In the world of music; hip-hop and rap have been held as the example of what ails society, people, and direction, intent, you name it. It replaced the once title holder of all that was wrong; heavy metal, especially the 80’s and 90’s.
From the exploits of many early rappers with gang references, drug money held as trophies, even some songs advocating violent actions upon others; rap and hip-hop earned a reputation from the bad boys and girls of the genre. Wrongfully so of course as there were more artists merely making music to make people dance and have a good time than the bad, but the bad dominated the public consciousness.
Times change and so does perception. No longer do the majority hold the old prejudices that once plagued the nation and thus came out in the music. At the forefront of the new generation of hip-hop and rap artists is a young man whose talents have been noticed by every major player in the industry since he was just reaching his teen years. At the tender age of 14, this young man produced a video for as well as appeared as a guest on the hit single ‘My Jeans’ by Jenna Rose. The video generated over 15 million views on YouTube in less than six months.
With his debut album due out and a fast rising single already available titled ‘I Can’t Wait’ as well as his music video on the way on October 14th, he is a young man seemingly destined for super-stardom.
Who, you ask? He goes by the name I Am Trigg. Here is a kid that grew up in the hard streets of New York City that kept it together with positives, love of family, declined signing any contracts to finish up his studies, and was nothing short of a delight to speak with on the phone. His mission is to lead and be the voice of the youth by leading by example in lifestyle, choices, and his music and he does all of that in spades.
Check out I Am Trigg at the links below and check out my interview with a guy with the world in front of him yet one that remains grounded and lest I forget to say it, is still just a kid.
Kudos Trigg, kudos.
Interview with I Am Trigg
You have a diverse and interesting upbringing, can you tell me about your exposure to music?
Being brought up on the south side of Jamaica, Queens; there is a lot of history like LL Cool J, Run DMC, 50 Cent, James Brown and that’s just naming a few but my father introduced me into music through a friend and I caught the bug!
Now, you’re Dad was quite a talented guy as well; can you tell me about him a bit?
Well, he was a great guy! I think he raised me the way I thought I should be raised you know? He gave me all the tools and all the information to get ahead and be a positive influence in music. He trained me in boxing when I was a young kid but that wasn’t for me, but he was a great guy.
Being from New York City, what’s it like for those that would not know and what challenges do you face?
Let me start off; there are a lot of things I love about New York City. Like any other community, state, any other place there is a lot of drugs, violence, gangs and negativity; but I surround myself with family, they are positive, caring, God fearing people who keep me away from all that negativity and I am bless for that.
You keep a message of peace and positive music and actions, can you talk about that?
That’s who I am; it’s the only thing I can speak about because that is all that I know. It’s a whole world of negative things, but I m trying to bring out the change to positivity through my music and my actions.
And I commend you for that, more of that is needed.
Thank you man, thank you.
You produced a song at 14 for Jenna Rose that was huge; can you tell me about that?
Yeah man that was fun! The topic, message, video; it was all about everyday situations. Getting dressed and putting on your jeans, things that we can all relate to; that was a lot of fun!
Your new single ‘I Can’t Wait’ is out there now, great song, can you talk about it and what it’s about?
‘I Can’t Wait’ is another song that we can all relate to! Everyone can agree that we can’t wait to go out there and have fun, hang out with my friends, go to the parties, the park; it’s more about instant gratification. You know you are standing in line at the hot dog stand with a whole bunch of people in front of you and you just can’t wait to get that hot dog, you know? (laughs)
You have a new album coming out as well; can you tell me about that?
Yeah, it’s called ‘Forgotten Flag’ and actually it’s the original peace time flag and all we see is the war flag, I just want to promote peace and what better way to do that then promote the peace flag?
You have declined signing on with some record labels to continue your study which is outstanding, what are your future plans?
Well, to pursue my music career but my education comes first! Me and my family made sure I had something to fall back on, so that was really important for me.
It really is very important!
Exactly! Exactly, I needed something to fall back on and I needed to have a clear understanding on the business I am getting into!
It sounds like you have all your ducks in a row my friend.
(Laughs) Thank you man!
What do you do in your free time; how do you get away from it all?
I just hang out with friends, family; go to the park and play with my dog. I also go online and communicate with my fans.
You were a pleasure to speak with, is there anything you would like to say to the readers and your fans?
Yes, please support good, clean music! God will love you if you love him back! And you can find me at IAmTrigg.com, drop me a line, we’ll talk sometime!
*To watch a very cool video of him telling his own story, check out this link: http://youtu.be/bYhR5-gFpQQ