HCM Artist Spotlight Interview with R’shad

Hip-hop artist R’shad has aspirations of making his music universal to all those who hear it. Taking it back to the essence, R’shad’s music is inspired by the 90s “Golden Era” of hip-hop, with a twist. Recently, we got up with R’shad for a little Q&A to learn more about the artists goals and plans for the future. Check out his interview for more details…

R’shad Interview

HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
R’shad. So my name is Rashad, and I noticed most artists now just use their name (Drake, Kendrick, Cole). But, I wanted to make it pop. While on the phone with my homie, he was being silly and said take the first A out and put an apostrophe. After looking at it, I said “hm, well actually…”. The rest is history.

HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursuit a career in music?
R’shad. It literally started when I was a kid and saw Bow Wow’s video for Take Ya Home. That was the coolest thing on the planet to me at the time, and I said then that I wanted to be a rapper. As I got older i said I’d rather be an artist, not just a rapper. Over time (high school really) I said this is what I want to do, and I’ve been pushing ever since.

HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
R’shad. A Tribe Called Quest for sure

HCM. On your current/upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
R’shad. Bounces & Vibes is about maturation, and really displaying a sense of mastery of my own style, while acknowledging that I’m not perfect and can always improve. It also gives chill vibes, inspired by 90’s anime aesthetic.

HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
R’shad. The greatest challenge would be writers block. The greatest attribute would be my work ethic in my personal opinion. Even with writers block I’m still working. Whether it’s beats, free styling random lines, working on promo, something is being done until I can put the pen back to the paper.

HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
R’shad. I want listeners to feel like this music could be the sound track to anything they’re doing. Ride with windows down and turn this up.

HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
R’shad. Bounces & Vibes 2 dropping soon, and then a I’m going to change it up with a neo soul album behind that.

HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
R’shad. Shoutout to my wife Cierra, my engineer David B Boy Blessings, and my boy Jame, and my boy Aaron. Riders forever, I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.

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Check out “Dominoes”, the latest from the “Bounce & Vibes” project by R’shad.

Author: Mr. Hood Critic

Hood Critic Magazine was founded by Holland D. Witherspoon in Bossier City, Louisiana 2013. HOOD CRITIC MAGAZINE was created to cover up and coming unsigned independent artist.