Interview with G-Two | Edition XIX.6
Hometown: Prince George’s County, MD
Location: Washington, DC
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
Vocally: Refined grit. Smooth delivery, with edgy emphasis and passion. I like to personify it as torn velvet. Lyrically: Stylistically I’d say that my sound is very coastal. As far as hip-hop goes, the NY influenced lyricism, the southern simplicity. The fierce individuality of a DC area native.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
Producers that inspire me are The Alchemist, 9th Wonder, DJ Burn One, Kanye West. I’m drawn to artists whose sound doesn’t change *with* time, but evolves over time.
Songwriters that inspire me are The Dream, Prince, Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, to name a few. I go for substance for older musicians, and I enjoy an unorthodox contemporary writer.
My primary influences are (in no order) Erykah Badu, Marvin Gaye, Willie Hutch, Al Green, Bobby Womack. As far as Hip-Hop; I’d say Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West, Mos Def, T.I., and Scarface are my primary influences.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
I honestly think that my forthcoming work ‘†rillmatic.’ is my favorite to date; it should be coming out late November. I tend to grow musically each project, but this one in particular I think I’ve captured an identifiable sound. It’s the foundation to what I want to be a really strong move in the right direction.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
The main factor for launching my career a few years ago came predominately from my love for music. For as long as I can remember it’s been my passion. Passion is actually an understatement. I think and most times talk in rhyme, I relate events in my life to when certain music came out. I use lyrics from songs to diagnose things in life; I pretty much revolve around music, and more specifically words.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Some people I’d like to work with are definitely Erykah Badu, Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott, Scarface, Freddie Gibbs, and 50 Cent. If possible, I’d like to have DJ Khaled narrate my autobiography also.
How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet changes my craft by exposing me to more like-minded artists and people outside of my geographic circle. DC is a small place, but with the internet, you’re not bound to the Diamond District. I get to encounter so many different artists, different platforms to showcase my music, it’s limitless.
What I’m doing is extremely important. There’s a gray area in hip-hop culture that isn’t always spoken for. I happen to think this area represents the majority of the hip-hop demographic. There are people who aren’t gangbangers, or drug dealers, or drug addicts. And there are people who don’t cut themselves, or are overrun with angst and depression. But can relate to all of those perspectives. That’s what I represent. And that’s very important.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
Long-term goals for me are including but not limited to commercial success with my music, making an impact socially, and just changing someone’s life in one way shape or form. I’m no actor, but I wouldn’t count out the option. All in all, I just want to be heard!