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Westleaf Staff

What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is artist, Cashoutdash. Cashoutdash reps Tampa, FL. His style is gritty yet melodic, creating a stimulating environment for listeners. We can definetly see Cashout's sound on major stages such as Rolling Loud. or Coachella. The Tampa artist is buzzing in his city so we had to tap in. Checkout the interview below!

Westleaf Staff: What's up, Cashout? Your sound is dope. When did you start making music?

Cashoutdash: I started making music at about the age of 12. I had a really big curiosity with instruments specifically brass ones and that led to me joining the band class at my school, that and me wanting to compete with my sister who was in the orchestra at the time. But that experience really stoked my passion for music creation. And at the time I didn’t know It would develop into what It is now, but I do know the exposure at that early age really helped me get an understanding of basic music skills, plus I know how to play the trombone, baritone, French horn and tuba so it was definitely a great experience.

Westleaf Staff: That's dope! So how did your early life shape your interest in music?

Cashoutdash: My early life was filled with trials and tribulations. I come from a family of Haitian immigrant parents so there was definitely no golden spoon in my life. Coming from a Haitian family loyalty is extremely big so family and loyalty are big themes in my music. I spent a lot of my time as a child alone because I was always starting problems or getting into something so from an early age my momma knew she had to keep an extra eye on me working two jobs made it pretty hard on her so she relied on my older sister to do the watching but since I and my sister were close in age she was more of a friend so to keep me preoccupied she would always put on 106 & Park or other music countdown shows which heavily influenced my interest in music.

Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?

Cashoutdash: I represent Tampa but really the entire I-4 area From Tampa to Orlando and everything in between.

Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Tampa. Y'all have a lot of talent. So how did you create your stage name?

Cashoutdash: So my stage name is basically my nickname and my motivation to always be at a bank cashing out.

Westleaf Staff: I love that. I think it's dope that your name comes from your hustle. So who is your biggest Musical influence?

Cashoutdash: That’s a pretty tough question. I have a lot of musical influences from a whole lot of genres but if I had to narrow it down to 4 rappers specifically in no order it would be Kendrick Lamar, Wam Spin Da Bin, MF Doom, and Kodak Black.

Westleaf Staff: Dope! Those are some legends. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?

Cashout Dash: Humbly, I don’t think I reached that point yet in my musical career but in terms of my life, the most defining moment was when the pandemic had hit, I realized how quickly you can lose things, family members, money, jobs, and even opportunities. That taught me that you have to put value and effort into everything you do.

Westleaf Staff: So cool! Salute for that performance. So what makes you a unique artist?

Cashoutdash: I think what makes me a unique artist is my ability to share my emotions and feelings with others through my music. I think especially in rap a lot of artists don’t show the depth of their character and they hid portions of themselves for the image, but I think that attitude really takes away from your music it puts you in a box and my ability to make music based on my feelings and experiences pushed me to make more relatable music and staying versatile and creative as possible. I like being able to rap on my money-making experiences just as much as I like rapping about my traumatic experiences and that’s what makes me a unique artist.

Westleaf Staff: Dope! Much respect. So what does art mean to you?

Cashoutdash: Art to me is really a feeling, an emotion almost like the bridge between what you can imagine and what you can physically create, and the more skilled you are at that craft the closer what you create is to the idea, emotion, or feeling you want to physically bring to life and share.

Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?

Cashoutdash: I see my musical career really going into a lot of collaboration work. I really enjoy helping other artists write, produce, and execute tracks. I just really have a passion in making all types of music, but I also see that helping my personal musical career as well. Hopefully I help make some hits and I have some under my belt too.

Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success this year! Before we go, describe music in three words.

Cashoutdash: If I had to describe music in three words I would say Expression, Creation, and Execution.

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