Smoke Codeine is an 20 year old artist out of Raleigh, North Carolina who’s an aspiring rapper and been producing since middle school. He found his voice for rapping as of late last year, and his music influences doesn’t necessarily include other artists, but rather various styles of rapping which includes soft, monotone, angry, and abrogate. He was heavily influenced by EDM production and has now transformed himself into a more upbeat and melodic rapper.
Smoke Codeine released his latest hit called “No Flights” and he incorporated his multiple different stylistic inspirations and fused a refreshing mix that produced an evergreen sound. Smoke Codeine raps in a trendy, staccato delivery with a slight soft whispery aura surrounding the texture of it. It sort of reminded me of a hit The Migos will do! The autotune, wavy production, and appealing delivery gave the song a nice flare. “No Flights” has the right energy for a party and to get you vibing. Smoke Codeine is representing the new era of rappers who delivers the club hits! He knows how to get the crowd enticed, and listeners coming back for more. After listening to “No Flights” I found myself longing for more music from this artist. He’s an intricate creator and you can tell he focuses on the changing trends of music, to help perfect his craft at only 20 years old. Smoke Codeine has the game down pact, and the sound to match! He’s an energetic artist on the rise for fame, and this is simply the beginning!
Listen to "No Flights" here and get to know more about Smoke Codeine below!
What are some major differences and obstacles you face between recording music and producing it?
The major one for me is sound. If I produce a track and it has a good melody but my recording is out of key or is pitched to high, it messes the whole track up for me. Then we’re back at ground zero. So to compensate for the lapse in melody or pitch, I usually go in a tweak the production so that the vocals sound good with the track. When I was younger producing was easier for me being that I never recorded, but now that i have figured out how to, it’s more of trying to figure what type of filters I can put on my vocals or the track to make it stand out.
Tell us about the single “No Flights” and what motivated you to create this?
Okay, so No Flights was a track out of my comfort zone. I’m more of a slow, melodic sounding person. My significant other pushes me to step out of that, and be more upbeat and rapid. The track itself is a premention for the future, saying to any female, that hey I’m takin. I can’t get you right on money, on love, on friendship, none of that. But most of all I can not, nor will I ever fly a female out. ANYWHERE.
Out of all the styles you’re influenced by as a rapper, which did you incorporate the most in “No Flights” ?
So out of all the styles I’m influenced by, I only used one in the song. It was a difficult track to grasp, so I started out with a soft monotone style but halfway I scrapped it because it was too dull. So I kind of adopted more of an Lil Uzi style, and a lot of my friends tell me I sound like him because of the way I switch my voice in some of track and how elaborate my lyrics are. The style is the most difficult for me to comprehend because I do it and I sound original because it is, but for my close friends to agree and say that I sound like him in my own way is fine with me.
How does the title of the song, “No Flights” reflect the theme !?
So the song title has everything to do with the theme. I’m basically saying aye you all over me, hop of pass to team.
What’s new for you this summer, Smoke Codeine?
This summer is going to be the best summer to make music and get myself heard all over the world. I will dropping a couple tapes here and there, and even an album If my team is up to it. But look forward to a new sound that no one has ever heard. CODEINE
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