Five X is a rapper from Queens who has just released the album Five X Genesis; here is a link to his YouTube page:
Q: How did you know you were a rapper?
A: I wrote my first poem at the age of 8, if I’m not wrong. I used to go with my older cousin to attend his guitar lessons when I was around that age. I always felt connected with music but never realized till my freshmen year in high school, where I met AMC in the back of Ms. Toskos Classroom we used to write rhymes making fun and cracking jokes. I was trying to be rapper back then but I was wack at it lol kids used to make fun of my rhymes I wish they can hear my EP now, It was all just for fun back then I never took it this serious, till I lost my grandmom in 2007. It took a big part of my life away from me, it took me years to recover. In 2012 I felt like a real musician no rapper/MC I just felt like straight up musician and I was ready to put out my EP but I couldn’t put it out because of some personal issues and I’m happy that I didn’t put out because what I have now is much better than what I had back then. I recently lost 2 of my good friends in the beginning of this year, R.I.P Matz, R.I.P Barry. I had to put my EP this year to show my people some respect. If I had to decide for myself, I would definitely say that i am a musician / rapper / beat maker / ghost writer.
Q: What is the overall theme of Five X Genesis?
A: The theme behind my name 5x hmmm so many lol ok so 5 is always been my lucky #, X hmmm I always loved DMXs music and his album covers were dope so I think I got my X from D to da mof***ing X. Theme behind the EP Genesis Chapter 1 New Breed, it’s pretty dope so the album starts a little negative but if you mind listening to the full EP I’m pretty sure that you will agree with me that it ends positively.
Q: What inspired the song Blizzard ft AMC ?
A: Me and AMC we go back I mean way back, we started this rap stuff together and we did probably 40 to 60 songs together throughout the years. I always have a problem everytime I watch a movie or TV show they always show that Russia don’t like US and US always make Russia look like bad guys lol so I did this song to Unite 2 of the world’s biggest nations, which in pretty sure won’t happen with 1 song lol.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: I was always inspired by Nas
My top 5 rappers of all time
#5 Jay z #4 Eminem #3 Biggie #2 Tupac #1 Nas
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your creativity?
A: I have a crazy job and a crazy schedule I work 44hrs in 3 days lol I have a Sunday shift that starts at 6am and ends on Monday 6am supervising a valet garage.
Q: What life experiences do you draw from when you write?
A: Real life struggle everyday hustle i represent my city my block my people. We work like slaves but we eat like kings. We been through hard times but we also do know how to party, u feel me?
Q: What makes New York worth rapping about?
A: If I wasn’t living in New York I probably wouldn’t be rapping, everything started here in queens NY.
Q: What is your strangest New York Story?
A: Amityville horror house is for real.
Q: What do you like about the music industry?
A: I love watching URL battles and battle leagues, I don’t listen to radio music.
Q: What would you change about it?
A: music will change by itself because everything has its course.
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