Today’s interview is with Warrbuckss, a rapper born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has released a large amount of music (both mix tapes and singles) over the past few years and has shared the stage with artists such as Ke$ha, Killer Mike, Mickey Avalon, and Asher Roth, among others. Enjoy our interview with Warrbuckss below.
Could you give us some insight into your musical background?
“I grew up around all types of music and musicians but was drawn to hip-hop at a young age. I started playing bass and then the keyboard. I DJ’d for a while here and there at house parties when I was younger as well. I always loved free-styling and soon began making hip-hop beats; everything just expanded from there.”
What can you tell us about the Oklahoma City music scene?
“The Oklahoma City music scene is very different then most. We aren’t a small market but we aren’t big like Los Angeles, New York City, or Dallas. Hip-Hop is just starting to get more exposure here (a local pioneer Jabbee just signed with Murs record label Murs 316). I’m sure he will bring more attention and you will see the scene expand; there is a great deal of talent on the rise in OKC.”
What artists inspire you the most?
“I listen to every genre of music drawing a little from here and there. At a young age I began to love the power of hip-hop artists like Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and NWA. I loved the passion of alternative rock groups like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Now I’m really liking what Kendrick (Lamar) is doing but my favorite artists are Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Yelawolf.”
What can you tell us about sharing the stage with artists such as Asher Roth, Mickey Avalon, and Ke$ha?
“I love performing in general and no matter who I’m opening for or where I’m performing I try and bring the same energy and passion to the stage every time. Getting to open for national artists is always a cool experience. The chance to get in front of new people and branch out is dope, I love it.”
You’ve released five albums since 2010; how have you been able to remain so creative on such a consistent basis?
“I think collaborating with different producers is what keeps me going; when they have a passion for the beats they make I really feed off of it. I have several projects in the works right now, each one featuring a different producer, and I can’t wait to get in and start recording with them.”
Do you have any upcoming performances or recording dates scheduled so far for 2014?
“(My album) “A Lesson in Progression” is my next release. This has been a real bitch to finish; recording was completed in 2011 but unfortunately all the masters were lost in a hard drive crash in 2012. Then in 2013 the album was completed once again but my studio was robbed and we lost these new masters as well. This is now the third time the album has been mixed and mastered so hopefully it will see the light of day this spring. I have a project called Eat Em’ and Smile with producer Pzazz Psyxtine out of the Bronx, which will be followed up by a project I’m doing with producer Igloo Panda from my hometown in OKC, as well as the release of a compilation album “Just the Tip” on iTunes.”