We sat down with up coming artist SIP regarding his music, his culture and what is in the future.
What is your background? tell us where you grew up and some information about your upbringing/experiences as a youth:
– My parents were Afghan immigrants. That probably sums up most of my childhood for you. I was born in Queens, NYC, yerrrrrr. But I moved around a lot growing up. My father was an entrepreneur so he tend to chase wherever there was opportunity. If there’s one thing I learned from moving around a lot was the different types of people in the world. I’ve met almost every kind of person and it has given the ability to kind of mesh with anyone, anywhere at anytime.
At what moment did you know that music was part of your life and what feelings did you have towards making an active impact with your music? –
Music was always part of my life. Although my family was super conservative, we always had some traditional Afghani music playing at the house. I was always the outgoing one when it came to my siblings so my family used to gas me ODEE. I went from dancing in the living room, to dancing at weddings, to rapping for my friends. The one thing that drove me was how people were always so amazed at something that came so easy to me. I was like woah, people are impressed with me having fun? Fuck yeah.
What artists inspired/influences you and if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or passed) who would it be and why?
– There’s literally only one person that inspired me to want to rap, Therapist AKA J. COLE! First mixtape I ever listened all the way through, first concert I went to, first album I ever bought. The dude was so real it gave me hope that authentic people could make it in this industry too. And obviously Pac..
What do you think about the current state of hip hop/mainstream music?
– Honestly I have a hate-love relationship with the game right now. Part of me loves how the culture is thriving and is at a peak. But the other part of me wants to smack half these rappers because I feel they’re not understanding what kind of influence they’re giving off to the youth. Overall I would say the only thing mainstream music is missing is SIP. You wouldn’t understand it now, but in due time it will make sense.
Currently, what projects do you have in the works that you are most excited about?
– D R I P #DRIPOFREALITY !!!! This EP is my life man. This is the first project that I haven’t rushed to put out. I feel like im in total control this time around. In my earlier projects I rushed to put out everything because I wanted people’s approval that what I was doing was OK. Now Idgaf who says what, I KNOW this will be legendary.
What are your short term career goals within the next 6-10 months? –
Honestly, it’s tough when people ask “career” questions. Cus when you’re an artist, you ARE your career. Who you are is what sells. I just hope to stay consistent with where I’m at cus im at a good place right now mentally. Allah plans the future, not me or you or anyone else.
What are your long term career goals within the next 2-5 years?
– Most people often mistake long term goals with dreams. Your dreams are not your goals. Goals are more realistic and realistically I want to have recorded 100s of more songs, videos and content. Because having the ability to continue to produce good content is why most artist fall off. I never want to fall off.
If you had one song out of the catalog you have created to show a person what song would it be and why?
People ask me this question all the time. I have records with millions of streams, a song with Joyner Lucas, another with Uncle Murda + Maino… but to be honest the song I usually show off is always the one I recorded most recently. Because it shows who I am currently, not who I used to be or what I used to do. I hate living in the past cus once you get comfortable there you get attached an become contempt with your life… no, not me!
To the person who had never heard of you what is it about your music and story that you would tell them to entice them to be a supporter?
– Honestly my music speaks for itself, I couldn’t ask anyone to be a supporter. Just type SIP of Reality on any major platform and splurge.
If your music could be described in five words what would those five words be?
– JUST A SIP OF REALITY
What do you bring to the game that is unique and different?
– My story.
To the aspiring artist who is considering a career as a musician what lessons or advice would you give them to inspire them or to uplift them in the journey?
– This isn’t a short-term journey. This shit will take blood, sweat and tears straight up. Even when everyone gives up on you, don’t give up on yourself. This is your dream, no one else’s.
What are your social media profiles and where can people purchase/download your music?
– @SIPofReality any where and everywhere. What are your final words you would like to say to people that you have left out? – If you made it this far, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. Thank you for believing this was worth your time.