Spotlight Interview: Tha Train

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Tha Train has an interesting story. From losing something important to him in the past to gaining it back, being incarceration and finally finding his path, Tha Train is a reflective artist. Nothing stopped him from pursuing his dream and passion. It’s tough due to his upbringing and life experiences; however his music reflects that and definitely connects with a lot of people with similar experiences. Tha Train’s music is that unapologetic raw rap that many love and others are afraid to listen to. Either way Tha Train is here to tell his story and his truth.
Check out the interview I did with him below!
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Tha Train: Well first off, I’m from Vallejo, California. Lived mostly in Napa but spent all my time in north Vallejo around what’s called the Crest. That’s the same neighborhood that produced the late Mac Dre and the Romper Room. So being from the north Bay Area, I was influenced heavy by all the artist that emerged in the 90’s, particularly from Vallejo like E-40, Baby Bash, N2DEEP and like I mentioned, Mac Dre. My music is a big story. Not just mine but of things I’ve seen and situations my cuddies have gone through. From dope dealing to heart break. I try to have a little of every flavor on my albums.
How would you describe your sound?
Tha Train: Lots of bass and explicit content, (laughts). Being from the Bay, we have a very distinct sound and that goes well beyond the “Hyphy” sound. We make records that others are afraid to make because someone might not think its trendy. I prefer hard hitting gritty sounds that can catch your ear and pull you in.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
Tha Train: Man, 3 years and 3 days between my releases. I was working on my album then I hooked up with a record label. I decided to re-record everything and before I could finish I caught a case and did a few months. Left the label and got myself right. My big homie, Dilemma, passed away so after that I decided to take the name of his production company and turn it into a label, Royal Flush Recordz. I did a track with Young Dru and that was like a come back to the game for me. I spent the better part of 5 months pushing that single (Shine) and then decided to hit it hard and put out a new album.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Tha Train: Right now I’m working on my new album “B.O.S.S. (Business Over Sucka Sh*t)”. Looking to have that out come December. A lot of people don’t know this but I’m also an engineer. So right now I’m the in house mix and master engineer. We just wrapped up mastering the “Just So You Know” EP thats coming out and is by my cuddle and label mate, Big Zone. So as a team, we are constantly in the studio and that keeps me extremely busy. As far as myself, I have my album I’m working on, as well as my “Greatest Appearances” album. Big Zone and myself are also working on a project called,” The Chemical Lab”.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Tha Train: There’s been so many personal highlights. Professionally, working with Young Dru and having that single go global, touching Russia to Japan to Denmark I would say would be one, as well as being in a few magazine’s and also Co-Hosting a radio show for But the best feeling came when I was doing a show in Mesa, Arizona. While I was performing “Bay Boyz”, the kids of my best friend and biggest supporter came up to the stage and was singing along and dancing to the music.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s)
Tha Train: Basically, I want to work with all the artist in the Bay that I grew up listening to. I was able to start that by working with Young Dru. I do have a few in the works for my next album. If i had to choose though, I’d have to say Jay Tee & Baby Bash for sure.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
Tha Train: That I’m a big time nerd! I love learning about everything from animals to how something works. Transformers and mythology are also things I get pretty nerdy about.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Tha Train: I’ve learned and experienced so much, that naming one thing is tough. I guess it would have to be that you can’t be successful in this game without a strong team of support and help. I don’t care who you are.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Tha Train: A lot of dope songs and albums. I do not stop. My solo album B.O.S.S. will be out in December. Also have a solo mixtape coming out around the same time. I have a collar mixtape with Big Zone in the works as well as a compilation called “Tha Family”.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Tha Train: Yeah, first I want to thank you for the time here. I have some great fans. Literally of all ages. From 3 years old to 50 plus. Because of that, I continue to push hard and grind harder. I have several things in the works so stay tuned!

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