Get to know Avarice, the lyrical assassin with an flow of the 90s and the swagger of an MC. From dope rhymes to his awesome content in his songs, this MC has the look and brand to captivate all hip hop heads. It’s refreshing to hear good hip hop and he is simply that. We got a chance to interview Avarice about his upbringing, love for music, upcoming plans, and what he has learned as an indie hip hop artist. Here is what he had to say.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
My stage name is Avarice. I do occasionally use my real name, Elias-Omar. I’m a hip hop artist who currently resides in Waterbury, CT. Originally I’m from Uniondale, NY. I consider myself a lyricist, and I try push myself in that area.
How would you describe your sound?
To make it brief, I would describe my vibe as authentic and introspective. Musically, it varies, I try to not get stuck in using similar sounding beats.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
Making the “Words And Sounds” EP was a unique. One of the stipulations from the label for this project was that no samples were used. I’ve found that typically, production like that feels kinda synthetic, and thats not my type of sound at all. So I linked up with some very talented people, particularly Krom Da Abbott and Al Babblez, who were huge in helping me create a very soulful, jazzy (even rockish head banger type for one song) project with alot of live instrumentation that just feels real. It was definitely a different experience than the usual process.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Currently, besides promoting “Words And Sounds”, I’m finishing up my full length album, “When Pawns Become Kings”. My tentative release date for that is April 14th.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
I would have to say it’s a tie between completing “Words And Sounds”(I’m pretty thrilled with how it turned out) and getting to do a song with a legend and one of my personal favorites, Ras Kass. That’s one of the songs on “When Pawns Become Kings”.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
If I could work with any producer, I’d probably go with Apollo Brown or DJ Quik. Any emcee probably Pharoahe Monch. Or Jean Grae.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
Something random…I’m a diehard Knicks fan. Since forever. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
I’ve learned that being talented doesn’t singularly equal being successful. There’s alot of hard work and luck involved. Talent helps though.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Well “When Pawns Become Kings” is on it’s way, and at some point I’d like to do a part 2 to “Words And Sounds”. I’m involved in a sort of compilation album with the Science Ninja Team(which is my man Al Babblez baby and includes other artists like Vastaire and Pruven). I feel like I’m in a really good place as an artist, so you can expect a lot of good music.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Definitely, cop “Words And Sounds”! I put my all into it, and I’m confident that you’ll thoroughly enjoy it. Peace.
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