I went to the True Laurels show in Baltimore last month to see Asaad perform and check out the burgeoning talent that Baltimore has to offer. Butch Dawson, one of the more out of the box emcees in Baltimore, did the hosting and offered up his own version of Lor Scoota’s scramble dance on the stage. It was lit but because of the brewing snow storm my expectations for a visit to his home studio dwindled and I had to enjoy my time in the house. I decided to text the young creative for a natural back and forth that helped me understand how Baltimore scene and Butch Dawson might be rocking in 2015.
With shows like True Laurels event the other night, what other new shit do you expect to pop off in Baltimore in 2015?
A lot of new talented emerging artsits, the producer scene is gonna pop off soon. Also it’s beat makers out here getting the same platform as rappers and that’s cool as shit.
I agree. It seems like Baltimore's at a good place creatively in so many spectrums of music currently with street rap, club music, ex.. What do you feel is the most important jewel for musicians to know in this era? What have you learned during your process?
The most important jewel for any musician tryna come up nowadays is the internet. The internet allows you to do things freely that we used to depend on labels for. I learned that in 2015, we can capitalize off our own brand independently because of the internet.
The Internet and lack of label authority has given artists more freedom. Do you ever think in dates in terms of releasing your music? Or do you drop when you most feel like it?
Yea. I like to look at all my work as art projects. You have canvases where you experiment or doodle and then you have canvases where you really lay your skill down and prove how good you are. With music, I like releasing music in a cool way and everyone who listens to my music knows that I have big things in store while just giving them a taste of the progress.
What songs that you’ve released do you enjoy performing the most? Is there some music you’ve made that you just wouldn’t perform?
I enjoy performing “Yung” and “YadaYada”. I get great energy out of the audience whenever I perform those. I never perform love songs because I want the stage and light production and all this special shit. That’s the only way I could do love songs. I think it only makes sense for me.
So, if you had the light production you’d do it. That makes sense. Is there any other artist you’re listening to right now for inspo? Lower Mercury was a sound I never heard from a Baltimore artist.
I’m listening to a mixture of music right now. I have a lot of friends who make different genres of music so im inspired by what they make or what they play just get me hip. So from that I like to experiment with a lot of sounds and mix it with rap/hip hop.
You went to Cali? I believe you performed overseas or were about to? What did creating that record and touring it teach you about yourself? Have you grown since as a musician?
Yea we got to tour Cali. It was an amazing experience. The tour in Euroupe got postponed but beyond that, I feel like i have grown to learn more about the craft during the west coast tour. It was like I knew about creating that sound, but making music is not enough. The business aspect of music is a different ball game and I feel like Cali opened my eyes more about marketing and networking. So, I could never take that for granted.
Can you describe what an average day in your life has been recently? And what the ups and downs have been?
An average day for me, when i’m not working a job, is waking up early, getting all my beat ideas out that I had when I was dreaming, smoke a blunt. Sometimes I like to play video games to get the juices flowing, then I would make a beat, record for a couple hours and it would be like that all day. It’s the winter time so im not out that much unless there are shows or something going on but i’m always working on projects.
Who are all the members of 7th Floor Villains? Where does that name come from?
There are plenty members in the 7th Floor Villains. It’s a collective that’s built off of friendships, our movement, and music. Some of the members are loving their lives just like we living ours. Our active members are Black Zheep DZ, Ryan P, Buffa70, Me, our friend MS3 who does photography and paint, our friend Shido produces, and Dyliejens DJ’s.
I can’t really explain to you the meaning because I didn’t start it. I had a group and the villians were a group but we all were good friends so we put both groups together.
How was that show the other night you did at Soundstage?
The soundstage show was fun because the stage was huge so I got to run around and give my full energy. haha.
You and Black Zheep have a good vibe together on record. What’s the vibe like with you two in the studio?
Yea man zheep is my dude! We be in the studio geeking just listenin to beats and the shit just click. He respects my taste so it’s always a go when we collab.
All these answers are ill man. It’s good to see y’all just enjoying yourselves making art and enjoying life. How old are you now?
Are there any projects that you’re working on?
I have an EP in the works. Also, i’m dropping a monthly mix called Basement Rap Radio. It’s all me and my friends so it’s all official.