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This week’s featured artist is Pro’Verb.
What inspired you to pursue a music career?
I actually never thought I’d get into music as a kid. I never “wanted” to be a rapper. Hip Hop has always been a hobby, but somewhere along the way I found my passion in it. I think the real reason I love music in general is because I see how it affects people. It’s bigger than politics, parenting, religion…all of that. Music can make or break someone in a matter of minutes. I wanna use that power to help people.
How would you describe your music for the public audience?
Conscious lyrics, meets incredible production, meets catchy hooks.
What would you say has been your challenge for you as an artist?
My biggest challenge as an artist has been learning to find my zone and create at the drop of a dime. I’m really hard on myself musically, so typically my writing/ creating process takes some time, but its always worth it. Also, I think realizing the political/ business aspect of the game has kind of been challenging to accept. Sometimes I just want to create and forget about all this “other” stuff, but it really isn’t possible. This is the music BUSINESS!
What was it like performing at Rock the Bells and SXSW?
Life changing. I literally couldn’t believe the people I met backstage. Busta Rhymes, MOP, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Beanie Siegal…Slaughterhouse…just about everyone I’ve ever admired growing up in hip hop was there…AND they got to see me rock. I definitely wanted to be in artist mode, but I was secretly pretty excited to just be there.
What would you say has been your biggest break, thus far in your music career?
I’ve done Rock The Bells, performed across the country in front of thousands, been on hundreds of blogs, national magazines and newspapers, done countless radio interviews… but MY biggest break is when I dropped my tape last year and packed out a venue, while charging at the door. The feeling of knowing you truly have fans that will pay to come out and see you rock is very dope. By far that was my most memorable moment of my career. It made me feel like we weren’t as far away from “making it” as I previously thought.
What makes you and your music stand out from the rest?
The honesty and passion in it. My music is my life and it’s reflected as such. I’m very passionate about the world around me so my music will share that same passion. I’m a very “conscious” person so my music will reflect that as well. In real life I’m an over analytically, creative, perfectionist so my music will reflect that “weirdo” psychosis.