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, Timmy Turn Up. Timmy hails from right outside of Pittsburgh, PA. The blazing rapper founded the hip-hop collective Addictive Accidents and he is most notably known for his hit songs Broke Boy and Blitzburgh Jackboy$. His collective just dropped a mixtape Addictive Accidents: The New World Order and they're even working on a comic book. The rising MC is buzzing in his home town so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Timmy? Your sound is dope! When did you start making music?
Timmy Turn Up: My first taste of making music was back in elementary school around first or second grade playing the violin but once i got to freshman year in highschool I got my parents to let me quit because at the time I thought it came off as dorky but I started rapping in 6th grade with some of my homies but didn't start taking it serious until 21. I'm 25 now.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Timmy Turn Up: I'm from the Pittsburgh area not inner city but right outside.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to Pittsburgh! So how did you create your stage name?
Timmy Turn Up: Timmy Turn Up Was A Nickname i got in highschool for wearing pink outfits with a snapback attached to my belt strap and being turnt when I got there and actively getting turnt while there by filling water bottles with a different clear substance and Addictive Accidents was from us using a bunch of name generators and combining the two words we liked most that made the most sense for what we represent.
Westleaf Staff: That's a dope name. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Timmy Turn Up: It heavily shaped it. My mom loved rnb music like Michael Jackson and Mary J Blige and her favorite rapper was 2pac. My dad was pretty much mainly into rap so he played Mike Jones and Biggie heavily and nowadays he'll be quick to throw on some Young Dolph. I was always around it and I was born in 97 so I came up during the Wayne, Em, and 50 era that also played a major role in me becoming personally interested.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Timmy Turn Up: It's weird because after you start to make music for awhile you start to look for more influences who don't make music to influence sound. I think mainly for me to allow my sound to sound original, but I have been super influenced by Stan Lee, Connor McGregor, and Anime in general lately.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Timmy Turn Up: Winning the no jumper livestream was the first moment that made me feel like oh I'm not crazy at all this is going to work. Getting reposted on the Saycheesetv Instagram was another moment like that the first 10k views on a song was another oh wow moment.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! So what makes you a unique artist?
Timmy Turn Up: The all around versatility plus actually being known for my music and not constant drama or controversy like most other artist. I let the sound speak for itself and always try to push the culture forward.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So what does art mean to you?
Timmy Turn Up: Self expression, the act of finding meaning in the abstract, a conversation between yin and yang , incredibly special to say the least.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Timmy Turn Up: I just see myself and the brand getting bigger and bigger until we hit that point of pure stardom or cult classics.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Timmy Turn Up: Noise Listeners Feel.
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