What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is rapper, $liiick. $liiick is straight out of Atlanta, Georgia. $liiick makes music that has a futuristic and melodic feel. Her lyrics are raw and relatable across generations. She's also super eccentric which adds to the ambiance of her futuristic/street vibe. Sliiick dropped her debut project Laboratoriii in 2021 which displays her lyrical ability and raw vulnerability as an artist. $liiick's been making waves in the Atlanta underground scene with her unique sound so we had to tap in with her. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, $liiick? Your vibe is dope. When did you start making music?
$LIIICK: I started making music officially in the summer of 2020 after I dropped out of college.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Baby Kanye vibes. What city do you represent?
$LIIICK: Atlanta, Georgia.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Atl. Y'alls underground scene is super talented! So how did you create your stage name?
$LIIICK: $liiick has three eyes because there is always a higher purpose to what I'm saying and how I say it. Being "slick" describes the way I deliver my passionate opinions in a calm way. I’m into numerology as well, and the number 3 (iii) has been consistent in my life.
Westleaf Staff: Dope. Shout out to the number 3. It's cool that you have a higher purpose when you speak. That's super uncommon these days. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
$LIIICK: My family put me on to the groovy scene with their r&b and hip-hop/pop taste. I am also a trained dancer, so I’ve always had an ear for jazz and music with strong percussion. When I was a baby, my mom put me to sleep with classical music, which helped me appreciate ballet when I got older.
Westleaf Staff: So the arts are basically in your veins. I can see why your music is so fire. Salute to your family for introducing you to the vibes. Who is your biggest musical influence?
$LIIICK: I’d say Aaliyah and Ciara are the biggest influences on my melodic/vocal sound. I also loved Pink and Paramore because of the strong emotions portrayed with their vibes.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. Cole is a legend! Next question! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
$LIIICK: My favorite career defining moments are when my friends sing my music word for word with so much passion and feeling like they wrote the song themselves. Also, Any time people use my lyrics as captions is really just an affirmation that I have more in common with people than I thought.
Westleaf Staff: Wow! That's a very empathetic response. It's cool that you value the connection with your audience.
What makes you a unique artist?
$LIIICK: My sound is unique because most artists around me make music that the majority wants to hear. I never cared for the majority, but for the quality of the connections I make through my lyrics and performance style. A lot of people do music for clout and money, while I have to do music to cleanse myself mentally and emotionally so I don’t go crazy.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep AF and thoughtful. So what does art mean to you?
$LIIICK: MY art is a direct creative expression of me, my attitude, and morals. My art is where I find balance within myself, as it allows me to be as dramatic or nonchalant as I genuinely feel.
Westleaf Staff: I feel that! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
$LIIICK: I see my music career bleeding into every other art medium for me. With my music being at the center, everything else will bloom based off the concept of my music for the time being until another wave of sound evolution.
Westleaf Staff: Facts. It's already done. I see it happening for you.Before we go, describe music in three words.
$LIIICK: Free. Therapy. Expression.
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