“LIFE’S A COUNTRY ROAD. SOME PARTS ARE FAST, OTHERS ARE SLOW AND THERE’S A FEW BUMPS ALONG THE WAY, BUT KEEP GOING, AND YOU’LL REACH YOUR DESTINATION IN THE END” – XtG
XtG is a rapper from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, who not only takes his music seriously, but his visuals too. As a rapper, he’s raw, gritty and not afraid to speak his mind – an attitude you can hopefully see reflected through his highlights above. Intrigued and want to know more about this Yorkshire Rapper? Keep reading…
But, if you must know, all these shots come pretty damn easy. No tripods with timers, casual favours from strangers or photoshop wizardry here. I don’t even have to pose. I’m just me, and leave a pro photographer to take care of the rest. The job of photographer is down to Nicole Wilcox, a snap happy shutterbug from North Yorkshire. Pretty much my entire gallery has been taken by Nicole, who seems to have a certain knack for catching me in the moment. Nicole accompanies me to most video shoots, events or performances and catches me from my best side not just for this gallery, but social media too.
For all you camera nerds out there, she shoots with a Nikon d750 – two of them in fact! One with a 24-70mm and the other with a 70-200mm. She also uses a 90mm macro and wide angle lens to mix things up.
A lot of experimentation.
As you’ve hopefully guessed by this website and indeed my music, I’m a sucker for precision. Call me pernickety if you like, but editing, and developing an editing style, is something I feel not enough of us take into account. Exactly why I’ve chose to develop one.
But you see this style didn’t come about overnight. Before even creating this website has crossed my mind, me and Nicole (not sure who this is? Read the question above) would be out on what we like to call ‘scouting days’. Days where we’d explore different locations and try to suss whether they had any sort of music video potential. On these days she’d often sneak a couple of snaps of me when I least expected it. These quickly turned into the snaps above and in essence, were where the style began.
Although where it began and where it is now, are two completely different things. You see as with anything creative, over time it evolved. Nicole grew more savvy to how I act, so the way she composed her shots changed. Her style of editing shifted too. At the same time, I was growing more confident as a rapper and beginning to ‘find my style’ both lyrically and in terms of image. Mash all this evolution together and you get warm, but muted editing style that you see today. A style that suits me and my character down to the ground.
You see, I’ve always been a positive thinker – someone who can take the good from the bad and see life through a slightly different pair of specs. Not tinted ones of course, but I guess you could say I’m wired a bit differently. I’m also for the most part reasonably chilled, nor am I phased by going against the crowd and speaking my mind. Characteristics that I hope you can sense through my music and make this slightly alternative editing style, a good fit for my personality.
So yeah, what you see above isn’t just a quick snap of a Huddersfield rapper with a filter dubbed over the top – it’s result of two people both finding their style over time and compressing it into an image.
Being a rapper from Huddersfield, you’d expect the majority of the highlights above to be taken within the HD post code. And to a large extent they are. If you’re a local I’m pretty sure you can spot the odd familiar place, both in the gallery above and across my latest music videos. But that’s not to say my visuals are limited to just the Huddersfield area – quite the opposite.
You see, my decision to become a rapper wasn’t just shaped by my life in Hudds. Many of the stories I tell and the emotions I felt, happened far beyond the town’s boundaries, so it… (sorry – just caught myself inadvertently rhyming. Read that last sentence again.)
Anyway, as I was saying, a good chunk of the inspiration behind my lyrics stretches further into West Yorkshire as well as over into the North and East, so to hem myself visually to Hudds doesn’t really make much sense. Saying that though, I’d be honoured to be the one who puts Huddersfield ‘on the map’ and flies the flag (I’ve certainly got the accent for it). But, this is the thing, ultimately I’m not here to be the best rapper in Huddersfield. I’m here to be the best rapper in UK.
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