Boston based Hip-Hop duo, compromised of rappers Young Silk and Trae Daddious, most recently dropped their collaboration album, "This Is Not A Sample". The anticipated project is now available on iTunes and Amazon and was released via Marvelous Thugs/Gozu Records. The album's first single, "It's Not A Movie", is garnering accolades and airplay on college radio stations and mixshows from around the country.
With an impeccable delivery and unmatched cadence, Young Silk and Trae Daddious storm the Hip-Hop scene with unique passion and creativity for their own raw yet polished style of rapping. The duo's music combines raw intensity and originality with hard hitting beats.
Armed with a sincere love for music and inspired by Hip-Hop icons such as Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, Young Silk and Trae Daddious have major plans for 2012 to catapult their music career to mainstream success.
Through Silk and Trae's inspirations and love to create music, the duo has developed a unique sound by putting their soul in every track. The lyrics are clever, passionate, and witty and more importantly, the rap collective's appeal is international in scope and definition.
How did you get started rapping and at what age?
[Young Silk] Well, I started out at least 7-8 years old, making beats first. I always had a thing for music, I love music so it made so much sense for me to start creating my own thing.
[Trae Daddious] I started rapping and dancing at about 4-5 years old. I got serious about it in my late teens.
For those who are not familiar with your sound, how would you best describe it?
[Young Silk] I would describe our sound by just saying that it's unique. I feel like we totally have our own way of creating music, a different thought process, which way we going with it, just different.
[Trae Daddious] I would describe our sound as heavy bass dope melodies with intense rhymes to match.
We know that rappers like Guru (R.I.P.), Sam Adams, Terminology, Reks are hailing from Boston, give us some more insight on the Boston Hip-Hop scene.
[Young Silk] First off, let me just say that Boston lost a true legend in the game with Guru. But as far as the Boston music scene, it's a lot of great talent out here but hardly any support, that's all I'm saying.
[Trae Daddious] Y’all missed OT Max and a list of others. The Boston music scene does exist. There’s a lot of pure talent coming out of Boston that's sometimes overlooked. I could name a bunch of names of MCs that are on fire from the bean.
Who in the rap game has influenced you and your sound the most and why?
[Young Silk] My biggest influence in the game is Lil Wayne because he has been such a great musician/icon in this industry. I love everything that guy does from a music business stand point.
[Trae Daddious] I’m influenced by Hip-Hop as a whole. I’m a child of Hip-Hop from breaking to graffiti… I’m an artist in all aspects. Since I was a kid I been b-boying and drawing and rhyming I grew up with Hip-Hop... it influenced me in everyway
You produce, rap, and started your own labels, what made you want to form a group to conquer the Hip-Hop world?
[Young Silk] Yeah man, we just felt like it was time. Me grinding, running my label for a bit over here and Trae Daddious running GOZU, we felt somebody had to get serious and do right in the community we was raised in. like any other rapper just trying to do something positive. That’s all.
[Trae Daddious] I always told Silk to come rock with me but he was younger and doing his own thing when the time presented itself we started working on a mixtape in the process of that we came up with the idea for this is not a sample and started crafting our sound and building the album.
You most recently dropped your album, "This Is Not A Sample", how did the title come about?
[Young Silk] Yeah, that title came about just us as people man [laughs]. It's so much copy cat stuff going on in this world, it’s not even funny. So we just decided to set our self apart from others by saying, "This is not a sample!" Nothing we do is copied, straight original music, production, how we produce songs, as human beings as well, we like no other. So that's how we came up with that title.
What can people expect when listening to the album?
[Young Silk] What you can expect on it is nothing but original material no samples. We hope everyone except it and understand where we coming from.
[Trae Daddious] Expect the unexpected!
Your single, "It's Not A Movie", gives me a West Coast feel. The singer reminds me of the late great Nate Dogg. What inspired the track?
[Young Silk] Yes, we've heard that a lot. That's Trae Daddious on the hook by the way, so he could tell you more about what inspired the track. But I think it's a great record balance everything we do is balance.
[Trae Daddious] First off, I want to say rest in paradise to Nate Dogg. I been bumping that West Coast music since forever to even catch a comparison to Nate is way big. All the singing on the album is me, I don’t consider myself a singer I just get light and hit the booth. That track inspiration came from a old Jay-Z line though.
Silk, does your flow ever get compared to Meek Mill’s or Young Chris’ from the Young Gunners?
[Young Silk] Yes, I heard that at times. A lot of people say I flow like Young Chris, Meek Mill. I haven't heard that one yet but those are great artists, I like both of them. I grew up listening to Young Chris when he was with The Roc. I grew up listening to Meek Mill when he was battling so I had a chance to watch both of them. I feel it's an honor for my flow to be compared to any of them two because they both are successful.
Trae, I hear a bit of a southern influence on the track "Do This 4 Mines". What down south rappers inspire you and why?
[Trae Daddious] Trick Daddy, UGK, T.I.. 8Ball & MJG, Master P, you name it, I rock with it. Twista is not a southern rapper but I’m influenced a lot by him and Bone too… I keep my ear to the sound.
Who's your favorite rapper out right now and why?
[Young Silk] Mines will be Cash Money as a whole. I love everything them dudes do. I been bumping them since the first Hot Boys album
[Trae Daddious] Yeah man. Silk love that YMCMB. My favorite is DJ Quik. Quik got that sound you can’t deny.
Since you boys are from Boston. What does the late Guru means for you and the city of Boston?
[Young Silk] Well, I'm going to keep it real. I’ve heard a lot about Guru but I’m still a youngin’. I did some research so from what I know he was a legend/icon, not just in Boston but for the music industry. (
[Trae Daddious] R.I.P. Guru! To me he was a pioneer. He blazed the way and he killed them with the Jazzmatazz. GangStarr has one of the sounds in Hip-Hop that will forever be legendary.
What else are you currently working on?
[Young Silk] We working on a bunch of things right now. We don't want to spoil the fun but we have a few things in stores for the people. We do have a mixtape coming so be on the lookout for that we don't have a set date but soon.
[Trae Daddious] Right now, I’m in art school. I have an extensive collection of paintings under Henry Finches online. I also have another solo album along with various MT GOZU projects we are going to release and check out Idiots Clothing. I have shirts and sneakers.
What projects do you both have in the pipeline?
[Young Silk] We have a couple of singles, "Where You Be At" and "Love A Thug", on iTunes, as well as the "This Is Not A Sample" EP also available on iTunes, a mixtape "There's A Hole In Your Pocket" available on DatPiff.com.
In the end, let the people know where they can find you online.
[Young Silk] You can find us at our own website www.mtgozurecords.com, Twitter @mtgozurecords and @traedaddious and on Facebook search for mtgozurecords.
- By Shannon Lockhart