RESPECT. Interview: Sylvan LaCue

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On behalf of RESPECT., I caught up with Miami native Sylvan LaCue, who released his album Apologies in Advance this past January. With his Kendrick Lamar-type vibe, he discussed the new release, his most influential song off of the album, when he will be on tour and much more.

RESPECT.: What does the title name of the album name mean? How did you come up with it?

‘Apologies in Advance’ is honestly a warning to myself and the listener. It’s a “hey, we’re gonna get into some very real confrontation of our inner selves when it comes to our emotions.”

RESPECT.: What can you say is the most influential song to your fans is your favorite off the album? Why?

I think the most influential song on the album to my fans is probably “Best Me.” It’s a self- reassuring anthem towards being a better version of yourself, and I think that resonates deeply with people. My favorite track off of the album is “Empathy” currently, but it always changes.

RESPECT.: I can hear you have a Kendrick Lamar type vibe, who is your favorite rapper who influenced you in being in music? Why?

Nas, Jay-Z, and Lupe Fiasco are the big three, who influenced on my craft, as far as their skill set, capabilities and quintessential, as great artists and emcees.

RESPECT.: How did you get into music?

When I was seven is when I started, I was watching The Box, The Roots and  Erykah Badu. I started writing super early just jotting things down by figuring out my craft and honing to it.

RESPECT.: Who are you looking forward to working with this year? Why?

I’m not too sure, to be honest. It all comes down to who I cross paths within the long run.

RESPECT.: Did you think that your album will become this big?

Never. I knew it would make a splash, but not to this degree.

RESPECT.: I saw that you will be on tour, two cities, with Jay Electronica, will there be a tour of you that represents the album this year?

ABSOLUTELY! It’s what I’m looking forward to the most.

RESPECT.: What is your definition of RESPECT.?

I think RESPECT. is being able to do what you love freely. Whether you like it or not, there’s a level of appreciation that never waivers. No matter what.

RESPECT.: Any new music that will come out this year?

Definitely! I don’t want to slow down anytime soon.

Peep his album, Apologies in Advance, and the visual for “Coffee Break” below.

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