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, Xelf. Xelf is straight out of Hartford, Connecticut. His music is heartfelt and griddy. We can definitely see Xelf performing at festivals such as Rolling Loud or Coachella. Xelf's been making waves in the urban scene so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Xelf? Your music is dope. When did you start making music?
Xelf: I started taking it serious around high school. Once I heard my voice through the speakers it was over from then.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! What city do you represent?
Xelf: Hartford, Connecticut.
Westleaf Staff: Ha! Shout out to Hartford. So how did you create your stage name?
Xelf: I was always told to be myself from a young age and to never be something or someone I wasn’t. So “Xelf” just stuck and hit hard when I replaced the “S” with a “X” instead.
Westleaf Staff: Dope. Shoutout to you for embracing your individuality. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Xelf: It shaped it without me noticing to be honest. My parents always played different genres of music around me so that sparked my interest in all different sounds going forward.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. I bet it was dope to have such a diverse listening experience growing up. Salute to your parents! Who is your biggest musical influence?
Xelf: 50 cent. I was 5 when “get rich or die trying” came out. I studied the entire album word for word.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. 50 is a legend! Respect. Next question! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Xelf: To be honest everything. I love the grind of this. Every moment is defining because it’s shaping me into the best artist I could be.
Westleaf Staff: Facts! Love that response.
What makes you a unique artist?
Xelf: My versatility and being able to connect with different types of people with my music. I have 1000 songs in my hard drive that gives 1000 different feelings.
Westleaf Staff: That's real. So what does art mean to you?
Xelf: It means everything. Being creative is unique within itself. I’m usually not a talkative person but when it’s just me and the mic I could say whatever to it and it just listens without talking back. And that’s my form of art.
Westleaf Staff: I feel that! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Xelf: I’m going to be the biggest artist in the world by then.
The Westleaf: Nice! I affirm that with you. Before we go, describe music in three words.
Xelf: Fullfiling. Fun. Unique.
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