Just like life, the road to success is never a straight line. Obstacles and challenges are there for one reason. They shape us, molding our spirit, mind, skills, and approach to life, making us the persons we are. When it comes to artists and athletes, it often reflects in their legacy, their songs, and their successes. Artists like Native Wellz remind us that, no matter what happens in life, if our passion is strong and the talent is there, life and art will find their way. Strong of natural musicality, incredible songwriting skills, this outstanding performer finds in music a way of expressing himself through soulful, honest, and direct tracks. Today, at Planet Singer, we have the great pleasure of discovering more about his music through an exclusive interview!
Hi Native, it is such a pleasure to have you with us today; I am amazed by your sound and artistic path. Let’s start from the beginning. When did you discover your love for music?
I first discovered my love for music at a young age. I used to dance in the house to Michael Jackson. My family and I were huge fans of Michael Jackson, and as I got older, I started writing down lyrics to all the Biggie Small songs so I will know them by heart. But I was always in love with music; in high school, we used to have these battles at the lunch table. Malik was the drummer, he used to do the beats on the table, and we used to just go in.
Your life hasn’t always been easy. This somehow shaped you into the person and artist you are now. How much of your life experiences reflect in your music?
I have to say all of it very rarely do you hear me talk about anything that I haven’t been in, in my music, I try to stay authentic and honest; I try to rap about the things I’ve been through throughout my life because I know I’m not the only one going through it. Hence, I try to keep it simple and real for people can relate. Rather it’s playing ball, running the streets, or being homeless; I truly believe that people can relate to what I’m saying.
Who are your main influences?
I will have to say my brothers Tata and Big Hudd because I learned a little bit of both with them. My brother Hud who’s real name is Tony Huddleston, was the athlete I looked up to him in that aspect wanted to be like him. My brother is a legend in my home town playing football as a Defensive Tackle who played for Syracuse University, and my brother Tata ran the streets in his younger days now has a career of over 20yrs working with kids, but he is beloved and well respected back home so them 2 were definitely my influences.
Your track “Forgive me 4 my sins” is incredible. Can you tell us more about this song?
It’s actually a song by Rich Luciano that I’m featured on, that’s on a mixtape we did call 24 that we did in 24 hours until this day is the best experience I had since making music. But yeh rich came up with the concept, and I was having a hard time coming up with something in the studio. We were telling me to just talk about what you been through; you know, being homeless sleeping on the beaches in Florida, and that’s why I came up with that line “holes in they sneakers we sleeping on beaches,” but it’s one of my favorite tracks.
Sport and music played a fundamental part in your life. How important is it for you to find strength in your passion, and what advice would you give to those who feel overwhelmed, especially during the past year?
It’s very important. Some days you ask yourself what you are doing this for and who you are doing it for. And you ask yourself these questions because it is days you just want to give up and say I’m done, but you know you came a long way and you already knee deep in, and it’s too far to turn back because if you do, then everything would have been for nothing. If I can give any advice to anyone right now, my advice will be don’t ever give up, fight for your dreams because ain’t nobody going to make them come true but you.
Your style reminds me of the best Rap and Hip-Hop music of the golden times! If you could collaborate with a major artist, who would you like to share a track with?
I have to say, JAY-Z, no matter what age, no matter what era he adapts to what’s going on around us, he perfected the Rap Game on all levels, he’s a lyrical genius in all aspects of rap music, and I love his music.
Your song “In Love” shows your versatility and creativity. What’s the story of this song?
The story about “IN LOVE” was actually something that really happened back home. I was going off to college, and while I was away, I found out that she was sleeping with another dude, so when I confronted her about it, she denied it of course, but the dude’s cousin was a good friend of mine, so he gave me all the dirt on the situation, but I’m glad that happen because I wouldn’t have found the woman of my dreams.
What is your songwriting process?
My songwriting process is pretty simple, to be honest. I will go through some beats with whatever Producer I’m working with at the time, and I will let it rock about 2-3 times, and then I find my flow pattern or Rythem, and once I got that, I’m ready to go, I will have a shot of Dusse with a hookah, and I’m ready.
What are your plans for the future?
Right now, my team and I have a lot going on. My partner Paula, CEO/Founder of Ablaze Ent, has the West Coast Tour, which was canceled due to covid, so we are waiting for things to clear up a little bit. I have my Mixtape coming out this month called “Powder, Sex & Ecstasy, then my album drops this year, “Words Of My Affliction” also, Rich Luciano and myself are getting ready to get back in the studio and work on another project. So it’s going to be a busy year.
It was such a pleasure discovering more about you and your music, is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
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