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Recently, there’s been a man from NY who’s been getting a nice little buzz online. His name is Five.
I was able to speak with Five recently about everything from prison, to the state of hip hop and I figured I should give you all a heads up on homie before he’s a household name.
Essince: How’re you doin?
Five: I’m alright, man. I can’t complain. Alive and I’m working. That’s about it.
Essince: Could you give us a brief introduction for some people who may not be too familiar with you.
Five: My name’s Five. I from New York but I live in Brooklyn now. Did five years in jail and after that came home, same grind ever since. Been grinding for a little over…2 years now. I’ve been rhyming my whole life but I never really pursued it until I came home and needed another road.
Essince: Can you explain the meaning behind the name “Five”? Does it have anything to do with the time you spent?
Five: It has to do with that. It has to do with the fact that when I was born I was only 5lbs so the odds of me surviving [were slim] and I’ve been fighting ever since. I really adapted to the name with the prison time because everything before that five years didn’t really matter any more. You know what I mean? It was all about the direction I was headed in afterward so I used those five years as a stepping stone for which way to move.
Essince: I noticed a lot of the things I hear from you are on mixtapes especially some in Cleveland [*shout out DJ Jack da Rippa]. There are so many mixtapes out now, how can this help an artist?
Five: Just getting yourself out there, man. It’s about getting people to know what you’re about, what your music’s about, what your talent is. It’s just really an avenue to promote yourself where if you don’t have something that certain artists don’t have, the budget, you don’t have marketing dollars, stuff like that, it’s a good avenue to take because of the DJs. Their music is being downloaded all over the place, being sold all over the place, and wherever it’s being sold and wherever it’s being downloaded you’re being heard. So it’s definitely a plus for any artists to have mix DJs behind you.
Essince: I noticed a lot of your things out here out in the Midwest. Being that you’re from New York was hitting the Midwest on purpose or are we just the people who latched on?
Five: It’s kinda been that the Midwest has just been showing me love. You know, Q is my boy. So he has a big part, him playing some stuff for the people. People contacting me. That’s kinda how it went. I didn’t necessarily target the Midwest myself but I’m not in a regional box where I specifically cater to New York and make music just for New York when you have people who listen to music everywhere.
Essince: What are some of your goals musically? You said when you got out your whole mindset changed. What are you looking to accomplish with your music and your talent?
Five: I’m just trying to open people’s ears to the bullshit that’s in the game right now that is destroying hip hop today for me. I was raised on it, it taught me what to wear, what to do, where to go. Hip hop was a beautiful thing. But now it’s become so commercial and it becomes so fake. Nobody is taking any risks. People would think that the world is perfect because of people’s music. It’s just about having good times, fun, poppin’ bottles, drinking and all that stuff. But I look outside and there are still a lot of people struggling, starving, and hurting. So my music is kinda talking about the pluses and minuses of life. Even though you’re faced with obstacles and these trials and tribulations in your life you can still win if you believe you can win. My music is kinda for the underdog. Just kinda open their ears and open their eyes more so that’s what I really wanna do with my music. Pretty much talk to everybody and let them know just because you go through this, you go to prison, you go through hard times, your parents are on drugs, or you raised yourself, whatever the case may be you still got a shot in this world. Nobody in the same is really doing that. No one is really taking charge of getting that point across. That’s what I want to do for hip hop. I want to be a voice for the people who are still struggling and are being ignored.
Essince: We really need that, man. Honestly, I can’t relate to any of these…ringtone rappers, you know what I mean?
Five: I don’t know how anyone can. You know you wake up and are going through something today, what the hell was how many bottles they were able to pop, or their Gucci rag or their Louis [Vuitton] rag, or the shorty being a 5-star chick, or any of that type of stuff have to do with anything to help you? People who don’t have religion or other places to turn to, hip hop is what they used to turn to. They’re not. All these single-driven artists are why albums don’t sell anymore. No one wants to hear an album of stuff that means nothing!
Essince: Yep. I agree.
Five: That’s what major labels don’t understand. They just push these singles because they failed on so many other artists. But at the same time you can’t give up on the people. That’s what they did. They gave up on the people. Said to hell with these people. Then people put albums out and nobody wants to buy their albums…because they can’t carry a whole album.
Essince: You seem very focused. You know why you’re here, you know why you have another chance…I feel like I know why you’re here. What are some of your goals beyond music? Do you have any aspirations to be an A&R? Did you ever want to be a producer? Anything like that?
Five: I would like to write. I can write R&B, I can write anything. I write wherever the music takes me, so it’d be nice to be a writer and have more of an influence on the type of material that’s coming out in the industry. So if I could get my foot in that door and provide certain concepts and production to certain people then I feel that’d help hip hop, too. That’s definitely the position I want to be in in some point and time in my life. I don’t want to be rapping and standin’ on stages the rest of my life but I still want to have my foot in hip hop. In a positive way.
Essince: We definitely need a lot of that. A lot of the older heads aren’t getting respect…especially when they’re just kinda…talking down to the new kids. Not understanding the new stuff.
Five: The older heads are at a point where they’re being forced to do what the new people are doing. I don’t agree with some of the old heads, with some of the pioneers in the game because you’re supposed to stand your ground. Everything comes back. And we will be at a point in time where what we’re listening to now…in 3 years…no DJ will play it. It will not be on the radio or anything like that. The music has no longevity. You look at any fad in hip hop it has no longevity. You know the DasFX and the tongue twisting it has no longevity. Nothing they think will last now will last forever.
Essince: Which is why, at the end of the day, you gotta make good, solid, relatable music, which it seems like you’re doing.
Five: To be honest, I try to make ageless music. Music that just talks about time and just talks about life and talks about real shit. It’s not fiction. I don’t have to spend a buncha time trying to think of a buncha fake stuff to make it rhyme and come together. All I do is talk about my life, what I see, what I see other people going through. I have people come to me like, I feel like you’ve been following me. How’d you know that happened to me the other day? [laughs]. You know? Shit like that. I look at a situation like Tupac. Tupac as put out, what, 10 albums since he passed away? He ain’t wrote a rhyme at least since ’96. But all his rhymes still sound like he could’ve written them last week. That’s kinda like the angle I take in this game.
Essince: Thanks a lot for taking your time out to do this interview. Any final shoutouts or links?
Five: Shout out to my boy, Q. Shout out to ITW [Marketing]. Shout out to the whole Midwest, Dj Jack da Rippa, DJ E-V, Dj G-Spot, Chicago, Detroit, the whole Midwest in general. Shout out to New York, Albany. Anyone who rides with me I appreciate it.
Not that he needs a ton of links to prove his influence but here you go anyway. Dude’s making serious moves.
FIVE ON WORLDSTARHIPHOP (video links below)
FIVE ON ONSMASH.COM (video links below)