Artist Spotlight Carlito Staxx (@CarlitoStaxx)

20 Feb

What city and State are you reppin?

Brooklyn, NY

Who are your influences?

New York 90’s hip-hop culture as a whole were my major influences. But if i had to narrow it down to just rappers, I’d say biggie by far had the greatest influence on me. while Wu-Tang, Nas, LL, Das EFX, Lords Of The Underground, sparked a early love for lyrical expression and flow, it wasn’t until i was introduced to biggie that i felt a personal connection to a rap artist. by the time i hit middle school, BIG was gone and Jay-Z filled that void for me. into my teens Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders, Def Jam, etc. became my strongest influences.

When did you know you would become an artist?

well my father is “The Good Doctor Bert Morgan” he’s been a staple in the New York City Club scene since the late 70’s. Pops has DJ’d in every club from, Studio 54, Roxy, Palladium, Tunnel, Supper Club, to Copacabana. Being as i only saw my father on the weekends i wasn’t about to just let him cut out ever Saturday night to work, so i tagged along with him. I was 9, 10, 11 years old in the Roxy watching my father rock hundreds of people on the one’s and two’s. I knew from then my passion was music, though at first i thought I’d be a DJ. But HOT97 opened my ears and i ended up taking the lyrical path.

How is your music different from what we’ve been hearing?

Honestly I think my music is very much New York City rap. Within the first 4 bars anybody who listens can know I’m from NY and i think that authentic New York City style of Hip-Hop is missing from the music right now. Much respect to everyone doing their thing repping for different parts of the states, but it seems New York kinda got lost in the mix now that you have rappers from the south running the scene, Drake from Canada selling out stadiums, and shit. While everyone is definitely in my iPod, I’m not out here trying to sound like whoever is popping at the moment. And I think that’s the major problem with rap today, everyone is going to producers saying “I need something that sounds like Drake, Flocka, Wiz, would spit on. Same shit with record labels, they looking for quick bucks to cash in on rappers who sound like whoever it is who winning.

How would you describe your style of music?

Aggressive. My delivery cuts through a track, and my bars are forceful. I’ll more than likely say something to offend sensitive listeners but trust me you’ll remember exactly what i said 3 or 4 days after you’ve heard it.

If there was anyone you could work with who would it be and why?

B.I.G of course. He’s the main reason i ever thought to give this rap shit a try. Other than him, clearly Hov. As far as production wise. I’d have to say Dr. Dre simply because his bass lines knock so hard they would compliment my voice and delivery.

Who are some artists you’ve worked in the past?

Che Guevara, Manifest, P.I. Swagger, William Gone, DesignerBeats, Ralph Random, Mysonne, SinSay, and anyone else who cut the check!

What’s in the future for you ,what should the fans expect?

2012 is all about forward progress. Things slowed up on the music end due to personal issues and legal problems but we back on it this year. More music, more hustle, more promotion, more forward motion. We working on the website which will give everyone a first-hand look at all things Lito, the mixtape set to drop in June and a LP by the end of summer.

Twitter?

@CarlitoStaxx

Shout Outs!!!

The whole Hostile Takeover Gang, Che Guevara, P.I. Swagger, Manifest, my brother Ralph Random and the whole Derailed Music Group unit, Mak. P over there at SoundClash Recordings, Mysonne, Kuragus, Danielle Denise, my little brother Jamal, my brother Euro, Joey Fresh and the whole Scrolling Arts crew,  of course Melissa Irish
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One Response to “Artist Spotlight Carlito Staxx (@CarlitoStaxx)”

  1. Xyla February 24, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    staxx is sexy… he could get it!! lmaoo

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