Multi-talented rapper/producer/songwriter AD The Artist is originally from New York. Now residing in Tampa, Florida, he fuses his New York grit with his Flawda flow and style. His unique aesthetic allows him the create prolific rhymes and relatable lyrics. His self-produced sounds have him skyrocketing to the top and are available on all streaming platforms.
His killer album “#iOUx” is an incredible launch into the music industry. The single “Forever Green” is a hard hitting and Hip-Hop powerhouse track. AD’s voice quite literally sounds like Kanye West’s tone with AD The Artist’s own flare. “Living life’s a drug but don’t abuse it” is a lyric throughout this track that I love. It’s relatable because we all take life for granted sometimes. This dope track is about hustling and working hard to make money. “May my future be Forever Green” is all about the money! “Forever Green” is an anthem for the hardworking people living their real life. AD’s upbeat flow and flawless, witty, bars make this track unparalleled in today’s hip-hop scene. Getting a message across, effortlessly reciting perfect lyrics, and finding/creating beats to match is AD The Artist’s specialty. The production quality and artistry is professional and finely-calibrated. The whole album, and especially this single will propel AD’s career to new heights and we can’t wait to see what he delivers next.
Listen to "Forever Green" here and get to know more about AD The Artist below!
Hi AD! What’s you real name? How did you create this stage name?
My real name is Andreas Dimitri. My stage name was created just as my initials. And then “The Artist” part of it taps into me as an artist. I feel like I’m more than just a rapper or songwriter but an artist in the way I develop my cadences and flows, in addition to being a producer as well and creating the right sounds that fit me as a person, character, and overall artist.
Are you currently performing your newest album anywhere? What’s your stage presence like?
I’m currently located in Tampa so I do quite a bit of shows in this area.. looking to tap into the south Florida scene more often so Miami, Broward, Palm Beach areas.. and also extend my performances to central Florida, so Orlando as well. I’ve developed some good relationships with brands in New York and also performed at an event for SXSW in Austin and made some good relationships out there as well, so keep it locked I’ll be doing more shows in the upcoming months. My stage presence you’ll just have to tune in and see... but I’m a huge fan of crowd participation and one thing that’s special about my performances, if possible I like to move with my MPC which is my beat making machine.. and give audiences a live demonstration of how I make my beats and a lot of the times it’s for the songs you’re going to see me perform right after! So that’s special to me and I love sharing that.
What would be your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration that’s a tough one... so my heritage is Jamaican, I’ve been well cultured in my ethnicity since I was a toddler and I’ve grown up listening to not only Hip-Hop, but a lot of Reggae and Dancehall. One of my most influential artists and probably dream collabs would have to be with a dancehall artist by the name of Vybz Kartel. FREE VYBZ KARTEL he’s currently incarcerated hopefully will be released soon. But yeah, I’ve always been a fan of him and his work ethic, I mean he’s even incarcerated now still releasing new music every month.. that’s a big mystery some say he has a mic in his cell haha! But yeah.. Vybz Kartel.
How did you get started in making/writing music?
I started writing music from middle school about 7th grade. Just leisurely I would engage in free styles because I just loved music. Growing up my dad collected vinyls and listened to a lot of music.. I fell in love with it at an early age and I would know songs like no other. My family members would call me jukebox because any song that came on the radio or even songs that played out of stereo systems.. I would know, and I would recite the lyrics! Like who’s this kid knowing all these songs haha. I was good at that. So I think as I grew up and developed more of an understanding for the gift or talent I had, I thought maybe I could make this a career, let’s figure out how to monetize this and create a business from it. DJ Blackout, Grammy nominated producer, and resident DJ for LIV On Sunday DJ Don P really helped mold me and create confidence in me as an artist to pursue a music career, so my early knowledge and opportunity I’d always have to think back to that and credit them for establishing me as an artist and “showing me the ropes.”
We love you lyrics! What's the meaning behind “Forever Green”?
Forever Green is a song I created to express growth and change. All my music I want it to make people feel good and come with a meaning or a purpose. With Forever Green, when you think of the color green you think of growth, a level of “freshness”, purity, MONEY, new beginnings. And that’s what I wanted to tap into on this record. So I say in there may my future be “Forever Green” so essentially saying may my future be ever growing, may it blossom, may life present me with new beginnings, and most significantly, MONEY! Forever Money, Forever Green! So that’s the story behind that concept.
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