ToNe Wiley is a great artist hailing from Philadelphia, PA with a story to tell. It’s up to hip hop heads to listen. We are paying attention to this young buzzing artist who is in his own lane with his brand and lyricism. One track to take notice to is his single, “Before I’m Gone,” which is off of his Lazarus EP. Lazarus is available on all streaming sites. It’s worth listening to.
We got a chance to interview the Philly artist about his upcoming plans and music as well as some of his highlights of the year thus far.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
I’m a local artist from philly/extreme HipHop head. My music typically reflects anything I go through, anything I need to address, or anything that’s on my heart at the moment.
How would you describe your sound?
I honestly never know how to describe my sound. I’ve been exposed to so many different types of music growing up. So sonically my ear is open to so much. But I guess overall my sound is pretty abstract.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
I typically have a beat that I play in my headphones over and over. I try to figure out what the music is saying to me, and then go from there. Or sometimes I have a specific concept that’s on my heart heavy, and I’ll go with that if it fits the vibe of the music. But as far as a project, every project needs to be a well thought out concept, every song has to be a puzzle piece in some type of way. I can’t just drop a body of work with random tracks on it.
I have a new project that I’m brainstorming and kind of started already. It should be ready at the end of the year maybe. I’m also working on getting more shows, but nothing set in stone yet.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
My biggest highlight is probably my last project “Lazarus EP”. The success,feedback, and attention was something I never experienced before. It was great.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
My ideal collab on any level has to be someone who’s innovative, or can bring something different to the table. A lot of music sounds the same, so I like to make it clear that anything or anyone that you hear in my music is different, but yet great quality.