Scranton teen making mark in rap scene
BY SAMANTHA STANICH STAFF WRITER ( about) it, seeing it live and executed on the stage. Once it happened, I was in shock with everyone’s reaction, actually. Even though I was nervous, personally I was really comfortable, and everyone else seemed really comfortable and vibing out withme. It seemed like a good show.
Howdid you get ( into rapping?
Rap wasmy favorite genre, so I just kind of tried it out. Myfriends frommy old town in NewJersey liked theway I rapped, and it kind of just picked up inmy ( new) town, so I continued it.
Is your music all original? What is your writing process?
Yes, all the lyrics are written by me. I do purchase my beats online. I’m not a producer; I don’t makemy own beats. It is pretty common in the industry to do that. I pick the beat on the sound or on the vibe of it, and on howI am feeling at that moment. I pick the beat first, write the chorus, then write the lyrics. I write however I amfeeling in that moment inmy life, withmy friends andmy family. However that’s going, I just base it off that. Allmy lyrics are ( taken from) personal experience or howI wish it was or howI want the future to turn out. Howhave you changed as a rapper? Obviously I’ve matured lyrically, andmy sound has changed to more of an R& B style from a melodic, upbeat style.
What are some of your favorite memories as a musician?
Seeing everyone’s faces in the crowds, obviouslymy friends’ and families’, but then seeing howtotal strangers will pick upmy music and start to followme throughmy journey.
Howhas the music scene changed over the years?
I have been in the area for 3 1/ 2 years now, and personally I don’t think there has been a section for rap. There are people, myself included, who are trying to change that. We are just trying to keep doing shows in the area tomake it a bigger demographic for the Scranton/ Wilkes- Barre area.
Who has influenced you over the years?
Mycousin is a rapper out in Pittsburgh, Devin Miles. He is a huge influence to me, obviously, because it’s in the family, but I also looked up to him growing up. Bryson Tiller and FettyWap are rapperswho have influenced me aswell.
What is the biggest challenge in rapping?
Imean, I don’t even know. Probably, like, fear. People’s opinions or views of my music; I’m really picky about that. It has definitely hinderedme before, but it is something I amworking on every day.
What are your future goals for the band?
Definitely continuing pursuing music, inwhatever direction it takes me. Taking my music to the next level is my main goal, butmaybe later in life, trying to startmy own record label or a record company. I am releasing a newalbum, “When Times Are Slow,” with 10 original tracks in the newyear.
Dawson Bailey, Scranton, found his voice with rap music. The 16- year- old has singles on iTunes.