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Just when you thought you’ve had enough of the talented emcees coming out of the Florida, here’s another lyricist who opened a lot of critics eyes and ears out of nowhere. Allow me to introduce this rapper who goes by the name of Scrilla. You may recognize this name from his dope, lyrical cameo on the banger “Triple Platinum,” taken from Rick Ross‘ latest LP entitled Rather You Than Me. MMG’s latest signee made the biggest bawse so proud as he was able to knockout his formal introduction to the United States of Hip Hop with smooth punchline after punchline. It was so impressive that even Hov vouched for him as one of the next lyrical talents to make an impact in the game.
But as fans paid attention to the lyrical content of this 32-year-old, you can feel the passion he leaves on the wax. After all, Scrilla — aka D’Andre Scott — had to overcome a lot to get to where he is at now. A survivor of near fatal drive by’s, growing up without a mother in his life due to drug abuse and a father who passed from AIDS, Scrilla took all of the pain and suffering and put it in the music, where he’s able to paint a vivid picture of survival and prospering in the streets. With projects such as Scrillamatic and God’s Will receiving over 500,000 streams worldwide, the Hollywood, FL native is at the mound, ready to knock it out the park.
With a new project entitled From Me 2 U that features dope appearances from the likes of Ross, Meek Mill and many more, Scrilla gave us the opportunity to connect for a RESPECT. Magazine exclusive.
RESPECT: You made your unofficial “coming out party/introduction” to America with a feature verse on Rick Ross’s “Triple Platinum.” What was the overall feedback you was getting from the fans and critics?
Scrilla: Triple Platinum caught me off guard. At first, the fans was doing comparisons. They was trying to figure out if I wrote Ross’s verse or if he wrote my verse. Even though I’ve been chilling with Ross for years, they went and assumed that Ross wrote my verse and I’m like “Nah, homie I did that”. I felt the pressure and I knew I had to show up. It was similar to it being 4th quarter, 4th down, 3 seconds left on the clock on the 3 yard line and you got to punch it.
RESPECT: What was the motivational drive or inspiration you was looking for in that verse?
Scrilla: I just did it. I knocked out the verse in roughly 15 minutes. I knew it wasn’t too much to think about, I just wanted to knock it out. I knew it was crunch time. I’m hard working and I love working and writing in the studio so it just naturally came up in my mind. I felt it was a dope verse but I’m just pleased that I was able to successfully get straight to the issue.
RESPECT: You have over 700 songs. You grew up with a father who had AIDS. You grew up living with your grandmother.Recently, your brother have passed away. How would you able to incorporate and paint a picture of the lifestyle you was introduced to growing up in which it made you the man you are right now to your fans?
Scrilla: I used pain as a stepping stone. Honestly, every time I create music, I close my eyes and I am able to see the music in colors. So I used that pain on instrumentals and just give me various of colors to introduce warm or cold feelings. From there, I just know what to say right there at that very moment. When I listen to a track, it’s about timing. I’m able to pretty much see a movie in my head while I’m writing just off of my past life.
RESPECT: I feel that almost every artist have experienced this. But what if you hit a writer’s block, what are some secondary things you look for to help you get back to the primary focus of the new content you were creating?
Scrilla: I don’t never get writer’s block.EVER! I’m never going to run out of a subject matter. It is too much going on in the world. I feel that if I ever come up to that point, that’s when I need to hang it up and retire.
RESPECT: What are some of the artists who are you willing to collaborate?
Scrilla: I’m open for collaborations and it’s always good to work with new artists. But for me, I preferably like to work with the likes John Legend and Anthony Hamilton. I like dope artists who can give my music some substance. When I do features, I would want the record to be so big that I look up to certain amount of artists and I love and admire their craft. I wish Amy Winehouse was live. I would love to do a record with her.
RESPECT: In speaking with Anthony Hamilton, you did a song with him. How was the experience working with a soulful and intimate artist such as him?
Scrilla: Anthony Hamilton played the big brother role throughout the experience. He’s more into the music and intimate and wants to know how you want the record to go. If I said something, he’ll ask “What you meant by that?”. He pays attention to detail and that’s what make someone like Anthony Hamilton so dope. I know life is about timing. So me doing a dream record with Anthony Hamilton was perfect timing in life.
RESPECT: Coming into the game where trap/mumble music is dominating right now, how are you planning to use your raw lyrical talents to help pave the way to receiving even more notoriety amongst your peers?
Scrilla: I think you have to be consistent. You can have lyrical trap music. Mainly T.I. and Jeezy did during their time. You can run that back and just pay attention to the formulas. It’s out there, the game is free. You just got to want the game. There’s dumb down trap music but you have trap music where you got that lyrical influence of Hov talking and you taking it back. If anybody showed you that, Hov is the person who did it, just look at 4:44 and other classic materials.I feel that you can do trap music for all the fans. I think it’s not one sound only made for one group of fans. I think it’s just more about substance when you create it.
RESPECT: When it’s all said and done with, what kind of significance you want your legacy to leave on the culture?
Scrilla: I want to be mentioned amongst the greatest. I want to be definitely in the top 5 but I’m gunning for that #1 spot for sure. You see how Pac left the world. He passed when I was roughly 11 years old and I’m just understanding the meaning of some of the things he said and did throughout his career and life. The imprint he left on the world was so phenomenal and so big that you always thought he was alive. So that’s what I want to do so when it’s my time to be gone, I want my legacy to continue to live on. Even when I’m in NYC and I’m riding around, I see why NYC artists legacies live forever because the streets never die. It’s always someone you will forever leave an influence on. I want to be one of those people that would change the culture just how Jay-Z started rocking the button-ups. I don’t know what I may do but I just want to be influential and impactful. I want the world to know that Scrilla is top 10.