I left my whole life behind in Canada to move to North Carolina temporarily in the summer of 2017 so I could find myself and figure out what I was going to do with my music career. I’ll admit it wasn’t the happiest moment but it was a relief that I took a jump (one that I wanted to take for years). As I was doing some heavy record digging on a summer morning I came across an artist named Ten$e from Bronx, New York and his record “Band$ome” produced by L’Camino took no longer than two seconds to grasp all of my attention. Sometimes when you listen to certain songs you get a vision of exactly where you were and how you felt in that moment in life and that’s how you know you’re listening to a powerful record. That was a day that I wasn’t going to forget and a moment that I couldn’t let pass me by, this guy was special and his energy was felt. When I was down, that record gave me life so I was trying to look more into Ten$e and figure out how I haven’t heard of him and how I could find more of his music. As I was searching, I noticed he had his next releases on private, he only follows three people on Soundcloud and virtually has no presence on the internet outside of Instagram. I’m thinking like “How can I find you!?” Little did he know (and a lot of people don’t know) I’m one of the heaviest researchers in the Hip-Hop community worldwide (I’d like to think so) so when I want to find information I go all in. Eventually I came to find that he’s been in the New York underground scene for a little over 5 years, which is around the same time I started to get into music. So even with the time that he started making music I understood his journey and had a good idea of what he had to go through to get to this point.

I reached out to him once via email and he didn’t answer but I couldn’t take no for answer, I had to hear more of his music by any means. Luckily through Sound Cloud he saw that I was engaging with what little he had out and he eventually responded (after I messaged him a second-time) to me in my messages. We spoke on the phone and coincidentally (by fate) he was going to Raleigh, North Carolina for the first time with his producer L’Camino. So I arranged a meeting with him and spent sometime in a studio on the North side of Raleigh and in their AirBnb where the two also made a homemade studio to record.

Just like his social media presence, Ten$e was mysterious in real life and it was hard to put a finger on what was going through his mind. He didn’t say much but when he did say something, it was always words of substance and you can tell that he’s been through every up and down of life and had a fulfilling journey within the music industry. You can hear it in his music because the content is really coming of age speaking on: the come up, love, lust and hunger for more. I’ve been digging for music since I was twelve years old religiously and I’m proud to say that I’ve ever been wrong. I’m usually two years ahead and I know for a fact that Ten$e will be one of the industry’s leading artist pushing a new sound, perspective and atmosphere in the game, it’s only a matter of time and hard work, he’s a diamond in the rough.  The production from L’Camino is of top quality and his engineering skills are highly advanced. You feel that these two are seasoned with their craft. When L’Camino spoke, his knowledge of the industry was very complex, speaking on things like setting up a grassroots foundation, taking care of your mental health and finding a way to hit the masses while keeping your artistic integrity. In their AirBnb I was also surrounded by other artists in the area who shared the same thoughts and values and were very serious about their craft. Shout out to Ace Henderson who was a special guest in this interview, Shout to Aston Martin, Ellereese, Steezie & Quale. This is what came of the interview in Downtown Raleigh.


Roger aka Zaire of Prestigious Deviants: What’s going on with you bro?

Ten$e: I’m off that good Henny, good vibe, it’s my first time in North Carolina.

PD : Yeah it’s kind of a coincidence how we met, I reached out to you on the phone about two weeks prior to this meeting and we hit it off good and on the phone you were like “Yo, I’m going to North Carolina for a week.” and I asked you which part and you said “Raleigh” and I’m like “Yo, I live out here right now!” (I moved to Raleigh from Winnipeg, Canada in the summer). So what brings you out here?

Ten$e: Just friends and I had a chance to meet up with some dope people out here, some like-minded individuals.

PD: Most definitely and you met people out here through your right-hand man L’Camino right?


Ten$e: Yeah he had the plug, he’s been down here before and we were just going through mad shit in New York, like mad drama so I just hit him up like “Yo let’s take this trip and get some fresh air” you feel me?

PD: Yeah, I hear you on that. You released your fourth record today “No Less” and it seems like you guys have a great chemistry going on musically and even outside of music you’re like brothers. How did you two meet up?

Ten$e: I met L’Camino through my boy Luca and we’ve just been working on so much music now. We’ve worked on music for a full year and a half before we even dropped a record together you feel me? I know everybody got the fourth record today but that’s like the fourth out of a hundred records that we made. We got to the point where he knows what I’m going to say before I even say it, He knows how I’m going to approach a record so he’ll organize the sounds accordingly; same with me like I’ll say some shit because I know how he’ll tweak it in the production. The chemistry is Siamese.

PD: It’s crazy because listening to some of the unreleased songs that you two have, it’s like Camino produces as if the instrumental is a human-being. Like one song will change moods, changes pace and as you’re singing along in your verses he changes the tempo as you go; so it’s a great chemistry.

Ten$e: Yeah and I see a lot of people trying to steal the formula but they ain’t got no clue what’s in the stash. Like by the time they get to biting one of the styles, we already hit them with like four, five more you know? so we’re never going to run out of different shit. They’re going to have to catch up.

PD: It’s bizarre how the music business goes like that because a lot of the best music isn’t released yet, it’s all being strategized with marketing and it’s out in the open so everything is a free-for-all. How do you even protect yourself from people stealing your creativity?

Ten$e: You can’t, you literally just have to do you. I realized the more I listen to other people’s music, by the time I get to the studio I might mumble a melody that sounds like someone else you know? I might just be influenced so now you’ll catch me fuck around listening to Sade’s Greatest Hits and just trying to be the best me that I can be.

PD: Most definitely and just to bring it way back, I know you were in the New York music scene around 2012 messing with cats like Ken Rebel and Glyn Brown, like the whole Manhattan scene and now we’re going into 2018 and it seems like you’re really seasoned with your craft. Do you feel like you’re at the best you’ve ever been at?

Ten$e: Right now, I’m in my fucking bag! I’m in my prime right now so that’s why I’ve been dropping the music a little faster than usual. Because doing the roll out how I was doing it before, like dropping a song every three months; like it’s not enough. Now I feel like everyone is in need of stimulation, like we’re in the generation of “I need it now”. Like I’ve been watching a lot of Gary Vee videos and shit and I’ve been studying about how to put out my content in the most efficient way possible and I feel like dropping music constantly keeps the people on track with where I’m going creatively in an efficient timeline so people can see how I’m progressing as an artist as it’s happening, instead of being a total constructed roll out for months planning on how we’re going to drop this record.

I just dropped a record today at like 10 o’clock at night and people would swear not to do some shit like that, like you should be dropping around peak hours like 3pm so everyone sees it and shit. Naw fuck that I’m dropping this music for somebody that stayed home on the weekend and didn’t go out and they’re watching all of their friends turn up on the Instagram Stories. They’re at home bumping my shit at their crib you feel me? That’s another thing like with everybody that’s supported me, it’s surprising because it’s connecting with people that I wouldn’t have thought would bump my shit. I’m kind of like an outcast myself and a loner so I fuck with those people that be online digging for new shit, people like you, that really understand the music. The way you describe my music is fire to me because you say things how I want to express it, like how exactly it was in my head. So, what I want to do now is drop more content, I know I need more videos soon, I think when the time is right then we’ll get it together.


PD: I think I’m able to describe the music the way I do because I understand the lifestyle and that’s how I differentiate myself with other blogs. A lot of these guys are great writers but they didn’t really live in the streets or come from dire situations where it’s do or die. You know when you’re in the music scene and you’re trying to cultivate your best craft while dealing with real life at the same time. Getting older and needing more money by any means, more business acumen and still being caught up in living life. That’s why I named my brand Prestigious Deviants and you live that lifestyle.

Ten$e: I’m definitely a Prestigious Deviant.

PD: Haha, yes you definitely are man! So where did you get the name “Ten$e”?

Ten$e: Ten$e comes from Graffiti, I was bombing New York, all over the five boroughs with my friends. When I got into the music that was already my name in the streets so everybody would just call me Ten$e.

PD: So what started first music or writing graffiti?

Ten$e: I started off doing graffiti and when I moved on to music it started with freestyles but I wasn’t really taking it that seriously. I didn’t really have the tools needed but being around New York and meeting the right people, I got myself into a situation now where I got my team and we just keep it all in-house. It’s just me and a small group of people that I started with from the ground up.


Ten$e: Come interview with us.

PD: What’s going on man, L’Camino, you’re making some fire beats right now and we need to hear about some of your journey. So, how’d you start with your musical career?

L’Camino: So I started around 2012, 2013 and I was living alone in Texas. I got into it and I was like “yo this music shit is fire, I want to make people feel like how I’m feeling right now.” So I came back to New York and started recording my friends and started making myself a part of the music creation process. Then I went to school for like two semesters and I got an internship with my OG/Mentor IllMind and on my first day on the job with him I got in a studio session with Mobb Deep.

Ten$e: First Day.

L’Camino: Yeah my first day on the job I went to Havoc’s crib in New Rochelle (Upstate New York) and at that point I was like “Ok this is what I want to do.” Like the first time I actually got my feet wet I’m with Queens legends and I’m from Queens so that was kind of surreal for me and I felt like this is my calling type of thing. These are people where when I was little I was playing video games to their music and now I’m making music with them and shit. At that point I was like I need to stop everything I’m doing; put 40 hours a week into this because this could and will work out for me.

That lead to me meeting some people out here in North Carolina, I met Aston Martin (producer) and he heard some of the music I was making with my homies and he was like “Yo Imma come check yall” so he came to New York, I returned the favor, met Ace Henderson and he had a project that had Ten$e on it and Ten$e is from the Bronx. So there was a lot of like “Yo if I didn’t meet this person and meet that person and have them make me listen to their music etc.”  What I’m basically trying to say is a lot of things needed to happen for me to meet Ten$e but we’re here now. And all of the people who helped us get to this point are under the same roof right now. Like at this very moment right now we’re making music, like that’s what we do, that’s what brought us here and that’s what we’re still doing. Now we met you, you feel me Roger? and now we’re going to have mutual friends in Canada and shit like that and we’ll be like “I was in Winnipeg and they know you.”

That’s how music works, you come to notice that mad people know each other and everyone’s connected, everyone knows everything and you just have to keep working. That’s basically what we’ve been doing with the music right now, is just connecting, building a brand, letting everyone get to know what this is about, what we’re trying to do. We don’t want people to think like “We knew you were going to do something like this” like we want to keep you all in your seats. If you guys get impatient with us, we just want everyone to keep guessing, we’re very for the listener, we’re listeners ourselves, we’re just trying to give a feeling when you listen to our music.


PD: I feel you, it’s all organic. So this is a question I have for both of you and I’ll start with Ten$e first. Going back to what L’Camino said about making the decision to take music serious. It comes with trials and tribulations, drama etc. What are some things that you’ve gone through and things that you’ve realized that encouraged you to keep going? It’s a journey and I know you’ve been doing this for five years, I’ve seen your circles and who you’re around and I feel like you’re the only one that hasn’t popped out and made it yet but you’re so seasoned with your craft now that when you do come out it’ll be your time.

Ten$e: So, I’m very friend orientated, I treat my friends like my family. So when I first came up I put my solo project to the side to work on music with one of my friends. After that that’s when I met Jedi P and he put me on to a bunch of new music and a whole new lifestyle, like modeling and it was a whole new world. When I started I was into heavy rap shit like dark rap Odd Future type shit, I was bumping like mad Earl; that’s what I was on. After I met Jedi I was into a whole new feel, like N.E.R.D, you can check my old shit, people love that shit. Then I met with Braden and Matt Cody and we were doing some extra experimental whole new sound like some other shit.

Where I’m getting at is, I thought I had it so many times and I did a lot of learning like you said with the seasoning of my craft and where we’re at now like.. I couldn’t even write a verse when I first started. Now as a songwriter, it still takes me a few hours to complete a track but working with Fred (L’Camino) that’s when I feel like I turned into a master of expressing myself on music properly and tastefully. It was a lot of learning, I used to want to pop so bad like I would do anything to pop, like I just wanted to be out here you know what I’m saying? but now I’m like fuck that like set up the foundation from ground zero and people that fuck with me, I want to keep them around and I want to help elevate each other. Ground zero, that’s the name of the fuckin label and we’re focused on my fan base and my core following and getting them on deck with all the new music we’re dropping now. So, when we drop all these crazy pop records like the top liner stuff, mainstream type of music they can’t say we were just trying to go Hollywood and all that. We’re setting a foundation now to get y’all ready.

L’Camino: We can’t even tell y’all the game plan but it was kind of like we want you guys to respect us. Once again, we’re like listeners as well so we understand that being a fan of an artist is being able to understand them. When we see an artist pop out of nowhere and you don’t have anything to go back towards, it makes you feel like you’re not able to connect with them because you don’t see what the story was like. That’s what we’re giving you right now, we’re giving you the story before we do top 40 and you guys are like “oh their just industry plants.” Like you’re not going to put that on us and we’re telling you that now, that’s not what’s happening haha.

PD: And this interview will be in the archives for that. A big part of your music speaking of Top 40, Camino I’m assuming you’re Hispanic too?

Camino: Yeah.

PD: I can hear it in the music, like when you’re (Ten$e) singing you’re tapping into your ancestors and you can hear it in your spirit and the sound. How does your family feel about you doing this? And how did they shape you into becoming who you are with music?

Ten$e: Before they weren’t fucking with it at all, they were trying to ship me off to the army, I was out here running crazy. It took years, it took literally years for my family to be on board and they’re still not on board because they don’t see money pouring in from this music shit. Like I’m a starving artist and all that but I ain’t never going to starve; music or not I’m always going to be good. You know we’re going to get that fucking bag but now my family sees how my music is effecting people and they see how we’re building. So they just want to help, they want to do anything they can do to help, at this point they’re heavily involved. My family that’s like my A&R, that’s like my quality control, go play the new record for mom dukes you feel me? She’ll give you that look like “that ain’t it” you feel me?


PD: Latino Heat man.

Ten$e: Ha-Haaaa! Naw you gotta stop saying that! Ha ha ha

PD: Shout out my nigga Eddie Guerrero.

Ten$e: Shout out Eddie Guerrerooo ya heard!?

PD: Ha ha and what about from your perspective Camino, how’d your background shape you even before music?

L’Camino: For me it was always music since I’m South American, like I’m Spanish so music is everywhere, I remember the first thing being afraid of was a song like when I was young it was a certain salsa song. It would come on and a lot of salsa stuff is like a lot of African downbeat drums and low vocals and it scared the shit out of me, every time I’d come to the party I’d run to the bathroom because of a song haha. So music has always been around for me, like my uncles with the music thing, they love Mobb Deep and shit so when I told them that shit (that I worked with Mobb Deep) they were like “Ok we got it” so they started hitting all of their friends up and they would try to hit me up and work with me but they’re a little older though like in their 50s. But my mom, she only knows like two rappers and that’s Diddy and 50 Cent like that’s all she know! and I just worked with a couple people affiliated to G-Unit so now she’s looking at me like “you’re working with some of the only people that I know.” My mom is from South America and I’m first generation American so her and hip-hop; she doesn’t get it.

When she thinks music, she thinks Selena and stuff like that so you have to be like huge, like a megastar to even be considered. They don’t get the tiers of artistry that there is now like you can live off Spotify, you could not have a song on the radio and live on the road and just have shows. So it’s a lot of explaining but I have all of my friends who are able to be like “Your son is talented” and my mom I can see her liking that and she’s thinking like “Oh that’s my son“. So it’s cool and she knows that people think that I’m talented and she’s proud.

Coming from a Spanish family it’s hard to show them the success, that’s what it is being in a Latin family but they love music, in most Latin families you’ll find that there’s mad good closet singers but the thing is though they don’t really preach or tell people like “Hey, go sing, go do that” because it’s like we’re always working, like with minority families it’s usually just working. Like it’s either being an athlete, a musician but if not just go to College. I feel like in most cases in a lot of Latino families there’s a lot of wasted talent because it’s like you guys are mad talented but you’re working like 50 hours and stuff because of old traditional things.


Ten$e: Or just people who never got to follow their dreams.

L’Camino: Yeah you know like it’s just the circumstances they live in but my mom is happy that I advocate these things with the music. Like Big Pun a Puerto-Rican from the Bronx got snubbed for a Grammy. He was supposed to win a Grammy for Capital Punishment fuck outta here. I’m not sure if Fat Joe won a Grammy but if not there’s still no Puerto Rican rapper from the Bronx who won a Grammy yet and Hip-Hop was made in the Bronx by Puerto-Ricans and black people. But still a Puerto-Rican from the Bronx hasn’t won a Grammy yet, so there’s still history to be made. There’s no Ecuadorian from Queens to win one so there’s still history to be made, there’s still doors to open. It’s not just a Latino thing it’s just for everybody from his part of the Bronx, your part of Winnipeg. That’s something that our families would want, it’s a community thing especially from my experience with Latino families. That’s what it is, trying to make music, keeping ourselves happy, keeping our fans happy, trying to make our families happy. Not as a starving artist but an up and coming artist it’s like a balance, like checks and balances you gotta make sure everything is good.

Ten$e: Tired of hearing that starving artist shit like that shit don’t exist. If you’re a starving artist you’re a bum singing on the subway man.

L’Camino: And they’re talented too.

Ten$e: Haha

L’Camino: They’re wasting talent though.

Ten$e: Listen, I don’t know how many people got famous from singing on the subway but besides that there is no starving artist. You have to go get that dollar by any means, I see people who have managers, a fuckin deal, a budget and all this shit and they still ain’t even out here. You know what I’m saying like we’re out here on our own dime, we’re in the middle of fuckin nowhere in North Carolina.


L’Camino: Hahaha, naw it’s not nowhere, this is the capital fam.

Ten$e: Yeah let me chill, but yeah .. we ain’t never going to be starving.. never.

PD: You know it’s crazy because as I get older and dealing with what Camino was talking about with balance, I feel like I was very un-balanced because I was actually making a living (surviving) off music with no job and at first my parents would be like “where’s the money?” and when I eventually started bringing in money it was like “Ok, but is it stable like can you eventually build a family with this?” And those thoughts really took a hit on my creativity. Are those the type of thoughts that go through your head? Because with my parents, I’m from an immigrant family too and they didn’t really have too many options but to work and have stability because they’re thinking about their family and their children and we (next generation) have a little bit of more freedom with our options but are sometimes limited simultaneously, so is stability a thought that crosses your mind like the wife, the kids and etc?


Ten$e: That and music never crossed together. First of all, I don’t do music for money you know what I’m saying? I’m not hoping that music is going to get me my check at the end of the day. With those two things, I can’t create like that, you in the studio thinking like “How am I going to make a hit record and how am I going to write this record that’s going to make me a gazillion dollars” like you ain’t never going to write that fucking record because your head is in the wrong place. A lot of people are in this shit for the wrong reasons. If you’re doing music for money you are the dumbest person ever.

PD: So then that makes me wonder like, for the people who do it for the money, they make a great living, lose some creativity and will have younger people write for them, ghost produce and all of that because they have to maintain a real life. How do you balance that?

Ten$e: Yo I swear this shit is not like the movies, first thing is you have to take care of yourself before anything. You know like your finances, make sure everything is straight to make the best product. If your pockets are all hurt and all that, like this shit not the “Hustle & Flow” movie where you’re going through all this pain and your life is fucked up and you’re going to go out of nowhere and make a hit record. I don’t believe that shit bro, if you’re fucked up you’re fucked up and you’re not going to get that hit record until you get yourself straightened out. That’s the harsh reality of life you know what I’m saying? this shit isn’t the movies, this ain’t no fairytale. Real Talk.

L’Camino: I’mma keep it 100, there’s 24 hours in a day, like music is one fulltime job, a job is another fulltime job, and a relationship is another fulltime job. So, for me personally I haven’t had a fulltime job since probably like the last year and a half, it’s not about the money really it’s about this what I want to do you know what I’m saying? like this is my decision and I do what I want with my time so right now I’m not really thinking about all that. Right now, my answer to the wife and kids is like that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing right now, making all these investments right now because obviously I’m doing it for myself and my family but eventually my family is going to get older. If I don’t do this now no College degree is going to make me satisfied at least not right now or not ever because I just like to have high standards. Am I wrong for that? I want to do this because when everyone in this room gets it right it’s going to be ok.

Ten$e: Like man the coolest fucking people are always like “Yo, fuck the normal way you’re supposed to do everything, I’mma do what the fuck I want and I’mma make it cool” Like that’s the coolest shit; being yourself, cutting-edge like fuck all that cookie-cutter shit man.


PD: There’s no Blueprint.

L’Camino: Like we’re all human so when it comes to the wife and kid’s situation like we’re not going to get all metaphysical and shit but you know the whole man; woman situation when it’s all said and done it’s just we’re doing this for other reasons right now. That’ll come when it comes when we have to cross that bridge when we have time to think about that but now we have to find ourselves first, we’re doing this music shit. Like I need to find myself and really be like “who am I?” before I go to a beautiful girl and ask “who are we?” I gotta worry about my music, his music, my homies music we’re a part of everyone’s music. I have so many hands everywhere that I’m at a point where I rather focus at the task at hand. Years down the line we’re trying to have his music playing on Christmas in a random family’s get-together in France, that’s what we’re going for those stories down the line. When my mom hits me with the family talk I’m like “yo I’m too young for that right now” I got three nieces…

PD: I got blonde hair! (speaking of L’Camino)

*** Group Laughs***

L’Camino: Ha-ha but I don’t know man but that rebellious thing girls like that shit. they be like “yo why you got blond hair?” And now that I got blonde hair you would think people would be like “I don’t fuck with him he got blonde hair” but it’s more like “Yo, you’re a poor little depressed soul let me talk to you, let me save you, there’s some weird shit going on

PD: Ha-ha-ha

L’Camino: I see why Eminem had it for a long-time.

PD: That’s wild man and my man Ace Henderson walked in the room earlier. I gotta ask this about you are you from Raleigh, North Carolina?


Ace: Naw but I’ve just been here for a good amount of time.

PD: Ok where originally are you from?

Ace: Brooklyn.

PD: How long have you stayed out there for?

Ace: Stayed there til I was about eight and then every summer I’d go back and forth from New York to Raleigh because I couldn’t stay here cause I’d be fighting people in my neighborhood.

PD: You know how it was back in the day in like ’05, that was like the gang-era in North Carolina, like the new age gang era.

Ace: Oh yeah everybody was blood all the sudden until Soulja Boy came out and then everybody started dancing and shit. So all the dudes in my school had like big ass tall t-shirts and leaning and rocking with it and jumping niggas.

PD: Ha ha and jumping niggas?

Ace: Yeah man.

PD: That’s funny man, seeing your swagger compared to these guys right here (Camino & Tense: dressed in Rick Owens, Polo, tailored denim) you got the Nike Tech on, it’s really Raleigh to me. I used to live out here for five years and I remember going to school and having freestyles at the lunch tables, fights, ISS (in school suspension), girls were more open and whatever, how’d your experiences shape you as artist living in Raleigh and coming from New York?

Ace: I know exactly what you’re talking about, when I first started making music I was probably a sophomore in high school and everybody was doing like corny ass southern rap garbage and I didn’t know what that was; so, I just started digging into something I like and then really started taking music seriously until I was about to graduate high school. I’ve always been off to the left like everybody was going right and everything else and I’d always do my own thing with like-minded people.

The biggest thing that I’m grateful for is that I started making music with my hands, I started with instruments first. Learned structure and everything like that and then when I got to the point where I started recording and everything on my own I really didn’t need opinions to validate what I was doing. It was more like “Does this fit what I’ve known to be true about music?” and that’s it. It was more like “do these chords go together?” alright. “Do these bars fit this time signature?” ok cool, that’s it.


PD: How does that fit in with the southern lifestyle because people are kind of on one type of time down here in North Carolina, like people are more in tune with the Migos type of rap and I like the Migos by the way but how’s the reception to you going left with your music?

***Photographer Dominic knocks the door***

Ten$e: Open the door!

Photographer Dominic: Where’s the beer?

Ace: In the refrigerator!

PD: Ha-ha, That’s going in here

Ten$e, L’Camino & Ace Henderson: Yup!

PD: Everything is going in here!

Ace: To be honest like when I graduated high school in 2012, I moved back up to New York around 2013 and I was around people my age and some of our mutual friends, like I was seeing fashion and music from a more personal entrepreneurship level. Like down here you mentioned the whole marketing thing, like people down here don’t really learn how to market product that they want to like how they want to because everyone is just force-fed the same shit. There’s one radio station that people listen to hip hop on and if you don’t hear the stuff that you hear on there then people don’t know about it. And I came back down (ton North Carolina) and I was like “I don’t need any of this to pop” Like I promise you that I’ll get more people to listen to myself before I ever get to the radio, that’s in my head.

PD: Is that because of a different perspective with being in New York that caused you to opened your mind?

Ace: Yeah, here’s the thing like in New York in comparison to a city like Raleigh like in New York you can kind of see how counter-cultures influence each other. There’s actual neighborhoods like Lower-East Side, SoHo etc. etc. they have type of people, type of things. Down here we don’t, everything is mad mixy. So, if you can come down here and kind of like cut through all the corny shit and to me the corny shit is like regular college activities and family bullshit like people just do corny stuff out here so I was like “alright well let’s combine all of it”. Like me and my friend are young, we want to do events and do music so what’s the easiest way? College parties. So, we’d go to college parties and slide on a song on while people are dancing and stuff and if it was rocking then it works and then put it up on the internet. Like that was the order of operations at least for me to start and people were like “Oh you’re making music?” and I’d be like “Yeah“.

PD: That’s grassroots marketing and it’s funny because I saw the buzz that you had from afar and this is the first time I’m meeting you in person so this is real organic networking and marketing. With all three of you in the room it’s networking that brought you all here and I hate to say this word so much, I guess this the theme of the interview but you’re all “seasoned” with your craft.

Ten$e: Yeah cause we’re fuckin Spanish ha-ha.

PD: Hah-ha I tweeted this the other day and I really felt it in my heart, I said “the artist who are seasoned and haven’t got to where they’re going yet are the ones who had to go through the most” Can we all agree to that?

Ten$e: That’s a fuckin Fendi!

L’Camino: To build on what you’re saying like the people who had to work for it harder they stay longer you know? When you build that grassroots foundation, even when you fall your fans are going to pick you back up like “nah you good” right back to the top where you fell from. That’s what it is, you build a good enough grassrootd foundation, you get bumps like with the media and stuff, you stumble, you get a bad interview, your fans will bring you back up. Like Post Malone’s fans brought him back up three times! I mean he might be a little bit whatever but your fans really help you. The music, the fans, they keep you there. Keep ground zero sturdy.

PD: I’m really excited to see what you’re all about to do in 2018.

Ten$e: Shouts out the God Roger, Shout out Prestigious Deviants and all the fans.

PD: And that’s a wrap.

FLEE – Dolo (ft. MadeinTyo) (Prod. StoopidXool)

Queens emcee FLEE dropped a mixtape for his birthday called “Happy Birthday Flee” and the standout track to me was “Dolo” which features MadeinTyo and was produced by StoopidXool. FLEE surfed a tidal wave with the melodies & hook on this joint and he vocally hit his notes singing with ease. MadeinTyo came in and added some more Ragu on the track. What I respect most about MadeinTyo as an artist is he genuinely loves music, despite his success on the charts he still supports the underground 100%. StoopidXool is one of the best up and coming producers in the game right now and he gives you that ride around the city type vibe with this. Peep this record and watch out for FLEE, the boy got next.

TME Nana – Party (Prod. Kaiser)

Brookyln’s TME Nana dropped a straight heater for the streets alongside producer Kaiser. The whole record is dripped in sauce. Braggadocios to say the least, this a record you play when you’re in your bag. He speaks on having the most bread, having the girl of your dreams, the best chronic, quality lean to sip. This is something that you put on replay a few times and wheel it back! They blacked out on the cover art as well. One of my favourites of the year just based off of the flexing honestly.

Vendetta – Money Like 80s

Brooklyn, NY artist Vendetta dropped a loosie called “Money Like 80s” recently and this track is real fly. This reminded me of the “Paid In Full” movie, it really encompassed New York City and you can paint a picture while you listen. Living care-free, getting dollars tax-free and staying fresh at all times, the lyrics crack through the song. Vendetta is from the Talk Money Entertainment collective consisting of Jay Critch, Mally Bandz, TME Nana, Laron, A Lau and others all of hich are co-signed by Rich the Kid. This is really my favorite collective of the season. Roll up and vibe to this.

Pressa – Canada Goose (feat. Tory Lanez) (Video)

Toronto artist Pressa just dropped his official video for “Canada Goose” featuring Tory Lanez. Pressa really put on for the country on this one, he directed the video himself and showed that he’s proudly Canadian (a word I’ll be using alot!). The title alone to me is important because the Canada Goose brand is an absolute must in Canadian winters. In the video he’s showing us a regular night in the city with dudes shooting dice, boxing with real gloves in the middle of the sidewalk, big chains and big money. He also has a scene where he’s in the middle of a field with all white snow no penetration which shows the fans how it looks on the Canadian country-side. This track really bumps heavy too, shouts out to the guys for killing this record, especially Tory Lanez, he murdered it.

Q Da Fool – Hitta (Prod. NO1 & SPARKHEEM)

P.G. County rapper Q Da Fool released a gem called “Hitta” produced by NO1 & Sparkheem a few months back. It wasn’t posted on his official SoundCloud page but it’s one of my favorite tracks from him and this is the record that got me on his radar. Q is a real street cat and he’s been through it all, it’s crazy to hear that he’s only 20 years old because he’s wise beyond his years. On this record he speaks on having to hit a lick by any means necessary for what he needs, doing that all alongside his girlfriend who’s the Bonnie to his Clyde. Take this record in because he drops a lot of gems and it bumps heavy. Very motivational music.

Stacy Money – Guestlist (Prod. Yung Guapo)

New Jersey’s Stacy Money just dropped a ghetto love ballad with this record called Guestlist which was produced by Yung Guapo. Stacy has a romance with the streets in this song, he paints a vivid picture of the fast lifestyle. It’s dangerous and dark but attractive and warm at the same time, he was definitely in his bag when he recorded this because he blacked out in the booth. He speaks on the finer things in life, experimenting with different women, chilling in LA smoking the best marijuana and just his overall day-to-day lifestyle. It reminded me of Max B in a way, just doing what he wants with his sound and doing it confidently. The song is very short but you hit that replay button a few times just to digest it. This is something you roll one to and relax, getting you in your zone for the next move. Yung Guapo really set the tone and created a spacey atmosphere for the record as well. Look out for Stacy Money and his collective Ice World. They’ve been dropping serious heat consistently since 2015 and things are only going up for them. Run this up!

Call up my shooter he run down, I’m getting guap til the sun down, double my cup sippin syrup” – Stacy Money

“…she blow up my phone on the weekend, got a man but she don’t wanna see him” – Stacy Money

88Glam – Big Tymers (Official Video)

Toronto duo 88Glam just released a third video for their record “Big Tymers” from the 88Glam Album which was produced by JOSEPH L’ÉTRANGER and directed by RJ Sanchez. This video is real special one because it represents the community and humble beginnings. The tape has bangers all throughout and there’s a lot of lifestyle raps in there but this video is very down to earth and shows where they really come from. It’s like a movie in 3 minutes, RJ Sanchez really did his thing with the visuals, he gave the clip a European feel. Derek and 88 Camino of 88Glam discuss why they can’t go back to poverty and moving up in the ranks of the entertainment industry. It’s a real coming of age record and an anthem for the have-nots. Take this video in and peep for yourself.

FRVRFRIDAY – Yeax2 (Prod. Frvrfriday)

Edmonton artist Frvrfriday released his EP “OFFLINE” this month and it’s dripped in sauce. This track “Yeax2” was my favorite record out of the project and i thought it was the perfect single to preview the sound of the EP. You can feel his persona on the song, he’s the type of person to not say much in the room but moves the place with his energy and let’s the work speak for him. Staying cool, stacking brown and red dollars and lowkey with his grind and his women. This joint is street but pseudo romantic for the ladies. He recorded, produced and engineered the EP so you know he really took his time on his Kanye West shit to make it sound perfect. The sound is seasoned and it came out just in time before the year ends, cuffing season is now upon us. He got features with Ye Ali, Shabazz and worked with Prime XVII to put this together. Edmonton is a slept on city, real beautiful, it’s like the Midwest & Westcoast in a mix and he paints a perfect picture of what his city has to offer, big shout out to Western Canada. Go head and run this up!

Rossirock – Pony (EP)

San Diego’s RossiRock dropped his EP “PONY” earlier this year and it’s a breath of fresh air. This is very California, RossiRock really took you to the the heart of San Diego with this joint, it’s like you’re right there with him. Even on a rainy day this adds some brightness tn your next 24 hours. Rossi has a genuine conversation with you throughout the record, he’s motivating you, making you laugh and giving you comfort through the trials of your life. Each bar has something of substance to say and he let’s you know that he’s just a young man trying to find his way into this world but with style. He speaks on the reality of having to stay low, stack money, wanting the best things in life and what it took to come out with this tape all while living his best life.

Very honest EP all throughout, something you don’t hear from artists too much these days. This is payday music at it’s finest and on top of that it’s a record that passed the car test with a A+. He has a way of making everything sound fly, even simple things like watching a movie sound prestigious when he talks about it. The production on this EP is A1 as well, with: Ninetyfiveuntil, Chris Romero & White Chocolate all blacking out on the boards, they really help set a tone for this EP. The chemistry between him and the producers came together perfect; you can tell that they’ve plotted and been around each other for quite some time.

RossiRock is definitely on my next to watch list, the industry and the masses won’t catch on until 2018 and I’m happy to be one of the first to share this record. Right now he’s signed to PrivateClubRecords which has artists: 24hrs, MadeinTyo, DWN2Earth and more on the roster. Big shout out to San Diego.

I don’t got no car but she love me like I got a Benz, I feel like a star but she love me cause I gotta win, I didn’t have no money but she love me like I had a meal, I’m tryna do this on my own but she love me like I got a deal” – RossiRock (Smile)

Lived inside a crowded house, roaches crawling on the couch, told myself this aint for me, I got to go and get it now! I ain’t got shit to lose, most of my life I had shit to prove” – RossiRock (That’s My Lady)