Artist INTERVIEW: RYLAI
1. Hey Rylai, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. What first got you into music?
It was like the late 2000s. I was in elementary school. I came across a K-pop hit, "Last Farewell" by Big Bang, I was hooked on that song, and I started digging for more.
2. Your latest song is “Testimony” . Can you tell us more about the making of it and if there were any unusual things happening during the process?
I'ma tell you when I came across the Testimony beat for the first time. It was last year when I met Enoch, the producer behind the Testimony beat. I was at a small lockout studio of a rapper I had just met on the Internet. We were playing beats and vibing, and the Testimony beat came out.
Soon as I heard the beat, the groove, and how the instruments were orchestrated, I felt this beat was really special. I freestyled at that instant, It was gibberish, but the flow sounded perfect.
Later that day, I came back to my own lockout and started to write down kind of my own stories on that flow and that's how Testimony came out.
3. When did you fall in love with hip hop?
Hip Hop is life. Lots of great MCs have let out their stories, life lessons, and style through their bars. I love Hip Hop's competitive nature. We try to rhyme more and come up with the best stories. I'm a Kendrick Lamar fan. His bars inspire me to push the lyrical boundaries further.
4. What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
That there is a lot of room for me to do anything what I want. I started making melodies since I was young, and I got lots of great melodies and ideas I haven't let out yet.I would love to make those into real sounds and bring them into reality.
5. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
My grandma said after she read Testimony lyrics, She told me, "Believe in yourself that you're special. Keep pushing. You will reach the point one day." That really touched me, and it means a lot to me.
6. What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I'm a college student. Other than that, I've done math tutoring for high schoolers. I've cooked at a local restaurant and worked at construction sites.
7. How do you spend your time?
These days, I love watching YouTube,I also like riding my bike and running through my city. I also love digging for more music.I would love to get inspired by new sounds!
8. I'm also a huge Kendrick Lamar fan! Would you rank his albums from your least fav to your all time fav? (including the new realese from 2022: Mr. Morale & The Bigsteppers)
Oh, each of his albums is all great for different reasons.
I think Mr. Morale & Big steppers is great with building up the narrative, good kid, m.A.A.d city has a great K-Dot origin story. And TPAB is on the whole other level!
But if I have to pick my personal favorite, It's good kid, m.A.A.d city, the way he conveys the story and how he's using the skits inspired me a lot. I go back to the songs on good kid, m.A.A.d city the most. And my second favorite is DAMN, it has so many great songs, and I love its song productions.The next is TPAB, and lastly, Mr. Morale & Big steppers.
9. Is To Pimp A Butterfly the best album of the 2010's?
Before I talk about the TPAB, I gotta say that I don't listen to lots of albums. I don't think I can compare many great albums to say which one is better than the other.
But listening to TPAB was a whole other experience. You know, he recites a poem between tracks and adds a sentence each time, and it works perfectly with the songs and context, how they're all cohesively running to the theme; it's something else. 2Pac interview at the end is also genius.
From the writer's point of view, cause I'm a writer, I think TPAB is unparalleled and inimitable.
I don't think anybody could come up with a hip-hop album as great as TPAB, at least not in this century.
10. What's your favorite youtube channel?
I don't have a particular favorite channel. Most of the time, I just click on what's popping on recommend section. It could be travel videos, music-related, memes, or sometimes gameplay streaming.
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