Interview with Hip Hop Artist Wahid Artist Interviews

Interview with Hip Hop Artist Wahid

MuzicNotez: Thanks for sitting down to do this interview with us! What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?

Wahid: Albums such as Illmatic and The College Dropout motivated me to start writing music. I started writing when I was about 12 years old, but didn’t actually start to record music until I was around 17 years old.

Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?

Wahid: I was heavy (and still am) into Nas, Lupe, The Roots, Common, J. Dilla. The Wailers. I’d say they make up my musical DNA for the most part.

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What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?

Wahid: The ultimate goal for me is leaving a lasting impact on the listener or supporter, via the music. I would love for my lyricism to be studied. I have other goals i.e being able to provide for myself and others with the art I’m creating.

What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?

Wahid: I think the greatest concert I’ve been to (it’s really a festival) was 2017’s Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. Legendary lineup and performances. I loved every minute of it. The greatest concert I’ve played though? Quite a few. I think the tour I did with 99 Neighbors back in 2021 when I was with seeyousoon is my favorite moment as a performing artist, for sure.

You have a new EP ‘feast, by ravens’, which is amazing! What does this release mean to you? What inspired it?

Wahid: The release means a lot because it was the first official body of work I released since 2018. A very dope ‘I’m still here’ moment. A lot of things inspired the project. I’d say the biggest inspiration though was loss.

I see in your Spotify bio that you give all praises up to God, how has your faith effected you as an artist?

Wahid: My faith in the Most High is my foundation. I always say my biggest influences are God, and black women, which… the two are synonymous if I’m being honest. I wouldn’t be here without the undying faith I have in God. I just wouldn’t. It is he who is great, I’m just a vessel, and I’m aware of how that is truly a gift.

You’re a successful independent artist, and found a lot of success in a group before going solo too. What advice would you give to other artists trying to succeed in a difficult music industry?

Wahid: The advice I’d give to any artist is to stay true, and never cheat your art form. Be meticulous with everything. Study the ones on top and how they got there. Don’t be microwaveable, because these things take time if you’re true to what you do.

What else are you working on? What can we expect to see and hear from you in the future?

Wahid: I’m always working on music. You can expect more music + visuals for the rest of the year, for sure.

Anything else you wish to say about yourself or your music? Any message for your fans?

Wahid: One message: everything is always going to be alright.

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