What is your name and what city do you rep?
My name is Rahsaan aka Raybeans aka Chocolate Drop aka Ray Lee aka, the Melanin Madman. I rep NY to the fullest but I’m coming out of Albany (the capital…not too many people realize that)
Tell us about your latest releases, what inspired you to create them?
My last release was a manifestation project. I basically added a verse to some of my favorite songs then I put a snippet out on IG and the fans were loving it so I put out a whole ep (Madman Mix Vol.1)
What is unique about you and your music?
My perspective is extremely unique (as is everyones) but for some reason people agree with what I’m saying….after some time passes hahaha but since I have that perspective and mindset people like it’s just high level fun.. (like The Life of Pablo)
What shaped your music?
My environment has shaped my music tremendously because I just observe and comment on it as a comedian would and I would attribute that to my parents for teaching me to make good out of every situation.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
I made that realization when I took a deeper look at myself…what do I like that is fun no matter what vibe I’m in, constant movement and I’m my own boss? MUSIC
What type of music do you listen to?
I like to listen to everything, except country. I know everyone says that but I have a very diverse pallet. Ranging from Saint JHN, Griselda, Flatbush Zombies… I can go on and on. I genuinely love music. I have a cool vinyl collection and record player I have some Duke Ellington, Cheech and Chong, Yasiin Bey, Redd Foxx, Beastie Boys and like 15 more hahaha
What inspires you to write music?
When I feel something and sounds/movement won’t do the job
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
When I don’t do music I go adventure and open my mind
Happiness to you is…
Happiness to me is when you are in constant flow and you aren’t looping or stagnating yourself
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
Well in today’s age info is everywhere and you just gotta be a sponge and spontaneous at times but make sure you stick to your plan. Also, INVEST IN YOURSELF
Tell us about your upcoming projects…
I have another EP in the works now, nothing too crazy, just a 2 pack to take the people on a little trip 😉 but I have singles floating around.
Where do we find you music / music projects?
You can find my music on everything, Spotify, Apple, SoundCloud etc…. @Raybeans. I also have a vlog series on Youtube (Behind Palinoia my first ep) same thing… Raybeans -_-
Any last words for the readers?
Of Course! If you have a goal or something you want to do, zone in on it and keep compounding…you gonna get somewhere 🙂