What’s New With New’L: Catching up on his debut mixtape & Calgary hip-hop [Interview]
Calgary, AB – Whether it’s a King of the Dot battle, or a killer opening set for a touring Calgary show, New’L always puts his best foot forward. As he prepares for his debut mixtape, Pay Schemes & Day Dreams, this MC has been making a strong and consistent presence on the stage. Word is getting out that New’L is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Fresh off his The Life Is So Exciting Tour show, opening for Fabolous and Pusha T, HipHopCanada sat down with New’L to discuss his mixtape, views on the local hip-hop scene, and what this young lyricist has been working on since we last spoke with him. Take a look after the jump.
Written by Angela Taraddei for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: It’s been eight months since HipHopCanada chatted with you in regards to your music. From then up until now, what have you been up to?
New’L: Since I’ve last spoke to you guys, I’ve been trying to create a buzz by opening up for several big shows in this city [Calgary].
HipHopCanada: You’ve previously stated that performing at Flames Central was one of your many goals. Not only did you accomplish that when you opened up for Big Sean back in September, but more recently at the Meek Mill concert you had the opportunity to work the stage for a second time. How was that experience?
New’L: It went really well. Everyone knows in this city that Flames Central is the Saddledome for local artists. It was a really good feeling to hit that stage, it makes you feel like a superstar. I was a little nervous prior to performing. But as soon as I got started it was all good. I got a lot of good feedback. In fact, Omell – one of Meek Mill’s affiliates—caught our sound check and told us that he thought we were dope which was pretty awesome to hear.
HipHopCanada: You recently opened up for Pusha T and Fabolous at the Calgary concert with Dan Major, how did that show go?
New’L: It went really well. I played some new tracks off my upcoming mixtape which were very hype to perform. So I was definitely excited about that. Also in regards to the show, Fabolous and Pusha both had incredible sets. It was amazing to see two vets go in like that. I really studied and took home a lot of pointers that night.
HipHopCanada: If you had to choose: Pusha T or Fabolous?
New’L: That is the toughest decision ever because I like them both for two amazing reasons. I love Pusha for his undercover coke talk. I’m definitely a big fan of that. He’s real slick with it so I like to listen to his stuff because it makes [me] think. Fab, on the other hand, is a punchline rapper. He’ll knock out bars after bars—which is very entertaining and keeps listeners interested. But at this point if I had to choose, I’d have to say Pusha T because I listen to him more.
HipHopCanada: You’ve recently judged and participated in a few King of the Dot battles. Tell us a bit more about that.
New’L: I’m trying to get back into the battle scene. Previously when I made it to KOTD, it was something that a lot of people hated on me for because I got right into it without being at ground zero for eight years. But honestly I just came in on a really good time. My battle with Twizzie dropped on May 15 and it went really well. Twizzie wanted to battle me for a long time now and then it finally went down. He really impressed me with his bars. He came out with some really dope material, which was better than I expected.
HipHopCanada: Is there anyone in particular, you’re looking forward to or would like to battle in the future and why?
New’L: I’d probably want to battle The Saurus because that guy is an OG. I saw that he was talking about my battle with Caustic so I definitely would want to eventually battle him. I think if I put a really good foot forward, I could possibly beat him. But regardless that guy is an OG. I have mad respect for him.
HipHopCanada: How do you feel about the hip-hop scene here in the Calgary?
New’L: I feel a lot of people are on the low, trying to make themselves look poppin’ when it’s really not the case. I see people brag about the little things they’ve done, but I believe it’s not about what you’ve done. It’s all about what you’re doing. Unfortunately I think there are a lot people out here that aren’t very humble. It’s unfortunate, but I feel that people are out there looking for too much glory.
HipHopCanada: You’re originally from the headquarters of opportunity when it comes to the hip-hop scene in Canada [Toronto]. Do you see yourself moving back there to further pursue this career?
New’L: Obviously if I was to blow up, I would definitely have to move out there. But honestly I would love to do what Drake did for Toronto. But for Calgary. With where this city is right now, Calgary has the potential of getting there. 10 at 10 is a huge asset for the local scene in this city and it definitely opened doors for the art form to grow. It’s just a matter of time.
HipHopCanada: Where do you want to see yourself five years from now?
New’L: I would want to see myself living off of my craft. At the very least I want to be living off of my music.
HipHopCanada: Pay Schemes & Day Dreams is the anticipated title for your debut mixtape. What is the status on that current project?
New’L: I am three tracks out, recording-wise, from finishing it. And then I just have to do the finalizing and mastering of the project. It’ll consist of 16 to 17 tracks and it should be available just before the Calgary Stampede.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
New’L: Available this summer, be on the look for my debut mixtape Pay Schemes & Day Dreams.
Photography courtesy of New’L
Written by Angela Taraddei for HipHopCanada