Rapper Sin-Cere drops a heavy-weight new album ‘Sinful Thoughts’. Born in North Carolina, but now residing in Kuwait, we speak to Sin-Cere about his inspiration behind the album, fatherhood, and how Hip-Hop saved his life.
What was it like growing up in Jacksonville and how did this influence the music you make?
I was a military brat growing up. We moved around a lot so I was always experiencing different styles of music. My father really contributed as well because he had a HUGE music collection that I was always going through. Plus most of my family is from New York so we were always tapped in to the new hot music.
When did you first realise you could rap? Was there a particular moment or event which made you want to take music up more seriously.
I always had a gift for listening to music and memorizing it and being able to spit it back out quickly and imitating the flows. But I never thought I would have the opportunity to hit a studio and make music so I didn’t pursue the dream. Once I moved to Kuwait for a job I had more time on my hands and I happened to link up with Elijah Bee and he showed me it was all possible.
You now live in Kuwait, this is a huge change – what is it like doing music there?
I think it’s harder for artists to break out here. I can make and promote music as much as I want to but I can only get so far because the audience is small. But this is therapeutic for me so it’s cool.
Tell us about your new album ‘Sinful Thoughts’ – how did it all come together?
This album is more personal. After releasing my first album ‘Sincerely Yours’ I realized I had fun and got myself out there but I needed to come with something deeper to really give the people more of me something they can relate to.
You experiment with lots of different sounds and styles on the album. Are there any tracks that are personal favourites of yours?
Every song is a part of me, something I felt or experienced at some point in my life and I enjoyed making each one. I would have to say ‘Lucifer’s Outro’ is my personal favorite because it’s dedicated to my daughter and she has a special appearance on it.
You have a track dedicated to your daughter, that is beautiful. How old is she, and how has being a father influenced the music you make?
Thank you, my daughter is 5 now and she has changed my life. Everything I do revolves around her. I try to be more conscious in my music because of her and certain things I just don’t say because I know one day she will listen back and I want her to be proud of her father and what he accomplished.
Tell us a bit more about the partnership with Elijah Bee and TheLyricsBanger?
Elijah Bee is my go to guy and whenever he needs a feature I’m always right there. We work well together and we keep each other honest when it comes to the music. We also push each other to go harder when we make music. If he sends me something I have to flame it. I have to kill him on his own track, that’s just the competitive drive between us and it works.
Tell us about a time where Hip-Hop saved your life?
Whenever I felt down or felt like I had no answers, music would guide me back. I learned a lot of lessons from DMX, who is my favorite rapper. R&B helped me learn how to treat females and how to be a gentleman. There was just so much I absorbed and it made me the man I am today.
Where can we follow your music?
You can follow me on IG:im_so_sin_cere i post there the most especially if i’m in the studio working on things. Facebook page as well Sin-cere and of course YouTube and all platforms even SoundCloud.
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