El trap está dominando las listas de popularidad en toda América, e inclusive en parte de Europa, a tal grado que podemos denominarlo como “El nuevo pop de la época” refiriéndonos al contexto idóneo del término “pop”. No importa si es en español, o en inglés, México ha recibido a este género con la calidez que nos caracteriza a los latinos, haciendo nuestro algo que no necesariamente nació en nuestro país.

Sí, las listas están dominadas por Drake, Cardi B, Post Malone, entre otros, pero no olvidemos que como todo género hay propuesta, y mucha, tanto dentro de nuestro país como fuera. Estos proyectos no necesariamente se encuentran en el “oído público”, pero sin duda alguna se encaminan para ser parte de los grandes gremios.

Hablando de propuesta, tuvimos la oportunidad de entrevistar en exclusiva a Niko G4, uno de los raperos con mayor éxito en la escena underground de la west coast, quien nos habló sobre su próximo EP, sus letras, y algunos temas relacionados con el trap en nuestro país.

Entrevistamos a Niko G4, considerado por muchos como el próximo Drake…

Estando en contacto con su productor, Roy Sugihara, logramos una entrevista exclusiva con Niko; mantuvimos la entrevista en inglés para no perder este toque slang tan característico, checa todo lo que nos dijo:

What can you tell us about the upcoming EP?

The upcoming EP is a real vibe. I feel like on my last albums I was telling stories, but I kind of want my listeners to just enjoy this one and have fun, party to this. It’s called West$ide pLAyer 4 Ever. It’s a collection of vibes and uptempo beats that me and my friends enjoy partying to, going up to. You know, pretty chicks, smoking weed and drinking champagne— more so lifestyle, a Roll With The Winner$ lifestyle. An inside look at my life, how it is to be Niko G4 in the mix, that’s what West$ide pLAyer 4 Ever, basically having the mentality that to play this game in life, you have to be a real player. You can’t have feelings, you can’t be caught up in the façades of the game, the fake people— because that’s what the industry is.

West$ide pLAyer 4 Ever is a mentality: to play or get played.

What can we expect about the lyrics of the upcoming EP?

The lyrical content is about natural feelings, something not too deeply thought. You know, I don’t have too many thoughts that I’m not too sure on. Everything that I think of, I’m always at least 100% sure on, you know what I’m saying. I don’t have those insecure thoughts, so everything is going to be a natural feel and straight off the top of the head. That’s what these songs are. I’ve been getting them done one by one, on individual days. They’ve all been getting done fast. Everything is more so, you know, something you would think of off the top of your head, type shit.

 
Nowadays, trap music is dominating the Latin charts. Are you going to stick to this commercial strategy?

I feel like trap music is dope, you know. I feel like everything is dope— west coast music is dope. I feel like you can’t stick to one strategy in order to be a real stature in this game. If you want to be on top, you have to have different strategies, because you’re playing in different fields, in different cities, in different states, in different countries, you know? You got to have different strategies because it’s different people in this world. I’m a people person, and I’m going to make music for the people. I’m not going to make music only for myself. I’m going to make music everyone is going to enjoy. I’m going to put my all into it. I’m not looking to please everybody, but the people that do understand, those are the people that matter.

Mexico loves rap music, but most rappers prefer to avoid our country for touring, why do you think this happens?

I think it happens because they [rappers] don’t always have a straight connection with the promoter or maybe the venue that they’d be performing at. I think that has a lot to do with it, as far as just already having a relationship, and knowing that everything business-wise is going to be handled professionally— not to say Mexico is not professional, because Mexico is one of the greatest places in the world. But I just feel like when people aren’t always hip to something, they shy away from things, you know? As opposed to when you know somebody that you can trust, you’d be there. So it’s more about people in the US building relationships with promoters in Mexico.

Would you like to tour across Mexico?

I would love to fucking tour across Mexico. I feel like I would… I would love Mexico, and they would love me right back. Literally, I love Mexican food, I love Mexican girls. I got Mexican homies, you know what I’m saying, like man, Mexico is the shit dawg, for real (laughs).

¡No te vayas sin escuchar su último lanzamiento!

Vayámonos preparando para la próxima producción que nos trae Niko con Roll The Dice 2, personalmente nuestro trabajo favorito. Como mencionamos anteriormente en uno de nuestros artículos pasados:

En sentido literal significa “tirar los dados”, ya sabes, lo normal al jugar cualquier juego de mesa; pero tal vez tiene un significado más profundo. Una de las definiciones de la “frase” puede referirse a arriesgarsetener el valor de exponerte, de darte una oportunidad; y eso es lo que hace Niko en este álbum, tomó su oportunidad, se arriesgó y la convirtió en lo que hoy es Roll the Dice 2.

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¡Estaremos atentos al lanzamiento de West$ide pLAyer 4 Ever, donde posiblemente podamos regalarles algunas copias!

“Si quieres estar en el toptienes que usar diferentes estrategias”, Niko G4

 

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