1. How Long Have You Been In The Rap Industry?
I’ve been in the rap industry for over 10 years now but it’s been a life long dream
2. Who Are Your Major Influences In Your Music?
Kanye West is my favorite Rap artist. My favorite Genre is R&B and my favorite R&B artist is Maxwell. Those 2 are my major influences sonically
3. What Is Your First Single? – Or What Single Do You Have Out Now?
I have dropped 6 new singles this year alone. The 2 latest singles which dropped a month apart are “Elevate” & “Thriller.”
4. Who Do You Have On Your Album?
I’m not a big collaborator not by choice. A lot of artists take too long to get their verse back so I end up bodying the whole song myself. I’m looking to get T-Pain on the remix of “Elevate” & hope to collaborate with a few more artists before my album drops.
5. How Did You Get Into The Rap Industry?
I use to record on my grandmother tape recorder she used for religious conventions when I was 5. I started producing around 13 and that was my focus. I used to live across the street from Prodigy of Mobb Deep and I use to give him beats through his daughter. At 18 after high school, I produced and wrote a song called “Duncan Hine Booty” for an artist I was working with and he encouraged me to jump on the 2nd verse. That reignited my rap ambitions so I took to the stage and haven’t looked back since
6. Where Were You Born? – Where Do You Live Now?
I was born and raised in Mount Vernon NY. I moved to Rockland at about 12 and moved back to Mount Vernon at 18 where I currently reside
7. Who Would You Like To Work With That You Haven’t Already?
I would love to work with Kanye West, Maxwell, H.E.R., & SZA
8. Who Is Your Favorite Rapper You Like Right Now?
09. Who Do You Think Is The Hottest Producer Out? – What Would You Say To That Producer On Why They Should Work With You?
Again it would be Kanye West. I would just let him listen to the music and let that speak for itself. I’m confident the music will make him want to work with me without having to actually ask
10. How Did You Come Up With Your Album Title?
My album is almost finished but I named it “Don Matrix.” I came up with that because at this point in my career I feel like Morpheus & Neo….I’m the one
11. What Is Your Favorite Song On Your Album?
I’m really not sure if I have a favorite song. Every new song I record becomes my favorite but that’s how I set my standards. To top my last
12. Which Song On Your Album Means The Most Too You?
I got a track called “Grammy For Grandma” which is me talking to my deceased Grandmother who raised me from 2 months of age. That holds the most sentimental value to me
13. Who Are You Signed With?
I own my own label DonLyfe International Records LLC. I have distribution partnerships through Bentley Records & United Masters.
14. When Is Your Album Release Date?
I’m hoping to have the album out by Mid December
15. What Cities Do You Plan On Touring?
I plan on touring a lot on the east coast but definitely down south as well. I have roots in Atlanta so I definitely will be hitting there. Hope to hit Cali for the first time. I will be everywhere
16. What Female Rapper Or Artist Do You Think Is The Sexiest?
Rihanna. She is the sexiest to me. H.E.R. Is right on Ri Ri’s heals though because the music speaks to my soul
17. What Would You Like To See From The Music Industry Over The Next Year?
I would like to be a household name in the music industry in a year. After that, I want a Grammy. That’s what I want from the industry over the next year
18. What Is Your Second Single Going To Be?
so far I have, “Number One,” “Blog Posts,” “Cash App,” “Greek Freak Legacy Edition,” “Elevate” & I just dropped “Thriller.” The next single after that will probably be the “Elevate” remix hopefully with T-pains blessing.
19. If You Could Compare Yourself To An Already Established Artist, Who Would That Be And Why?
Kanye West because the way we think can change a world afraid of change
20. What Do You Think Your Listeners Will Get Out Of Your Music?
Listeners get hit songs with substance. I take my writing and lyricism seriously and I think my music is relatable and can help the everyday person realize we are just human and we all go through trials and tribulations. So the biggest thing they get is relatability
21. What Were You Thinking About When Your Songs Are Developed? Explain Your Process?
I usually just listen to beats and whatever beats inspire me to rap I begin to write to. It has to move me. I don’t like to do anything forced even though I know I will make it a hit. I just do music I feel which makes it authentic
22. Who Got You Started In The Rap Industry?
Honestly, myself. I wanted this from 5 so it was all just me answering my calling and understanding what God put me on this earth to do
23. What Made You Want To Get Into The Music Business?
At 5 I just wanted to be famous. I wanted the world to celebrate and love me because my mother was on drugs and my grandparents raised my sister and myself. My grandfather was an alcoholic and was abusive which mentally depressed me at a young age and I wanted to feel loved like everyone else who had their mothers. Later in life once I discovered my talent and my direction I wanted to get into the music business for not only the love of the music but to be the best that ever did it
24. How Does Your Family Feel About Your Music And Your Choice Of Career?
-My dad always told me to keep my options open. Parents want to protect you and I understand that as a parent myself now. But I think every creative feels as though their family doesn’t support them enough but not because they don’t want to see you win, but they don’t understand the magnitude of how bad you want it. But they are all proud of where I’ve made it and my persistence made them pay more attention
25. What Is The Most Difficult Thing You’ve Had To Endure In Life?
I would say growing up without a mother present because it shaped the way I dealt with the more intense pain I encountered later on. I almost lost my wife and my 3rd child 2 years ago during delivery. That was devastating
26. What Do You Hope To Accomplish With Your Music?
I hope to be able to do my music full time and live and feed my family from it. And to be the greatest
27. What’s The Demographic You Are Trying To Reach Out To?
my demographic is so wide open because the kind of music I do speaks to any and every human no matter the age, gender, etc but my focus is women. I make a lot of songs about and for women. I’m a ladies man
28. How Do You Usually Come Up With Your Songs?
I sit down with the beat and start penning. A lot of the things I speak about come easy because they are all from my experiences
29. What Is Your Goal And Height That You Want To Reach With Your Music?
My goal is to win a Grammy and take my seat at the top. I treat my music like I do my 9-5. I want to be the only thing that matters and I put in the work to make it possible
30. What Influenced You Outside Of Hip Hop Rap That Have Helped You Form Your Style?
-R&B music for sure. That is my favorite genre and speaks to the soul. I infuse those elements in a lot of my beat selection
31. How Can People Reach You?
-On Twitter, Instagram & TIK TOK @th3officialslk, my website TH3SLK.com, my email is email@example.com, on YouTube at YouTube.com/TH3SLK
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