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Risk: Bane discusses his new track & why he chose not to premiere it on a blog

Brampton, ON – Earlier this month, Brampton artist Bane self-premiered a brand new track titled “Risk.”

“Risk” was produced by Edeez, who’s become Bane’s go-to producer. The track is anchored by a horn melody that’s laced with a monstrous, head-shaking, militant drum line. The track clocks in under less than two minutes. But it’s a problem.

Artistically, Bane’s been incredibly unpredictable this year. He’s journeying through this process of trying to balance his rap career with being a father. And since Bane is so meticulous about what he drops and when he drops it, he’s been erring on the side of releasing less, instead of more.

“Risk” itself was actually a big risk. Both the song itself, and Bane’s roll-out for the release took a very unconventional turn. The 1:25-long track plays out as a stand-alone, interlude-style record, without any hook or expected song structure. And for the track’s premiere, Bane chose to self-premiere instead of getting a blog site to do it for him.

The end result is “Risk”, which is probably the best banger I’ve heard so far this month. Check it below, and scope our interview with Bane after the jump.

Risk: Bane discusses his new track & why he premiered it himself instead of relying on a blog site -

Q&A: Bane

HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me about the significance of this track to you.

Bane: Pretty much letting everyone know we’re still here, we’re still grinding and we’re ready. Now we’re really coming for y’all.

HipHopCanada: Who are you firing shots at, here? Whose head are you coming for?

Bane: Not firing shots at anyone in particular but a lot of people had said some negative things to me in the past and I really just use their energy to make myself and my craft better. So for them I’m coming through there, really, you know? Not to mention a few other people who the shoe fit. Sidebar.

HipHopCanada: I feel like this song is either A) an intro, B) an outro, C) an interlude, or D) you taking a “risk” by dropping a song that is only 1:25 and doesn’t have a hook.

Bane: All of these could be right. But I feel like it’s an intro to the wave that’s about to come something new from me and my villians. And this is just the kick off. Besides, every drop is like a risk, really. You know you’re putting your all into your craft and you take a rest by putting it out to see if other people are gonna like it.

HipHopCanada: What would you say is the biggest “risk” you’ve ever taken?

Bane: My biggest risk is probably putting my all into this [and] putting my all into my craft and telling myself that if I don’t make it with this I’m not gonna make it in life. I could’ve went to school to be like a doctor [or] some shit. But [I didn’t]. So fuck all that and just try to get it with this music shit, you know?

HipHopCanada: You kind of just low-key decided to drop this track yesterday night online with no roll-out or promo or anything. What was that all about?

Bane: That’s the risk! But you know… this time around I didn’t really want to reach out for no help. I just want to do everything… like… independent. So we didn’t reach out like my blog sites. When we were going to drop the song, we just wanted to do it on our own time. [And] we feel like it was that time. But you know … good music speaks for itself. So I’ll get out there if it’s good, you know what I mean?

HipHopCanada: You’re really interesting in that you just randomly pop up every few months and unleash some fire banger and then disappear for another few months. What’s that all about? I know there’s probably a lot going on for you behind the scenes and lots of music that’s been shelved and has yet to be unleashed.

Bane: Yeah. You knows this is just life. Life hits you at the weirdest times, really. And besides being an artist, you know I’m a dad. And like … life comes hard sometimes so I will just take my time in my drops, and I just try to deal with everything; like one-by-one, you know? But there’s a lot a lot of music in the archives. Right now everything’s coming back on track so we’re looking to have a healthy summer.

Twitter: @BanePW

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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