Hailing from Southern Utah, White Boy Rick is a rapper and producer on a mission to inspire change through his work and music. Having just released his most recent album 8 Track: Untitled, we get to know White Boy Rick in this exclusive interview...
So firstly, how would you describe your sound?
I'd describe it as being a fusion of many styles from Jazz rap to trap rap and boom bap. I also like putting funk elements in it as well along with some soul. I wanted to sound different but also have those elements too that are popular too.
What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?
Sometimes I'll be listening to music get ideas for beats, lyrics, themes, and topics. Sometimes when I know I want a specific sound I'll be on splice for hours looking through samples. As for a day when I'm working on a track typically I'll just hyper focuses on the beat or sing in general.
Do you have to be in a certain mood to write a song?
Well it depends really. Cause like when I'm writing something it was triggered by something. Like yes I have to be if I start writing a song. That's why when I'm feeling something I start writing. I get as much of it down so if I don't have time to write the whole thing I can get back in that head space later on. And this way I can also have a good emotional core to a song and also if I need to write lyrics that flow better I can.
Who are your three biggest musical inspirations?
My biggest inspirations as far music? Well if you've listened to my new album I wear a lot of that on my sleeve. But its Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Stevie Wonder. They are absolutely brilliant artist and have had a huge impact on my music and the sounds I go for and I like.
Who is the best band you've ever seen play live?
Haven't had too many opportunities to see bands live but for what I have seen it was at Warped Tour back when that was still a thing. But I'd say it be Memphis May Fire fantastic group when on stage.
What’s the toughest part of the industry for you?
It's all the fake people out there. Like I know artist who are no bigger then me but like the way they act outside of their music is so telling. It's this whole attitude that a lot of people have adopted in the industry where being fake it fine cause it's profitable and that's ridiculous not gonna lie.
What’s the most enjoyable part of the industry?
Now my favourite part is the collaboration I've experienced. People working together on a track or album or whatever it is is the coolest thing ever. I love getting feedback on my music and helping others with their music if I can.
What do you have in store for 2022?
For this year I will be launching an official merch store along with a clean version of 8 Track: Untitled along with a deluxe version at some point. I'd also keep checking back with the album cause I will be adjusting the mixes and I know that some could be better. Oh and music videos lots of them. So it's gonna be a packed year for me and this is mentioning what me and my friends' label of the future has in store for this year.
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