Interview With Rap Artist & Model ‘Elias’

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a nice guy and father of one, who appreciates making connections and spending time with my family or close friends. I know life is not going to be perfect but I try to appreciate and value every lesson it has to offer and enjoy the ride. 

How did you come up with your artist name? 

I changed it for rebranding but it’s my middle name.

How long have you been in the music industry? 

It’s been 14 years now.

How did you get started in the music business in the first place? 

I always loved rapping for fun with my cousin first then some friends from around my way to see who was better than who. Eventually one of them R.I.P. Nekoro wanted us to form a rap crew like Wu-Tang or Diplomats/G-unit. Shortly after he passed only me and a few others actually enjoyed it so we went to the studio to record. I was 18 when I dropped my first mixtape right before my son was born then started to work on my craft more from there. 

How would you describe your latest single? 

TRAPMARCO took me back to those days where I just loved being in that zone of making music with not to much thought about how it’s going to be judged. Its cool, fun, nasty, real, hype all in one definitely was trying to give people something to play on repeat and enjoy each track. 

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

I’m working on a few concepts on this project and my next single but I got a storyboard to finish then we shooting the video and it will be out for everyone to watch.

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

it’s so many but J.Cole is my favourite next to Kendrick of course. I got a list of my top 100-150 lol I like artists who make you think or feel something after you listen, nothing wrong with a good time but I also want to know how you feel and if it’s inspiring or something to learn about the person as much as what they do.

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?  

The process is always different for me, I sometimes get a song from hearing the beat, see what type of vibe I’m getting from it or if I hear it and it gives me an idea for something to talk about I go from there. Now I can feel the beat but not have the lyrics all the way, I’ll start with either a hook first or a few bars see if I like what I came up with and continue or start over. Sometimes I’ll write the bars/hook and won’t finish tell a day maybe weeks later but if I’m in the studio at that moment and it’s a good night I finish then record it.

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if working on one? 

The next one is going to be R&B, I have a lot of females in my fan base who really likes my love type of songs, so I want to give them something to enjoy.

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

 I do have plans of performing again once the restrictions are lifted and would love to do a city to city tour in the near future.

What did you buy with your first check off music?

I’m still trying to get a check but I have been getting royalties.

What are must haves when your in the studio working?

Snacks and water especially if it’s going to be a long session or late night.

What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

Hard-work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

Yes I love collaborating with other artists to see what we can come up with.

What artist have you had the pleasure of working with and what was it like?

I’ve worked with many different people some in the US and now I can say the UK. I had the pleasure of working with a female artist recently from the UK and it’s been nothing but epic.

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with?  

I got a list of 100 artist I like to work with but just to throw one of them out there “Summer Walker”, I feel like we would make a dope song together.

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

I think it’s a little bit of both depending on the person. Before I changed my name it would be lyrical flow and content my hooks was catchy and people always liked my flow or concepts for a song or message.

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)

I would say Delivery only because it’s so many different cadences that I haven’t tried yet.

What’s your all-time favourite song? 

My favourite song of all time I want to say is Gin n Juice by snoop doggy dog because my father played it so much growing up I knew the words since I was little.

What was the last album you listened to?

Art Dealer Chic 4

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

Ludacris and because his album was the first one I brought myself I just loved his style, flow and crazy wordplay on songs. Plus his videos was always different from others I even started to grow my hair because growing up I seen how the girls use to like it.

Whose your favourite five artists right now? 

J.Cole, Big Sean, Kendrick, Big K.R.I.T. & T.I.

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

Drake it’s no debate, he has done so much and continue to do things most artist will never do or achieve with his music.

Who have been some of your favourite artists that you’ve been able to work with? 

So far none from my list lol but I hope that will change soon.

How do you feel about the current state of music? 

I feel like music is something that really connects us to one another and right now it’s just a bunch of different artist it’s actually cool it’s something out there for everyone. I’m not mad at the younger generation because they are having fun, some really good at doing both fun/party songs then real down to earth songs which is a great balance.

Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?

BET AWARDS! 

What is your main goal as far as music?

To touch as many people as I can, inspire or help through a rough time with my story, if I can’t help but more so relate to them and show how I’m doing/feeling in my experiences. I like to show and give hope to the hopeless.

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

Anyone who has been down and out or had nothing but made it into something. Learn anything is determined by action, choice, hope.

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)

I’m different because I can be very versatile in my music , I try to give you something to walk away with every time either you like, love or hate it. I give you nothing but myself and my truth let you be the judge on it.

When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

Spend time with my son and friends. Watch movies, read books or comics and work on other material I’m interested in.

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

Dr. Dre 

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

I had one of my songs get played on TV for a segment. 

What is your dream venue to perform at?

Madison Square Garden 

What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?

Decoded by Jay-Z

What’s your favourite sports team and why?

Baltimore Ravens and as the hometown team we are always being overlooked or underestimated. Yet we show up and prove people wrong from time to time even when we win still don’t get praises like other teams.

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

Jim Carey and The Mask

Name someone famous who inspires you and why?

2 Chainz, he still never stopped working even when things didn’t work out at first his dedication is unmatched to me.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More music, more videos, and a little bit of modelling or acting. I just started modelling last year but would like to do anything I can get my hands on and try.

Where can the fans check out for your music?

All major stores and music streaming platforms

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