Recently HCM linked up with rap artist CEDBEAST for a brief look at the man behind the name. The rapper gave us a detailed breakdown of how he came by the name CEDBEAST as well as how he became involved in music. He also gave us a hint of how he came up with the concept of his latest project FOREVER. The interview gets a bit more interesting as it went on, so take a look and see what more he had to say.
HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
CEDBEAST. Growing up my Uncles always called me C-Monster. Now that I’m older, I was searching for the right name, and a former friend of mine started calling me “beast” a few years ago. Friends already called me CED, short for Cedric, so I put the two together and CEDBEAST was born. So in a way, C-Monster grew up to be CEDBEAST.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
CEDBEAST. As a kid, in between watching cartoons and wrestling, I was always watching MTV and BET. I loved the hype that an artist would get for new releases and videos. As far as pursuing my career, when my Dad passed away, I knew I had to get into music. That was our bond, we would always talk about who’s hot and who’s not in the rap game, plus he would ask me why I didn’t look into getting into the music business or put out music. So when he passed, it was a now or never moment.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
CEDBEAST. My style is my own. But if I had to say who was an influence it would have to be Ice Cube. He’s probably the biggest influence on my style. I would also have to give credit to 50 Cent. Those two are a heavy influence on me.
HCM. On your current/upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
CEDBEAST. My latest album is called FOREVER. I released it back on 2.23.21. The concept behind FOREVER is very braggadocio. I wanted this album to be a proper introduction to CEDBEAST and the song selection fits that perfectly.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
CEDBEAST. My greatest challenge for me personally is getting my mind to zero in and focus on one idea before moving on to the next. It’s a good thing and a bad thing to have so many ideas at once but it’s hard sometimes to go in a direction for one song before I’m already thinking about the next song and the song after. An attribute that drives my work ethic is my ears. I can hear the slightest imperfection in anything that most people couldn’t tell the difference even after I point it out.
HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
CEDBEAST. After they listen to my music they should understand that I’m real, confident and that my swagger is unmatched. I’m unapologetically ME.
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
CEDBEAST. I’m going to keep promoting my album FOREVER. Get enough eyes and ears on it to take my career to new heights. I’m always writing, I’m always in the studio, so I’m always ready to release new music. This summer I’m starting “CEDBEAST Sundays” where I release new music and content exclusively on Sundays.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
CEDBEAST. I would like to thank Wyshmaster Beats for being transparent in this industry and for producing 4 tracks on my album. Anno Domini Beats for giving me the opportunity to have Kurupt featured on my album. G. Gallardo Beats for being very supportive of my career and for producing 2 tracks on my album. Shout out to everyone showing support for my career and for the great reception of my album. And a big shout out to my cousin Mike for being the person I bounce ideas off of and being the 1st to critic all my music. #223forever
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