Rapping since high school, the 22 year-old artist started out writing poetry, learned rapping was his ultimate calling.
“Freshman year we would do battle raps on the bleachers,” Fazle said. “That was always a way to see who was the best, at least in your area.”
Fazle decided then that he wanted to be the best.
“It all started with going to Sam Ash or Guitar Center and finding the right equipment,” he said.
His previous project called, “Golden,” was a grand statement in Fazle’s career.
“It’s important because it’s literally an expansion of myself,” he said. “It’s like aspects from my past, and hope for the future.”
No fake, no gimmicks, he said.
Released in summer 2014, Fazle said,” You can see the different avenues of artistry.”
He’s releasing the sequel, “Earn Your Wings,” on Dec 21st. This highly anticipated album will feature only local producers and artists, that he wasn’t able to release at the time of the interview.
Fazle said this album reaches into, “the darker aspects of my life. The aspects I don’t like to necessarily talk about.”
The main message of the album is, anyone can change no matter what situation they’re from, he said.
“Regardless of what you’ve done in the past, you can change for the better,” Fazle said. “Taking flight from where you’re from, and getting out of the slums.”
Fazle loves performing. Everything from spitting the lyrics to working the crowd, he lets his fans know he’s alive, right there with them.
“It’s literally the thing that keeps me going. When I’m on stage, I feel like I’m actually there. I feel like I’m breathing, he said. “My main goal is to get everyone on their feet. If you’re not standing on your feet, you’re not enjoying the performance. You paid money to get in, you should be enjoying it.”
A major trait of Fazle’s, besides his fire lyrics, is his long bleached hair. His long mane is all natural, no chemical, and has grown with him as an artist. Most fans can easily recognize him by the hair.
“I’ve been growing my hair for about eight years, approximately,” he said. “Of course, I have to keep cutting the ends so it keeps getting shorter. All in all, I love it and can’t live without it.”
Follow: @damndatkidfazle, and check his music out.
Evansville, Ind. native, Ki dropped an in your face mixtape revolving around the message of blackness in the 21st century. More specifically, what it’s like to be a black person in 2015.
“Black Soul” starts out with tribal sounds, reminding me of the roots and soul of black americans, and our ancestors. Ki’s voice comes in fiercely smooth, setting the tone for the entire tape.
He means business.
“Black Soul” is raw and honest. Every track has an ill beat, and can groove anyone. Through his rhymes, Ki lets listeners in on his personal side. How he feels about issues like police brutality, the black experience and family can be found in each track.
The tape comes equipped with sounds from many artists like Sunny Ture, Mndsgn, J. Dilla and King I Devine. .
Along with powerful vocals, the mixtape is filled with exerpts from Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Jasmonster and other powerful black leaders.
Zach Morris, 24, (not be confused with “Saved by the Bell,”) recently hit the Evansville hip-hop scene, and is taking local fans by storm.
The Henderson, Ky. native, known by his rap name Sleepyhead, started his lyrical career with poetry and slowly transformed to rapping.
“I rap about socially conscious things, political things, but I don’t like to sound preachy,” Morris said. “I’ve completely gotten rid of songs if they sound too preachy.”
The lyrics should be mindful, he said.
“I’ve been rapping for about a year now,” Morris said. “I’ve always been a huge (hip-hop) fan.”
Morris’s early introduction into hip-hop came from freestyling at parties.
“I noticed a huge tidal shift in the music that was getting popular,” he said. “What was once deemed as alternative, artists like Drake, J. Cole and Odd Future, started to become mainstream.”
Morris gained exposure from performing at PG, a venue located on Franklin St that hosts an abundance of local music in Evansville, Ind. His debut performance showed a major difference in spoken word performance and rapping for a live audience.
“I’ve done spoken word in front of 15 to 20 people and when I was rapping in front of people it felt totally different,” he said. “There was a lot less room for error.”
The main difference is going along with the music, which is different from most poetry performances, he said.
From the age of 15, Morris wrote poetry to deal with “teen angst,” and life.
“A lot of the first songs I released were poems I had written, or three or four lines from a poem that I made into a rap lyric,” Morris said. “Sometimes I realize I get so focused on making everything rhyme that I should step back and be more cohesive.”
It’s a delicate balance, he said.
As a new artist, there’s a few things Morris would like to master with this lyrical skill.
“I would love to play with a live band, that’s something I really want to do,” he said.
Some of Morris’ inspirations are Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, Aesop Rock, Run the Jewels, just to name a few.
“If I could collaborate with any artist it would be Earl Sweatshirt,” he said. “I follow them (Odd Future) on Instagram and they hang out a lot, especially with Vince Staples, and I like all those guys a lot.”
“I’ve written songs with structure, made all the beats myself and did a lot of heavy editing,” he said. “I really want to have physical copies of the album when the show comes.”
“This albums really about the position I’m in in life, which I try to tackle from different points of view,” Morris said. “Some songs are about current world affairs, and what’s happening through my lens.”
Just trying to represent everyone through the music, he said.