-I expect to grow not only as a rapper but as a hip hop mogul!
By Michael Hartmann. June 5, 2020
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]oe The Paperboy is a veteran to the Virginia music scene. He describes his new album 2nd Harvest as a collection of lifelong experiences combined with wisdom.
I asked him about the album, his upcoming projects, and how the rap community is affected by the corona pandemic.
Michael: How will you describe yourself as an artist?
Doe: As an artist, I push for the development of my own personal sound despite what may be understood or accepted. I’m not afraid to cross any genre and experiment with all kinds of musical influences. I have never kept myself in a bubble. I’ve always felt that I have to stay true to any music that inspires me whether it be Hip Hop, Country, Rock, or Pop.
-Many artists may not hold themselves accountable for their message but personally I do.
– What it really boils down to is I play into my own particular love for sound and make sure that however I choose to display that vision, I’m responsible for the messages I’m conveying within my music. Many artists may not hold themselves accountable for their message but personally I do. I was created as an individual, no one can be me, so that’s what I feel separates me as an artist with the inclusion of all these elements.
Michael: Tell us about your album 2nd harvest?
Doe: The 2nd Harvest is a collection of lifelong experiences combined with wisdom all displayed into musical form. The album is executive produced by The Crownz. There is also production from up-and-coming producers OHDAMNPOST and IRS Beats. The album is word for word from my perspective and the way I process life in rhyme form.
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Michael: Can you share something about the Virginia music scene?
Doe: Petersburg, VA has a very diverse music community where many artists from the area are extremely talented at their craft. The area has been riddled with poverty and struggle since the late 80s and the artists raised during this era all have a very unique way of expressing their challenges into musical form. Often looked at as a hard place to get notoriety and publicity, many of the artists have found ways to break through social media platforms.
Michael: How is the rap community affected by the corona pandemic?
Doe: The corona pandemic has forced artists to really take the time to work on our craft. We’ve been using much of the downtime to be productive and get better at our individual art. It’s a lot of new music and up-and-coming talent coming out of Petersburg, VA currently.
Michael: New music coming up?
Doe: I will actually be shooting and releasing new visuals for the next single Faking Opps from the ‘The 2nd Harvest’ album. There will also be more new music dropping very soon after the careful artistry of the ‘The 2nd Harvest’ is showcased through videos and performances.
Michael: What are your future plans?
Doe: I spend a lot of time in the studio and home writing. I’m still working and creating for future projects to keep my art form sharp. Recently, I was selected by AEW Musical Coordinator, Mike Rukus, to create an AEW walkout theme produced by Mike R. for the legendary Mike Tyson to walk out to on AEW PPV Double or Nothing. It was a very exciting experience.
-I have plans to continue to expand my reach as an artist. My vision is broader than music. I recognized very early on in my music career how vital it is to generate revenue streams outside of music. I’ve done so with my Drive Over Everything clothing line and BIKE sneaker I created. I expect to continue to grow not only as a rapper but as a hip hop mogul!
Cover photo, 2nd Harvest.