We first heard Graphic when he released his single “I’ve Had Enough” and simply put, we just couldn’t get enough of this dope MC. Graphic is clever and very meticulous with his rhymes that will make the listener stop and think about his bars. This is what hip hop is about. So of course, we had to snag an interview with Graphic to get to know more about his upbringing, love for hip hop, plans and what’s next for him. Peep the interview below.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
I was born in the eighties and grew up Brentwood, Essex just outside of London. I wouldn’t say I had a great start in life but it definitely wasn’t bad by any stretch. In secondary school I started listening to hip hop. People like The Fugees and 2 Pac got me hooked on the genre and I guess were the start of my inspirations. I only really started rapping when I left school, I wasn’t very good as I didn’t have a very good flow. As I practiced I got better and got gigs in places like Time & Envy club and Camden Rock Bar. I’ve even performed in Thailand with the help of my friend Noi. Over the years I feel I have perfected my flow and lyric writing. Each of my songs are from experiences in my life, every one written from the heart.
How would you describe your sound?
A collection of stories told through music. A little bit of grime, a bit of hip hop, a lot of rap and something a little different to the rest of the genres. It’s hard to explain it, as each song to me has a different feel. Some are aggressive and in your face where as others are much tamer. I’d like to think it is a sound that could spark others and become inspired like I was listening to hip hop in my youth.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape
First I’ve got to get the feel for a beat, I need to think of lines or ideas floating around in my mind. The best way for me to do a song is know the concept & do the hook first. It makes the verses easier to explain. Sometimes I might know the last two lines to a verse & write backwards, rapping is a puzzle, all the pieces are there, they just have to be put together.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Just finishing up on my album The Rebirth. There have been a lot of ups & downs with the project but I’m happy to say it’s gonna turn out great. I am thinking of doing some shows in the future and possibly go on tour, just nothing is set in stone yet but it is something I would seriously like to get back into.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
I would say joining Hydrus Records. I was ready to call it a day with being an artist & we both met up at the right time with the right ambition. It felt like they saved me. We just started talking and we hit it off. They seem to get me. What I want to do and just let me do it. No trying to change anything about me or my music, just give me the means to let me do my thing and it feels great. It has helped turn my musical life around.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
Two come to mind, both independent. One is an underground rapper from Atlanta called Benefit, the other is an artist on our side of the pond called MC Vapour. Both have a style I think would be great to collaborate with.
Name something random that people do not know about you
Being born in the eighties, it didn’t take me long to start watching wrestling & becoming a fan. My favourite franchise was WWF, now known as WWE. My top 2 wrestlers were Big Boss Man who dressed as a cop and hit the other guys with a night stick, and Razor Ramon who always had a toothpick in his mouth and gold chains. I went to see two Wrestlemanias, Wrestlemania in 2004 and the next year I saw Wrestlemania 21, Both of which were in the States. Even to this day I still watch it. Just last year I went to see NXT the night before SummerSlam.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
I guess the best way to put is you call the shots on how you wanna make your music. I don’t need to follow anyone or duplicate the formula. I like the music I make however some of the industry want to change you for more money. I don’t like that, music should be what you as an artist want. Not what others want.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve got another Ep in the works already but besides that just great honest Hip Hop. Probably going to dip my feet back into the Grime music, I do miss it. More rhymes based on my life experiences, past, present and future. Hopefully a few gigs at least to start with and move onto doing more as my repertoire increases.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
No matter whats going on around you, keep going. In my previous experiences I have had ups and downs. Times when I wanted to quit but something would come back and just relight my life. Don’t let those bad times get you down, keep your head up and do it for yourself. Don’t be corrupted by others.
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