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, Trabajarie. Trabaajaarie hails from East. Atlanta and his gritty-melodictrap paints a stunning visual of his Atlanta lifestyle. His sound is similar to the Atlanta greats such as Yung Thug, Gunna, and Lil Baby. We can definitely see him performing on major stages such as Coachella or Rolling Loud. The rising MC is making a buzz in his city so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Trabajarie? Your music is dope! When did you start making music?
Trabajarie: I started writing music when I was 14 but didn't actually record anything until I was about 16, 17 for real.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Trabajarie: East Atlanta.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to East Atlanta! There's hella talent there. So how did you create your stage name?
Trabajarie: When I was in highschool my homie Jihad knew I rapped & was looking for another rap name 'cause I use to do freestyles in the hallway and we would chop it up. He saw me in newspaper class and he had just came from Spanish. He told me outta nowhere I should put the word "Trabaja" (which means work in Spanish) and my real name (Travarie') together to make Trabajarie. Around the time (Late 2014) almost every rapper coming out had a Spanish themed name. I love it instantly and it just made so much sense and I've had that same name ever since.
Westleaf Staff: That's a dope name. It's super creative. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Trabajarie: I always use to ride in my moms car and thinking about it she's where my love of music can be traced back to. Just seeing how certain songs made her feel and show different emotions. It was inspirational in a way.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Shoutout to your Mom! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Trabajarie: It's never been one person for an extended period of time. My influence fluctuates often. I'm actually currently looking for one.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Trabajarie: Seeing the energy I can get from my music from people at the club. It can be an ego boost and sometimes a humbling Experience.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! So what makes you a unique artist?
Trabajarie: The type of music I can give you. Yeah I do have a couple of similar sounds on different songs, but my ability to completely reshape a track on certain songs is crazy.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! You're super unique. So what does art mean to you?
Trabajarie: Art means to me whatever fulfills you (the artist) on the inside. Art is often misunderstood. Judged by its' cover. Sometimes there's a deeper meaning to something so simple and sometimes there's a simple answer to something complex. Often it's whatever you get out of that piece of art, because everyone won't get the same thing.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Trabajarie: I see me being the face of music. Me ending an era and starting a new one. Me putting the excitement and anticipation that everybody craves back into music.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Trabajarie: Misunderstood. Emotions. Relateable.
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