What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is, Arkadian, an artist hailing from New York City. Arkadian's style can be characterized as colorful and groovy while still managing to convey the raw and gritty emotions of his eccentric lifestyle. But enough from us! Let's hear from Arkadian.
Westleaf Staff: What's up? When did you start making music? We love your sound.
Arkadian: I started when I was 5 years old beating on the drums.
Westleaf Staff: How did your upbringing shape your interest in music?
Arkadian: My mother would be playing her albums like Teddy Pendergrass, Barry White, Al Green, a lot of oldies.
Westleaf Staff: Who is your biggest musical influence?
Arkadian: 2Pac, KRS One, Biggie, Pop smoke, 50 Cent, Dave East, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Al Green.The list goes deep.
Westleaf Staff: What's been the most defining moment in your music career?
Arkadian: When I did my first tour It took me by storm. I know I had to learn it fast when I got up on stage. I took it deep and I love entertaining people. I love seeing them throw their hands in the air. Controlling the crowd is astonishing. Words can’t explain how I feel when I’m on stage looking down at the crowd. It's pretty dope.
Westleaf Staff: What makes you a unique artist?
Arkadian: I’m dangerous with my rhymes, because I speak the truth. My music is not a facade. It’s a whole body.
Westleaf Staff: What does art mean to you?
Arkadian: Art to me is a beautiful woman who is painted differently from the rest. It's not about looks. It’s about understanding the painting and what she’s thinking. To me, it’s about how deep you express yourself in your craft.
Westleaf Staff: Describe today's Rap music.
There’s no art behind it. There’s no storytelling behind it. Let me elaborate, hip-hop music was based on storytelling about the black ghettos in America. We as artist would put our stories on music. The stories could be about ourselves or people we knew. Someone going through real struggles can relate to the music. People can’t relate to some of the music out here today 'cause it’s like what the hell are you talking about. There are young kids growing up now talking about smoking weed or dead homies and that's not cool. You don’t want them to be a product of the system. You want them to be our next president to help black people, brown people, all type of people.
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