Crew Profile: The Come Up Gang – Raw Malone [Interview]
Edmonton, AB – The guys in the Come Up Gang are getting ready to launch themselves across the nation. The Edmonton-based crew of Lion (aka: L. Luciano), Raw Malone, Akay Audemar, Ben E Brix, and Shaw Langley, are gearing up for the launch of several forthcoming projects and albums.
HipHopCanada recently caught up with rapper Raw Malone. Malone is known to spit some pretty sick trap rap verses. He told us about his appreciation for “OG” hip-hop, his Meek Mill inspiration, and more. Check it out after the jump
“I was listening to NWA, UGK, Three 6 Mafia – down south OGs. You can feel it. It’s not fake.” – Raw Malone
Raw Malone: Q&A
HipHopCanada: How do you define yourself as an artist, and what specifically is your craft?
Raw Malone: I’m an artist who puts his emotions and experiences in his music. I also make music that people can relate to. Everything I say makes perfect sense and people love my valuable flow. My flow is one of a kind – I have many styles, and like to challenge myself in having more styles, more swag. You gotta have some soul, swag out. I can fuck with any beat. If I’m feeling it I’ll go with it. If it’s bangin’.
HipHopCanada: How did you get involved in hip-hop?
Raw Malone: Hip-hop [has] been around me my whole life, I grew up with and around people who listen to nothing but hip-hop music. So it became a part of me. My first exposure to hip-hop was through friends and older brothers. I felt like I could do this. I was listening to NWA, UGK, Three 6 Mafia – down south OGs. You can feel it. It’s not fake. They’re about what they’re talking about. They carry authenticity and present real life in their music. I like talking about the streets, how I’m living—what’s going through my mind and therefore being projected.
HipHopCanada: What are some of your early memories about music, performing and writing? How did you start becoming who you now are?
Raw Malone: Me and my team rocked a show a few weeks ago and I remember the crowd just vibing and moving to how we represented. That was awesome.
HipHopCanada: What do you feel most inspired by?
Raw Malone: I’m mostly inspired by my favorite songs and by new rappers who made it to the top. Meek Mill motivates me like a motherfucker. He got up on the scene and he’s killin’ everything. It’s crazy, man. If he can do it, I can do it.
HipHopCanada: Tell me about your crew, and what your role in it is.
Raw Malone: My team consists of five artists, and everyone plays a different role. We are like a basketball team and I’m the power forward. I play the aggressive and zero-tolerance role.
HipHopCanada: How do you represent for your city and how has your city/region shaped who you are?
Raw Malone: I come from a very rough and dangerous city, and you had to be tough and wild to come up. Everything you [did] was either you go hard, or go home. That’s why I give it 100 per cent raw and uncut. Just what people want to hear. Coming up in my city, I’ve been through a lot of tribulations and witnessed many tragedies. As a result of that, I don’t take anything for granted.
HipHopCanada: What is your greatest success so far as an artist?
Raw Malone: I feel like I haven’t succeeded as an artist yet. My greatest success has yet to come. When people listen to my songs, the reaction I get from them tells me that I’m doing a good job. I’m going somewhere and when I be rocking the shows, I be moving the crowd. Everybody rock with my shit.
HipHopCanada: If you had some sum up your musical/lyrical style in one sentence, what would you say?
Raw Malone: My musical and lyrical style is so ingenious and raw.
HipHopCanada: What are your goals for your life as an artist, and what are the steps you plan to take to achieve those goals?
Raw Malone: My goals for life, as an artist, are to drop major albums and tour all over the world, doing what I like to do. Hard work and dedication will let me keep making good music. And that’s how I will accomplish my goal.
HipHopCanada: What are you most excited about right now, and how can others get involved in it?
Raw Malone: I’m working on my new mixtape, which is going to be the talk of the country when it drops. So I’m excited about that. Working with Shaw on it. Still listening to the beats and formulating some funky songs, ’cause that’s what Shaw rock with. Down South trap gangsta music on that. Some down south high life music, too.