VZA The Great - Interview
1. Tell us your rap name and where are you from?
My rap name is vzathegreat, I'm a CT nigga. From a small town called Groton, specifically.
2. What made you start making music?
I used to mess around with instruments as a kid. I played the alto saxophone for a couple years and the guitar for a couple more. I wrote my first rap verse in like 4th grade to Kanye West, Game and Ludacris "Whole City Behind Me"
3. Who are your influences in rap? There's way too many to name, but here's some major ones. Kanye made me wanna rap as a kid, GZA and DOOM made me wanna rap seriously as a teen and Big L made me wanna be nice at it. Isaiah Rashad and Mick Jenkins made me wanna experiment with it a little more, though. Dom Kennedy's Yellow Album also made me want to be easier to listen to.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
I don't really know what is or isn't underground at the moment, so I don't have much to say on that. Like what is underground now?
5. As an artist who has to compete with thousands of others for streams/plays, what makes your music worth people clicking on? I think the versatility in my songwriting, my lyrical authenticity (I don't present myself as someone I'm not) and the fact that my producers and engineers are crazy!
6. You have 1 person to thank, who would it be?
I'd say myself, self-centered as it sounds. It's important that people give praise to whatever they believe in, their parents, all that. But at the end of the day YOU did all this work and without you the music wouldn't happen.
7. What is your process for recording music ?
My process is pretty random. Shit just kind of happens, you know what I mean? For me there's no guaranteed way to make the song, I just know when it's time to make one.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for this year?
I have my second album (can't say the name) coming sometime this year. I'm aiming for summer.
9. What keeps you motivated and on path towards your goals for music? The best two feelings for me are when I'm making a song and impress myself and get excited, and when others tell me how much they liked my music. The continuous improvement is what keeps me going.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
Man, that's tough. I've been thinking about my legacy and I think I just want to hammer home the fact that you don't need to rap about what they rap about, look, dress, or talk like them. There will always be people who relate to you, just speak your truth. Eminem was like whoopin his mom's ass and spraying his baby mom with mace in his lyrics or whatever, you'll be fine rapping about the fact that you're fat and read books.
11. What's your best collaboration experience with another artist or producer?
I don't have many, but some of the most fun I've had making music was when I was in my old group. Nobody from there raps anymore beside me, but those days were great.
12. Who does all of your cover art or do you make your own? I got a couple homies who do most of my covers. Their handles are @kiddwizzle @ExodusFreeman @coopsthereheis
13. Who makes most of your beats or production? I don't produce, I'm not smart enough. 14. What can we expect next from you in 2022?
More visuals, more performances, more music. Just MORE