My music was shaped through visions that were seen daily in my neighborhood along with recognizing how cruel the streets could be if someone couldn’t learn to adapt that type of environment. I felt growing up in the hood that not a lot people outside of our community cared about what we experienced unless it could benefit them. I wanted to change that and speak for everyone that came from the same conditions I came from and could relate to wanting to beat the odds.
What shaped your music?
My music was shaped through visions that were seen daily in my neighborhood along the recognizing how cruel the streets could be if someone couldn’t learn how to adapt to that type of environment. I felt growing up in the hood that there were not a lot of people outside of our community that cared about what we were experiencing unless it could benefit them. I wanted to change that and speak for everyone that from those same conditions that I came from and could relate to the same ambitions that I had which was the ultimate goal of making it out and making an impact.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
I realized that I was going to make music when I had reached a point in my life where I would always have stories that I wanted to tell but didn’t know the proper way to do to where everyone could hear them. That’s when I decided to do it in a professional manner.
What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to a mixture of 90’s hip hop, 90’s R&B and some new school artists. I also listen to Nas, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks, along with Joe Buddens to name a few. I can also groove out to some Aaliyah or Jagged Edge etc….. it just depends on how I’m feeling. I’m a big fan of the mixtape circuit as well especially when the earlier G-Unit, Dipset, and D-Block mixtapes were being pushed heavy in the streets.
Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
In my opinion I would say CyHi The Prynce because of his wordplay and precision when he is on a song. He’s very intricate which is something that’s missing from a lot of artists’s songs nowadays.
Who would you collab with out of any Artist or Producer?
I would have to say Nas definitely just based on what he has done for the culture of hip hope and knowing that I would have to be at my best being on a track with him. In terms of producers I would say Timbaland being that he’s always been innovative when making his beats and would also bring out my creative side more considering every beat cannot be approached with the same cadence.
What ignites your writing & creative juices?
Honestly when I hear a beat that catches my ear I can already vsualize how and what I’m going to write for that track. I would also say keeping up with current events and some trends only because I don’t want to be that far outside of the loop of what’s happening in society whether it’s local or nation wide.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
I’m a laid back person so it would be watching Japanese anime, playing video games, or watching horror movies lol. I’m a simple person that can appreciate that the small things in life while realizing that everything in one’s life doesn’t have to be taken so seriously all the time.
If you weren’t making music professionally, what would you be doing?
I would either be in the field of marketing or a profession that involved helping others being that I’ve always been the type that wanted to help other individuals.
Success to you is…
Being able to get heard by others while hopefully inspiring them as well. The goal for me to show the industry that being a lyricist can be beneficial because there are lyricist that make good music we’ve seen this many artists with some of the newer ones being J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. I want to be someone that can help my community rather than destroy it.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help an artist starting out?
Learn how to budget your finances especially if your’re doing everything yourself without a team behind you because it will be costly. Also understand your brand and your fan base because who you are as an artist will have an impact on the people that listen to and buy your music.
Any upcoming projects or tracks you are apart of?
I currently have a project out now named “A Beautiful Disaster”
My project is on Datpiff.com, LiveMixtapes, Mymixtapez, and Spinrilla you can type in my name G.R.A.D.E. or the name of my project in the search engine.
You can search for me via social media at
My soundcloud is https://soundcloud.com/
My Twitter is @CocainFlow
My YouTube page will be up and running soon
My music links are