UStheFolksMusic - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
The name is Ang'Geon Emetrea (pronounced angie-ahn e-me-tria) born in raised in Sunny Los Angeles California!
You know...Your new favorite Producer/Emcee from the duo Us: TheFolks.
2. What made you start making music?
The truth is: Music started making me. But you could probably blame a lot of my influence on Michael Jackson and Bone Thugs.
3. Who are your influences in rap?
While there's a broader list of influences, the main beacons of influence range from Lupe Fiasco, MadLib, Yeezy, Earl Sweatshirt, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne and Snoop.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
The talent and impact is immensely overlooked! With today's technological advances- it's become easier to reach a broader scope of potential fans. Accompanied with dedication, the proper network, discipline and creativity, you can create and flourish a prosperous fanbase/ supporters.
5. As an artist who has to compete with thousands of others for streams/plays, what makes your music worth people clicking on?
There's an undeniable authentic feeling you get when listening to my records. The music is paired with my honesty, conviction, clever wordplay and an unpredictable polished flow you can't help but repeat and feel in your soul. You'll definitely have a "How didn't I hear this before" moment.
6. You have 1 person to thank, who would it be?
Does it have to be a real person? Because I would definitely like to thank Trader Joe's for the coconut cashews.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
The simplest way to put it:
I hear something impressive or extremely weak and it sparks my artistry. Sometimes, it could be current events or everyday human behavior that inspires me.
I'll either start writing to a beat I previously made or to a beat that draws the bars out of me. Or sometime write with no beat, but I write each line as if I'm performing or recording it already. It helps gauge the energy I need to output.
I'll set up a studio session and perfect the songwriting the day before recording vocals.
Then I practice for a couple hours with different vocal inflections and breath control. Once it's time to record, I try to knock it out quickly with the audio engineer.
In between, I'll work on promo concepts and cooking up artwork. I'll listen to the rough draft and try to find any areas I want to improve and gradually push for release to public.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for this year?
The video for "Sleepin" with the producer phenom, 2Rok, is creeping on 11K Youtube views. Go see what fun you're missing. We also have a handful of collaboration tracks coming in 2022. Including the grind anthem "In The Trenches" on December 31, 2021.
Going for more collabs and I just finished a rough draft version of 7-track self-produced EP. Should be in your earbuds before Spring 2022.
9. What keeps you motivated and on path towards your goals for music?
At 23, I was diagnosed Bi-Polar II with severe depression and suicidal thoughts. I started rapping at 26 years old and it awakened a passion I couldn't ignore.
In addition, there are so many people I have seen grind their way up from even darker corners than the ones I've faced.
As of late, the group chats I've been affiliated with on Twitter is also a highly motivating force. Shout out to the "CU" and "streaming " gang!
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
On a realistic note, I'd die in peace knowing I've inspired others:
to live in their truth
to put facts and accountability over feelings
To treat others as they deserve and
To know tomorrow is another opportunity to better yourself and the world you live in
11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
The tracks I recently recorded with Detroit's own, 2Rok, just so happen to be some of the greatest music I've recorded. His production reminded of soulful hip hop. The instrumentals inspired me to bring my best and to even step out of boundaries and cross genres. One word: PHENOM
12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own?
With an exception of the Big Runts collaboration for "Where's the Sauce?", I've created all of the album artwork. It's a fun process and helps me exercise my creativity outside of the actual music. While I'm not opposed to letting others do my artwork, I take pride in creating a new piece. Also, I enjoy seeing the growth from the previous creation.
Shout out to underground extraordinaire, The Nait Sirk! The cover art is always exceptional.
13. Who makes most of your beats or production?
Outside of my recent collaborations, I make my own beats. Although, 2022 will see me on several other producers' production. I have progressive hearing loss and tinnitus so I branch out to engineers to mix and master my tracks.
14. What can we expect next from you in 2022?
The least you could expect is putting me in your favorite new artist list. My chambers are loaded with new songs, collabs are stacking up and I'm getting better at shooting and editing my own videos.
The music video for "In the Trenches" premieres on New Year's Eve via YouTube. Be sure to lock in for music reviews, travels, edu-tainment content and more behind the scenes clips. GROW with us and we will make you feel like you're at the right party!
15. Link the fans to your Twitter & Instagram @ Below so they can follow you!
Come party with your folks and enjoy the ride!
Major thanks and appreciation to Royal Rap and you good folks for your time!