The people can feel honesty and individuality in music and in interviews, so if you’re doing that, you’re a step ahead because you’re branding yourself as yourself and people can identify with it.-Lyriciss
Emcee Lyriciss naturally delivers with soul and passion in his singles, ‘My Life’ and ‘Handle My Biz,’ featured on his latest entries of his mixtape, The Balance EP: Heart presented by The DJBooth and Inner Loop Media Group. He deserves and owns the title as a true lyricist.
1. Who is Lyriciss?
A: I’m just a young dude from PG County that makes some pretty good music. (laughs)
2. How long have you been making music?
A: I’ve been rapping since I was 9, but I’ve been recording actual songs since I was 16. I’m turning 25 in February, so yeah…it’s been a while.
3. On the track of ‘My Life,’ you mentioned, “ [that you] were supposed to die six hours before writing this,” –
A: Well, basically, I avoided a really bad car accident right before writing that song. Me and my producer, Grussle, were headed home from a Random Axe (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson, & Black Milk) show in Adams Morgan. We were going around the traffic circle and a car came in from the exit ahead going about 80-90 mph. Grussle saw it at the last minute and hit the brakes. The car barely missed us, went over the sidewalk, and hit a tree dead-on. So yeah…that woulda been it if it hit us, because I was on the passenger side where the car was coming from.
4. As an original emcee like yourself, describe the prototype of an artist.
A: Being yourself. It’s really that simple…there’s nothing more original than being yourself. The people can feel honesty and individuality in music and in interviews, so if you’re doing that, you’re a step ahead because you’re branding yourself as yourself and people can identify with it.
5. When and where was your first show? Describe that experience.
A: it was at Howard University when I was like 16 or 17. To be honest, I don’t really remember much from it but being all types of nervous. (laughs) I got on stage, did my one song, and ran off stage! It was cool, though.
6. How would you describe the elements of your music?
A: Honesty, lyricism, and storytelling. Those are the 3 strengths of my music.
7. What are your essentials/necessities when you’re in artist mode at the studio?
A: Just my team bouncing ideas around with me, and maybe some food. (laughs) Liquor can help as well, but it’s not needed.
8. Based on your last verse on the track of “Calling for You,” “The labels gave me a look, but couldn’t rock wit’ it/so now I’m dodging their calls like it’s blocked digits/never switched the styles to fit in the context/just let the rhyme flex now they through me a [complex]/the bigger picture is clearer it’s looking like IMAX/they ranking me higher than your broad’s voice during climax/five stacks ain’t amounting my worth/this is my life, I’ve been ‘bout it since birth/I won’t see the grave…”
were you offered a deal with a major label? If so, can you please describe that situation?
A: I’ve been offered a few indie deals and had a couple talks with majors…nothing really worked out the way I wanted, though, so I didn’t sign. That’s the most detailed I really get on that, out of respect for confidentiality.
10. Name the artists who have inspired you and why?
A: Too many to name them all, really. Nas, AZ, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Pro’Verb, Joe Budden, etc. I listen to a lot of music, so I get something from it all.
11. Who have you collaborated with or would like to collaborate with in the DMV?
A: I’ve worked with Pro’Verb, AP The Prince, G-Two, RAtheMC, Chris Barz, Hassani Kwess, Nike Nando, Mouse, Cayan, Casito, KingPen Slim, Laelo, K-Beta, Muggsy Malone, Drop, K. Marable, Gods’Illa, yU, Uptown XO, AB The Pro, H-Tips, and a lot more. I’ve been around and worked with a lot of people. I still want to work with Lightshow, Darren Hanible, Wale, Slutty Boyz, and Phil Ade.
12. Describe the importance of originality in a commercial driven industry.
A: It’s needed to stand out. Clear example: remember when Lil’ Wayne was that dude? Then every new rapper around the way was rapping like him? None of them got on. Why? Nobody wants to hear a carbon copy of somebody we already heard. Originality drives the commercial market.
13. Do you have any upcoming shows?
A: At the moment, no. I just had an amazing show at the Blue Line Festival this past Saturday. For now, I’m focused on this next project, but if anyone wants to book me for a show, please feel free to contact me and we can make it happen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
14. Where can listeners find your music?
A: You can find everything here…
15. If you could work with three artists dead or alive, who would they be and why?
A: Kendrick Lamar, 2Pac, & Big L. I just want to experience being in the room during each of their creative processes. How did they think of the things they thought of? The music would be amazing, no doubt.