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, Oryah. Oryah reps the Poconos and his east coast style echos. the chill vibe we've. seen from many East Coast legends. We can definitely see Oryah 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, Oryah? Your sound is dope! When did you start making music?
Oryah: I started off making beats almost 9 years ago, but lost the passion during the Pandemic. At the end of 2022 I started rapping at Nate Kobain’s studio. Him, CozyClyde, KSAV, 126Pxpe, & S.A.V were all around during the early stages of my journey honestly.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Oryah: Brooklyn born & raised in the Poconos. I have so much love for New York & was still there frequently as a kid. But in short, I’d say I represent the Lehigh Valley. Shoutout Allentown.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to PA! So how did you create your stage name?
Oryah: Just stuck with my first name. I used to produce years ago under the name “Oreezy”, but realized I wanted to keep all the art as authentic as possible while rapping now in life. Plus I love when other artists I listen to do it as well.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope and unique. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Oryah: Significantly! I remember growing obsessed with Guitar Hero at an early age & it unlocked a love for heavy metal/rock. Then it all eventually transitioned into falling in love with Hip-Hop around 11-12 years old.
Originally Lil Wayne was some I really looked up to, but Kendrick Lamar’s impact in 2012 made me a fan of his forever. Overall I love music in general & listen to tons of different types of styles
Westleaf Staff: Cool! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Oryah: I’d easily say Earl Sweatshirt from a songwriting & delivery perspective. I really like his subject matter & creative rhyme schemes. Artists like Kendrick, Travis, Chief Keef & Isaiah influence my delivery. Special with how they layer their vocals & play with infections.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. Those are some legends. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Oryah: Last summer when I performed an entire weekend on the Big Racks tour in Atlanta. Got to meet Reemarkable & many other talented rappers in the area/industry. Easily the best weekend of my life.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on the tour! So what makes you a unique artist?
Oryah: I stay creative & keep everything as authentic as possible. Not many artists are as versatile as me right now respectfully. Most times I feel like I can hop on any style/beat.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So what does art mean to you?
Oryah: Art is life. Some say that life mocks art while others say the opposite. It’s all subjective, but life would be nothing without art.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Oryah: Just trynna keep building & expanding on where I am right now. Definitely will be headlining my own shows & make even better music than I am now.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Oryah: Spells And Sounds.
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