At what age did you decide to become an artist?
I've always been a musician. I remember being a little kid banging on pots and pans with spoons on the kitchen floor. I've played drums since I was 13 or so but I really got into making hip hop in high school. Making beats and freestyling at parties turned into writing and recording.
Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?
Lupe, Nas, Tupac, Eminem. Outkast has influenced me both lyrically and in my approach to production. 36 Mafia changed the way I listened to beats too and it really comes out when I make a beat. I dig the Wu Tang. I used to fall asleep listening to 36 chambers in jr high. The first hop hop cd I had was a copy of Method Man's Tical album that my brother gave me when I was like 12.
What are some of the things you’re working on right now?
I'm finishing up the final touches on my debut mixtape "My Name Is Rod" that drops on July 28th and working on videos for 3 of the singles off of it. I'm always Making music with the the Sativa Prophets which is a collective I'm a part of.
What advise can you give other upcoming artists?
Work hard and don't be afraid to be yourself. "Swag" is often over rated.
How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?
I've always been an artist so it's kind of always been a part of who I am. Having access to a studio has made it a lot easier to be an artist though and getting to make music with a lot of great artist is a definite perk of being a working musician.
Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?
I've been in bands and played shows for years and I love it. I've just started doing solo shows though and it's a different experience. It's awesome getting to tell people what you feel and to really get personal with the crowd and the music.
Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?
All of the artists in our collective, the Sativa Prophets. Ayedoe8 has his mixtape dropping in August and my boy Huckwheet is dropping his in September. And don't sleep on Igloo Panda who produced my mixtape. His beats are dope and he's great at engineering music. Big things are coming.