Friday, September 19, 2008

sightRIZE Questions Sene.

First off Sene is so sick. Dope dude. Real dope. I had a phone call with him. How many rappers would allow you to do that?! Real humble dude. I hope you enjoy this, I did.

sightRIZE: My favorite song off Elevator Music was "These Days" what
was your inspiration for that?
Sene: These Days can be rough man...even when money aint the issue. Jobs, bosses, people gota work to survive so even if the check is comin it aint comin stress free...Or its gone soon as it comes...But I have alot of downtempo songs addressing everyday issues..I wanted a more upbeat to joint to do a song like that over..when Brady sent me that I just let out some ideas and it came together. thank you.
sightRIZE: So I heard the BeSene EP with Blu on it. Is it official
that you are gonna do a full album with him?
Sene: We're gonna put out a full length album with me on the raps him on the breaks. The BeSene is more of a digital single deal. It [BeSene] was really just some fun, it's just how me and Blu started recording tracks.
sightRIZE: Yeah this Blu thing is just huge man.
Sene: Yeah I appreciate that man. Some cats are likin it so hopefully that works out.
sightRIZE: Yeah man you and Blu coming together is straight crazy.
Like Below The Heavens is really beautifully crafted.
Sene: Yeah, Below The Heavens is one of my favorite albums. A lotta cats will be like oh thats his homie so of course hes gonna say that hes not gonna say he didn't like it.. but imma tell you right now nepotism isn't needed when critiquing below the heavens. Lyrically it drove me to push deeper..Instead of having the hottest lines maybe further elaborating on a subject to help folks understand what your trying to say more. Then your intricacy becomes whats hot instead of a punchline...mixing booth is dope and that album did that well.
sightRIZE: Yeah Blu&Exiles really powerful like that man.
Sene: someones speakin to you, instead of just kickin raps to you. you know what Im sayin?
sightRIZE: Yeah I feel you. I had to hop like five record stores
constantly to get that.
Sene: I mean sometimes .. not the artist obviously.. but on the business side of things they can really drop the ball, an album of that quality should be able to be found everywhere but with that one you really have to go on a witchhunt. sightRIZE: So if you could find one inspiration for all your songs what would that be?
Sene: If I could pick one inspiration for all my songs, It would be the awkward situations I observe, situations people find themselves in and how they deal with'em. I'll be real with you my little cousins help me stay attached to that zone I was in growing up. I have cousins around your age actually if I'm not mistaken and just seeing what they go through just makes me wanna make music.
sightRIZE: Yeah I feel you.
sightRIZE: So if you had to choose one HipHop artist or group which
one would be your favorite group?
Sene: Yeah, thats a tough question. Damn. One cat?! Oh man. One cat in the game I think imma go out and choose Andre 3000.
sightRIZE: Andre 3000?
Sene: Yeah and a lotta people gonna be like huh?! And its just because I don't think he let nobody hold him in the box you know what Im sayin?
sightRIZE: Yeah I feel you.
Sene: He came out wearin jerseys flipped it to pink wigs and like it was just straight cause it just let people know all over that no matter what good music is good music. So anytime someone tells me, you can't do that people gonna think you crazy lookin at Andre workin Im like nobody gonna think its crazy. I mean lookin at Andre and Outkast in
general is just one of the biggest inspiration on me and Blu's album.
sightRIZE: (I have no clue what I said here)
Yeah man its unbelievable , because you listen to what a lotta these kids listen to and (Im really sorry for interrupting him here I was getting really excited haha -sightRIZE)
sightRIZE: So what do you think of the Outkast track the Art Of Storytellin?
Sene: Yeah I remember when that Slick Rick got on the series you remember that?
sightRIZE: Yeah man.
Sene: When that Slick Ricks voice came on I was hype. I remember blastin that in my headphones and I was like wow! Slick Rick and Andre 3000. Which version was your favorite.
sightRIZE: Im feelin part two man.
sightRIZE: I mean I feel like theres a lotta wack tracks in the
mainstream game right now that Im really not feelin like that Soulja
bullshit or whatever. Like hes pretty wack.
Sene: I mean sellin millions its hard to say anything you know. I just wish that this wasnt the only thing being played..NY is a little better with their hip hop stations and what gets played but if there was some "it was written" mixed in with the "supaman that hoes " thered be a wider variety..Cats are gettin retarded...Im hearin cats like why bother writing rhymes yo jus come up with some catchy shit and....thats where i cut it off..
sightRIZE: (laughs) Yeah I feel you man.
Sene: I mean now days a lotta underground rappers can't do projects and give away a million units let alone sell a million digital tracks. you know what I'm sayin? They couldnt give you a dollar with the CD and tell you to take it. But as far as quality music, its funny. Growin up compared to now, I cant believe whats on the stereo.
sightRIZE: (laughs) Yeah man.
Sene: So at this point I kinda laugh and I enjoy it now cause Im like it makes me appreciate the people I listen to, the people I work with, don't work with. It makes them stand out even more. And in a world full of robot voices like you know it just makes more appreciation.
sightRIZE: So if you were our age what would be your ideal day?
Sene: WakeUp...Get dressed like I was goin to school..leave for the homies crib to eat drink and rap. Pizza Beer and AcidPro.
sightRIZE: Yeah I feel.
Sene: I was definetly lookin for myself at your age. My steppops was more in the picture and my moms and him started setllin the party a little more... after goin to public school my whole life I was really fuckin up. I didnt get into any of the public schools that were known to be dope after junior high..i had a bunch of suspensions, red marks n shit...My whole family had basically dropped out of Sheepshead highschool minus my sister. So they knew id do the same if i went there. They busted their ass workin in supermarkets n came at me thrreatening paying for military school. I think it was cheaper for a few years of catholic school. Unfortunately shit on that opportunity as well.
sightRIZE: Yeah I feel you at that point because going to school
sucks. But going to private school , that must suck worse. But you're
a natural rapper man if you never came into the game and made elevator
music and hooked up with Blu for an album. I dont even know man.
Sene: Yea and I was real out of place...I had a blowout tho..greezed that baby out..cringe thinkin about it. But Im sure when they were saving and bustin their ass to pay..rapping never crossed their mind as my future. But it was their final push..they had no chance at helpin me for college they hoped id pull a scholly out or someshit. N someother little nonsense i pulled blocked my financial aid.
sightRIZE: Yeah but I'm sure she looks at your lyrics now and really
thinks its amazing.
Sene: Moms would rather see me in a suit than rappin on a stage.
sightRIZE: Yeah and I feel you on that because maybe its hard for them
to see something theyd never expect. Like I feel the same way because
my parents try to get me education and shit is all i'm reallly into
right now is Graffiti and HipHop.
Sene: Yeah growing up for me it was hard because I spent a lotta years isolated with music. I spent a lotta years by myself like straight up BY MYSELF. My sister was basically raising me and while my mom trying to figure out where her life ending up. My pops out doing his thing. So when that time came they wanted to get a hold on me cause they were getting a grip on their own shit.. I was so used to doing my own thing that I couldn't be harnessed. So it was beyond go get an education do what we say to do.., for me it was like of all the ages you should've had taken the time to guide now Ive chosen what I wanna do. I just moved with it.
sightRIZE: So how did your career start? Like how did you make your
mark in the game?
Sene: Oh man I started in class just in junior high school .. me and the homeys just writing raps. my first rap was when I was seven years old it was some anti-drug soundin shit. But I really didn't touch it again till junior high school. And it would just be a way to ignore the teacher and pass it between the homeys and such. But then I started recording next door in the homeys building and we would use a cheap ass microphone or those computer microphones. Then I started living life at a little faster pace, met a girl from California. Came out here. Loved it. Then I moved. And people was like you're crazy! You wont be able to survive youll be back in 2 weeks. But I was like no fuck it imma go do it and ive only been back to visit a bunch since but never on a perma stay.
sightRIZE: So you're originally from Brooklyn right?
Sene: Yeah born and raised... till eighteen. Then I bounced to Cali.
sightRIZE: Well Im glad to have you out here man.
Sene: Yeah thanks I appreciate it. Shit, I'm glad I'm here man. Yeah its a really hard thing to do, move in someone elses territory.
sightRIZE: How do you feel about it now man?
Sene: Everydays a blessin out here. Cause you got palm trees and a sun as the backdrop and then the grimiest shit you'll ever see playin out in front of it. Where Im from they dont realize that of course its going to look different..thats geography and mother nature...But dont let the pretty sites fool you about Cali . I love it here though. Its a really hard thing to do when you are moving into someone elses territory but I'm fortunate enough to have been given a little elbow space to work here and I respect the scene even more so for allowin me that..Cause trust if someone don't want you making moves in their area you wont be there..Regardless city state country...So it aint like You can just come setup camp with a fucked up attitude. Nor would I want too. I been able to build with real talented cats in LA...Cashius King (Coss) and Blu are the illest individual rappers left side in my opinion and its a strong team.
sightRIZE: Yeah man you're hookin up with Blu that shits crazy.
Sene: Yeah that was somethin different because we are from a whole different place and we met and its just beautiful to see how it came out.
sightRIZE: So how do you feel anything between clothing and HipHop?
Sene: Yeah thats a funny question man because at your age I used to do a lotta different things for money on the side and I'd blow it all on clothes. . (laughs)I figuredif I spent all my money on the illest gear then I could pass for having more than I did. So I was really heavy into fashion for years. But then after I moved to Cali surviving day to day without the ability to just start makin moves..I had to humble pie real quick..Broke...again...but it taught me alot I realized you waste so much time and energy on areas that should be the fun touch at the end..cherry on top to who you are and what you are doing..Not the primary selling point. I got the little kid in me thats saying, "Go cop those" but then I got the other voice in me thats like, "You better not!" So im just minding my own position. (laughs)
sightRIZE: So you're in LA now right?
Sene: Yeah man Im in LA now.
sightRIZE: The culture out there is like ridiculous!
Sene: Yeah its crazy, I joke that everyday people come out to chill to show out their new clothing not run errands.
sightRIZE: Yeah, you go out to Fairfax and muhfuckas is wearing shit
Iv never even seen before!
Sene: Yeah they probably worked a week so they could wear that shirt to buy a latte.
sightRIZE: So ... the cover art for Elevator Music was one of the
dopest covers Ive seen.. how did that come together?
Sene: I always said that I feel like I was lacking color in my visuals. I grew up doing a lot of graffit and stuff so bold colors was everything to me. So I felt like I wanna be bold and get a lotta color in this so we had a couple shots to work with and the homey, Ryan Webster looked at some of my shots and came with that and I liked it. And the fact that it was all graffiti it wasnt computer paint meant more. I really liked that in the background.
sighRIZE: So speaking of graffiti when you started your name probably
wasn't Sene right?
Sene: Yeah like I dunno how much you guys know about graffiti but "Seen" is one of the legendary graffiti writers, my friends speculate whether it's true or not but word was growin up he went from NY to Hollywood and busted on the Hollywood sign. I remember growin up hearing that story, It just left me dazed for five minutes like I can do that! But when I started I was so corny man and I was doing it for the rush and all the older homeys were just ridiculous , real ill with it, city acclaim. And I was just trying to get on! Scrappin over little corny tag names. I was writing Elroy cause I was the little kid hanging with a bunch of older kids. So one of the homeys brothers had thrown the name around and it just stuck. So everybody started calling me Elroy. So I could embrace it and write it or be like damn im young buck over here i get it. So I said imma make this badass fuck it.hah. So I just started writing it.
sightRIZE: So Im from the bay. And when I go to San Francisco,
muh'fuckas have this crazy shit out there and you see my little tag on
the stop sign and its like you know?
Sene: Yea man its intimidating. Shits crazy cause a lotta kids died over graffiti....trainridin...beef. But the adrenaline rush was worth it at the time i felt... To get that shit all over and to be ill with it just makes you go on. I didnt push anywhere near what the homies did.But Its like listening to someones music makes you wanna make a dope song. Seeing your little weak handstyles next to all this big pre-planned pieces is pretty intimidating, makes you scared to go home and hit the black book. Its like when you get into the cipher at the park and kids been spitting for five-six years and you're about to pop out with the "Yo Im So Hot" raps.
sightRIZE: Alright man, any upcoming projects we should look for?
Sene: Imma let my hair down for a minute, imma just let Elevator Music circulate and just watch for me and Blu in January.
sightRIZE: Yeah that shits gonna be crazy man.
Sene: Yeah I just hope people take to it man. Its different its like a whole genre of its own. A lotta people are gonna be like this aint what I expected but I think that'll be a good thing.
sightRIZE: Yeah and I just realized that I didnt ask you your favorite
album so if you had to choose an album what would that be?
Sene: Oh shit man. Damn thats a hard question. It was written was up there...moment of truth when i was young..But OneDay it'll all make sense was the first cd my brother gave me before moment of truth and that had me bugged out at how you can word things to make people have to figure things out in there head because you are implying instead of
directly saying something.
sightRIZE: Whatd you think of the new Nas album?
Sene: Honestly I have been so busy the last two months I did not get to that so Id rather tell you that then yeah its dope. So I wouldnt lie to you. A lotta cats get mad at him but to me anything he puts out is worth support.
sightRIZE: So you were at the time of NaS, Jay-Z beef right?
Sene: Yeah I cut school that day. I listened to everybody calling. When it was over I just took it in for a second. I'll never forget the day though. Stayin home and bumpin that shit over my little Aiwa sterero. sightRIZE: So like my ma doesnt appreciate HipHop or anything about the culture or a lotta my friends thats really deep with it. So how did your mom deal with that? Sene: Its still kinda bad for my mom you know. Most people dont think like my child is gonna be a rapper you know?
sightRIZE: Yeah because HipHop is negatively perceived in the public.
Sene: My mothers like ..somethings gonna happen, you're gonna die look what happened to so and so.. stop rapping. Im like take it easy. It got easier for her over the years but people that she knows that you would never expect to be into HipHop to tell her Im makin right moves, so shes developed appreciation because shes seen me have struggle to me alleviating my struggle through HipHop. If I went to community college then she would still see me in her apartment but instead she saw me in Europe and on my own across the country.
sightRIZE: But with you hookin up with Blu theres gonna be a serious take off.
Sene:Ifwe can keep good music coming good things will happen.I like to keep recording and making better music. So hopefully we can all be in a better place. sightRIZE: Anything you'd like to end with?
Do you ... just do you.
sightRIZE: If you ever come to the bay imma come see you no matter what?
Sene: Yeah hopefully i'll be there soon and try to get you a event with no age. I cant promote fake Id's but I hear they are get sold easily in the bay.
sightRIZE: Yeah man imma go to Blu and the DNA lounge too. How else? (laughter)
Sene: Yo man I really appreciate this.
sightRIZE: We appreciate you man.
Sene: Like none of our shit matters. Like hearin your age like doing something positive like writing a blog and even graffiti as long as it aint gangbanging makes me real happy man.
sightRIZE: Yeah man thanks. And Im hookin up with Blu for the blog too
so imma tell him to make a statement about you and hit you up with
that man.
Sene: Aha sure man if he talks shit about me throw it at him!
sightRIZE: Alright man peace and good luck.
Sene: God bless and good luck to you too.

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