Artist Interview: Ras (X)
Tell us about yourself and your music
I’m an underground Producer/MC from the Bronx. I started producing & rapping sometime in the late 1990s. The moniker “Ras (X)” comes from my middle name Rashid, shortened to just Ras & the (X) is unknown, meaning it could mean anything, such as Ras (X)-Cellent, Ras (X)-Man, Ras (X)-Troadinaire & so on. I love the process of making music. It can stem from mood, experience, everyday situations or short notice ideas. In other words, it’s very sporadic. Hearing the finished product and the feedback from listeners is what drives me.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release is called One Day, self produced and it is a song that will make you think.
What inspired you to write this release?
Everyday life and the trials and tribulations the journey of life brings.
Any plans to release a video?
Maybe in due time, but no set date as of now. I do have a music video to Vent-ill-ation, off my album (X)-zonerated.
Any plans to hit the road?
No, not at the moment.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Well, I stay true to myself and don’t force the music. I try to stay in my lane and my core sound, tho I’m very versatile. A lot of my music involves a lot of feelings and emotions, so a lot of ppl going through the same trials and tribulations can relate.
Who have you been listening to lately?
A lot of hip hop from the 90s as well as jazz, pop and alternative music. I like all genres of music, as it all depends on my mood.
Tell us about your passions
Besides music, I love playing video games, such as NBA 2K, Resident Evil, fighting & car racing games, as well as watching basketball and other sports. I also watch movies when I have free time and browse the internet whenever I can. I’m a nerd basically lol.
What else is happening next in your world?
Well, the next step is taking the music to the next level and staying the course. That is all in God’s time as He’s in control of this journey, so I am just blessed to be able to do what I do and still have a passion for it.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Harvey!
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