I’m a person of multiple interests: Fatherhood, nature( fishing, gardening, camping, hunting), films, chess, traveling, sports, etc. I have a very active mind and adventurous spirit, so there’s always something to capture my attention or keep me occupied
Happiness to you is…
Love, Peace and Joy. For self and the entire world.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
I think it would be the business aspect of the music and all the elements/opportunities surrounding it: Publishing, licensing, booking, mechanical/overseas royalties etc. I think if more artists were cognizant of these areas, we’d have more control over our own music, copyrights, and masters. We should study ownership and passive income to realize the supreme value of both.
Tell us about your upcoming projects…
I have a new E.P. “THE BAR EXAM” dropping early in 2021. I also have a new single called “46 DEFENSE” featured on Legendary DJ Ron G’s new mixtape “DIGITAL STREETS”. I’m on two other Ron G mixtapes also. My joint “OTHER SIDE” is on Ron G’s “THE NEW TOMORROW” Mixtape and “OSIRIS” is on his “GO TIME” mixtape. I’m also scheduled to film the 46 DEFENSE video this month.
Where do we find your music / music projects?
Any last words for the readers?
Love hard. Live to the fullest. Cherish every second and waste not one. Give more than you receive. Make sure your loved ones know and feel that they are loved. Always seek and live truth. Kick ass and conquer the world!!!!!