This Moment Belongs To Us: Speng Squire talks new LP, Montréal scene & more
A few days ago, Montréal budding star Speng Squire pulled the trigger on his hot new 10-track studio project, This Moment Belongs To Us.
It’s a strong body of work that showcases Speng’s versatile skill-set and charismatic personality. And while the title suggests this ‘moment’ is for more than just Speng – he’s indeed all about his people – he rides solo on the project, giving listeners plenty of opportunity to see what he’s all about.
Production was handled by a gang of talented beatsmiths including MyRookieYear, Laydown Music, Tommy Kruise, Alex Lustig, Sorena, Jai Dreamer, and Montréal mainstay DRTWRK, who also serves as the album’s Executive Producer.
“Yesterday belongs to the OGs, tomorrow belongs to the kids and today this moment belongs to us.”
Speng is expected to release new visual support for the project in the coming days, and he’s also planning on hitting the road this summer. According to him, there should be plenty of opportunities to see him live… and, once you check out this release, you’ll likely want to do that.
“Nothing confirmed yet but we definetly will be performing all summer long so be ready to see me everywhere.”
We caught up with Speng to ask about the new project, his view on the Montréal scene, his relationship with DRTWRK and more. You can find the Q&A below along with the stream for This Moment Belongs To Us (available via Spotify, Apple Music and other outlets).
Q:A: Speng Squire
HipHopCanada: Congrats on the new album! What inspired the concept behind This Moment Belongs To Us?
Speng Squire: There’s a lot going on around me presently and my closest people are all doing great things in life right now. I just really feel like we’re all sharing these moments together. My little brother just commited to UC Davis in the NCAA for next season and on my side, the music’s been growing at a crazy rate. I’m so grateful and proud to be experiencing all of this with everyone around me and everyone in my hometown all at once. Yesterday belongs to the OGs, tomorrow belongs to the kids and today this moment belongs to us.
HipHopCanada: You’ve been working with veteran Montréal producer DRTWRK for a while; he produced a bunch of songs on the album and is also listed as an Executive Producer. How did that relationship come about and what are some of the things you’ve learned from working with him?
Speng Squire: DRTWRK is literally family to me. Aside from the music, we’re brothers, and it just so happens we both share the same passion, music. He’s more than just a producer; he’s managed to develop an insane ear for this music shit so I’m always all ears ready to learn when I’m around him. We met about three years ago when I was going through some hard times and it’s been nothing but crazy chemistry ever since. He’s taught me so much about music but I feel he’s taught me 10 times more about life, staying humble and persevering. The results have brought us to where we are today. An Executive Producer’s role is to bring everything together, from getting outside production, getting creatives involved and overall putting the project all together. Which is exactly what DRTWRK did for both of my projects.
HipHopCanada: Will the album be getting any new visual support in the coming weeks?
Speng Squire: Yes, 100%. We have a video dropping in the next few days and we will be releasing videos throughout the whole summer. Visuals are what the people love us for the most so we promise to keep feeding the fans with material.
HipHopCanada: If you could only pick one song off the project to convince someone to check out the whole thing, which would it be? Why?
Speng Squire: I’d say either the intro, “Moment,” or “Confessions,” I feel like those are the songs that really showcase my growth as an artist, as far as content in my lyrics and all around sound. These songs also really hit me personally and reflect the energy I’ve been putting out lately.
HipHopCanada: What was the hardest song to bring from concepet to completed record?
Speng Squire: “Relationship Goals,” because it’s a three verse song and I didnt want to get boring with it but I really wanted it to match the vision I had in mind along with the video idea I’ve had for a while now. It was probably the song that took me the longest to write on the project but it came out exactly how I wanted it to.
HipHopCanada: Along with DRTWRK’s contributions to This Moment Belongs To Us, you enlisted a few other producers to see your vision through. Who do you have on board and how did they get in the mix with This Moment Belongs To Us?
Speng Squire: I got some hometown love from my boy Tommy Kruise (“Highway”) who I’ve been keeping in touch with for quite a while now. And same for my boy Sorena (“How You Do”) which actually happens to be one of my favorite songs on the album. My guy Alex Lustig, who produced Baka’s “Live Up To My Name” has a great relationship with DRTWRK and after finally meeting with him a few months ago, it’s been nothing but love. He sent us a lot of material to work with and that’s how “Behavior” came about. Jai dreamer got in contact with us after finding some of our content online and has been building a relationship with us ever since. Also big shout-out to MyRookieYear and LaydownMusic, those guys are amazing producers and did “Wake Up” on the project.
HipHopCanada: How do you feel about the state of the Montréal scene? Which other Montréal artists are you checking for?
Speng Squire: The Montréal scene is pretty sick right now, I feel like we’ve expanded from having so many dope producers to having a lot of dope artists and it’s growing so quickly. Guys like Lunice, A-Trak, HighKlassified, Young Troy, DRTWRK and many more have paved the way for producers in the city and as far as artists, we got guys like Nate Husser, Young Troy, KGoon, Ceasrock, Magnum and so many more on the rise proving that we have nothing but talent in our city. Those are just a few of many names putting on for the city right now.
HipHopCanada: How about Canada and as a whole?
Speng Squire: Canada is definetly taking over the industry slowly but surely. The hottest guys in the game right now are from Canada which goes to show you how much things have changed. The whole stigma of being a “Canadian Rapper” doesn’t really exist anymore. I cant wait to see where things go in the next few years.
HipHopCanada: Will you be touring in support of the project?
Speng Squire: Nothing confirmed yet, but we definitely will be performing all summer long so be ready to see me everywhere.
HipHopCanada: What’s next for Speng Squire?
Speng Squire: Time to expand my fan base and build relationships across the boarder. I plan on taking a lot of trips to the States this summer and really take things to another level. I’m excited to meet and work with people in the industry and learn more about this game. More music, more shows and more videos on the way real soon. Consistency is our motto and this is only the beginning of my journey.
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