Big Piph, a rising force in the rap scene, takes us on a journey through his artistic world in this exclusive interview. His passion for rap music was ignited long before he took center stage. He recalls, “I fell in love with it long before I decided to become an artist.,” reflecting on the power of young black men sharing their stories through creative expression. Overcoming his fear of public speaking, he embraced rap as a means to share his thoughts authentically.
However, While influenced by various artists earlier in his life, Big Piph’s focus now lies in carving his own path. His music is a reflection of his personal values and a desire to make a positive impact. He brings authenticity and depth to his verses, addressing social issues and encouraging self-improvement.Big Piph’s messages resonate with healing, growth, and finding inner peace. He strives to inspire listeners to be the best version of themselves, urging them to explore life’s possibilities.
In this exclusive interview, the veil is lifted, offering a glimpse into the mind and soul of Big Piph. His narrative is one of evolution, authenticity, and a burning desire to wield the power of music as a catalyst for change. Through his words and melodies, he invites us to explore the contours of our own journeys, embrace our authenticity, and be agents of transformation in a world that dances to the rhythm of change.
How did you first discover your passion for rap music, and what drew you to this genre as a means of self-expression?
I fell in love with it long before I decided to become an artist. I found power in people who looked like me, young black men, sharing their stories in a creative fashion with no regard. Later on, when I got over my fear of public speaking, I wanted to share my thoughts in the same way.
Can you discuss the creative process behind your rap lyrics? How do you develop your flow, wordplay, and storytelling techniques?
I have 2 methods nowadays. The first is I “let the beat talk”. I feel the music helps dictate the topic and how I want to approach it. It helps that I often assist in making the track. The other way is I already have much of a song in mind. I then get the music created from that and round it out.
Who are your biggest influences in the rap industry, and how have they shaped your own style and approach to making music?
Earlier in life there were quite a few, but now not so much. I just want to carve my own lane while maintaining my peace and helping some folks along the way. Whoever’s on that, I tend to
pay attention to more.
Rap often addresses social issues and personal experiences. How do you use your music to shed light on important topics or convey messages to your audience?
I’m glad you note that it does because many think it’s solely the opposite. I personally gravitate to artists who share their authentic stories, so that’s what I became. Since my story includes thinking about and hopefully benefiting social issues, my music does too. No need to force it. It eventually shines through.
Collaboration is a significant aspect of rap music, with many artists featuring on each other’s tracks. Can you talk about your experience collaborating with other musicians and how it has impacted your growth as an artist?
Work with people whom you respect and who challenge you to bring out your best. Everyone has their own approaches and insight, so I just try to absorb what I can when collabbing.
Rap performances require a high level of energy and stage presence. How do you prepare for live shows, and how do you engage with your audience during your performances?
I’m big on the “if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready”. Throw a lil extra practice on top of that and you’re kosher. As far as interacting with the audience, I just talk and vibe with them when it seems fitting. Keepostly to the music, but leave some space for the impromptu moments.
Can you share any memorable moments or challenges you’ve encountered during your rap career? How have these experiences shaped you as an artist?
My original rap label broke up and a lot of friendships were hurt as well as my pockets. However, life rolls on and if intentional, those wounds heal. Since I speak about life, that’s reflected in my music as well. Also, I just try to be wiser to not repeat the same situations.
As a rap artist, you have a platform to influence and inspire others. What positive messages or values do you strive to convey through your music?
Get yourself right. Heal. Find peace. Try something new. Keep growing. All the dope things to be the best version of yourself.
What advice would you give to aspiring rap artists who are just starting out and hoping to make a name for themselves in the industry?
Do a small project, put it out, learn, and do it again. You learn from doing and get better from iteration.