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A Talk with Detroit Artist RAW00D

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So, tell me about what it was like growing up in Detroit for you.
Well, we got out when I was pretty young, like 5. It was the late 90s early 2000s, it wasn’t pretty.. I got beat up for my bike once, that’s why I got some scars on my face. I think that’s why I always use to steal bikes as a kid.

 

What’s the impact your brother had on your life and family?
Ever since my brother was a Jit he would be hustling in any way possible.. Trappin cell phones and candy out of his locker just to make a dollar, to selling cars and four wheelers in his teens. I got my hustle from him, but I took a different direction selling shit like shoes and clothing. The impact he had on my life was to never settle for shit, you got to keep grinding if you want something in life, and be patient. The impact he had on my family’s life is the biggest impact of our whole life, he took us out of poverty.

 

It’s obvious your family is very important to you. What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from growing up with them?
The greatest lesson I learned is that all those ass beatings from my brother and sister really went through to me! Before I do something dumb I think about what my brother or sister would say, haha.

 

What is your musical background? How did you get into music in the first place?
As a kid I would always be waking up to my sister blasting her music that I hated waking up to, not because of the music, but because god damn sis! It’s 10am, turn that shit off! But I quickly became immune to it, she would play artists like Sade, Journey, Frank Sinatra, Guns N Roses, Luniz, Pac, B.I.G, Bone Thugs. So I just grew up liking a lot of shit not just rap. I would jack G Unit mixtapes and Lil Wayne albums from the mall. I’ve always loved music and stunting to it, as a kid I would stand in front of the mirror with headphones on just rapping the words to a Weezy song or some shit, acting like it’s me…haha.

 

How would you describe your sound to new fans?
Stunt-music, bass-knocking. Shit to ride to, shit to smoke or pour you a cup to.. I make music for really anyone that listens. You can relate to it in some way. I try being different by talking about  events that have happened in my life, good or bad. With a cool rhyme scheme going.

 

Who would you like to collaborate with in 2018? Why?
In 2018 I’d like to collaborate with some underdogs that ain’t been shown to the world yet. Shoreline Mafia, Drakeo The Ruler, Duwap Kaine or Thouxanbanfaunii.

 

How do you separate yourself from other artists in the game?
Well mainly my culture.. there has yet to be a Chaldean artist that has made it big yet. Nobody’s doing it like I am within my race, and they’re not knowledgeable on the music or fashion culture.. and face it, you got to be a fly fella and have dope music! So before the music, I started off modeling and designing denim distress. I had to have my look and name.

 

What has been a stand out moment in your journey thus far? Explain the moment and why it stands out to you.
Probably getting a reply from Kanye, I’m not his #1 fan but it was pretty crazy still. I was at his show and snuck into the VIP area. And this was his Yeezus tour when he always had the Margiela mask on, lol. So anyways, he did something like adjust his mask and I was like 10 feet away from him and yelled “just take it off bro!” And he looked at me and put his 2 index fingers up like “yea.. hold that thought..” and yelled in the mic “Can I talk my shit again!!!” Hahah it had me dying of laughter cause really I was just trolling Kanye.

 

What is next for you? Tell us about any projects and/or ideas you are currently working on.
There ain’t much telling! I like to surprise my supporters. But I can say that I’m working on something very out of the ordinary for me with a big-time Detroit producer. A music video for my song ‘Blew Hundreds’ featuring my homie Vicente.. (he’s the only person I’ve ever done features w/) so look out for that. The videographer, also our homie, has been working really hard at it for like 2 months so it should get lots of love. More visuals bound to be recorded as well by different videographers. I want to shoot a music video with an albino alligator lmao… I love the brand Lacoste.

 

What are the main inspirations for the music you create?
The music I create is usually just a melody or flow that pops up in my head and I can’t get it out, or sometimes I like how a artist says a certain word or how his voice sounds. Sometimes I just feel inspired by a old movie. I have a deep voice so I try to find the best swag in it and rock with it until I think I’m ready to make it an actual song.

 

Who are your favorite artists in the game?
Wiz will always be a favorite of mine no matter how Washed up people will say he is. He’s given us a lot of legendary shit, plus it’s probably because I started smoking after watching “that good” music video featuring Snoop Dogg. Another is 50 cent, Bone Thugs, DMX, 3 6 Mafia. You know, real hard shit.

 

What have you learned from your journey as an artist?
I’ve learned that it’s not as easy as everyone wants to make it seem like. And that not Everybody is your friend. People see you do something cool and it’s either 3 things they do..
1) try to connect with you instantly after
2) hate on you
3) hate on you until they Budge and want to finally connect..

 

 

Is there a particular song that never fails to move you emotionally?

Uhhh to be honest, Dear Mama by Pac will always bring a tear to my eye.. I feel that shit on a spiritual level bruh!!
 

Do you have any other dreams and goals in life that go beyond music?
Yeah I want to own dispensaries in Detroit and maybe a liquor store because I have a lot of experience in the industry. I run my cousins store. I really want to play roles on Shows or something too, I’m pretty good at acting.

 

What are your main inspirations right now?
Main inspirations are OG movie actors, women and men. Like a young Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Johnny Depp, Robert Deniro, Ray Liotta and Al Pacino. As far as look wise, that’s really my aesthetic. To be remembered as an OG. If you look at all of their younger-aged pics, you can literally see the legendary-ness in them evolving. That’s what I aspire to be.
 

Last question, what is one message you want to send your fans?
What I have to say for my Supporters–even when you’re being kicked while your down, just get back up and get back in the race! Like Franky boy Sinatra use to say, that’s life. Always follow your Heart.

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