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, Drila G. Drilla reps North Carolina and his southern trap style paints a vivid narrative of his life.We can definitely see Drilla performing on major stages all over the world. The rising MC has been on our radar for a while so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Drilla? Your music is dope! When did you start making music?
Drilla G: I began writing music when I was 13. I never took myself serious despite my family & friends telling me that I was actually a lot better than I thought originally.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Drilla G: Greenville, North Carolina.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to North Carolina! So how did you create your stage name?
Drilla G: Originally my stage name was G$IDEDRILLA, I changed it recently for a more widened approach to match the level of music I project out. Thank Stew Otto for that.
Westleaf Staff: That's a dope name change. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Drillla G: Growing up in the projects of the west side of Greenville NC is hard. Not much room for growth, productivity, just a lot of opportunity for shit to hit the fan. I’ve seen a lot of fallen artists that have had more than enough potential to truly make it out… situations & bad habits usually slow / ruin their progress & I feel like that’s what separates me from the rest. I’m chasing my dream with solidarity as my base.
Westleaf Staff: Cool! Keep chasing it bro. So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Drilla G: Truly, I don’t have one. I’m influenced from so many artists & styles it’s hard to just pick one. Although, Billion Dollar Baby Ent & CMG & 1017 are punching so hard right now in the industry it’s hard to not give them their recognition up front. The work that those Individual artists put in before getting signed is crazy. My influence all in all is seeing someone push themselves & achieving past the original limits they set for themselves.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. That's a unique perspective. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Drilla G: Probably being noticed by Enphamus ( Alamo Records ) & Prince ( GS Boyz ). Getting tips from artists & bigger figures on how to push my platform really opened my eyes for real. Understanding it’s entirely not based on how much music you drop, your quality has to match. A lot of upcoming artists drop hundreds of low quality songs, that could be hits but rushed the process. You gotta choose your battles wisely.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on those connections. So what makes you a unique artist?
Drilla G: I fear no beat. Regardless of the genre, speed, regional style my ability to adapt to my environment is quick & efficient. In the works, I have a lot more coming than just what I’m putting out. It’s a time for everything, the switch that comes with the progress will be detrimental & I’m just about ready for it.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So what does art mean to you?
Drilla G: Art is your expressive form of creation. Whether it be, music, painting, dancing, mixing, art comes in many forms. And a lot of times, Art is truly unappreciated & it’s sad. 2022 is unbelievable right now. I can’t wait to see who’s coming in 2023. It’s a-lot of competition for the spotlight.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Drilla G: Over the next few years, whether a label comes into contact with me or not. I’m going up, I have a system, I have a consistently growing fanbase, & with the team I have now there’s no doubt there’s gonna be way more shows & appearances than this year. This year was the set up. The basis. 2023 is the beginning for the birth of my true exposure.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Drilla G: Painting with words.
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