young contender has been giving all upcoming emcees a run for their
ends. Maryland rapper Phil Adé has the internet waves constantly shaking
in anticipation for some new tunes. The reason why isnt hard to
understand. With Wale opening the doors for DMV artists, the spotlight
is on the nations capital more than ever now. But its not any
hand-me-down raps coming out of this keeper. Crisp lyricism and delux
production, its no wonder why Raheem DeVaughn signed him to his
independent DC-based label 368 Music Group. The rising star has already
had the pleasure of accomplishing major moves. With his face gaining
regular rotation on MTV Jams and show appearances all across the US,
theres no warning signs clear enough to understand for the youngster.
had a chance to rap with the kid and talk randomness, on top of some
vital information onne may want to know. In his first time Breeding
Ground interview, Phil shares his insight on his growing success, being
next up in the DMV and other random goodies such as taking long walks on
beaches during sunset. Muisc/Videos
AllHipHop.com: Its obvious that you came into the game with Raheem DeVaughn, but did you really expect to blow up so quickly?
Actually I really didnt know what to expect. When I first really got
serious about doing music, it is kind of when I met Raheem and my
manager Tennyson and Dre [Andre Dre The Mayor Hopson] and all of them.
So I really wasnt even sure what to expect as my first time pursuing
AllHipHop.com: Can you recall when you first fell in love with Hip-Hop? Whether it was a song, or an age, can you remember?
Actually, nah. Its kind of like something that I just kind of grew up
with. When I was younger I did what my brother did. I was kind of like a
follower of my brother. So if he was listening to Tupac and B.I.G. like
he was, thats what I would listen to too. Its kind of always been
like that. Pac and Big were like the first people I listened to, and Nas
and Tribe. Those artists were kind of the first artists that I really
listened to a lot because my brother did.
AllHipHop.com: You list Biggie, Nas, Jay, etc. as influences. But is there anybody that may shock some of your fans?
Lets see. I know off the top, AZ. I listen to a lot of AZ. Really, the
stuff he did with Nas. I dont know if you heard the song Lifes a
Bitch. Thats one of my favorite songs from him and Nas. Shit, AZ, Jeru
the Damaja, um...I say thats about it.
AllHipHop.com: So now you have your current project out, The Letterman out. The Letterman follows Starting On JV. Would you say that youve moved up the varsity with the second project? How do you feel in the game right now?
Yeah, definitely. Ill say Ive moved along. My music has gotten better
and gotten to the point where I think you can reach more people to
actually be a successful artist full-time because of the experiences
Ive had. Ive had more experiences being with Raheem and going on tour
with him. I guess you can say Ive just seen a lot more life and a lot
more situations. So I have a lot more to talk about, and I believe
AllHipHop.com: Some would say youre the next best thing to come out of the DMV after Wale. Do you feel any kind of pressure at all?
I dont really think its any pressure really. Wales a great artist
and he has his name. And Im a pretty dope artist myself, if I may toot
my own horn, and I have my own name. I believe everybody has a part to
play and Im just playing my part. I dont think theres really any
AllHipHop.com: So you find it rather easy?
Phil Adé: Yeah, I mean, I dont really feel any pressure. Im just doing me.
Speaking of Wale again, you both have African descent. And I recently
interviewed Chiddy from Chiddy Bang who also has Nigerian blood in him.
How do you feel about more and more African artist being on the rise in
Hip-Hop? Of course we have Wale, Nipsey Hussle, Nneka.
I think there have always been African artists. I would say Africa is
one of the originators of music with a beat behind it. Drums and stuff
like that you know, is really deep-rooted in the African culture. It
doesnt surprise me. You know artists like Sade, shes an African artist
and shes been out since the 80s. But um, I think its great though. I
dont really know if its a coincidence or what it is, but I think its
dope. I think its dope that its a lot of Nigerian artists coming up
Now this is totally random. But one of my favorite tracks from you is
Always There. And I was just wondering like, do you have a shorty or
anything like that that could always be there?
AllHipHop.com: So when youre not with your shorty or your 368 crew, what can we find you doing? What do you do in your spare time?
Phil Adé: Ill say drawing.
AllHipHop.com: Drawing? You actually draw?
When I was in college I was actually studying graphic design. And
drawing was one of my first passions. I used to sketch cartoons when I
was little. And my brother used to collect basketball cards, so I used
to sometimes take the basketball cards out, go in the corner and draw
the little picture on them. I draw and play ball.
AllHipHop.com: So the basketball theme is really real, you actually do that?
Phil Adé: Mmm Hmm.AllHipHop.com: Recently you were in North Carolina working with 9th Wonder. I figured that youre working on a new project. How is it working with 9th? And tell us about this new project that youre working on.
Phil Adé: 9th
was dope. I got to see him actually make beats. He made a joint for me
really in like 15 minutes. It was dope, like, I hadnt heard something
that dope in a while. It was great to see him work. I was honored to
actually be in the studio with him. And I got a joint coming with him
soon, a few songs. And as far as the mixtape, its an idea that I came
up with from the last couple days. Me, Dre, and DJ Money, were gonna do
a little project. I went to Australia on September 18 and Im going to
be on the Sneaker Pimps Tour, so Im actually going to be gone til
November. I just thought itll be dope to put something together to give
to all my fans and supporters, just to hold them til I get back.
AllHipHop.com: Now, what is this Winners Circle Im hearing about?
Basically what its 368. Im no longer the only artist on there
anymore. Theres a new artist from Florida named Dee Boy. Theres
another artist named Phuture, and another one named Stello, that just
got involved with 368. And basically what were doing is, weve come
together and made a group of all of us, and called it The Winners
Circle. And what we have coming up is a mixtape called 368 FTW Vol. 1.
Im not quite sure on the date. But its coming soon. We actually have
some stuff up. We have a song called Til the Lights Come On. It has
Raheem on the hook, its me, Dee Boy, and Stello, and DJ Money also.
So in the midst of these projects and trips to Australia, etc., whats
next for you? Do you have any goals that you want to tackle? What would
you say is next in your plans and goals?
I wanna do an album. Thats really what I want to do now. I dont know,
its just something that I havent tackled yet. I think thats
basically whats next. So hopefully when the right situation rises, I
cant say when Im planning on doing it, but hopefully the right
situation arises that I can do an official album.
Who would you want to grab for that, as far as producers and
collaborations? If you could just do it off the top of your head, who
would you know for sure you wanted on that project?
Phil Adé: 9th
Wonder, Swizz Beats, No I.D., Kanye. Thats one of my favorite artists.
Off the top, thats about it. Of course Sunny, the dude I been working
with since day one.
AllHipHop.com: Last words for Hip-Hop?
Dont be afraid to take risks, as Raheem calls it, jumping off the
cliff creatively. You know, mainstream Hip-Hop is always changing. I
think thats because people arent afraid to take risks. Thats another
thing with being a successful artist. I believe every successful artist
has something different to offer. So be you.
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