On the Rox: Falease SophaeWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Never have I known the Glass City to embrace one of its own in the Hip Hop community the way it has Falease Sophae. The reasons are obvious when you think about it. Most rappers call themselves artists, but it takes more than clever word-play, nice beats and a chain to be an artist. Artists create, innovate and inspire through individuality that separates them from those who prove to be less than artistic and more like “crafty.” Artists are designers of their own style with a goal of self-expression that is not about appeasing the masses. When a true artist finds an audience, they are the only people the artist is worried about relating to or talking to. As the number of audience members grows, so does the demand for what the artist has to offer and at 22 years old, Falease Sophae is that artist.
Sophae was brought up in a musical family and started his career as a teenage poet and battle rapper. You can tell the lyrical flow on his tracks that he loves words. His musical style and inspiration draws from the 90′s golden era of consciousness with jazz and soulful music samples connecting with Hip-Hop audiences of all ages. His lyrics are at times personal, yet playful, and include hard learned lessons with street wisdom. His message is on time for a generation mesmerized by sex, fame and fortune, things Falease Sophae is quick to admit he does not possess. He has already released well received EP’s titled, For What It’s Worth and his current release, Out Of Nowhere. His projects boasts production from some of the finest musicians and track masters from Toledo such as Tobias Price and Grammy nominated Tubb Young. Humble, sincere and secure, Falease Sophae knows exactly who he is and it’s about time you know too.
Martini Rox: Your style is that of a storyteller, who influenced you to go that route with your music?
Falease Sophae: My pops ironically, was a really good storyteller. Through hard times and struggle, stories always got us through. Back when I was battle rapping cats, it came to a point where I battle rapped so many cats, I was just like man, we (are) not going anywhere with this. I came to a point where I wanted to reach people too and I was like, how am I going to reach people by battle rapping so, I (thought), let me just take what I been through and put it in a story. At the time I honestly didn’t even think nobody else in the world was going through the same thing that I was, so I just put it out there like, let me see who it can relate to me and it took off from there.
Martini Rox: Why do you think there has been such a strong response? What is your connection with your audience?
Falease Sophae: I think it’s more so my spirit. It could be my lyrics too, but everything is coming from the heart, its coming straight from the heart. I grew up the same way a lot of these people grew up. It’s like look, I don’t have no ego in this, I’m not putting myself on a pedestal. I grew up in this area, we grew up like this and we ain’t have no money and we ain’t have this and that and I’m not afraid to expose that.
Martini Rox: You have been working a lot performing and touring, what are you learning about the music industry right now?
Falease Sophae: I’m learning that you have to stay really, really focused and not to go against what you believe.
Who is Falease Sophae? A breath of fresh Hip-Hop air!
You can down load his EP, Out Of Nowhere on itunes now and hear more music including his inspirational single Seen Hov at www.soundcloud.com/falease_sophae
Check him out at MTV.com at www.mtv.com/artists/falease-sophae/
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