Move over Lil Nas X, because a new wave of country trap artists are emerging. Meet Mississippi recording artist Fly Rich Double. With over 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, this rising star is well on his way to the top. His hit singles “Big Boom” and “Yup (On My Tractor)” gives him an edge on the other rising stars coming out of the deep south.
Fresh off the release of his high-profile debut EP, the new sensation talks with us in a candid interview on his rise, how Lil Nas X helped his sound, and what’s next for the bonafide star. Check it out below.
Fly Rich Double Interview
Respect: Where does the name Fly Rich Double originate from?
Fly Rich Double: When I was a kid my nickname was “Mike Mike”. As I grew, I felt like it was to kiddy to call myself “Mike Mike,” so I changed it to Double referring to “2” Mikes Fly Rich is just icing on the cake.
Respect: With a unique style of music, tell us about your musical inspirations growing up?
Fly Rich: I never wanted to be a rapper. It just happened one day and I got lucky.
Respect: If you could define Mississippi Hip Hop, how would you explain the southern style to the world?
Fly Rich: Mississippi is one of the most underrated states when I come to Hip Hop. Southern style music gives life to the soul.
Respect: While many may feel you are copying a wave due to the success of Lil Nas X, you’ve been making music a bit longer than the “Old Town Road” creator. Tell us about your musical background?
Fly Rich: Honestly I created yup on my tractor on accident. Lil Nas X made an incredible song and promoted right that is all.
Respect: Also known as the Trap Cowboy, how did you discover and design your own sound?
Fly Rich: Growing up in Mississippi everybody is country. All you see is acres and acres of farmland. You grow accustomed to the country lifestyle if that’s all you grew up around.
Respect: Your biggest hit, “Big Boom” is both comical and catchy, how did the concept come together?
Fly Rich: With the help of my little brother we created a masterpiece.
Respect: Did you know “Big Boom” was going to be a hit?
Fly Rich: Honestly I did. I told my managers as soon as I finished writing it.
Respect: While there are some similarities, have you gotten a response, comment, or reaction from Lil Nas X on “Big Boom”?
Nope. When he signed his record deal the label made him unfollow me I’m pretty sure of it.
Respect: How do you feel knowing some of today biggest recording artists like JuiceWrld are fans of your Country Hip Hop style sound?
Fly Rich: It feels great for someone to finally just give me a chance just try something new for a change.
Respect: Do you feel Lil Nas X’s success to bring Trap Country to the mainstream benefits or hinders your success?
Fly Rich: Success. Because people respect it more. Like these kids can make you a superstar who cares if adults don’t support you?
Respect: You just dropped a new EP https://open.spotify.com/album/0dmONewYoZl3OCouDai7Pa The Hickhop Album last month, tell us about the recording process for the project?
Fly Rich: A very fun project to work on. Loved every second of it wish I could have dropped more of my music but they’ll come on a later date.
Respect: How do you plan to maintain relevance with your musical style and not be considered just a 2019 facade?
Fly Rich: I’m thinking about doing another album. And I have an idea to do a nursery song for kids. Stay tuned.
Press play below to stream Fly Rich Double’s newest single “Firefly”.
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