What’s up Planet! Much respect on your latest album “Ignited”. Where are you from? How long have you been making music? How did you get your MC name?
What’s good man?! I’m from Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been making music for about 11 years now, ever since I was in fourth grade. Both my parents and grandparents wanted me to do something with music at an early age. It wasn’t until after my grandmother died til I started actually considering it.
My MC name came from my brother actually. It was a joke at first. When I was a kid I always used to look up at the sky at night for hours. On a real I never even thought about it when I was doing it, but he always brought it up. When I was coming up with a name, he said it should be something like Rocket or Planet or something and he was just joking at the time, but I started thinking that Planet is a name that could truly embody something bigger than myself ya know? It was a name that I also knew could get attention, make people curious. That curiosity that people have for me is all I need to try to win them over.
What are your pros & cons on being an underground Hip Hop artist?
As far as right now I see no cons to being an underground artist. I mean of course I want to be a mainstream artist, but I have no problem being where I’m at right now. I think that being an underground artist forces you to really work at and hone your craft before you can see the light of the big leagues. I’m all here for the grind to the top and really proving to people what I can do, cuz when I do make it big, I want to have the skill to make hit after hit. I truly do want to be seen as one of the greats.
Please breakdown the creative process of your album “Ignited”. Also tell us a bit about the cover artwork?
Ignited was an album I made to really show my growth as an artist ya feel? I believe that in order to be a successful artist and to truly express yourself through your artwork, you need to be able to have the versatility to personify what you want to portray. In this album I was attempting to do just that. I created all the beats myself as well as wrote most of the lyrics. I also was aiming to show my versatility in terms of the different styles of music I could make and blend. Music is a way to capture emotion, and I feel that lots of knowledge and ability is necessary to create something that can portray a large range of emotions. As for the name, I chose Ignited because I wanted to show that a spark of a new era and a new way of thinking lit inside of me. I wanted to show that right now I’m hungry, and that you can expect a large amount of growth from here on out.
The artwork was inspired by the idea of being Ignited. On the cover I have smoke all around me like I’m about to catch fire!! The cover exactly portrays how I was feeling. I’m chasing relentlessly.
Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.
I’m very indifferent about the amount of music in the market at the moment. You know, if people wanna create, let em create by all means. You know, if the work and effort isn’t put into a project, of course it will show, but quality will eventually prevail. I’m just focused on making the best work I can make and constantly getting better.
Who are your biggest Hip Hop influences?
My biggest Hip Hop influences are Kanye West, Drake, Fetty Wap, and Future. I say them because I feel like they were major influences on how Hip Hop was made. Changing the way an art form is created is a huge feat and they were able to achieve it by bringing their own style to the table. Regardless of how many people don’t like them or think their music isn’t original hip hop, they still brought new ideas and creativity to the table.
How often do you perform LIVE. Shows lined up in the near future?
Shows are lined up in the near future, but I have yet to sign off on them. Currently my team is focused on finding a new concept, something new we can bring to the table, ya know? My goal is to not sound like anyone else out there, but bring my own creative ideas to the table just like many of the greats were considered to have done. I don’t perform LIVE often, but when I do it’s truly an experience I try to provide to the audience. I’m a performer at the end of the day, and during the Summer of 2017, I plan to have many shows lined up.
Any music video in the works Planet?
Music videos are actually currently in the works for a couple of songs off the album. My team also plans on releasing singles early in 2017 all with music videos. So be on the lookout for that! I can’t say much more at the moment though.
Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?
In five years time, I see myself influencing Hip Hop on a large-scale with my music in some form or another. The name Planet is also synonymous with me wanting to be the best artist on the Planet. I put a lot of work into this and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?
My definition of Underground Hip Hop is what I think of as the backbone of Hip Hop. That’s where all the true creativity and passion comes from. I believe the mainstream is simply a polished form of that, but the underground is where true art and talent is grown and perfected. That’s all I hope to do with my art and I believe that any underground artist that has the drive is doing the same.
Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.
People can check out my website, http://www.artistryofplanet.com/
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Lastly, and shout out?
Oh man, if I spent time shouting out everyone, I would be here all day! Imma just say long live the Dark Intruder and may the 13’s live forever, Blessings. And of course shoutout to the Holistic Hip Hop Collective. I’ve learned a lot with them.