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THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE FEATURE 7-29-024 Freddy Laps

06/28/2024

This months Feature is an emcee who is here to out race the competition welcome to pole position….Freddy Laps

Mistajay:  What is the story and conception behind your artist name?

 

Freddy Laps: Freddy Laps came about from prior sports (basketball and baseball) nicknames and family nicknames. Freddy is from family and Laps is from shorting of my last name and also if I had to run laps due to messing up hahaha! I don't hate on those that have these wild names or that don't use their own name but I guess my reasoning is that in my art/music I prefer to draw on my prior experiences and life events that I lived so I figured using nicknames that were still me worked.

 

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?..

Freddy Laps: I'm from New England. I grew up in Massachusetts (Chelmsford, Lowell) and bounced around a lot in other areas of mass like Dorchester and even Lexington so I had a chance to live in the burbs and city and it truly helped my perspective on life. Being able to see firsthand two dramatically different types of life and being able to gain the experiences helped my music no question. The scene here is loaded with talent but has been known to be and still is crabs in a bucket. For whatever reason people still let ego drive the train instead of making good music and/or community. Don't get me wrong it's here and a good one, but the unity is lacking still and I get more love in New York, which isn't a uncommon story from here.

 

Mistajay: What are your overall influences of your music? And what inspires you?

 

Freddy Laps: My overall influences are prior experiences of life and feeling a need to share that as well as do it for therapy. I didn't have the worst upbringing but didn't grow up like my peers as a youth and the need to fit in was always a thing for me. It was a survival tactic and also way to rock a party. I always loved music and rebellion/counter culture being as I didn't fit in at first in the burbs. I first got into music from my dad and his side of the family. He is a very talented Berklee graduate as is my younger brother. But my Pops always told me the truth about music and how a lot of it was taken by white people and credit was never shown properly to put it lightly. So my dad's appreciation for good music (delta blues to classic rock, prog rock, jazz to you name it) was my first taste of tunes. Hendrix, Floyd, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Allman Brothers, Santana are some of the early memories with him. I then branched out on my own into punk music which he also had knowledge of too but I dug deeper than him. Black Sabbath to Bad Brains and all in between. The reason I elaborate this deeply on it is cuz I couldn't play anything lol! So I had a lot of angst an no way to relieve it. I saw my cousin from the DC area one day on vacation rock a cipher at a house party that had all different walks of life and races of people there. And he wasn't even known to be able to rap or at least I didn't know he could?  But I looked up to him and watched him rock a freestyle cipher at a party well enough to get a lady that night! I knew then that was the way for me hahaha! So combine my prior knowledge of doing my homework of where music comes from and wanting to be true to a field where I'm a guest, I knew I had to study. I bought Illmatic and People's Instinctive Paths and Travels of Rhythm as soon as I came back from that vacation. I started writing my own bars soon after and slowly got the confidence to try them out. I actually got love the first time and I just built on that. I then started rocking house parties my self with another friend whom I met along the way who could beatbox. And so there it was. I did this all based off of the love for the culture of music, learned this culture and tried to do it the right way as a respectful guest and not a vulture.

 

Mistajay: How do you describe your style of  hip-hop?

 

Freddy Laps: My style is a combo of conscious and street. I could elaborate more if needed but again, I hustled anything I could from my high school years to mid 30's as well as having odd jobs to make it in this business so, any stripes I speak on I truly earned.

 

Mistajay: Between your debut album “The Starting Lap” and your latest EP “Gravy”. What is your best song recorded to date and why?

 

Freddy Laps: My best Song hasn't been recorded yet. I think thats the curse of any real artist that loves it. Thats why we keep going. We're sick in the head hahaha! But some of my favorite released songs are Bolognese, Sambuca, The Streets, Time i$ Money, What's Your Purpose and Time Release.

 

Mistajay: You opened for artists like GZA, Cannibus. If you could work with any other 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

 

Freddy Laps: Benny the Butcher, The Alchemist, and Madlib. Benny is a beast and is probably the best in the game all around right now. He's reminiscent of all the spitters I loved growing up. I'd love to do a song with Nas and Kiss as well for obvious reasons. The other two producers are legends and still are going strong so that's why let alone their back catalog.

 

Mistajay: A lot of artists/producers come into the game with a lot of ambition but don’t spend time learning the business side. How important to you is learning about publishing and royalties?

 

Freddy Laps: Learning the business was what slowed my progress from before. I had to put music down for a while and get a legit career, as hustling got wild and more and more unstable, let alone the demons that come with it weighed in on my conscious too. On my recent comeback I have used my brother who is graduating from Berklee this year as a great reference. He put me on to what was needed at least to start. So I have my BMI Account (which is now a curious situation as well?), Sound Exchange, SongTrust and am on two different distribution sites Distrokid and United Masters. But still, this industry has shown me at least on this recent comeback, that any real money is going to be made with sync licensing (which I'm trying to really figure out currently) and endorsements or doing shows and selling merch. This all comes with developing a strong brand and fan base. Which in todays landscape is very challenging let alone predatory. So to say learning about it is important is somewhat of an understatement. I have good music and need to get what I can for it. I can always learn and am willing to.

 

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2024? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

 

Freddy Laps: Hiphop is so over saturated so I'm not sure. But my hopes are that with Nas's recent success as well as Griselda's long run, bars and the real shit is going to stay.

 

 

 

Mistajay: What are your other future plans?.

 

Freddy Laps: I have at least two years worth of music, videos, and merch ideas to drop with the hopes that something hits along the way as I continue to learn and build my brand. But most importantly is to stay true to form and the culture that accepted me.

 

Mistajay: where can people find your music?

Freddy Laps: www.freddylaps.com has all of my links there in regards to socials  and youtube and the instagram you already have, which is the most used social media outlet. 

 

TBD FREDDY LAPS !!!! 

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