By Carlos Cureno
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
History is what the city of Philadelphia is practically based on. In every capacity, Philadelphia has a rich history and hip hop is no different. A man focused on new hip hop history is ToNe Wiley and he has some new music in store.
ToNe Wiley is doing his thing, as he promotes Black Prophet, his latest project. His single of the same name is beginning to receive much traction and he hopes it keeps coming. In the meantime, ToNe Wiley is continuing to work as he always has.
Recently, ToNe Wiley spoke to Hip Hop Vibe in the latest On The Rise segment. During his interview, ToNe Wiley discussed his growing impact on the music industry. He spoke on his city’s rich history and the influence The Notorious B.I.G. had on his career on the nineteenth anniversary of B.I.G.’s death.
Read the entire interview below:
How did The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die shape your aspirations to become a rapper? That was literally the reason I started rapping. Aside from how skilled he was, I heard how he told his story and i wanted to tell mine.
What type of impact did having a father in music have on you, as you became a musician? None really honestly.He’s been out the business for quite some time now.
Everyone’s style is different, what sets you apart from the typical rapper? My own sound. Nothing I do is based off of what you hear on the radio.
Being from Philadelphia, is it in the back of your mind to live up to the rich history the city has in hip hop and entertainment, in general? Yes, definitely. I’m a huge fan of my city’s music history with hiphop and even outside of hiphop. So I would love to be put in that same category one day.
When it comes to your own music, which track do you believe is the fan favorite with your audience? “Black Prophet” as of right now. I’ve gotten a great response from that track.
You said you watched several hip hop documentaries, which one is your favorite? Probably Rhyme & Reason. Jay Z’s “Fade to Black” documentary came out when i was in 7th grade. So that’s definitely one of them.
Who are some celebrities in hip hop that you intend to work with when your career fully takes off? Most definitely Black Thought.
Can you let the people know where they can find you on social media? Everything is tonewiley. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Watch “Life Could Be” by ToNe Wiley below:
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