Ask a Rapper: Nosaprise on Building a Hip-Hop Brand
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nosaprise, who has established himself as a perennial threat to win the HPMAs' Best Underground Hip-Hop category, frontlines the annual Trills The Season toy drive for the kiddos. The concert portion will be 9 p.m. Sunday at Boondocks with H.I.S.D., Lower Life Form and DJs Dayta and Squincy Jones. Bring a toy worth at least $7 to get in. Bring a toy worth at least $10 if you happen to not be a cheapskate.
This Week's Rapper: Nosaprise
This Week's Subject(s): Building a rapper brand
Ask A Rapper: Out of all of the underground Houston rappers, we think yours is one of the most distinguishable voices. Now, we figure that the structure of your voice has developed organically, but the function of it is has been honed. Is that something that you've consciously tried to do - make your voice a little more nasally than it might be naturally - as a means to help you stand?
Nosaprise: Nah, I come from a long line of high-toned rappers. Big L, Ghostface, Pimp C; some of my favorites got that tone. My voice has always been different, but it's uniquely me. You gotta embrace that shit. Too many rappers nowadays sound the same.AAR: How important is it to have that quality, that trademark voice? We can't think of one rapper of consequence who sounds like anyone else. Like Weezy, for example. It's like, as soon as he croaks out two or three words you already know who he is.
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