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Interview With American Recording Artist VerseBorn

VerseBorn is an American recording artist, motivational speaker, and activist hailing from San Francisco, California. VerseBorn has recorded both solo and with Bay Area group KonQuest. His solo work spans several genres, including hip hop, new age, indie rock, and r&b music.

“Sounds and lyrics are tight men, keep up the good work- best thing I have heard in some time!” – Eliot Rivero, Automo VXF

VerseBorn has had the privilege of writing and producing for many popular artists associated with major record labels including Universal Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, E-One Music, Interscope, and more. He is able to play many instruments by ear (without formal training) and took inspiration from RZA, Hi-Tek, and Scott Storch as he began producing his own beats.

“Really feeling the style man, def on your way to the top!” – Def Jam, AR

Honk reporter had the opportunity to talk with VerseBorn on Instagram about his journey in the music industry and many more.

Welcome to Honk Magazine, tell us where are you from?

VerseBorn – I was born in San Francisco, ca, firstborn to a family of 10 siblings. my mother was a talented vocalist from the Bay Area, who has worked with many industry professionals and producers.

As a youth, financial burdens often caused my family to move from one place to another, as a result, I accumulated friends and contacts all across the Bay Area and Sacramento.

While shaping up as a young mc I spent most of my time within the inner-city streets of San Francisco, traveling often across the bridge to Oakland and San Leandro to connect with friends family, and associates.

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How did you get into music?

VerseBorn – Before reaching 10 years old, I have been exposed to various studio sessions, band rehearsals, and live performances which helped me to set the foundation in achieving my own lane of greatness within the music industry.

What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?

VerseBorn – While coming of age in California, I have battled heavily with depression and anxiety- which made it difficult for me to cope with the surmounting family issues. Music became the primary outlet and therapeutic tool which aided the most in getting through difficult times.

Are you currently signed or independent?

VerseBorn – Currently, I am unsigned and pushing all of my content independently. Freedom and ownership of the rights to my creativity are important to me although am open to exploring distribution and or management deals if the opportunity should provide itself.

Who inspires you the most musically?

VerseBorn – Well, a lot of my fans said I sound similar to Jalen Santoy, Ab-soul, and Evidence. I am mostly inspired by Logic, Jcole, and planet Asia

What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?

VerseBorn – I want to motivate people all over the world to let them know it’s never too late to achieve their dreams. Reach for the stars and go after what you want out of life. Rarely has anything given to us, it is up to us to go get it. All we have is this moment, KonQuest Now.

What is your greatest achievement as a musician?

VerseBorn – My greatest achievement as a musician was being able to amass a worldwide following and have the opportunity to work with artists from Def Jam, eOne, and more. And, being able to make this much noise independently is a major feat in itself. The journey is not over and I have a long way to go. It’s more in the experience than the actual end goal.

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Do you produce your own music? If not who do you work with?

VerseBorn – I am an artist/producer who can rap sing write and produce beats as well. Many of the songs I released were produced and mixed by myself exclusively.

Other than myself, my brother Enyway and Wreck The Rebel (aka Flamingo Fred) makes a good majority of the beats you hear throughout the collective discography.

Who is one artist you wish you could work with?

VerseBorn – There are too many artist names!!

My dream project would feature Andre 3k, Ceelo Green, Planet Asia, Royce 5’9, Blackstar, Phatoah monche, and Executive producer would be DJ Khalil

Tell us about any new music you have coming out? When is coming out? What is it about?

VerseBorn – Check out my latest release, “Godly” available on every platform: https://bit.ly/vb-godly

New music is on the way: “Ask 4 Me”, dropping June 25th. Pre-save available: https://bit.ly/presave-vb-ask4me

Gems are dropped from beginning to end, as the cinematic reverence floods the listeners’ imagination. VerseBorn is able to eloquently explain the experience of traveling abroad, the culture shock of life in other countries, and the expanded mindset one achieves whilst returning back home.

What does a day inside your shoes look like?

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VerseBorn – KonQuest Now fights for several causes locally and worldwide we help the community by striving to empower the youth with tools to help keep them off the streets and to help them tap into their creative abilities.

We have supported the black lives matter protest as well as protests in other countries such as Belarus where there are atrocities still being committed to this day.

We also push to support small businesses both locally and across the globe.

VerseBorn specifically is a hardworking person in general: Husband, father of 2, entrepreneur, music producer, and more.

VerseBorn is constantly working to build new bridges a d foster new connections friendships and business opportunities.

VerseBorn is also an activist and motivational speaker of sorts encouraging others to follow their dreams and KonQuest Now.

Anything else you want the audience to know about you?

From VerseBorn directly:

I’m just really hoping to grow as an artist I’m hoping to share my content with more like-minded individuals and really I’m just trying to network with more artists and people that are on the same wavelength as myself.

I’m a father.

I’m a husband.

I’m an older brother.

I’m a leader for KonQuest.

I’m trying to lead by example showing that if you follow your dreams anything is possible.

My goal is not to be famous or super-rich I just really want the ability to make a living be successful doing what I love to do and spending time with my family and those I love.

Follow on Twitter and Instagram @VerseBorn

Youtube:

https://youtube.com/channel/UC7HWRt7kgEzhmcAJ5A_0IVA

Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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