By Ethan O'Neal
Laser-precise flows and lavishly woozy instrumentals meet in Brooklyn-based rapper MEDHANE. Over email, we spoke about his experiences as an artist, “2016 neo-drugs”, and artistic intention.
Rare Candy: Maybe a generic question, but what made you want to start making and releasing music?
MEDHANE: I grew up around reggae, soul, and hip hop, so music was pretty influential in my youth. I started rapping when I was a senior in high school though, I just realized that I had a talent for it and started trying to write seriously and shit just moved from there.
RC: How did the release of your last project, Greys in Yellow, feel for you as an artist?
M: It was cool, a lot of people downloaded it and its kind of given people around the city something to put my name and face next to. Me and Jasper put a lot of work into it so its cool to see the feedback, people tell me they love songs from it all the time.
RC: Greys in Yellow was a collaborative project between you and producer Slauson Malone. What’s different about exclusively working with one producer on a project?
M: It makes for a more full sounding project. When I work with Jasper its almost like he matches what i'm trying to say or get across perfectly with the music.
RC: You’ve announced that Medtape, your next release, is coming soon. What can you tell us about that?
M: Nothing. Its coming soon though, stop pressing me greatness takes time.
RC: You joked on twitter about LUCY, your “most ignorant song ever”, hitting 10,000 plays on Soundcloud. Do you feel there’s ever a disconnect between your intentions as an artist and the public’s reception?
M: Nah LUCY is hot as fuck and I understand why it has so many plays, with that song I'm just tryna show that I'm versatile. The public never really understands anything, my main concern is that I personally like the music and that its honest.
RC: SoundCloud, along with other online platforms, has been a pretty successful resource for you and many other artists. How does the internet affect your artistic career? How do you see the online industry changing in the future?
M: The internet is weird it's like 2016 neo-drugs. I don't think it affects my career that much though, I just post what I post and people pick up on it over time. I think streaming is about to monopolize the rap game and make shit crazy though.
RC: What have you been listening to lately?
RC: All of your music is erased from existence except for one verse. Which verse would you keep?
M: I didn't write that verse yet.
Listen to MEDHANE on his Soundcloud.