Seems like more and more, the young emcees coming up are making themselves more versatile, which is a good thing. That’s what first drew me to today’s spotlight artist, Boston’s Fly-C. I’ve heard everything from straight up lyrical spitting, to songs about the ladies, to introspective type of lyrics. All this over a variety of different sounds in the terms of the beats. And the best thing, the past 8-12 months I’ve been following him, he’s grown in leaps and bounds as an artist. This cat has the potential to make it on XXL’s Freshman cover in the near future….
As he preps his upcoming mixtape, to be hosted by Statik Selektah, he took the time to speak with us….
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WYDU: What’s good dude, how about a little introduction before we kick this off?
Fly-C: I go by the name of FLY-C, and I’m just your typical rap artist trying to come up, haha.. just kidding, for those who are familiar with my music, you know what I do on records, and for those who aren’t familiar with my music, give it a listen I’m positive you won’t be disappointed.
F-C: My first introduction to hip-hop was a lot of old school stuff that my dad would play when I was real young, my father was a DJ for some years and I can say he was my introduction to the world of hip-hop, but what made me want to be an MC was seeing other artist on T.V., with money, cars, and jewelery. Hip-Hop glamorizes that lifestyle and in my eyes “then” it looked like it was the thing to be.
W: You are fairly new artist coming into an already saturated scene. How do you separate yourself from the rest of the stuff out there?
F-C: My music gives direction. In some of my records I share life experiences and tell people how I overcome the negative experiences. If you listen to what I’m saying and how I did it, you can overcome something by doing the same as I did. Music right now is a lot more heartfelt, which I’m very happy about. A lot of artist aren’t just rapping about rims, cars, and diamonds, and I think thats amazing that us on the rise artist are keeping it real. Maybe when we get on in the industry we can talk about the rims, the cars and the diamonds (laughs) but I separate myself from other artist by giving direction.
W: Who are some cats that influenced you as an artist? If you could work with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
F-C: Definitely Kanye West, he’s inspired me in so many ways. Kanye to me can’t be average, he seems like an “I’m gonna take it to the extreme” type of guy, and I love and respect that. That’s taught me to go all out instead of being your average rapper. It takes more then lyricism to be an icon in this game, it takes producing, being one of the most fashionable people in the world, takes the controversy to keep everyone talking about you, and it takes making great music. That’s what Kanye does. So If I could work with any artists right now it’d definitely be him, because it’d be great to work with someone who I idolize, and definitely Drake, he’s super talented he’s another one that has been a great influence on me. He’s inspired some of the directions I’ve gone with my music.
W: You hail from Boston, describe the Boston scene. What does it have to offer? What is it lacking?
F-C: The scene is dope, there are a handful of artists that are doing there thing on a major scale. The hip-hop is more hardcore. Boston is a very rough place, and where I’m from is a town called (Roxbury) it’s a very dangerous place. So I can see what inspires my cities music. The only thing I’d say the city lacks is unity. No one can be happy for another man shining so they hate, but the unity is definitely getting better, slowly but surely
F-C: For me it was experimenting that gave me a huge boost. I work very closely with the TrackSlayerz and the record that changed my life is a freestyle I did to Kanye West’s “Say You Will” I sent it to the TrackSlayerz and they all loved it. It showed them growth, showed them I’ve elevated to the next level and that’s what they wanted. I’m not trying to be your average joe. I want to make in impact on the world with my music. It’s a very valuable tool I’d say. Switching my style up has been the best thing for my career as an artist. Right now at least.
W: So you can work with any producer and MC here or passed, who would you pick and why?
F-C: To be honest man, I love working with my team. The TrackSlayerz. because they know my style. I didn’t go through a bunch of random records. They gave me the beats and topics and every record came out crazy. Certain records I didn’t like at first, but Infamous of the Ts told me to trust him and I did and the records have grown on me and I love them as much as the people that have heard them. I’m sure the fans will as well. I’d also like to work with Pharell though, he’s very creative and nobody has a sound like the Neptunes.
W: Talk about your upcoming project, The Business Proposal, what can listeners, new and old alike, expect from it? Do you have a concept you are following for it?
F-C: There is a very strong concept, its about me and my journey to the top, I start off in my house late for a meeting and that’s all I can tell you for now, you’ll have to listen to discover more. The fans can expect great production from beginning to end, great conceptual songs, the skits make the project have a movie feel. I’ve been told by a couple of people that I should do a short movie for it (laughs) It’s a really great project man. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.
F-C: To keep elevating. I want to keep getting better and better. In my mind I remove the word “Best” for the fact that I always want to get better, so even if people are saying I’m the best, I’m going to push to be better. After the mix-tape will be more mix-tapes from me, I’m a workaholic. I love being in the studio trying new things out, and experimenting with my records. Always trying to make things better.
W: Any last words for the groupies, haters, or fanboys?
F-C: Keep supporting and thank you for listening to my music, I love my fans. Rough Draft coming soon & The Business Proposal coming shortly after