Pays To Be Sinical
March 4, 2009
Greater Fall River is a hotbed of musical talent. In order to better focus on the people making music, in and around the city, RSVP will be running a weekly local music feature on the sounds of the South Coast in the artists’ own words. To kick off The Beat, RSVP caught up with local rapper Sinical, who’s been in the biz since the ripe old age of 13.
Where are you from?: Fall River.
What’s your background in music?: Through the course of eight years as an artist, I have been signed to three record labels: Blaqhole Ent. from Phoenix, Arizona, at age 14; Silver City Records, from Taunton, at age 16; and Goodfella Records from West Palm Beach Fla., at age 18. At the age of 15, I was invited to music station Mix 98.5. I was introduced to people at the station like John Lander, from “Lander in the Morning.” The reason I had been invited in that day was for a demo I had been working on. That day I was scheduled to meet with A&R representatives from Arista and Interscope Records. At the end of our meeting I was told by an Arista A&R rep that he enjoyed my music and thought I was a talented artist. The A&R rep from Interscope Records said that a person of my age shoudn’t use such provocative language, or cuss as much as I do. And followed that up with, in a couple of years, if I needed a manager, to contact him. When I heard that, I thanked the Arista A&R rep for his time as I shook his hand, and snubbed Interscope with a dirty look as I left the room.
How would you describe your sound?: Leader of the New - Old School
Influences?: My environment and everything I grew up in. Artists influences: Big Pun, Talib Kwali, Mos Def, Common, Big L, Biggie, Tupac, Pharoah Monch, Killah Priest, KRS One, LL Cool J, Nas, Run DMC, Joe Budden, Jay Z and Cassidy.
What are you listening to right now?: Nas, “Queens Day.”
Where do you practice?: My studio in Fall River.
Why do you rap?: Rap is what I do, Hip Hop is what I live. In essence, my love for this culture has made me the person that you see today. As a youth, I was troubled and caught up in the negativity of everyday life. Through trials and tribulations, I used my skills as a writer as an outlet to vent my frustrations.
What’s your ultimate goal?: I’m not in this game to be a Super Star. I simply want to bring Hip Hop back from the ’90s into the millennium. I have a story to tell, and a message behind each word. This is my passion, it’s what I love doing. I couldn’t picture my life any different from how it is at this very moment. When I make a record, I acknowledge the listeners’ points of view. At the same time, I write what I feel, and because of that my fans respect me and can relate to me on a personal level. That alone is the reason I continue to keep moving forward with my career.
What’s up next for Sinical?: Watch me, I’m comin’.
Shear Genius owner, “D” puts a chair cloth over Sinical.