We had the good fortune of connecting with INTA:LECT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi INTA:LECT, how do you think about risk?
I think risks are necessary for progression. Playing it safe will keep you in a stagnate place. I prefer to live outside of my own comfort zones. Big risk big reward, right?
Honestly, the better answer to that question is how not taking risks has played in my life/career.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take and for me that is so close to the truth it hurts. From record deals to business deals, the risks I never took affected me the most negatively in life.
It wasn’t until I started taking those risks that I began to find success and flourish.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what sets me apart from others is my versatility. I can literally rap any style or flow over any beat. I’ve been in love with lyricism and cadence longer than I can remember. I also have a deep interest in the english language and it’s uses and intricacies and it shows in a lot of my music. I have a habit of using thought out lyricism and showcasing multiple patterns and flows in a single verse.
I started rapping back in 1994 or 1995. I was around 10-11 years old and knew nothing about Hip Hop. I wrote songs and sang back then and started spacing my rhyming words closer together when I wrote.
My little sister who was more pop culture oriented (lol) heard me working on a song one day and said she didn’t know I could rap. Naturally I asked what rap was and she showed me a song from TLC and I was hooked.
By the time I was 14 I was battling and performing at all ages Hip Hop events. I never took it real serious because I was heavier into Breakdancing back then and rap was like a fun talent I could play with.
By the time I was 21 I was starting to take it more seriously and by 23 had dove head first into music.
By 2013 I had been on radio, been offered deals, and even severely pissed off one of the biggest A&Rs of the time.
Given the era, music was never easy. There were many sleepless nights spent flyering cars and canvasing busy areas with posters till 4am. Lots of dead ends, let downs, and L’s taken. Lots of dive bars and small crowds. Lots of hate and resistance.
The biggest hurdles to jump in independent music are time and money. Without a budget and lots of free time the progress is slow. Being married (divorced now) and working 80hrs a week definitely had an unwanted effect on things.
Everything in music ties back to a budget… ask an artist for a feature “What’s your budget?” try to get a development deal “What’s your budget?” try to work with a producer or promoter or influencer “what’s your budget?”
I learned from years of trial and error that we as artists created and evolved the music industry into a self service industry where having the right budget meant gaining access to all of the cool stuff a record label can do for you without signing a record deal.
So I said fk a job and invested what little I had left in my bank account into a personal business and started working on freeing up my time and building a budget to fuel my music. So far so good… My upcoming album General Statements has features from Demrick, Mickey Factz, Ian Taylor and Troy good, and now I have the budget to promote it properly at release.
I prolly shouldn’t leak it just yet but I also have features with Hip Hop Giants, Apathy and Madchild releasing soon as well.
For some it’s fame, others it’s clout, and many it’s money. For me… I just want to share my gift with the world and leave my mark on Hip Hop history. When the conversation of great lyricists comes up, I just want my name mentioned. I don’t even have to be the best, just recognized as one of them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh man… I’ve lived in CO for over 20 years… That’s a loaded question haha!
First and foremost, Garden Of The Gods. High Point specifically, I’ve written a lot of songs sitting at that overlook.
Of course all of the tourist spots, manitou, paint mines, pueblo reservoir, maybe some hiking up catamount trail.
Pike’s Peak, Cave of The Winds, Cliff Dwellings, hit the car meets and races late weekend nights… Catch a couple shows at Sunshine Studios and The Black Sheep. There’s a ton I could list.
Food would be all of my favorite spots, El Super Taco down on Hancock, Havana Grill on Academy, Phõ-nomenal on powers, Fuzzy’s on Fillmore, Spice Island over by MarkSheffle, Hungry Bear up in Woodland Park, Habanero’s down in Pueblo, La Casita on Woodmen, Urban Egg downtown, King’s Chef Diner, Western Omelette… The food truck rallies around town… Man I’m a foodie, this is a tough subject… there’s so much good food around here haha.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Black Pegasus. For everything he has done to pioneer a platform for artists in Colorado and keep local Hip Hop alive.
My GF for pushing me to invest in myself and my music and business ideas and for her continued support.
My momma (RIP) for passing her wisdom and understanding to me.
My father for teaching me to hustle and the value of working for yourself.