1.How Long, Have You Been In The Rap Industry?
I’ve been rapping since 19, so about 8 years now.
2.Who Are Your Major Influences In Your Music?
Sonically, my influences can vary all the way from the DeBarges to Metallica. Lyrically, I think I pick from between Andre 3000 and Kid Cudi mostly.
3.What Is Your First Single? – Or What Single Do You Have Out Now?
The first single and song I have out now is call, “Translatiion”
4.Who Do You Have On Your Album?
I only plan to have myself on this next project. You have to do some things nay yourself.
5.How Did You Get Into The Rap Industry?
Music runs in my blood. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing something, playing something, dancing something or singing something. Believing in your “Dreams?” Not as much. So one day I decided that practical limitations didn’t apply to me anymore. I was going to live at my highest key. No excuses. So let there be, Xai.
6.Where Were You Born? – Where Do You Live Now?
Born in, New Haven CT. Living in Charlotte, NC
7.Who Would You Like To Work With That You Haven’t Already?
Method Man, Cudi, Tyler the creator, Gorillaz, Schoolboy Q… etc.I could go for days
8.Who Is Your Favorite Rapper You Like Right Now?
I actually don’t have a favorite rapper right now. I’ve really been focusing on my own sound, so I’ve been limiting outside influence.
09.Who Do You Think Is The Hottest Producer Out? – What Would You Say To That Producer On Why They Should Work With You?
Thats’s really hard to say, but I’d go with HitMaka. Seems to have his hang in everything right now. If he was paying attention right now, I’d tell him that it’s not often an artist wants to complement the instrumentation as much as he would want to complement the artist. And I like different subject matter. Fledgling emotions people don’t like to think about. I’d force any producer to do something they’ve never done before.
10.How Did You Come Up With Your Album Title?
I was working as a flat top cook in a bodega. I noticed my partner would always have the order on the grill before the ticket even came to the back. He never fell behind and he was never stressed. I finally asked him how he did it and he told be he was, “Ear Hustlin’”. The art of picking everything you need up on the fly and immediately put it to action. Full awareness in a perfect flow. That stuck with mer
11.What Is Your Favorite Song On Your Album?
I don’t have a favorite yet. Still picking my final songlist
12.Which Song On Your Album Means The Most Too You?
I honestly don’t have a song that’s most important to me. They all represent a different corner of my personality. It’s like asking if you’re angry days are more important than your sad days, or you happy days. Or any other day I’m general when you think about it. So no, I don’t have a favorite because they’re all the same amount of “ME”, but from a different angle.
13.Who Are You Signed With?
I’m fully independent
14.When Is Your Album Release Date?
15.What Cities Do You Plan On Touring?
So far, Charlotte , Raleigh , Atlanta, Chicago, Tennessee. But we’re still putting it all together.
16. What Female Rapper Or Artist Do You Think Is The Sexiest?
This might sound funny, but I don’t think about that. I love women. From the way she’s shaped to the way she thinks. But once you enter this arena, I don’t look at that anymore. Barely even think about it. I got too much money to make for those distractions
17.What Would You Like To See From The Music Industry Over The Next Year?
I just want some genuinely different sounding music. I know how people tend to take that, but I meant it. You can tell it’s all for money now. Money and attention. It barely seems like anyone is even enjoying what they make anymore. So yeah. Be original.
18.What Is Your Second Single Going To Be?
That’s gonna be a surprise .
19.If You Could Compare Yourself To An Already Established Artist, Who Would That Be And Why?
I’d probably say Childish Gambino. People say I already look like him. Kinda. And I like art as whole. If it’s well made, I’m a fan.
20.What Do You Think Your Listeners Will Get Out Of Your Music?
My music is perfect for those moments when you zone out and create a movie scene in your head. I try to make things that take you away. when you listen to the lyrics, I want you to feel like someone understands those parts of yourself you don’t always talk about.
21.What Were You Thinking About When Your Songs Are Developed? Explain Your Process?
This might sound weird, but I try to hear the “heart” of the instrumental. Whether I make the beat or someone else does, I close the world out and let the instruments talk. They tell me the story and I just translate what I think I hear.
22.Who Got You Started In The Rap Industry?
I got myself started. I’ve had some friends that offered kind words and support along the way, but if it doesn’t start with me then it just won’t start at all.
23.What Made You Want To Get Into The Music Business?
It’s where I belong. I tried to do other things but I was always called back home. Just can’t fight who you are.
24.How Does Your Family Feel About Your Music And Your Choice Of Career?
We don’t talk about it. They partly consider it a long phase I haven’t grown out of yet. some ask when I’m going to do something worthwhile. Some try to hold a face back whenever I mention anything. They all know I’m good, so they don’t want to completely shut down the idea but the odds were mentioned more than once.
25.What Is The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Endure In Life?
Life itself is the hardest thing I’ve had to endure. Too many stories ranging from emergency trips to the psych ward, getting jumped 5 v 1 downtown for just knowing a guy and living out of my car for 6-8 months. I don’t remember a time I haven’t had to put out a fire. I just don’t sweat the heat anymore.
26.What Do You Hope To Accomplish With Your Music?
Beyond having fun and enjoying life? I plan on saying the things i needed to hear growing up. i never heard them when I needed them, so i’ll be the person I needed for as many as I can.
27.What’s The Demographic You Are Trying To Reach Out To?
One day I hope that there’s at least one song for everyone like,Michael Jackson. But my main demographic would be the alternative black kids. The ones that like Gucci mane and Paramore. Anetta Baker and Stevie nicks. Jay-Z and James Blake
28.How Do You Usually Come Up With Your Songs?
Sometimes I find them. Sometimes they find me. Most of the time, I’m running around my apartment saying random lines until I hear something I like.
29.What Is Your Goal And Height That You Want To Reach With Your Music?
I want to create a timeless album. Create something that changes how everyone thinks about their craft. start an era of sound. Then eventually take that money and open an art gallery/ nature reserve
30.What Influenced You Outside Of Hip Hop Rap That Has Helped You Form Your Style?
Definitely movies and anime. Movie music is designed to seamlessly carry you through the story. There’s something perfect about that thought. Anime is either on the bleeding edge of what you would even consider music or a Japanese interpretation on an American concept. Like a distorted mirror. That’s a cool thought I like to hold on to
31.How Can People Reach You?
You can find me on instagram (@xais.room), twitter (@xaidawg) or my website www.xaisroom.exposed
That or you can email me at email@example.com
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