Today we have the unlikely hero with a movement you won't even see coming! X Blake Freeman X has over 300K YouTube views, over 70K Twitter followers, and over 10K likes on his verified Facebook page. He just released a brand new song with Quavo of the group Migos, which is receiving daily radio spins! Today Blake has a new video he'd like to introduce titled "Don't Trust One" and aside from that we were able to get us an exclusive interview! Get to know the man behind this underground fame and check out his new video below!
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How and when did you get into making rap music?
I got into making rap music around 5 years ago I'd say. I had written poems for people my whole life though. It was just a sweet thing I used to do for people I cared about. It's the same thing that 2Pac and Jay-Z did when they were first starting out. It was just poetry. I had always been a huge Hip-Hop head and that inspired my way of writing. It wasn't until I got older I starting making connections with people who owned studios (or even just the bare minimum of a microphone) and that helped me to record my music. One thing just kind of lead to another. I would meet this guy who owned a studio, that guy would introduce me to a woman who owned a radio station, and so and so forth. Now I know hundreds of people within the rap world. I would just keep meeting more and more people and they all helped me in one way or another to make my music.
Who were some of your musical influences growing up and who do you like now?
Growing up there were a few rap artists I listened to on a regular basis. Rappers like 2Pac, Master P, Eminem, Eazy-E, DMX, a lot of underground artist from Las Vegas and Tennessee... this was way back when, I mean like back in the ''Pen & Pixel'' days. I had an aunt who gave me a Master P mixtape for graduating kindergarten. She bought it out the back of a trunk and I swear I played it so many times in my PS1 that it eventually was covered in scratches. There were a ton of other people I listened to outside of rap when I was growing up. I am a huge Prince fan, I really love me some Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, The Cramps, a few other people you wouldn't believe. They may not have influenced my sound per say because I became a rapper but they definitely influenced my style, my presence, and my personality as an artist. There are a few, a very few, artists I like now. I think everybody at Shady Records is amazing. Prince is still doing his thing, does that count? (haha). I like Drake, Birdman, Frank Ocean, a few others...
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in music and how was that experience?
Getting this interview, naw I'm just playin' (haha). I'd say it's a tie between working with Quavo from Migos or getting signed to Panic Pop clothing.
How would you describe yourself as an artist and what do you bring to the game?
I'd describe myself as ''the last thing you'd expect''. I purposely do not want to look or act like the typical rapper because I want to break the world of stereotypes. I want people to look at me and not think I am a rapper, but find out about me, and watch their jaw drop because I am. I think if I can make it far as a musician and wear just the goofiest stuff on the planet, openly watch Star Trek, and talk for hours about video games, it will teach people not to judge others based solely on looks. Don't get me wrong, I may wear skinny jeans but I could still talk to your for hours about classic muscle cars. Maybe people will remember me as a rapper and not bully someone because one time they met this rapper who was ''kinda crazy looking but turned out to be actually dope''.
Who have you worked with and who would you like to work with?
Quavo from the rap group Migos. I would like to work with any artist bigger than me, simple as that. I hate to be blunt, but anyone who can help my name get bigger.
What would you want people to say about you as an artist and as an individual when you're gone?
I'd like people to remember me as that dude that broke stereotypes. Like I said before I'd like people to remember me as a trendsetter and someone ahead of his time. Not necessarily in the sound of my music but in my actual self. You know, I see all these mainstream artists today lined up beside each other and I can't even tell them apart. They all look the same, sound the same, and talk about the same things. It seems likes everyone is scared to be what they really are. I want to change that. I want to be the first rapper who picks you up in a $290,000 Ferrari but also turns around and says ''Man, do you want to order some wings and play some Mario Party 2?''.
What one final thing you'd like to say to all your fans and readers?
I have a brand new music video I just released. It's called ''I Don't Trust One'' and the video is on YouTube. It is dedicated to people that lie, back-stab, and basically pretend to be your friend but really aren't. The synopsis of the song and video are, I have a lot of friends but I really don't trust any.