Malik Allen - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
My name is Malik Allen, I'm from Dayton, Ohio.
2. What made you start making music?
Literally inspiration. My dad use to play all types of music and rap was always something that stuck out to me. I use to take verses from my favorite rappers and say them over different beats when I was like 7. That was around when I started writing my own verses.
3. Who are your influences in rap?
Way too many to name. I always liked uniqueness so Kanye was one of the first people I knew was different. Odd Future was also a huge influence for me as being different and using their taste of music to make it and not caring what people thought about what they create.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
I think it's in a good space. People are finding their own niche of fans easier in today's world with social media. There's enough people out there for everyone to have a fan base that supports them. Underground is sort of like a jab now to say "You're not mainstream" and that really isn't the goal for a lot of artists. We just want support for the art that we create. I think that mindset is catching on, and people are getting more confident to release their music because they are seeing the love other "Underground" artists are seeing.
5. What are your goals for the new year regarding music?
Really just releasing music. I took about 3 years off from music completely and regret it cause I imagine where I wouldve been if I didnt slow down. But on the positive side, I'm making completely different music with completely different people around me and it's the most momentum I have ever had in my music career.
6. You have 1 person to thank, who would it be?
Honestly my cousin Caesar. He recently got into producing and I tell him all the time he's better than a lot of people out. He gave me a lot of confidence to start releasing music again and being confident in my art. Even a song we make that's not that great he doesn't down it, he enjoys the creative process and I appreciate him a lot for that.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
I usually hear a couple beats, the first beat I like I try to think of a chorus or a verse. Then I just write. I come back to the beat, see how my verse sounds and adjust. In between I'm a busy bee hahaa, I listen to other music, I watch basketball, I play with my dog, I try to keep the process as natural as possible and stress free cause I want that feeling to translate to my music.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for this year? I have a few singles scheduled to end this year out. I have a freestyle dropping this summer that I will be producing the video for that I think is my best flow to date. But I want every song I drop to be better than my last. My guys always ask when I'm going to drop a project and I think right now I'm just gaining momentum, when that time comes it will be expected.
9. What have you been doing music wise while in COVID times?
I have been taking a lot of this time learning engineering and video editing. Before COVID there were a lot of things I didn't know that I wish I did, so when the world slowed down this has been the most practice I have got in a very long time.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I talk a lot in my music and even on my social media about financial freedom. If that's the lack of in the world or me personally. I want my impact to be someone that was part of that process to help a lot of people figure it out financially, especially artists that have a lot of truth to give the world that are hindered by their financials.
11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
Like I said earlier, my cousin Caesar has been my favorite producer to work with and it's crazy he is literally family. We click on a lot of things outside of music and that's what really fuels a lot of the stuff we create.
12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
I make all my own cover art right now. There are artists I want to reach out to, but I really want to wait until they know me first haha, I hate asking people for stuff that's sort of how it started. But all my arts are original designs and I take pride in being a graphic artist as well.
13. Who makes most of your beats or production?
I have worked with a ton of producers over the years but as far as the music I'm making now, Caesar.
14. What can we expect next from you ?
I recently joined a podcast team called the 3rd shift where we talk about music and different things in culture. It will be my personal mission on there to give credit to teh artists that inspire me and the artists that are not "mainstream". I hope to keep growing with that and of course, I want people to stay tuned in with my music, especially what I got cooking this summer.
15. Link the fans your Twitter & Instagram @ Below so they can follow you!
You can find me @MalikChilllin on Twitter and Instagram.