IAA: What is your music background?
RENEGAD3: Growing up, I would freestyle on my walks to and from school. One day, I listened to the Marshall Mathers LP and recorded myself rapping along with “The Way I Am” instrumental. I wrote my first full song and had my first studio session in 8th grade. I stayed persistent and eventually found my voice. My skills have gotten better, and I ended up landing a #1 spot on Reverbnation and onenumbermusic.com for Indiana and Oklahoma. I know that hard work pays off.
IAA: What inspired you to pursue music?
RENEGAD3: Honestly it’s hard to explain because I can name many artists that have inspired me to pick up a pen. I never wanted my music to sound identical to the type of music those artists were doing. I wanted to sound different but good at the same time. The beats I heard through the years have inspired me more than the lyrics. I would hear hi hats and want to speed up my tempo. I would hear a deep bass and want to make a trunk banger. I would hear a piano or strings and want to make something deep and relatable. I would often listen to hundreds of beats a day and freestyle in my garage, until I found one I wanted to write to. Some beats are so inspiring. For example, “Changes” by Tupac has a great beat and so does “The Way I Am” By Eminem. That beat was the darkest beat I heard that made me go crazy. More recently I have found myself getting inspired by beats I hear off of soundclick.com
IAA: What are your songs about?
RENEGAD3: My songs vary. I write songs about my life, about my son, about the type of parties we had, or about the type of girls that are from my hometown. I turn all the stuff that I’ve have done or witnessed into music.
IAA: Do you write your own music?
RENEGAD3: Yes, I do. I have over 100 notebooks in my closet that have lyrics on every single page and even on the brown side.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
RENEGAD3: The first time my mom actually allowed me to buy a cd with explicit content I bought “N.W.A The Greatest Hits.” From them, I moved on to Biggie, Pac, Dr. Dre, Eminem, T.I., Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Chamillionaire, Bone Thugs N Harmony. My more recent influences have been Yelawolf, MGK, Wiz Khalifa and myself. I always want to do better than my last piece of work.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
RENEGAD3: My music has a mid-west style, fast tempos, hard punch lines and clever/witty metaphors and similes. My music is meaningful with a twist of just don’t give a F***. Based on Reverbnation, my fan base consists of ages 10 to 60. I try and make songs for everyone. I write everything from party to angry to sad to funny songs.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
RENEGAD3: I stand out because I have my own style, flow, lyrics, and wordplay. I can’t stand when everyone wants to sound the same. To me, that’s not being a true artist. If you are truly an artist, the majority of your material should be unique and original.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
RENEGAD3: I’m working on a couple tracks for my boy Fat Guy’s mix-tape at the moment. I am also in the process of recording an album using all of my own beats, so in the meantime expect some collabos. I will be releasing a smaller mix-tape before the album is released. Everything will be coming soon.
IAA: What are your career goals, where do you see yourself?
RENEGAD3: My career goals are to do music for a living, provide a future for my son, perform on the biggest stages, and work with a lot of my musical influences. Obviously, I also want to make money. Me always fighting to achieve my goals and never giving up will feel like all the money in the world.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
RENEGAD3: You can access my music on reverbnation.com/renegad3 and numberonemusic.com/renegad3 or follow me on twitter #Renegad33 You can contact me through any of those sites or my Facebook page which you can find through those links.