Hello GenoDa1, and welcome to Honk Magazine! Congratulations on releasing your LP 3AM Sessions! Can you tell us a little bit about this project?
Hey guys! First and foremost I want to thank yall for interviewing me and thank you so much I put my heart and soul into these songs so that really means a lot. But it was a long process creating this project. Probably took me like a year or so because I was going through a lot of hardship during that year. Couldn’t find a job, no money no nothing for studio time, and at the time my studio equipment was in the pawnshop because we needed money for the rent, food and to keep the lights on. So when I was starting out “3 am sessions” it was around August and around that time I went through a super bad break up we were even engaged. The breakup destroyed me so the project was originally supposed to be called “You Left Me Heartbroken and You Didn’t care” haha I know it was going to be a long title but that’s how I felt and I thought it would be catchy. But then the money started coming in slowly so I wasn’t able to make it all the way to Athens to my homie to record (One of my best friends Witt who was recording my project at the time goes to the University of Georgia) anymore. But finally found a job got all my equipment out of the pawnshop bought more equipment and started recording all my own stuff so I came out with this idea since I already had like 2 or 3 singles out for the original project (You Left Me Heartbroken and You Didn’t Care) I’m going to start this EP series called “3 am Sessions” and each “3 am sessions” was going to have 2 songs and I was going to drop a part 1 and part 2 and then for part three I was going to put all the songs I already released from “3 am Sessions” part 1 and 2 and put 5 unreleased tracks. Which I think came out pretty Lit because everyone loves the project.
Your style is very laid back, and chill – are you planning to experiment with your sound?
Yeah, a lot of my stuff is laid back especially my older music because I used to do the old school New York type of beats. But now I’ve grown so much as an artist you don’t really know what you are going to get from me now. You might get a laid-back 90s boom bap vibe from me, maybe super dark sounding or even something to smoke to like my song “Sanctuary” Featuring my brother Zues that’s on my LP “3 am Sessions”. Then I might hear an Rnb/rap song and write a hook for a singer to sing (because i can’t sing for shit hahahaha) or then i might here a turned up trap song and write to that shit i even did a dancehall vibe song called “Tell Me” Featuring Fearro so like I said before you never know what sound your going to get from me at this point of my career with how much my music has grown over the years.
What inspires you to write your lyrics? Do you describe your personal experience?
Life. Life pretty much is the inspiration behind my lyrics . My songs are basically updates on my life and what I’m going through at the moment. I’m the type of artist that has to go through things and write about them. And that’s the reason people love my music so much because not only are my lyrics deep but what I’m talking about is stuff that I’ve actually gone through or currently going through at the moment. I love when my supporters and fans come up to me and tell me “your songs help me get through whatever im going through” that right there is the best feeling in the world as an artist.
On LP 3AM Sessions you collaborated with a few artists – who would you like to work with in the future? Really i want to just work with any artist thats dope. But i have a lot of artists in mind but definitely Joey Badass, SchoolBoy Q, Kendrick Lamar i really wish Nipsey was still alive because he’s one of my favorite rappers of all time as well and i think me and him would have made some magic in the booth. I pray and hope one day Jay- z and kanye because they’re one of my my biggest inspirations in rap. But there’s a lot of artists I’m down to work with as long as your dope I’m always down. But I do have a song with a big feature on it coming out. Don’t want to say the rappers name but thats coming out very soon
Do you have any artists you look up to? Who is your biggest inspiration in the HipHop world?
Jay-z, Kanye West, Lil wayne, 50 Cent, Drake, nas , Jeezy, Nipsey Husstle, DMX, Three6 Mafia, Trick Daddy, TI, Jadakiss, Wu Tang Clan, Ludacris, Bonethugs and Harmony, Eaz,y etc. hahaha the list goes on and on. I’ve been listening to rap since i was 6 years old. So that’s a long time and the best thing about it my mom would buy me the explicit versions hahaha i just couldn’t say the curse words haha
Are you planning to release more music this year? What can we expect from GenoDa1?
Yes of course!!! Even though i got a 12 song EP out right now I’m still working on music right now and plan on releasing a new song next week. The grind never stops. And more shows I’m getting those lined up now and also just a lot of music videos. But like i said i got a song with a big feature on it and I’m not dropping the video till i drop that song in june or july. But yeah basically more music, more shows and a lot of other stuff so stay tuned.
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Exclusive Interview with Elton Lee
Elton Lee is a visionary artist who seeks to tell stories through his music. With “Sentimental Curse,” he ventures into uncharted territories, blending instrumental prowess with narrative depth to create a truly unique listening experience. He took some time out from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us.
Welcome, Elton. Please tell us about yourself, your music, and how being from Oklahoma City has influenced your music.
I was born in Roswell, New Mexico, and at a young age, I moved to Oklahoma. Growing up, my dad was a big influence on my music taste, introducing me to rock, country, and blues, while my mom taught me how to play guitar. As I got older, my musical influences ranged from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Megadeth; because of this, my music is not set on one genre. I think Oklahoma City has a very diverse and growing music scene, full of energy, that allows new artists to get noticed.
Your latest album is “Sentimental Curse.” Tell us about the project, how the concept came together, and the recording process.
“‘Sentimental Curse’ started as what was supposed to be a three-song EP. As time went on, I really got into instrumentals, then had the idea to tell a story through them, and at that point, three songs were not enough. Without lyrics, there is a freedom to where the listener’s mind can go. I try to use the song titles to guide the listener towards the theme of each song.
What’s your favorite track on the album?
My favorite track on the album is probably ‘Shine’. The way that song came together was special. I also really enjoy Aodhan Mustain’s vocals on that one.
Live or studio, and why?
The album was studio-recorded. I am very lucky to have space at Onyx Studio to write and record music.
What’s next on your schedule? Another album, tour?
An Exclusive Interview with TDKMULAA
Today, we have the privilege of delving into the world of TrillionDollaKidd, a brand that has risen to prominence over the past three years, captivating the fashion scene with its unique approach to clothing and unyielding commitment to quality. Join us as we sit down with TrillionDollaKidd’s founder, owner, and creative director, the visionary behind this iconic label, to uncover the driving force behind its success and to gain insight into what makes TrillionDollaKidd stand out in a crowded industry.
Q1: Can you share some highlights of TrillionDollaKidd’s journey over the past three years? What accomplishments are you most proud of?
In the past three years, TrillionDollaKidd has been to many places and met many influential people that others have trouble coming across, from packed-out shows selling merchandise to being in rooms with stars, influencers, and celebrities. We have also been in many other magazines throughout our journey.
Q2: How did you come up with the name TrillionDollaKidd, and what does it represent for your brand?
I came up with TrillionDollaKidd being in the car with my family and just chopping it up about what we wanted to do in life (this was around 2019). I came up with the name TrillionDollaKidd by thinking outside the box and wanting to be different. TrillionDollaKidd stands for individuals who see no limits in what they can do or achieve, and that’s with Anything. We see ourselves as overachievers and everybody around us as well.
Q3: As the founder/owner and creative director, how do you balance your creative vision with the practical aspects of running a fashion brand?
As the founder and creative director, I balance both positions by studying the game and business of fashion. It’s hard work, but being smart and studying particular niches will take a long way in balancing and staying on top of both positions.
Q4: TrillionDollaKidd is often called “the brand for all hustlers.” Can you elaborate on the inspiration behind this tagline and how it reflects in your brand’s identity?
Yes, the brand for all hustlers stands for individuals who see every day as a hustle with anything. That’s how you stay on top of the game and be strategic like a hustler. Hustlers are intelligent, bold, strategic, and risk-takers like everyone in everyday life. Working jobs is even a hustle, so everyone in the world is considered a hustler somehow, and my brand shows them this every time.
Q5: Quality seems to be a core value for your brand. Could you share more about your approach to ensuring the highest quality in your clothing?
Yes, We want nothing but the best quality materials here at TrillionDollaKidd. Without good quality, I feel like we are our customers and ourselves. As a luxury fashion business, it’s essential to give our customers the best, especially when it comes down to dominating our competitors.
Q6: TrillionDollaKidd focuses on limited pieces rather than fully stocked items. What’s the reasoning behind this strategy, and how does it benefit your customers?
We benefit from our one-of-one pieces, our limited edition collections, because everyone wants to feel special in their own way. So we make them feel unique and drop collections that, if sold out, will take a long time to restock or no restock. This makes customers feel they have exclusive one-of-one materials and gear from the best brands.
Q7: What do you believe sets TrillionDollaKidd apart from other streetwear and designer fashion brands?
Our collections, customer service, materials, and designs differentiate us. We try not to copycat but make nothing but authentic designs that are only for our brand. We make our patterns and more, marking our fashion industry path.
Q8: Could you discuss the importance of expressing your talents through fashion and how this passion drives your work at TrillionDollaKidd?
Fashion has always been my passion, but seeing others in my creations makes it 10 times better for me even to have a brand, making me push harder every day. Then, the fact of being different, I like how it separates me from other designers or entrepreneurs.
Q9: In the ever-evolving fashion industry, what trends or changes do you anticipate for TrillionDollaKidd in the near future?
We plan on making or dominating any way that comes in the fashion business with our designs and more.
Q10: How does the Chicago location influence the brand’s identity, and are there any plans to expand beyond this location?
Chicago or Illinois period is a good spot for us because this is home. People love to see someone from their hometowns become successful, famous, or whatever the deal is because it gives them hope. I give my people hope, which helps us more as a brand.
Q11: Lastly, what advice would you give aspiring fashion entrepreneurs who want to make their mark in the industry based on your experiences and success with TrillionDollaKidd?
I advise all upcoming entrepreneurs and designers to stay consistent, stay true to themselves and their dreams, study the game, and run their business. Don’t let the business run you. Don’t let any of that go over your heads. – TDKMULAA
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