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The craft that flows from the minds of young artists and producers has made the Memphis music scene become alive with creativity and originality. Ralph Leon Mabone or Northside2x has given hip-hop music a taste of Tennessee. From his early progression onto the scene, to hitting up big names such as MoneyBagg Yo, Dun Deal, Western Weiss, and Chriz Beats – be ready for what Northside2x will soon be releasing.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I started out when I was 13 years, back then I got to know hip-hop music by listening to different artists, playing around with tunes and songs on my FI Studio digital audio workstation. It wasn’t the best, as everything was just a bunch of remixes. I soon discovered the ecstasy I got from creating my own stuff, starting from ground zero and building onto it.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
There are a lot of people I have to give credit for helping me reach the heights I’m on now! MoneyBagg Yo comes to mind first, after teaming up with him in 2012 to work on his underground mixtape, From Da Block 2 Da Booth was a big achievement.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
It takes time. I have to sit down and think about a simple thing for a couple of days before I can finally make a decision. I phone up people, go out and meet new faces. It’s everything between thinking of it and actually starting that really gets me to do it. I mean, to have an idea right now, it won’t quite mean it will come to life in the next few months. So I keep an open mind about everything and work towards the final product.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Challenges are endless, so sticking to one problem at a time is my way of sorting it out. It’s about adapting and building on a new idea every day. Right now with the global pandemic, I had to act quickly and think of different ways to reach my fans, this doesn’t only benefit me, and it helps to keep to industry innovative.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I might think so, but I still have a long way to go. I’m only 25 years old, and until now I’ve gained so much experience. Only time will tell if I’m capable of adding new challenges to my agenda. Until that day comes, I focus on what I’m doing now.
What are your plans for the near future?
It’s safe to say everyone had big plans for 2020, but it’s like the universe said those plans will have to take a seat. Thinking of new ways to innovate the industry. At the moment I’m working on a couple of projects with some producers and writers, I’m hoping to co-lab with some new fresh talent this year.
Any other artists who inspire you?
Everyone has a unique touch. I do think Chinese rapper @Xli is busy redefining this space. Xli is indeed an artist, not just a rapper. Drake and Kendrick Lamar are obviously taking the lead for a good reason, always worth watching their moves.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I’ve met some interesting people during my time, and although I can’t name all of them, I can only be thankful to those who’ve given me the chance to prove myself. I’ve messed up, made mistakes, and didn’t always give my best – but those who stuck around until now are the ones whom I would like to thank!
How can fans find you?
My music is available on Spotify, SoundCloud, SoundClick, and Deezer, my newest stuff will be added shortly. If you’d like to find out what I’m up to, and when something new will be released visit my two websites at; iamNorthside2x.beatstars.com or Northside2x.bandcamp.com.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
The best thing I did was starting my career young. Get out there, and market yourself, build a network. If they don’t like your work, it means you can only get better.
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