Artist Interview: ArrogantAnt from Dank Muzik Entertainment
Tell us about yourself and your music
My name is Anthony but I’ve always preferred Ant. Starting out I went by the alias DjHoles, but changed it to ArrogantAnt, as I deemed it more fitting toward my lyrical attitude. I’m from a town in New York called West Babylon, off of Long Island. At the age of 7, I moved to a small town in Florida, known as Palm Coast. As a kid growing up, I’ve always had an ear for punchlines and metaphors, and how well a person can control the microphone. I’ve also had a strong musical influence in my family, where my cousin would create/produce a wide range of beats, or as some call, instrumentals. He would occasionally show off his lyrical talents as well. My oldest brother was also musically inclined. Growing up, in my eyes, he was the best freestyler out. From how he could come up with clever verses to how quickly it would register in his head to how much sense he made while spitting what he was just thinking. To this day, he still has trouble writing down his flows because he’s so used to going off the top of the head. These guys have had a heavy influence on my life and the dreams I envisioned for myself. Starting out, I would always try to write a couple bars here and there just to get the pen flowing. As time went on, I would push myself further and further creatively until I was a literal lyrical monster. It’s been about 7 years that I’ve been writing my own music, and about 5 years of recording, mixing, and producing my music. I started the unofficial label, Dank Muzik Entertainment, when I started getting more serious about what I wanted to do in music. For those who don’t know, Dank is a word that means good/great/fantastic/the best/etc… At this point in my career, my ultimate goal is to revive the slowly dying culture of hip hop, and to bring back the lyrical talents that continue to fade away. I have had many minor achievements since starting this journey, from over 4,000 plays on one song to holding down the number one spot in my town for weeks on the reverbnation charts. With very high hopes and determination, one day Dank Muzik will be the largest, most influential, most successful label on the scene. Right now, I am equipped with my very talented producer, DJToxicTerror, who has had his own level of success thus far, and a couple of lyricists ranging from my oldest brother to my unofficial brother, King Osa. From the day I started up to this day, I have over 300 pages of rhymes, 3 official mixtapes released, 2 unofficial but very good mixtapes not released,and a colossal amount of more music, orginial beats or not, in the works.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest project that I’m working on is called “Food 4 Thought.” The amount of tracks included in this project is not yet determined, but the level of lyrical talents going into this project is tremendous. Recently, I released a track off of the upcoming project, called, ” Quiet Storm.” This is a legendary instrumental from the very talented group Mobb Deep, which many rappers have hopped on, including the newly bubbling, Young MA. On this track I’m basically putting out a warning to these new school rappers that I’m coming and I’m hungry, and no matter the circumstances, nobody’s going to stop me. Of course I’m showing off my lyrical talents in the process, giving strong punchlines and heavy metaphors while telling my story.
What inspired you to write this release?
A wide range of things have inspired me to write this release, but the biggest thing would have to be proving to people across the country that hip hop is still alive and is thriving even if it’s not mainstream..
Any plans to release a video?
Maybe sometime in the near future, but as of right now I guess you’ll have to just check out my track..
Any plans to hit the road?
Of course hitting the road is crucial in making a career and building a fan base, but thus far, I havent had any concerts pr tours. Hopefully in due time that’ll all come into play.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
For starters, my lyrical capacity is far greater than rappers out today. My sound is a lot different than the typical “mumble rapper.” I don’t follow what everyone else is doing to try to get noticed, I try to do my own thing.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Lately, I’ll either listen to 90’s hip hop, as such artists as Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie, Nas, etc.. Or in the newer generation I’ll listen to J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Ace Hood, The Game, Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti, Boosie, or Young Dolph.
Tell us about your passions
Working hard to provide money for my family, and doing everything I can to help those I care deeply about, who are going through a real rough patch in their lives.
What else is happening next in your world?
Staying dedicated to achieving all my own personal goals with the music, and hopefully opening doors that most people cant open in a lifetime.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Anthony!