Haastattelussa Sacramento-räppäri Lil Sicx

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What’s up, Lil Sicx? How are you today?

Hanging in there. Same shit different day.

Can you introduce yourself to those who may not know you?

My name is Maxmillian, but I go by Lil Sicx or Sicx. I’m from Sacramento, CA, 29 years old.

Being from Sacramento, what kind of rap did you listen to growing up?

I really just listened to my family for the most part. Lynch, Sicx, X-Raided and the rest of the Siccmade Family like Cos, Tallcann, Zigg Zagg. D.E. and others included Gangsta Dre, C-Bo, Mr. Doctor, Lunasicc. That’s pretty much it as a teen, but the artist my pops played were DMX, Eminem, Drag-On , Snoop and even a few pop artist. Other family like my mother and grandmother played a lot of old school 90’s R&B and a lot of James Brown era music. I can’t remember the artist names though. So I grew up around all types of music growing up.

When did you discover your drive to be a musician?

When I was 16-17. I was in a group called The Stuntinboyz with my little bro Mace and my cousin YB. So that was the beginning.

How many years have you been rapping?

I never know how to answer this. It’s a little complicated. I got locked up at 17, so I stopped rapping because of my probation restrictions. Then I rapped again a short while after I got off probation, I was 20 or so, but didn’t release the songs. Shoutout to my boy MC aka Dana. I was solo, but was doing a group project with him. He was hella dope on the beats. Then I stopped rapping completely and just loved s regular life. Wife kids, job. Update to about 8 months ago I just got the energy to speak my mind and leave something for my family to hold on to that would last forever. Total years rapping, eh.. 2-3, but it was all hobby. Not taking serious till now.

Tell me about the first song you ever made. Was it a success or a failure in your opinion?

Shit, I don’t remember the title, but it was definitely a Stuntinboyz song back in high school. The song turned into a mixtape. So I would say it was a success for us. Keep in mind we were just kids having fun.

What’s your writing process like? Do you write with a pen and paper?

I don’t force any songs, so my writing process is a little different than others. I usually have the most creative energy early in the morning like 3-4 AM. So I just listen to beats in the dark and wake up and write. Other times I just freestyle till I say sumn I like, then write from there. Then practice the verses at home, then off to the studio, repeat.

Do you feel you’ve mastered your craft, or have more to learn?

I feel like a rookie with a very high potential ceiling, so I know I have alot to learn and get better. I definitely feel like I’ve mastered my sound and comfort with my voice.

Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is?

Pain. Struggle. Being filter free. Just telling my story on wax with my creative side added to it.

What type of environment do you prefer to record in?

I’m not too picky. I just need it quiet so I can hear myself think.

Is there a certain person who makes most of your beats?

C-Dubb, Phonk Beta and my boy Devious One. But I really wanna get some Strew B beats as well. He’s dope.

Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor?

I try to learn something positive about everyone I interact with, but specifically my manager E and and Don Rob helps me a lot with game.

How has their help or advice shaped you?

Man, just them believing in me was enough for me to make sure I give it my all when I rap. Also to stay out of trouble and not fuck up the small chance I have to really making something of myself with this music. So they help a lot in a lot of ways.

Musically, what are your biggest influences and who are your favorite musicians?

I just like good music, but Sicx and Lynch get the most spins and who I get my influence from so. That’s pretty much it.

What about non-musical influences?

Just real life, good and bad, sneakers, video games and social issues within this world like racism, police brutality, religion.

What are some songs in your current rotation right now?

“Genie” by NBA YoungBoy, “I Refuse To Lose” by Lynch and “Hood Nigga” by Ke’von.

Could you name your top three rap albums of all time?

I’m way too biased, but here it is.

1. Lynch – Season of the Siccness
2. Sicx – If These Walls Could Talk
3. Lynch – Loaded

What is your favorite hood movie?

Belly.

What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Musically just to establish myself and build my catalogue. Personally would just be able to support my family with my talents. That’s all I really want at this point.

Any upcoming projects that we should be on the lookout for?

Hellz Angel is dropping soon. My label mate Fatkao 396 has a few projects coming soon and C-Dubb. I think the people need to hear those collabs as well if they enjoy my style of music.

Any last words to our readers?

Just to follow me on social media and come interact. I respond to mostly everything. And shout out to my wife and kids for having my back!

Lil Sicx:
http://www.instagram.com/lilsicx
http://www.soundcloud.com/lilsicx

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