The music industry is one of the most versatile industries in the world. It’s constantly changing and evolving, with all different types of genres spreading across the globe, however it seems that a lot of the music being released nowadays sounds the same, and we wanted to get a closer look into the hidden realness behind the industry and the mind of the artists, so who else to interview other than up and coming rapper Julian Brooks?
Julian is a 23 year old rapper from Los Angeles, California. He makes his own music and releases it onto SoundCloud and Spotify, and he is very present on social media, especially Twitter.
1. The first question will undoubtedly be the most cliché; what inspired you to start making music and what made you keep at it?
I’ve loved music ever since I could remember. My dad worked for Deathrow Records so I was listening to 2pac, Dr.Dre, Snoop Dogg, etc at an early age. Although he worked for Deathrow his favorite artist was Prince and he always taught me to give everything a chance. To listen to it with an open ear and then decide if you want to hear it again instead of shutting it down just because it isn’t something you normally listen to. What has inspired me to keep making music is the fact that I love it, most people that hear it love it, and it’s therapeutic.
2. What kind of music did you grow up listening to and did it help you shape the kind of music you make now?
I grew up listening to everything. Rappers that I grew up listening to were 2pac, Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne. Some of my other favorite artists are Prince, Incubus, Radiohead, John Mayer, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers. I think that subconsciously the artists that influence my music most would be 2pac, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and Prince.
3. What are your thoughts on the current state of the rap game right now and what sets you aside from a lot of the rappers out here?
I personally don’t like much of the rap music out now. The only people I listen to currently that are newer are A Boogie, Mozzy, Dave East, and Anderson Paak. The things that set me aside from most rappers would be my writing and lyrics, content, and voice.
4. Which 3 artists or producers would you like to collaborate with in the future and why?
As far as artists I’d like to collaborate with J.Cole, Lil Wayne, and Anderson Paak. As far as producers I’d like to collaborate with Dr. Dre, Timbaland, and Kanye West.
5. To get a little more serious, do you think that a lot of these self-claimed “woke” rappers speak out enough about the BLM movement, and what would you do differently?
I think it’s their choice. Personally if I had a platform like most of the top Hip Hop artists I would do as much as I could philanthropically and put my beliefs in songs. But aside from that I don’t believe ranting, rioting, or violence result in positive change. I believe sparking the ideas and trying to make sure someone isn’t in a position to be harmed is the real change.
6. And to end on a lighter note, where do you see yourself in 5 years career wise, and if you hadn’t pursued music, what would you see yourself doing?
I see myself as one of the best artists out and changing Hip Hop and RnB for the better. I see myself dabbling in fashion, jewelry, and the restaurant business. If I hadn’t pursued music I have no clue what I would be doing.
Julian writes and produces his own music and after listening to it, we can 100% say that it’s original, it’s interesting and so good that you really won’t want to stop listening to it and you probably might want to put his single “Nbts” on replay! Make sure to follow Julian on his social medias to keep updated about his music and his day to day life.
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