An Enigma in Entertainment: Interview With WeSingCin

Interviewed by SlayDaKing

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Photo taken by Marques Ruiz

Mr.y (mist(ə)rē), better known as WeSingCin, is a 22 year-old artist without a definite home. He was last seen drifting into the shadows after hearing the whispers of the Bad Magician.

To live one’s life as honest and true to one’s self is the mission behind WeSingCin’s music. It’s a direct line into the thinking process undergone throughout his day-to-day life. Growing up in a more than religious household, the foundation that was intended to be set forth was the distinction between a righteous or a sinful lifestyle. However, those two things are subjective. In choosing to speak on his own truths and being transparent within his work, WeSingCin hopes to challenge the belief of what, precisely, “living right” entails.

If any of you still have any concerns about Mr.y and where he disappeared off to, speak softly and listen closely.

What is your identity as an artist and how do you maintain it on social media platforms? Describe your creative process.

Id say my identity as an artist is that of a seeker who can’t let everyone in. This explains my social presence. I like to be unseen, at least, until I want you to see me. It’s very characteristic of myself, really. I don’t feel the need to document everything and upload daily updates because it takes away from the work. I know I should probably be trying to build more connections through social media but that’s just me again thinking my work will speak for itself when it all comes together in the end. But, we’re still in the process of working on this new project so I’m more focused on that at the moment.

Tell us how your style has grown over time.

I think my style has undergone a number of changes in the last 7-8 years. I remember when i first started rapping and recording I was sounding like some of my favorite artist at the time. J Cole had just released Friday Night Lights and I was really into Curren$y, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye, and Kid Cudi. So, of course, I wanted to make music that was on par with what they were doing. I was writing like real raps back then. And then, someone asked me “what’s the message you’re trying to convey”. At the time, I didn’t know. Being one of the best rappers wasn’t even on my mind either. I was just doing it cause I was having fun. From there you can kind of see that I went deep down that introspective rabbit hole trying to place as much meaning into my words.

As far as beat selection, I listen to a wide array of music from different genres so I think I pull sounds from that. I wanted to do something different and Kid Cudi is a huge influence in terms of being different. Seeing him collaborate with producers like Nosaj Thing and Ratatat put me on a different path where it wasn’t conventional Hip-Hop beats. Instead, TripHop, Chillwave, anything Downtempo and Lofi became what I found myself drawn too. So, overtime, the accumulation of these musical tastes helped blend together this sound.

How do you go about choosing who to collab with on a track?

In terms of choosing artists to collaborate with on my own content, I don’t often seek out features. I have this set idea in mind already, this image and moment I’m trying to recreate and it’s hard finding an artist to complement these ideas well. Not to sound as if I’m looking down on my contemporaries [Chuckles].  But, when I do get asked to feature on another’s work, I’m very open to that and connecting with other artist in that sense.

Your music has a heavy focus on lyricism. How important are the words you use in conveying complex imagery?

The words are the most important thing in my work. I’d want people to focus on that. Before writing, I had always been a visual person, seeing things in snapshots. I had to find a way to translate those images into something that might be understood differently. Each word is being used to describe the moment on a number of levels based off the senses. So, they are very important in properly capturing a moment.

Describe your aesthetic. How much does that factor into your artistic expression?

I’m unsure how I’d describe my aesthetic and it’s a factor into my music. I just try write what I feel. With visual representations of my music, I feel as though it’s bright on a surface level but the underlying feelings are darker when the music gets dissected.

As an artist, do you ever find yourself deciding whether a venue has the right vibe and platform for your art? How do you navigate this decision making?

In the past I think i just wanted to get my music heard. I’d be looking to perform anywhere any chance I got. But, gradually, I’ve sort of been taking a step back to be more calculated in terms of performances because the quality of music wasn’t at the level in which I wanted it. Being able to give the audience an experience rather than a show is what I’d want to be able to do. So understanding that aspect and how I can present myself as this artist within my performance is something that occupies my mind.

In a lot of your songs you are very emotionally vulnerable. How do you take care of yourself throughout the writing process and after?

I don’t think I do. I’ve got to learn to separate the writing process from actual life because I feel as though I’m never not in the writing process. I could be headed somewhere but in my mind are images and words swimming around, trying to piece themselves together. I have to always be open to these thoughts. I’m an over thinker so there’s no real way to turn it off. But being that I’m always in this state of thought, you become used to it -almost numb where these emotions don’t feel as real and you don’t seem as connected to them but can still recognize them.

What was the inspiration behind the single “Shadow Walker”? Tell us about the meaning behind the song.

When I first heard the beat, I instantly got this lurking feeling. But, the shadow’s a place of dissociation; where you can find peace. The shadow’s also where your darkest self gets revealed to you as a whisper. It’s that space of vulnerability.

Listen to Shadow Walker and more on WeSingCin’s Soundcloud


Connecting with Community: Interview With Rapper Internal Rhyme

Interviewed by Steven Ikegwu

Jeremy Goldsmith, better known as Internal Rhyme (IR), is a 23-year-old creative from Philadelphia, PA. A rapper for 12 years, Internal is best known for his charming wittiness, confident delivery, and, of course, incomparable rhyme schemes. His strong vocabulary and complex subject matter are no coincidence because they stem directly from his years of formal education and community involvement. IR is a scholar and a mensch, to say the least.

Some of the biggest influencers of IR’s music include Elzhi, Nas, Eminem, Tupac, and Big L. Originally categorized as a “boom bap” rapper, Internal has managed to develop his sound to include modern day melodies & futuristic beats while still maintaining his notable lyricism. He’s performed hundreds of times during his 12 year hip-hop career and is often remembered for his vibrant stage presence. Internal has no plans to stop rhyming. He looks forward to recording music until the day he dies.

Interested to know more about this artist? Learn more about Internal Rhyme through some questions we asked him below.

How have your connections in Philly helped you progress?

I’m lucky to be really well connected throughout Philly. For one, I have a relationship with a few different studios around the city, which allows me to pick and choose what sound I’m aiming for. I’ve also been able to develop familiarity with most of the venues in the area, since I’ve pretty much played at them all at this point, minus a select few. I like establishing direct relationships with venue management because it opens the door for me to control future events I perform at. Aside from these few examples, I also link with fellow rappers, singers, photographers, graphic artists, and videographers all the time. Philly has so many geniuses, and I believe in pushing good work forward.


 Describe how you network and the best ways for doing so

In my opinion, the best way to network is by being present – whether that means at music events, on social media, in photos, or ideally, all of the above. I’ve learned that people recognize you a lot quicker than you think they do, and a lot quicker than they’ll usually admit. But showing up is only the first part – you also have to interact with people. Make an effort to talk to other creative individuals, either on the internet or at actually events. Tell them with pride who you are and what you do, and ask about what they do (and actually listen!)


How do you incorporate other types of art into your work?

I certainly consider myself a jack of all trades. Over the past five months, I’ve been honing in on some newly-learned skills, including photography, motion graphics, and fashion design. It’s all about branding yourself these days. The more you can do, the more valuable you are.


How does networking in your own community compare to networking outside of it?

Honestly, I just love the community in Philly. A lot of people talk down on the vibe in our city and say that it’s completely unsupportive. While I’ve definitely come across my fair share of hating ass mf’s within a 10 mile radius, I just think the talent in this city is unmatchable. Also, there are some really, really good people, like good hearted people in this area. And sometimes you have to go to smaller events to find them… they’re often hidden at open mics, poetry slams, acoustic music nights… but they exists, and those folks are powerful.


How do you continue your music career after college?

At first, it’s a hard adjustment, I can’t lie. Being in college, especially at Rutgers, was so beneficial to my music. By my senior year, I was performing 3-4 times per week, every week. I was the vice president of Verbal Mayhem, which was, to this day, the greatest outlet I’ve ever had. I was constantly surrounded by intelligence and passion. But it’s all about learning how to move in the environment you’re in. When I went to Rutgers, my target audience was generally folks that attended UNICEF fundraisers or weekly poetry open mics. And while I still participate in those sorts of events, they’re less common now. Now it’s more like going to popular parties in the city or scouting out whatever hip-hop shows are going on on a random Friday night.


How do you balance your work, school, and community involvement?

I really have like five thousand lives, it’s crazy. I mean, there’s Internal Rhyme, there’s a student, there’s a social worker, there’s a son, a boyfriend, a photographer, a tutor, a teacher… I do a lot. I’ve always liked to keep busy. And believe me, it’s very tough and I let people down a lot. I’m trying to get better at managing my time, but I commit to so many things. I really like to jump on opportunities when they’re presented to me because I recognize that they’re a blessing. But I get caught up a lot and I’m trying to learn how to solve those issues more. I think I have to get this whole daily planner thing down finally…

Check out Internal Rhyme’s music here