Indie talent Mook Player has been at it heavy all 2017. Since the top of the year he's been releasing fire after fire track. We found Mook Player back in September and at the time was heavy in the studio. Mook had just released visuals to "470" (prod. YUNG SVGE) and two singles in the LULE-assisted "Lamborghini Boi" and "HEAToftheMOMENT," the lead single to his latest EP. This amassed energy has managed to help him build a loyal following through Soundcloud. And it has all led to the release of his debut project EMBER.
About personal growth, the loss of relationships, pursuit and discharge of women, liberated emotions
She don't need no Maybellene on
Mook Player - Don't Lean (prod. SPACEDTIME)
Mook Player makes a departure from the traditional trap sound and we have to say, its much of the appeal of the Atlanta rapper. Utilizing contemporary trap elements like autotune and synths, his style begs to be considered something more. His approach to lyricism is laid back but punctual and precise. Mook Player alone gives each of EMBER's 13-tracks a life of their own.
But that's not to take anything away from the vibe of EMBER. From top to bottom, the production and engineering captures the full artistry of Mook Player. He dips in and out of pockets, delivering an effervescent performance. Producers on the project include Canadian producer Gold Flame Beats, Netherlands' Offi Mxde It, SPACEDTIME, No Luck and Portland's Eggy. Sleepy synths, heartfelt bass hits and snares popping like fish grease cook up a complete project.
1. Where you always creative growing up?
I was always very imaginative growing up. I wouldn't necessarily call myself creative. All I did was play sports. I didn't care about anything else especially music. My creative side only came about in college when I really had to find out what I wanted to do with myself besides play basketball.
2. When did you know you wanted to pursue music as a career?
I knew around 21 that I wanted to make music. I finished my first year of college and officially stopped playing basketball. I was just a full-time student for the first time in my life. I returned to my hometown for the summer after freshman year and saw my boy Peso at the gym and he got me to the studio for the first time. Been in love with making music ever since.
3. How did you come across your sound, which is lyrical but also heavily melody-driven?
I came across my sound by linking up with Peso basically. When I first started making music which was around 2014 he already had his own sound. It obviously wasn't what it grew to be today but it was still very unique and blatantly ahead of its time. And as far as lyrics go when we first started rapping this whole wave of swag rappers hadn't hit yet. In my head if I'm to ever make it, I have to be able to compete with the pen of a Big Sean a Drake or a Cole. These were the prominent guys when I first began making music and I see everyone in this game as competition. Therefore I've seen bars as a must-have from the jump.
4. You're from Atlanta but you don't have a traditional trap sound? What influenced that decision?
I simply love music man I can speak on my Atlanta influences forever. There's no vibe like ours in music right now. But I have just as many non-Atlanta influences even though I definitely do put our city on a pedestal when it comes to music. But I like to incorporate R&B vibes in anything I do. Before I began making music I wasn't even heavily listening to rap except for Lil Wayne and Drake. My rap playlist had less than 100 songs on my iPod while the R&B playlist had a few hundred. That kinda stuck with me when I began making music. Even if it's a trap beat I'm going to try to implicate some wavy melodic vibes for the ladies.
5. Can you explain your take on trap music, being from Atlanta?
I see no ceiling for trap music man. It's becoming less about the content and more about the sound. Yeah guys still giving you the drug dealer/abuser gang music but there's also a lot of R&B type content being put over these trap beats. Look at Trippie Redd. Those are all trap beats but he be putting whole love songs over some of them and I rock wit it. There's also no club scene like Atlanta due to the fact all the sauce is in-house for us. Young Nudy or 21 or Pablo Juan pullup to yo club and they got like ten guys in they squad who all got access to Pierre or whatever fire producer around the city, and back to back to back its going to sound like you in trap heaven. Man, I miss it. New York clubs rarely ever put me on to new music or artists because they be stuck in the years when New York really felt like the rap mecca. Or playing all the old songs I'd hear at my family BBQ from the 90s. But i don't go out at night to fall asleep in the club so yeah, I miss Atlanta.
6. Relationships are a big theme in your music. How have your personal relationships evolved as your music has evolved?
My personal relationships sometimes take a toll due to my music I can't lie. My lady be listening to some of my stuff and really thinking that's how I feel right at that moment. When my expression honestly has no shelf life. Like if I go through something that don't mean the next song I make was all about that one recent situation. I say random time in my music a lot because that's literally how a lot of my songs come about. Just a random compilation of thoughts that have a central theme. The song can be wrapped around one concept but in reality the individual topics I touch on bar to bar are usually unrelated situations from my past combined with current situations, future possibilities and some wishful thinking.
7. What are your plans for 2018? Where do you see yourself five years from now?
2018 me and my gang takeover. I don't know how exactly I don't like to plan things. All I know is we each get better month to month. I know there's literally millions of people everyday chasing this same dream but we really built for it. The music part is the least of our worries now that it's like 2nd nature. I know every time I step in the studio I'm more than capable of doing what I need to do. Nowadays it's all about figuring out the business and how to expand an audience but I'm confident in the next coming months we make some sort of break through. And five years from now i simply want to be in a position where I know all I'm doing right now was worth it. I want to be recognized for what I bring to the game, that's all. Mook Player should be a household name.
Tell No Tales
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