Raleigh/Durham rapper Alex Aff was recently named Danielle Blaiq’s (also of Raleigh/Durham) “local indie music scene hero” in his interview with Music Existence. You can read what they discussed below…
Danielle Blaiq: At what age did you begin rapping?
Alex Aff: I wish I knew exactly what age I began really rapping. I have no idea. I usually tell people around 12 or 13 is when I started getting into it a little more habitually.
Danielle Blaiq: Who are your major musical influences?
Alex Aff: J. Cole is like, my favorite artist. I also am big fans of other artist like Kanye, Logic, Curren$y, Nipsey Hussle. I like Rapsody, King Mez. Its a never ending list.
Danielle Blaiq: Is there any regional sound you tend to favor when it comes to hip hop (east coast/west coast/southern)?
Alex Aff: Not necessarily. There are artist that I like from every region. Kendrick from the west Coast, Big Krit from the south. Artist like 50 cent from the North and I named some Carolina artist holding it down for the east coast. I prefer more lyrical music with a little more substance. There’s alot of quality in each region. Doesn’t matter too much to me. I hope that answered the question.
Danielle Blaiq: What was the name of your first record?
Alex Aff: Wow! I have no clue lol. I get jealous when other artist remember stuff like that because I literally don’t know. I’ve been recording and writing for seemingly so long that my mind can’t even dig up that information. Whatever it was, it was garbage hahaaa
Danielle Blaiq: Do you freestyle? Do you think freestyling is a lost art in hip hop?
Alex Aff: I do freestyle. But not nearly as much as I used to. When I was younger I really thought I wanted to be a professional freestyler. That’s all I did. When I got around to writing, that pretty much took over my whole life. Freestyling seems like a lost art, but to me it isn’t. Sometimes when I go out to cyphers in the area, people really be freestyling all night long. It’s just something you gotta find its not as seen as it used to be.
You can read the rest of this interview @ MusicExistence.com!!!