Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:34:56
JoeyG of The Humanauts is readying his next project #NOSPACE, and it's bound to blossom into a cinematic rap masterpiece of epic proportions. The MC possesses an intense flow that simply blazes over the warm and wild production. You can hear it on "Finally", the collection's first official single. New York's got a new hip-hop savior.
In this exclusive interview by ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, JoeyG talks "Finally", #NOSPACE, and so much more.
What's the story behind "Finally"?
I really didn't know if this record would be one to make people realize I'm different. My producer sent me the beat a few months back. At the time, a lot of things were starting to happen with me as far as my career. I've been getting more shows. I was doing interviews. I wanted to tell a little bit of my story from where I was to where I am now and how much has changed from when I was 14-years-old and rapping as a hobby to being 24 now with things actually starting to happen and pay off. That's what it is. It's about being grateful and aware that shit is finally starting to happen.
How does this prepare everyone for #NOSPACE?
I wanted to get people ready for #NOSPACE. I felt like this track was a good segue for that. That's the main project I'm focusing on now. I had to push back #NOSPACE a few times due to my personal situation. I wanted to put something out to let people know it's still happening, and it's going to be bigger than anything I've ever done.
What ties #NOSPACE together for you?
My vision for #NOSPACE is to really let the world know who I am. It's my life. The title myself originated from my name, because there's no space in JoeyG. It's one word. I incorporated that to let people know there's no space in my name. It eventually became something deeper and more personal to me, and I wanted to share that with the listeners. I feel like I haven't gotten personal enough yet, and that's what people need.
Do you feel like you're opening up more now?
I open up a lot on this record. There's a lot about my past life, drug addiction, and the losses I've gone through as well as different transitions. It's not all serious. There are a lot of fun records on there and ignorant, party shit. There's love. It's a well-rounded project.
Is it important for you to paint pictures and tell stories with the songs?
Absolutely! I try to be as creative as possible. With "Finally", I was really letting people know what's going on with me now. I wanted to express that. It was simple. "Finally" is one of the more simple records, but it's my life. It's starting now.
If you were to compare #NOSPACE to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a tough fucking question [Laughs]. It would have to be a combination of probably Kids and Requiem for a Dream, but with a better ending, not such a fucked up ending!
What artists shaped you?
When I was a kid, it was Rakim, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def, and Eminem. Those guys were definitely my biggest influences as far as lyrics are concerned. Nowadays, I look up to Wiz Khalifa, ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Drake, and J. Cole. It's a combination of all those.
What's next for you?
I'm about to shoot a video for the second single from #NOSPACE. It's called "The Grind". We're also going to shoot a video for "Finally" and keep building.
Have you heard JoeyG?