Interview: Honors English
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Team Greedmont | 1 Comment; | Category: Entertainment, Interview, Music, Rap
Greedmont Park: For those that don’t know you, because you seemingly came out of nowhere and onto the scene with some fanfare….. speak on who you are and what’s your music about?
Honors English: My artist name is Honors English. My intention as an artist is to elevate hip-hop as an art to its highest expression. I intend to make songs that are more musically complex then the best of Mozart, more visual then the best of Spielberg and/ or catchier then the biggest hits by Coldplay. I chose to focus on innovation, creativity, positivity and producing great music. Personally I am not preoccupied with being underground or commercial but instead being the best in both. Hailing from Trenton, New Jersey I depict the reality of the hood without glorifying the negative elements. My music provides and fresh, reflective and sincere view on life while being as entertaining as possible. By the way I can rap really good…..
GP: Yeah we kinda heard that too…Whats the meaning behind the name Honors English?
HE: English my last name. Honors English is really a statement about striving and excellence. It is reminder for me that I should be creating music as amazingly as possible.
GP: It’s pretty crazy (no pun intended) that your first single out of the gate be produced by Needlz…… how did that come about?
HE: I known Needlz for years. He produced 95 percent of my album. We are about to release a lot more music.
GP: The 95 percentile is an awesome look. Your 2nd and 3rd songs you put out had a heavy artist on it and the real Freeway Ricky Ross (Lupe Fiasco, Freeway Ricky Ross) ….to be a rook thats a pretty big feat. Whats the story?
HE: Needlz had the connect with Lupe and helped make that happen. Which was really dope. He also orchestrated the Freeway Rick Ross feature.
GP: Even though your really just coming out , you were once in a group with Serius Jones called First Ave. right? How did that happen?
HE: Me, Needlz and Serius had a group from about 2000-2002. We eventually went our separate ways and I stopped rapping for about 5 years. When I started again me and Needlz linked back up and the coming album “State of the Art” is a result of reunification.
GP: So obviously there is a big layover in time between then and now….. so why now?
HE: Well I really feel like it’s a great time for hiphop. People are into lyrics gain to some extent. The indie lane is more open then ever, and I am really interested in that. Me and Needlz also feel like we have something to offer collectively that is not out there.
GP: Let’s say this album that you are about to drop is your first and last album you’ll ever put out…… what would you want your legacy to be?
HE: I want my legacy to be one of artistic integrity, creativity and positivity. Everyone will be able to get something different out of the songs. Even the same person should be able to get different stuff on different listens. I have a new song and music video for “Cymbals on the Sidewalk” which we just unveiled. It is great demonstration of the type of artistry that I want to embody.
State of the Art drops Feb 22nd
For more Honors English check http://honorsenglishmusic.com/