THIS MASSACHUSETTS BASED RAPPER HAS BEEN THROUGH THE WIRE AND BACK IN PURSUIT OF HIS DREAMS. AS HE EXPLORES LIFE IN NEW YORK, HE TELLS US WHY HE IS WORTH MORE THAN GOLD.
INTERVIEW BY: KILE ATWATER
Binnie Freud came over my tiny Manhattan apartment to talk about his goals and dreams. At over 6 feet tall there is no way anyone could ignore him, but what strikes me the most is how grounded he is. As I'm running around my place looking for my charger he's patiently waiting seemingly unbothered by my nervous energy. I told Binnie about The Lunch Bx as soon as the idea started forming in my brain and he was immediately interested which took me by surprise. With him it is not about ego, he was open to being interviewed and he was ready to share his story. With Lauryn Hill playing in the background he let me into his life and the lessons he's learned.
[Q] WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MOVE TO NEW YORK?
More opportunity FOR THE MOST PART, I FELT LIKE THIS WAS THE ONLY PLACE YOU COULD GROW. I wanted to escape the small town trap.
[Q] WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INTO MUSIC?
It was an escape from the pain, I was going through a lot in the past and music was the only thing that made me feel like I could talk about my problems. It was like my public journal. It was cathartic for me.
[Q] WHAT WAS SOME OF THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES YOU HAD TO OVERCOME IN PURSUIT OF YOUR DREAMS?
I was homeless for a little bit in New York, and I guess trying to find the balance of working a normal job and trying to build a career, especially in this place. New York will suck you in and you might find something where you’re making a lot of money but not doing what you want to do. My biggest obstacle is dealing with the abuse of artist.
[Q] WHY DO YOU THINK ARTISTS ARE ABUSED?
It's just like the nature of the business, or even the nature of capitalism. If you don’t have good representation or you're not somebody that's making a lot of money, or you don’t have a lot of money in general, people treat you as such. That just what we've built. It's even tougher on artists because it's something that's tied into expressing your emotions. Any art form that's tied into expressing your emotions, your gonna take that extra personal. So there's always that fight. It's like you know your worth you get a little prideful of that. I’m not going to have someone tell me I’m not worth anything when I know
I'm worth gold.
[Q] WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER ARTISTS WHO ARE TRYING TO SUCCEED.
Honestly, don’t let New York be your last stop, any bubble is still a bubble no matter how big it is. When they say – if you can make it here you can make it anywhere, you have to go to other places to prove that fact. Stay one hundred percent focused on what you want because you're gonna deviate from that path so many different times.
– THE TYME CAP (SOL) MIXTAPE
[Q] WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW
I have a project called Chocolate Diamond that I plan to premiere in late March/early April. The inspiration behind the project is reflective of the time. When you think of a chocolate diamond it's supposed to be this rare material just as a white diamond is, but the difference is they say it's impure, that's sort of how people are. You know people who've made it [to be] successful they've gone through the dirt they're not exactly one hundred percent pure –whatever that's supposed to mean, but they're themselves so they're perfect.
[Q] SO WOULD YOU SAY YOU'RE LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH?
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