You wouldn't believe the number of people who aspire to be famous rappers one day. Most have what it takes, but are unknown to most of the world. Today, I am giving a spotlight two of these rappers: J Trauma and XX/\/\E. I asked them a few questions about their career.
Q1) who are your influences?
J Trauma: Lil B, Bones, Yung Lean, Lil Ugly Mane, Xavier Wulf, Raider Klan, and the Flatbush Zombies
XX/\/\E: Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt, and the Flatbush Zombies
Q2) If you could compare yourself to an already established artist, who would it be and why?
J Trauma: No one, I don’t really like comparing myself to other artists. What I create is my own craft and what they create is theirs. I’m just doing my own thing, staying in my own lane, fucking with people who I think are good and have potential.
XX/\/\E: Earl Sweatshirt, because are both young and hyperactive.
Q3) Who is your hero and why?
J Trauma: Lil B is generally one of the only people I look up to because all he does is spread love and positivity. You can’t hate on a guy who wishes the best for even the most miserable people. That’s real.
XX/\/\E: Eazy E his music got into rap (Rest in Peace).
Q4) What do you think listeners will get out of your music?
J Trauma: I’m just making music for myself and my homies. If anyone else enjoys it and I gain a few fans here and there, then cool. I don’t really expect people to gain much from my music. It’s nothing special, really.
XX/\/\E: Just some cool weird shit about a kid who is pretty weird and creative mixed with some satire a little bit.
Q5) How did you get into rapping?
J Trauma: I was always a huge rap fan ever since I was around 8 or 9. I used to listen to Eminem, Nas, and Dr. Dre a lot when I was younger. That’s kinda how I got into it, I guess. I wrote my first song when I was 11. I just began writing and recording frequently under a year ago.:
XX/\/\E: Until I was 9 I never really listened to rap but I got this Eazy E record Str8 Off tha Streetz Of Muthaphukkin Compton and it blew my mind.
Q6) What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure in your life?
J Trauma: I broke my ankle a year ago really bad after I got hit by a car, so I guess that. It gave me a concussion, too.
XX/\/\E: Growing up with really bad ADHD and not being able to focus at all.
Q7) WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING YOU'VE HAD TO ENDURE IN the music industry?
J Trauma: Shit, I’m underground as hell, I’m not involved in the industy, but I get a lot of shit in school from rapping. I’m just gonna be a junior in high school in September. People would annoy the hell out of me for rapping.
XX/\/\E: Not knowing how to promote and distribute music I kinda know it but not really. Also getting over the whole “Gangsta” phase was kinda hard.
Q8) How does it feel to be finally getting your break?
J Trauma: I don’t really know lol.
XX/\/\E: Im not even known then I’m a little bit known over the internet but I hope to reach a little more popularity.
Q9) What do you hope to do with your music?
J Trauma: Enjoy what I’m doing, which I am, and make some money one day. My parents need help with rent and groceries and all that.
XX/\/\E: Get better at singing and make a debut album soon.
q10) Are there any questions that your were expecting that I didn’t ask and want to answer?
J Trauma: I was expecting to be asked about any upcoming projects. I have a mixtape coming out in July, I don’t know what the title is yet but look out for it.
XX/\/\E: More personal questions would have been cool but this was still dope.
There you go! If you haven't already, check out my reviews for these artists. If you are an underground rapper like them, I wish you look for the future. Thanks for reading this review! Stay tuned for more true music reviews!