Featured Hip Hop Artist Keishonson Is Interviewed On Dubb Spot Records
We discussed which hip hop artist influenced his style, what would be his dream tour and what’s the easiest songs for Keishonson to write.
Coming from an area where hip hop artist are well known, the West coast, Keishonson is true to the hip hop game.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
Keishonson: I developed a love for music at the age of 9 and that was me just being a fan as I wanted to be Michael Jackson and do everything he does.. but as for wanting to record and be a hip hop artist … was probably 92 after seeing Kriss Kross and I just knew that I could do that as kid, and I have considered my self a professional since then
DSR: So what area are you from? How is it being a hip hop artist in your area?
Keishonson: I am originally from North Long Beach, CA and being a Hip Hop artist in the city was highly competitive as we had a multitude of hip hop artist who were influenced by the legend Snoop Dogg.. So if you wanted to get noticed you had to be better than the best
DSR: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Keishonson: I proudly claim my style as retro from the golden age of hip-hop… as that is mainly an attribute to my age… being 33 years of age, besides that, my sound is highly aggressive and passionate and in my opinion at times volatile being that all my music derives from actual life experiences and hardships
DSR: What influences shaped your musical style?
Keishonson: Being from Long Beach, CA the West Coast Gangster rap sound like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ice-T… have been a major influence as it is mainly a lifestyle and not so much a musical choice.. but I have an authentic love for Hip-Hop as I had music from Scarface and Wu-tang clan, Biggie Smalls and the like
DSR: If you had to put yourself into a genre or create your own, what would it be called?
Keishonson: I would put my self in the contemporary genre of hip-hop music… as I consider my fan base to be people of my age and older who might prefer the sound and relatable content
DSR: Who is in charge of writing the songs? If you, where do you draw your inspiration from?
Keishonson: I am in charge of writing everything that I say… but I love working with other hip hop artist and share influences to create that musical experience… as for inspiration it comes from my own life experiences and the experiences of others who do not have that voice to rap and the most important factor in all songs that I record is the beat… the beat kind of tells me who it is
DSR: What’s the easiest kind of song for you to write?
Keishonson: The easiest song for me is always a song about women and having fun as I can direct the focus and talk to a certain woman in general… as I used to write songs for my girlfriends in high school to get their attention and I still enjoy it song that just comes easy
DSR: What is your main goal at this point? Where do you possibly see yourself 5-10 years from now?
Keishonson: In 5 years I see myself more as a song writer/producer but since I have yet to reach a certain level of success.. I do not know what effect that it will have on me and my desire to express my self musically… but I do know that it is something that I cannot turn off as far as my passion for all music in general
DSR: Tell us about the musical giants who profoundly inspired you.
Keishonson: Well coming from Long Beach snoop dogg is on the top of the list simply because he made me feel that it is possible and my dream is realistic.. and another major influence is 2pac because of his energy… Eminem and jay-z simply because I always felt that we have the same tone of voice and so I have digested a lot of their music…and I have very long list but the Classics like Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson even the Beatles and that has to do with song writing and arrangement
DSR: Are there any hip hop artist you wish to work with in the future?
Keishonson: Hip Hop Artist I would like to work with are MOP, Outkast, lil wayne, 2 chains, G-malone, Jay Rock and a large amount of west coast artist … as I would like to present alternative ideas that would still appeal to their core audience
DSR: If you could create your own dream tour, who would be a part of it?
Keishonson: My dream tour would be to be a headliner on the detox tour with dr. dre and snoop dogg Kendrick lamar, ice cube etc…but more like a touring festival
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
Keishonson: I have learned a major lesson over time and that is to always consider the feelings of the people/fans in everything I do and say and speak on their behalf as that is my purpose for being here.. and another lesson that I have learned through out my life is to keep GOD first because I have been fortune to have so many lucky breaks that there has to be a higher power.. looking out for me
DSR: Are you working on any projects at the moment?
Keishonson: At the moment I am working on a Mixtape (yet to be titled) which will be a free download, as of now I feel that I need to introduce myself and particular sound to more people to build a larger interest for a major production of an album which will be well worth every single penny
DSR: Where can we find your music? Online and offline?
Keishonson: You can download a series of mini-mixtapes that I have available at www.OfficialHipHopMusic.com as the featured set of music I have is titled “I Cant Call It – Vol. 4” as the mini-mixtapes are more about personal feeling about life at the present time and not so much about specific subject matter
DSR: We ask all the artists we interview, what’s the best piece of advice someone’s ever given to you?
Keishonson: A producer once told me to “record it the right way and say it like you mean it, because the song will be around longer than you will…”
We appreciate you Keishonson stopping through the Dubb Spot. Keep grinding and being a relevant hip hop artist in this crazy music game.