Los Angeles Rap Artist X is currently promoting his debut mixtape, ‘The XPress Lane’ which dropped last month in the beginning of April. We got a chance to catch up with X to not only wish him a Happy Birthday, but to talk his new project and what he has in stored for us in 2014. Please check out our one on one exclusive with the rising star below:
Who Is X?
Xavier Monte Burrus, known by his stage name “X” is an American Rapper, Songwriter, Entrepreneur and Med student.
Is Music your first love?
Yes, Music is my first love.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music?
I’d describe my sound as a unique style of music, very versatile, lyrical something they’ve been waiting to hear…Also, it’s an authentic style of Music. It’s things that I’ve witnessed and been through which creates it.
Who are some of your musical influences?
My musical influences would include Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Andre 3000, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and many more. Technically the whole industry is a huge influence to me. I grew up in music, I was raised around it.
When writing, what inspires you or where do you gain your inspiration?
When writing, my inspiration comes from things that are occurring in today’s society, the past and my imagination of what life could be. I gain my inspiration from my struggle.
Have you ever doubted yourself or your career?
I've never doubted myself, nor my career. I always though highly of myself even in the lowest situations.
Outside of Music, is there anything else you’re interested in?
I’m interested in the medical field. I’m in the process of transferring credits to go to USC from MD. I’m also interested in business and just being an asset everywhere I go and to those around me.
If we were to go through your iPod (or any music player), who are some artists that we would find?
Jay-Z, Lil Boosie, Rick Ross, T.I., Meek Mill, Scarface, Jadakiss, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Bun B, 2 Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Aaliyah and a lot of others…I love Music and I’m open minded, so I listen to just about anything; even if it’s not my favorite genre of music.
What can your fans expect from X in 2014?
They can expect to get the music they've been waiting for, something they can all relate to…BIG THINGS!
What is the best advice you've been given?
To stay humble, stay in the studio and to always read.