Kapsure — Kapsure grew up in Silver Springs but has just recently moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida to live with fellow artist and best friend from Maryland CDotMusick and producer Veteranbeatz in our “hip-hop house.” We will be documenting their work and releasing the videos on YouTube over time.
Offering an emotion with every verse and promoting positivity, Kapsure is inspired by artists like Eminem, Cassidy, and Kendrick Lamar. He recently released his new project entitled Gameface, an eight-track mixtape inspired by a single that he made previously. He will also be dropping another project titled No Excuses sometime before the end of the year.
RESPECT. had the opportunity to speak with the Maryland artist about some of the things he endured as a young adolescent growing up. He would also discuss the creative process of GameFace and where he sees his career headed.
RESPECT.: What was it like for you growing up as a Kid?
Growing up I was the class clown who liked to rap. My family was poor and my mother had a very poor choice in men. My father was in and out of my life.
RESPECT.: Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
My first favorite artist was Eminem, then Cassidy, currently it’s Kendrick Lamar.
RESPECT.: How long did it take you to finish this project and where did you draw your inspiration?
Gameface was a collection of songs that I had already recorded or written so really it was just a matter of putting them in an order that made sense. The carving of the face on the cover really sealed the deal for what to name the tape because I had already had the song “Gameface” written down. I just knew I wanted to drop something because I had been quiet for a long time.
RESPECT.: What is your favorite single off Gameface and why?
I would have to say the intro is my favorite song just because of the feel of the record, also it hits really close to home with the lyrics. I’ve really shed tears over this dream many nights and I always try to predict when my time to shine will come but it’s no longer something I anticipate. I know as long as I keep doing what I love the rest will eventually fall into place.
RESPECT.: How would Maryland describe its style of music these days?
I don’t believe Maryland has its own style but [Washington, D.C., of which Silver Spring is a suburb] definitely does.
RESPECT.: Where do you see yourself next year as an artist?
Next year I see myself performing a lot more and just expanding my fanbase.
RESPECT.: Are there any Maryland artists you would like to work with?
I would love to work with Logic! I always admired how positive his music is and he seems like a great guy.
RESPECT.: What do you think it will take for you to break into the current music industry?
I think all it takes is that one person that’s already validated to really vouch for you or to go viral. I just have to get my music in the right set of ears and the rest will be history. Promotion is definitely key to any business ventures but ultimately the product has to be great!
RESPECT.: How do you plan on building on that?
I have some amazing stuff on the way. I’m currently working on a project ahead of my next project I plan on dropping so I’m being very productive musically. My very next project will be my Illmatic.