Herbert Kennon Burroughs II
I have been creating music for many years. I started when I was 11-12 years old (1985-86) with a 4 pad Yamaha drum machine and a tape recorder. I would level my vocals by standing in different areas of my room. I grew up with a wide variety of influencers. Around that time, I took to artists and groups like Whodini, Run DMC, LL, Fresh Prince, Fat Boys, Kool Moe Dee, Beastie Boys, and Big Daddy Kane. Then I got into Too Short, Eric B, NWA (followed all artist), Queen Latifah, Salt N Pepper, Ghetto Boys (Scare Face), Snoop, 8ball and MJG, 2Pac, Notorious BIG, E-40 and various other artists from the 80’s through the 90’s to today.
Some of the earlier groups I mentioned were fun and lyricists were clever and witty. Then rap started to evolve into smother verses, more serious in message, and by late 80’s early 90’s got more ‘Gangsta.’ I was heavily influenced during this period as a teen. This was a time when different areas of the U.S. was rapping about life in their hoods and the style of beats reflected that area. In the early to mid-90’s I would associate more with the ‘West Coast’ style of rap whereas today I believe those geographical templates are more blurred. Rap has become more of an artist’s individual style/s allowing for more creativity and range in today’s rap genre.
I started off rapping with my Homies from my neighborhood in the early 90’s. We started off as Tech then changed our name to Flawless. By the late 90’s we accumulated a few albums before we all went our different ways because of jobs, kids, and families. I continued to make a few solo albums to have fun with and enjoy. It was more like a hobby I loved doing when I could find some free time from the family. I don’t pretend to be a young artist nor am I trying to create a new style. I continue to do what I know and make music when I can find the time. The most difficult thing about creating when you get older is trying to balance life and making it fit a busy schedule.
My advice to artists; Always have a love for music! The goal should never be to make it big or rich catering to the ‘industry.’ The goal should always be having love and a desire for putting in work in the studio, delivering a message you want everyone to hear, and make it as dope as you possibly can. Fame may or may not come. If it did, who’s to say you’d like it? How much of yourself would you be willing to lose? Artist can switch up their style or sell-out thinking they’re producing what the industry wants to hear. Keep it real and continue doing what you love. At the end of the day you’ll know that you’re proud of everything you created. Independent artist are the future of music! True fans are fans because they can relate to what the artist is saying. I love making music. I plan to keep making cuts as long as I am able. As I mentioned in a song years ago that will always stay with me, ‘That song went platinum - but it never sold!’