By Justin Jamandre
Hip Hop Vibe Writer
Surely, hip hop fans have heard of Your Old Droog, an emcee who gained fame because many think he’s a legend’s secret alias. His rise to fame has been incredible and !nfidel Ca$htro is the underground hip hop version of him. He is one of the last true underground artists to commit homicide on hip hop instrumentals.
Because his fans and followers only know him buy his avatar on SoundCloud, !nfidel Ca$htro has an anonymous vibe to him. Despite not having any available photos of himself, !nfidel Ca$htro is building a solid fan base. Soon, !nfidel Ca$htro will be a major artist to pay attention to.
Recently, !nfidel Ca$htro took time out to speak to me and it was the perfect fit here for the On The Rise. It’s been a while since Hip Hop Vibe did it and now it will return, first with !nfidel Ca$htro. During our conversation, !nfidel Ca$htro spoke on his rising music career.
Read the entire interview below:
First off, can you tell us a little about yourself and where you’re from? I’m just a guy trying to leave his mark in music I prefer to be a mystery to the general public, but I will tell you I’m 25 yrs old and Spanish. I don’t really put it out there, because people be all hung up over race these days, like it really matters. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and I’ve been on my own since 15 and let me tell you, the years before that weren’t no walk in the park.
How long have you been rhyming for? I been rhyming since I was 17. I never laid any tracks; I would just go to house parties eating muthafuckas alive in a circle. I never had respect for sheet writers, that couldn’t flow, to me it was like being half and half and not all the way in. Not everyone is able to hear music the way we do, its difficult to explain but it’s really something special I’ve only just begun to appreciate. I’ve squandered my talent up until recently.
Who are your favorite artists and which artists have influenced your style? The artists that influenced me were Soulja Slim, Big Pun, MF DOOM, and Slim Shady.
What led to your type of style and beat selection? I just listen and feel it and if it triggers something in my mind, I just go from there. It’s kind of like getting lost in a pleasant way.
I’ve noticed that you use a lot of multi-syllable rhyming and many technical tricks in your style. Is that something you developed on your own or did you go on emcee and lyricist forums to learn techniques? I ask this because emcees today have really broken down rapping to a science and have names and terms for every aspect of a song and your style is a very difficult skill to master. Thanks for digging my style, its 100% my own creation. I know I don’t sound like anyone and my style is my own. I didn’t even know they had shit like that that’s a goddamn shame yo. I always try new things and it’s really the beats that talk to me. I know it sound crazy but fuck it; that’s just how it is.
I’ve noticed that you’re not active on social media and yet you have a strong fan base on SoundCloud. Have you ever thought of using social media to promote your music or do you think that’s corny? I got a lot of respect for guys like you that go the more artistic route. I HATE SOCIAL NETWORKS SOOOOOOO MUCH! They’re just full of bullshit man, a bunch of random bullshit from nothing but sheeple. (I love SoundCloud though)
You mention that you also paint in some of your songs. You even have a song called, “4 Writerz Worldwide.” How long have you been into painting? Did you start painting before rapping? Oh no, I don’t paint, bro, but a shit load of my brethren do. It was kind of a gift to all the wall writers out there because I dig what they do and I know how it goes in their little world.
What do you think of the state of hip hop and what kind of direction do you think it is going in? Hip hop is bullshit. It’s nothing but a popularity contest and so many listeners glorify ignorance. It’s truly upsetting, because I love my genre, but it has been reduced to nothing but straight dog shit. People get shine and props undeserving, and it’s all due to media saturation. The internet aided and also hindered the game of hip hop now. There’s so much bullshit out there people feel it’s a waste of time to give even 30 seconds of their day to listen to a new name and because of that, real artist almost never get discovered. I don’t blame them because people actually record straight garbage and put it out there.
Do you listen to any mainstream artists or the radio these days for that matter? I dig Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny brown, and Grieves.
Do you watch battle rap? And if so, who’s your favorite battle rapper? I don’t really watch battle raps, but a couple of my homies were in a few of the circuits; B.C and ATM.
I’ve noticed that all your tracks on Eating in Swimming Pools have no features. Do you see yourself doing any collaboration with another emcee in the future? I don’t really play well with others, but I guess if they’re cool people and I like what they do; who knows, maybe.
Can you offer any advice for up and comers in the music game? By up and coming, I mean independent artists who are looking to make a cool buzz on the underground. I can’t offer any advice, seeing as to how I haven’t really gone anywhere. I just make music because I love to and I know there are still people out there that truly appreciate real hip hop music. If I were to give any advice, it would be just to do what you feel, don’t use anyone as an outline, create your own canvas, be yourself, and just love what you do.
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