EXCLSV Interview With Illmatic MC Kese Soprano

Distinctive as ever, Kese Soprano shifts paradigms with his blissfully inventive new single “Cut A Check”. We had a chance to chat with him about his new track, style and upcoming projects.  

We loved your new release, “Cut A Check”. Can you share with us some of the behind the scenes from that song’s recording process? 

Thank you! Yeah it was an easy concept, as soon as my Producer Joey Batts sent over the track, it just felt right, I started with the hook first, then figured out which flows I wanted to use for the verses and wrote them in. It was a fun process.

What is the main message you’d like to convey to listeners with “Cut A Check”?

I want them to feel like if you’ve been doing something you’ve given your all to, you should feel like you deserve a Check to cash in for it too. Hopefully it comes off as motivational music.

Tell us more about how your evolution in terms of style, sound, and production since your start in the 90’s until today? What is the main difference?

I started out young, Freestyling in Cyphers, I don’t see that anymore. I started around 99, that’s when the passion for it became something serious, started recording in 01. The production I had back then was very dusty crate digging type. I started off on an 8 track Tascam with the tape. Now you have Pro Tools, Logic etc. And it’s way easier to get your thoughts recorded in my opinion. 

Who are some of the artists that inspire you to create your own music? 

Nas, The Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Big L, Big Pun, Wu-Tang Clan etc. 

How would you describe your specific style?

I try to have a union between Underground and Mainstream but in my own way. I mix them in. 

When you’re not making music, what are some of your hobbies? 

I like enjoying nature, a good hike in the woods or being by the water. Helps me gather my thoughts. 

What’s next for Kese Soprano?

Definitely more music,  Season II: “A Million Dollar Handshake” is on the way. Followed by Season III: “The Roaring 20’s” and growth in my sound. I’m always creating. 

Thank You!

My pleasure! 

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