A few days ago, HCM had a chance to interview up and coming hip-hop artist Ananias. The artist gave us a brief background about how he became involved with music, to his future aspirations. Ananias is very confident in his craft, yet has a unique outlook on things in general. Take a look at his interview to learn what makes the Brooklyn native one to keep on your radar in the future…
HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
Ananias. Ananias is my birth name . It means god is gracious. Ananias was misguided and mislead into believing false prophecies. He committed many sins such as lying , greed , being treacherous to his people. I am his counterpart. The one god was gracious enough to give a second chance to become a leader through the vision of innovation and righteousness.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursuit a career in music?
Ananias. I’ve been making since 17 but I dropped my first song at 25 and I have to say it’s amazing getting to know and learn more and more about my own artistry everyday. But since young I can always recall those train rides with my dad . Him pushing me to bounce a word back off of his to keep my vocabulary sharp. I must’ve been 7 at the time but that’s the sword I needed to sharpen my pen for the future. I have deep roots in music going back to my uncles on my moms side some were d-jays others were MCS. I was kind of like a sponge I wanted to do it all but I found my niche once I started to express my thoughts.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
Ananias. My style is timeless. Say things that’ll last forever. Create connections that last forever . Make music that lasts forever. The word experience is very important to me. Mean what you say and say what you mean. I want my mans to see me as a consistent artist. Meaning every time I walk across that stage or say a line that took me hours to come up fans will see the same level of integrity I provide and trust I can give them a vibration that’ll resonate for longevity.
HCM. On your current/upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
Ananias. Currently I’m working on an EP titled “Persona-Non-Grata” This is a sort of coming out project for me . I haven’t dropped a whole body of work but from the reception I’ve gotten from “Aim High” and “Super Bass” I feel there’s no better time. Persona non grata is basically a person whose unaccepted or unwanted thus they are alienated from society and annexed from true freedom . I feel parallel with this in hip-hop most people told me I need to fall in line and my lyrics are to harsh. I think the opposite but the same doors that open for gimmicks will be closed for honesty and reality.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Ananias. Anxiety anxiety anxiety. It gets me every time I don’t like to feel immobilized but at certain points in life things hit us either in spurts or all at once and I have a really hard time processing those things. Being in that mode throws me off balance I can function the way I’m used to being but having my support system around me is what always gets me threw. I believe my greatest asset is being able to be coachable. As humans we are never too old or young for guidance it’s what helps build your character. We live in a each one teach one world. It takes a village to build a village.
HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
Ananias. I’m an artist from Brooklyn New York . My Inspirations are Nas, Big L, 2pac, J Cole , OutKast Notorious B.I.G . Never stop believing you can achieve the impossible and make it possible. Do whatever it is you can passionately put to. Let’s change the world together.
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
Ananias. In about 5 years I see myself getting deeper into my craft. Inspiring the world. Teaching the youth about my experiences so they can build a healthy mental, physical, and spiritual space for their own. I want to be a archeologist in my later years . History is my hobby but communication is my calling.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Ananias. Shoutout to everybody Surviving In Do or Die Bedstuy Let’s Thrive And Praise The Gods One Time 4 Ya Mind In The Skies Peace And Blessings One Love – Ananias
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