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, Blackman. Blackman reps New York and his east coast style paints a vivid narrative of his life experiences.We can definitely see Blackman performing on major stages such as Coachella or Rolling Loud. The rising MC dropped a Black Friday album. (The Art) so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Blackman? Your music is dope! When did you start making music?
Blackman: I started making music at 14 doing all star shows in NY.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Blackman: New York City. Raised in East New York Brooklyn.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to New York! So how did you create your stage name?
Blackman: I wanted to change the perspective of how the Blackman is perceived so I use the name Blackman for every Black Man that is working hard every day to get through this life rather chasing dreams to taking care of his family or just figuring out this journey we call life.
Westleaf Staff: That's a dope name. It's super inspiring. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Blackman: I wanted to get out of the streets. I was a foster child and life was never easy for me. Music became the easiest way for me to communicate my feelings and tell my story.
Westleaf Staff: Cool! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Blackman: My life story. Those around me who impacted me to become
the man I am today. Of course there’s other artists I listen to and respect but it’s the everyday people who influence me.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. That's a unique perspective. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Blackman: Finishing this album.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on finishing the album. So what makes you a unique artist?
Blackman: I'm able to navigate my life story through music without a lot of vulgarities in my music.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! That's refreshing to see in our industry. So what does art mean to you?
Blackman: Art is a way to display oneself in a sense , expressing my past present and future in its form.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Blackman: In the next few years I want to be known as a musical storyteller. I want my music to reach and inspire the masses to go after everything they thought was impossible to accomplish.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Blackman: Therapy. Release. Vision.
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