Fan of lyrical rappers? Well, you can’t get much more through-provoking than XtG.
A rapper (& Lyricist) hailing from Huddersfield (UK), who looks to put his own lyrical stamp on the modern music scene – Hip Hop to be precise. So as you’d expect, XtG isn’t your average MC. For this lyrical MC, flash cars & bikini models take a backseat.
Instead, his music has a focus on lyricism & carries with it, a good sense of meaning. So it’s no wonder that XtG has been dubbed as a breath of fresh air.
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Listen to XtG & you’ll soon understand what makes him different. His lyricism is raw, authentic & touches on a lot of factors that most people think, but don’t say. Perhaps why his freestyles in particular attract a crowd. Want to know more? Read on for a chat with the word nerd himself…
There’s a clear answer to this, & that’s time.
See, ever since jamming out to G-Unit as a kid, I’d always toyed with the idea of becoming a lyrical rapper. By that, I mean it was one of those wild fantasies that my head told me was impossible, yet kept burning in the pit of your stomach. And you know what – I think my stomach was right.
For an opinionated guy like myself, the conventional route of a 9-5 job just never seems to work out; go through 6 jobs in 3 years & you begin to see a pattern. Point being that, I like to think I see the wold differently & that rap gives me the platform through which to express my ideas.
Key word there being ‘expression’. As that’s what music is to me – a platform through which to express my observations & any pent up energy. Hence why most of the tunes I put out are so lyrical.
Being a lyrical rapper, you could say I’m a bit ‘out there’.
I like to think I am anyway, & it’s something I’m keen to express through my fashion. So let’s just say that while I do rock streetwear, I’m not quite as obsessed with it as most UK rappers. In fact, at the moment I have a slight fetish for al things vintage.
So yeah, who you see on the other end of the camera, that’s me. XtG is not some farfetched character that I’ve created, but merely me at my most confident. Black jeans are my thing. My denim jacket is literally my second limb throughout summer, as are rounded rimmed shades. The same chain’s been round my neck for 5+ years & I even wear a flat cap when the weather gets rough.
I assure you though – I’m NOT a farmer.
While there are a good amount of similarities between me & lyrical rappers, that’s not to say there ain’t any differences.
The main one being that (as I said before), I’m me. I’m not copying anyone, nor aspire to be the protege of some alt music mogul. So if you want to get technical, you could say that’s what sets me apart from other lyrical rappers – I’m 1 of a kind. In effect, irreplaceable.
With that, I guess my motto now makes a lot more sense:
“Follow Intuition, Not The Crowd”.
(grins cheekily)… nope.
It’s funny you should say actually, because at school music was one of the first subjects I couldn’t wait to scrap. Sounds kinda backwards considering I’m a lyrical rapper, but a good few years later, I think I’ve fathomed out why.
See, at the time, I wasn’t even aware there was such thing as the Creative Process. As far as I can recall, it was never mentioned. So for young me, music was very much like bashing my head against a brick wall. Not because I didn’t like music, but because I didn’t understand myself enough to actually get good at it.
And it’s understanding that, which has turned the act of becoming a rapper from a fantasy into a possibility.
TBH I’d say a bit of both.
See, at the gym I only really listen to 1 song & (spoiler alert) that is by a lyrical rapper. Although, while the song is (IMO) one of the most conscious & well written Hip Hop tracks to grace the earth, it’s not as popular as you might think – it’s no mainstream banger.
The song itself is called ‘Reminder’ & is the work of G-unit’s, Lloyd Banks. Listen in to the lyrics & it won’t be long before you twig why this anthem motivates me to put in the extra crunch. The whole song is a reminder to stay true to who you are & not to settle for convention.
So while this is ‘my jam’ primarily because of the lyrics, teamed with the instrumental, they really do create a strong vibe.
Hats off to Banks – you certainly get your message across!!
Yep – I’m a Kirklees kid; Huddersfield (AKA Junction 24 of the M62) is where my roots are at.
For those who aren’t up on UK geography, Hudds is the mill town that you’ll find in-between Manchester & Leeds – 2 of the North’s biggest cities!!
So, should you fancy learning more about the Hudd + a few extra quirks about me, be sure to hit up my blog, Huddersfield 101.
Nope – not in a million years.
At the end of the day, my quest to become a lyrical rapper is simply me trying to prove a point to myself. I don’t intend to form any enemies.
Much as it appears if I’m honest.
It’s a website that’s jam-packed with everything you need to know about me, my music & what I’m up to. And because this is (in effect) my own VIP corner of the internet, where you can find all this info at the click of a button; social media can be SO crowded these days!!
Have a snoop around & you’ll be able to find everything from my recent social posts & a small biography, to my latest tunes & merch. If you’ve got 5, you may even wish to take a nosey at my blog (linked below) – a must for any philosophical thinker.
Grant me such a power & the one thing I’d do with exception, would be…
To persuade artists (especially lyrical rappers) from not being true to themselves. I say so, because not only is it doing yourself a disservice, but it’s also (IMO) a key part of standing out from the crowd. Put it this way, how can you recreate anyone original?
Exactly. You can’t. So not only is being authentic to who you are a good move mentally, but it also doubles as good business sense.
Here’s to being authentic (raises a glass).
With me being a lyrical rapper, I think you probs saw (most of) this coming.
Take a peek inside my CD collection & you’ll pretty quickly come across wads of old school Hip Hop – everything from Biggie & Rakim to 50 Cent & Ja Rule. However, there are also a fair few records that you perhaps wouldn’t associate with a lyrical rapper. I’m talking about those from the likes of:
Dean Martin, Westlife, Madonna, Lionel Richie, Britney Spears, Simply Red & even Il Divo. All artists that lyrically resonate with me for one reason or another. Madonna & Brit are all about independance. Deano & Sinatra hit the spot when it comes to love. And Lionel – he’s all about the vibes.
Perhaps not what you’d expect from a lyrical rapper, but eh – that’s me.
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