T.Stone is a Hip Hop artist from Calgary, Alberta who makes songs digestible for everyone with hiss versatile artistry. T.Stone's instrumental choices begin at electronic and end up at pop by the end of a album. T.stone began rapping at the age of 14 and producing at the age of 15. Perfecting his craft and giving the best result possible, his music transcends to the youth and gives them a voice. Not only empowering them, but showing them that a normal, everyday kid can make an impact as well! T.Stone's goal is to bring happiness and reliability back to the hip hop world. T.stone released his single titled “Deep End”, the intricate rap single with a cathodic and voltaic sounding instrumental adds a unique spin and detail to T.stone’s artistry and his way of delivery and flow. The beat had some funky psychedelic components mixed with a light EDM pop flare that we highly enjoyed. T.Stone’s witty bars and charismatic wordplay helped characterize his rap sound and brand. T.stone is an idiosyncratic artist who can’t be categorized into one genre of rap, instead he submerges himself into his own individualistic culture of hip-hop that we will find ourselves oddly enjoying and immensely intrigued by.
You can listen to his single here!
Hello! Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey what's up? My name is T.Stone from Calgary, Canada, I'm a hip hop artist and I have a new project out now called 'Lucid'.
How would you describe your sound in one adjective?
Unique. I think the combination of unpredictable production and different subject matter really brings my sound to a new place. I try to complete everything myself, from the mixing, to the cover art. I want everything to be a true reflection of my message and what I have to offer.
Did you ever find any challenges fusing together the styles of pop, electronic, and hip hop?
Sometimes a concept of a song just pops in my head then, next thing you know, the beats done, the lyrics are done, it's fully recorded, mixed and mastered in 45 minutes. Or, there's times where it takes a couple days, a couple weeks to fully finish a track. Studying different sounds from different genres has been a challenge, but has opened me up to a world beyond rap. I love pushing myself to cross lines and try something new and to make something that connects with a large variety of people.
Can you tell us a little about your recent project? How was this different from anything you've created before?
'Lucid' is an album that has something for everybody. Whether you like hip hop, pop, electronic, club, or psychedelic, it has a song you might like. I worked frequently with my close friend and producer Baebblu throughout the creation of this album, he produced the tracks 'Deep End' and 'Hello? (Wasted)' and really helped set the vibe for this album. Every night, we'd be in his car, parked in an alleyway, bumping beats that we had been making from the time we woke up, until 5 minutes before we met up. I'd choose different beats and narrowed down what I liked, what I didn't like, what we could change etc. I went over different song ideas in my head and made short, catchy, to-the-point concepts that you can digest easily, but sit with for a while. That's why the album is about 20 minutes, it's packed with lots of content in such a short duration, so you can listen multiple times and hear something new every time. A concept that I love about some of my favorite albums.
Do you prefer producing music or writing raps? Which comes more natural to you?
I love both, but writing has always come naturally to me. I'm always thinking about bars, punchlines, set ups, rhyme schemes and unique flows in my head. I love puns a lot. They help me stay creative and to think of new and weird bars to maybe make somebody laugh or make somebody do a "damn, that's filthy" face.
Do you have any musical influences? If so who and how did they impact you?
I'd have to go with Big L, Biggie, Nas, Black Thought, Eminem, Jadakiss, Kendrick, Outkast, Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Beatles, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Elton John, and ABBA. For the rappers, they influenced me with cadence, technique and forming songs that can educate, as well as come through with tight flows, metaphors and songs that can make you laugh or cry and spread a message. For the singers, they all have influenced me with incredible songwriting, creating melodies and to create songs you can dance or sing along to on a first listen. Without these influences, I wouldn't be close to the artist I am today and I'm forever grateful for that.
What’s next for you?
2019 will hopefully be a big year. I'm working a new solo project, a new collaborative project with Baebblu, a new collaborative EP called 'StopDropTopRoll' with the homie Shorty40, fully produced by CashMoneyAp, which will be dropping in the next month or so, a couple business ventures and getting on tour as soon as possible with the crew. Shout out to every one who makes the dream possible, the grind never stops.
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