NEW SONG ADOT 187
What’s going on man introduce yourself?
Yo, it’s ADot. Born and raised in the southside of Chicago.
How was your life like growing up?
I grew up in the southside, 63rd and Kimbard to be exact. Around me was a lot of gang activity and violence. While growing up, my mom and stepsister had got shot at, also my step brother got shot in his throat.I’ve never fucked with gangs or had any interest involving myself around that lifestyle. Most of the time I would just stay at home and play video games.
When it comes to music whom were you listening to growing up?
As a kid I didn’t even listen to rap growing up. I had listened to a lot of Metal and alternative music actually. Some of my favorite bands growing up were Panic At The Disco!, Machinhead, Metallica, and Avenged Sevenfold.
Was being a rapper something you had always envisioned, or was it a random attempt at something?
It was most definitely just a random attempt for me. In highschool a lot of my friends were rapping. When I had first started, I didn’t really take it seriously. I was recording and putting out songs, but they were really whack. Even most of my friends were telling me how bad they were. Eventually I continued to stick with it. I dedicated everyday to writing and writing. A couple years later and now I’m here.
At what point did you believe you can truly make a name for yourself as a rapper?
I’ve never looked at back at a certain point and was like I can do this. I just really felt like anybody could really do it. I never thought of it as making it, I just really believed in myself. That’s the key to life. Believe in yourself. I feel like anybody can truly do anything that they stick their mind to. Just create a plan and work really hard.
A lot of people consider you as sounding like Earl Sweatshirt due to the dark lyrics and heavy 808 sounds. How do you feel about that?
I honestly hate the comparisons. I can see where people make the comparison due to our Sonic’s. But in reality I don’t feel like we sound anything alike. The things we talk about are not even the same. I’m honored that people compare me to him, but at the end of the day, I’m me.
Where do you get your inspiration from for your lyrical process?
I tend to watch a lot of interviews. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Carti and other rappers. I take whatever I can from the things I hear and from that I create my own persona. When I first started rapping I used to write about my life and the things I saw, but now I’m just strictly on my rap shit.
Right now in 2016 who are some of your biggest inspirations when it comes to music?
For me I’d have to say Sean Price (Rest In Peace), MF Doom, Playboi Carti, Zeroh, and the dudes that I hang out with.
How would you describe the hip-hop scene in Chicago right now?
Musically I’d say Chicago is doing well. The actual scene though is pretty whack. It just feels like everybody is in their own circle. There’s always some beef that rises up at a party and it’s corny.
I saw that the blogs were rocking with you with your latest release Dodger. Do the blogs tend to show you love?
Yeah that was TheDailyChiefer, they were the ones who dropped Dodger. In reality, I don’t think blogs really show me love. But that’s okay; right now the blogs aren’t my main focus or concern. For me, the music and developing myself comes first. I’m not even getting 10,000 views on soundcloud yet, I cant expect blogs to be fucking with me heavy yet. Once I create my image and sound the blogs will eventually begin to mess with me and help take my views to another level. It’s all in due time, I’m not worried.
As of right now would you say “Back” is your biggest song out?
I’d have to say Goon. One of my buddies Stan tweeted out, “A.Dot is the Chicago Version Of Earl Sweatshirt” …. Earl ended up seeing the tweet and tweeted back saying” I’m The Chicago Version Of Me”. Since then my soundcloud and goon specifically has been getting a lot of plays and hits. It has only been out a couple week and already jumped over 3000 plays.
Who are some of the producers you tend to work with?
Right now I’ve been working with Drae Da Ski Mask and Darui.
Who do you think is next to come up in Chicago?
What’s next for you in 2016?
I’ll be hitting up South By South West in March. Later in the year I’ll have an EP coming out called “The Witching Hour”. I’m looking to shoot a couple music videos for Goon and Circles. New song drops Wednesday February 17th as well.
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