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.@thericardoway talks to us about new single “Back & Forth,” new music, and more

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Rico Slim is one of the hottest things smokin’ out of Kansas City. The rising rapper, on the heel of dropping his new song and video for “Back and Forth,” hopped on the phone with 4Sho Magazine to tell us a bit about who he is, what his plans are, and to give fans some insight on what they don’t see behind the scenes.

How has being from Kansas helped create your sound so far? What about the switch to KCMO has altered it?

To be honest, I didn’t get much influence from where I came from. I feel like we haven’t really found a sound here but I definitely tried to soak in some game from the OG’s. Other than that I latched on to all the artist I looked up to and figured a way to twist shit into my own ya know.

How did you get into music? 

My parents were and still are huge on music and hip hop is what I gravitated to as a youngin. Pops was playing Andre 3000 and Biggie in the car when I was a jit, and I just always fucked with the energy and storytelling that hip hop brings to the table.

What experience would you say has been the most formative in establishing the aesthetic of your music? 

I haven’t had necessarily one moment it’s just a bunch of moments bunched in from personal life experiences as well as musical moments coming up.

How’s your approach to crafting music?

My approach is pretty simple honestly. However I’m feeling at that movement dictates the sound I’m going for and once I find that I just work on the writing aspect. I don’t force anything so I could write a crazy-ass verse in like 5-10 minutes, or I might come back to it days later. 

What does “Back and Forth” mean to you?

It means… We going the fuck up man! Haha nah. But it’s my second single from my next project and my first official video that’s on my page so I’m hoping that I jump off to a good start. Visuals are everything nowadays, for real, and shout out my little brotha Ru! He up next.

What was the process like creating the song? 

The process was smooth. I met Ru through my bro Txylor at a show he was hosting (Label Head, Engineer) and the moment I saw him perform ik Lil bro was special. We finally had a chance to link and what’s funny is we met up at a park. We smoked, chopped it up and got straight to it. We took what we had to the Stu a week later and knocked it out in like 20 mins. Our chemistry is crazy no cap.

What are you working on musically?

I’m finishing up my project right now. “MOOD SWINGS 2” a follow up from my last one. I’m like 80% done right now I’m shooting for a drop in November around my birthday.

Who are you looking forward to working with the most? 

I don’t even know where to start. So many damn names. The first few that come to mind would be, of course, Hov, Drake, Kendrick , and Cole for sure. But after that Travis is a must, XXX and Nip if I could (RIP). And my guy 3 Stacks.

What’s one aspect of artistry that listeners often underestimate or don’t understand?

Some people don’t understand the time and hard work we put in day in and day out to get to where we wanna get. From tryna build an image to just trying to get your music out is tough as it is. There’s a lot more than just recording music. 

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Get To Know: Ant P is Detroit’s hardest rising lyricist

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From producer to rapper: Ant P is an artist that you need to be familiar with. The Detroit-born rapper recently made tsunami-sized waves with his debut project, Bad Luck Bundy, in which he showcased his hard-nosed approach to lyricism that’s impossible to forget. To learn more about him and where he’s from, 4ShoMag sat down with him to get the scoop on one of the hottest rising artists out of Detroit.

Who is Ant P? If you had to describe yourself.

Ant P. is an Artist who grew up on the west side of Detroit off Schoolcraft. I would describe myself as “Most Known Unknown.” a rapper that’s in the city whom people know of, but may not know exactly who I am, if that makes sense.

How did you get into rap?

 I got into rap in middle school when I was primarily a producer. I was working with some artists around that time and after high school and then we ended up falling out. I remember, til this day, them telling me that I would need them. They thought that I would struggle without them. At that point, I had a chip on my shoulder to prove them wrong, so I picked up the pen and got to work. 

How would you describe your rap style? If you had to cite a few influences, who would they be?

My rap style is aggressive and straight to the point with a mixture of the aesthetic of cloud rap. I don’t sugar coat anything when it comes to it. as far as influences they are definitely out of the ordinary I will cite Sean Price, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, DMX, and Curren$y. 

What’s the Detroit rap scene like? What do you believe your place in it is?

It’s a big melting pot of everything you can think of as far as rap. You’ve got your drug rap, scam rap, street rap, cloud rap, and pure hip-hop. i’m like a chameleon as far as i can mesh with all the sounds here. The group that I’m with, Cloudcatchers, blends in with everything as well. 

Who are you looking forward to working with in the future?

There are four people in the city that I want to work with right now: Big Herk, Payroll Giovanni, Royce 5’9, and Boldy James. Nationwide, the producers that I really want to work with are Alchemist, Zaytoven, and Cardo. As far as artists go, I can say Project Pat, Jay Rock, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug, Future, D’Angelo, Chris Brown, and Rihanna. It’s a lot of artists, I know, but I’m a big dreamer.

What would you consider success at this stage in your career? 

My biggest success so far is the release of my Bad Luck Bundy album and the subsequent praise that it received. It’s a great body of work that took a lot of work to complete, and I’m blessed to have a team that  to help me bring my vision to life. I’m actively sharin git by working on more content from the album, as far as videos, and will continue to push it so everyone can form their own opinion on it.

What are you working on right now? When can we expect it?

I’m working on my second album, Anti Hero, and, sonically, it’s going in a different direction than Bad Luck Bundy. I’m aiming to drop it in October but, if things change, it’ll be out in November.

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A Conversation With @LanaLadonna

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There aren’t too many rappers with a voice like Lana Ladonna’s. She cuts through the air with a fierce energy that demands to be heard whenever she drops a sixteen. Her new project, $B1GLAN, is designed to make fans feel every bit of what she has to say and how she has to say it. Inspired by artists like DaBaby and Cardi B, it’s clear that Lana’s future is unstoppable.

Ahead of the release of her new project, Lana Ladonna sat down with 4ShoMag to discuss her new project and more. Check it out below.

Who is Big Lan?

“Big Lan” is the new head bitch in charge, AND THAT’S WHAT YOU GOTTA KNOW! (Laughing but very serious), no really, Big Lan is who I feel I am at this point.

A few people, more recent than not, have called me that as kinda like a joke because I’m short as fuck in real life, but my presence isn’t. Plus, everything I do is big, DUH. I also refer to it as another personality. The woman I’ve grown to be, my interests, my expectations, my vibe, are all components of this boss ass, glamorous, fearless, relatable being that “Big Lan” encompasses.

How did you get into music? 

I’ve ALWAYS loved music. From Prince, Luther, Sade, Tina Marie, and more my mama used to play around the house to today’s artists – I’ve always spent my time listening to music. After graduating college, and knowing I wanted to be in the entertainment industry, but not knowing how in the hell I was gonna tap into it, I literally just decided one day – “I think I wanna try being an artist.” Plus, being back at home was a reality check. “Damn, my people really not rich.”

“I really gotta create the life I wanna live from the ground, up.” Of all my failed attempts post-grad (youtube talk show series, writing for baller alert, radio, etc.) it was the one thing that stuck and actually felt right. I feel like people didn’t take me seriously at first because it was so random; shit, I kinda didn’t either. The feeling my first performance gave me though, I knew this was what I wanted to do, 100%. 

What was the creative process like for #BIGLAN? What will we learn about you on the project? 

My process this time around was honestly a lot harder. With my first tape, Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1, I was just having fun. Not to say making my new tape wasn’t fun, I just felt very pressured this time around. Like, I legit have “fans” and people checking for me. That shit had my anxiety through the damn roof.

It took me so long because I kept discouraging myself, and being all scared and stupid. After I got outta my own head some time in November, it was just the same vibe – get me a lil Henny in my system, say what I feel, and just… be myself. 

I think people will learn that 1. I really do this shit foreal, like I’m a real artist. The songs, to me, are versatile and I like that. Secondly, more of my personality shows. Naturally, because it’s more songs, but I feel like every song is relatable to men and women. I looooove to talk shit, and I think that’s why my music has sparked as quickly as it did because who doesn’t love a shit talker? In all, people are going to learn what Lana LaDonna is about! Owwee, and that I love the cash app!

What’s your recording process like? 

My recording process is…. Random. Sometimes, I like to catch a vibe, and create in the studio. Other times, I like to create in the comfort of my own room. It really just depends. There have been times where I couldn’t sleep, and I thought of one line, turned on a beat, and made a whole song. That’s what happened with “YKWTFGO.” It was like 3,4 in the morning, and I was in my bed TURNT lol I still don’t know where that energy came from. I was damn near whispering the lyrics as I was writing them because it was so late, and I stay with my mama lmfao I do though HATE a bunch of people in my session. Everybody has a suggestion lol STFU PLEASE.

Your music is very direct and to the point, confident, and unapologetic. Who inspires you? What about them do you bring to your music? 

It’s kind of cliche, but Cardi I feel like is what makes me so unapologetic with my music. Her come up via her personality is what made me ever think I could give music a try in the first place. All the artists I listen to in general inspire me though – Megan makes me wanna be in my rapping bag. Drake makes me wanna be relatable to both men and women. Da Baby makes me wanna get into the pockets of beats. Future make me wanna be… toxic and lit. Everything inspires me in some way. Plus, I’m really bold and unapologetic in real life. 99% of the things I talk about, I’ve actually experienced, felt, and/or thought at some point. I’m heavy on the no rap cap. The other 1% be me speaking this into existence.

How would you describe the Detroit music scene? How would you say that you fit into it? 

Mmmmmmmmmmm, I would describe the Detroit music scene as….. extremely diverse. We have a lot of different sounds, but some are just more popular than others. I don’t know how to describe it. We fasho have our own sound, our own wave, that’s definitely like no one else’s. People try to mimic it, but imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Detroit people talk shit all day, every day. That’s 110% where I fit in. I’m also the epitome of a Detroit woman – bold, confident, fashionable, bossy lol with the shits, you know how we comin’! *flips inches* 

I also feel like we’re kinda slept on though, but it’s cool. I’ll be helping change that real soon. 

What are you looking to accomplish with $B1GLAN?

With $B1GLAN, I wanna wake niggas up! Dumbass Niggas, Vol. 1 gave me a nice lil buzz, but I really wanna turn up foreal. I want to collaborate with other artists from the city, shit everywhere, and just expand my brand. I’m looking to accomplish overall growth with this project. Scratch that – I WILL accomplish overall growth with this project, so get you some popcorn baby, and enjoy the show! *blows a kiss* 

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@ohwoweli breaks down his beat-making process in new video

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Nobigdyl’s “Stix” is a behemoth of a banger. The rapper’s bars make for an extra helping of stylish vigor that makes it a hit, but it’s really due to the thick, pumping beat that you want to hop out of your seat and go crazy.

Thank Wow Eli for this. The 20-year-old rising artist and producer made one hell of a riveting beat with enough bass to give you heart palpitations. In his new breakdown video, he shows how he made the beat for everyone interested.

Take a look at it below.

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