Who are you and what do you do?
My name is SaRap (Grant Sarapo) and I am a hip hop artist.
How long have you been in the game?
I've always had the urge, and would make up little rhymes here and there, but it wasn't until a year ago that I decided to really give this a go.
What were some of the struggles you had when starting out?
In the beginning I had no idea what I was doing, so I went to YouTube and learned how to basically create a song. It really helped a lot because I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn't know how to do it.
What steps did you take to get moving in the right direction?
Honestly, the whole process was frustrating at first. Once I was able to get my voice sounding how I liked it, I then moved on to piecing together a complete song. I had given up a few times along the way, but once I had a song, that I liked, I knew I could do this forever.
Who are some of your biggest hip hop influences?
I'm influenced by a lot of different artist and how they each bring something different to their music. For instance I like the lyrics of Joey Bada$$, the creativity of Action Bronson and the soulfulness of Big Krit.
Where do you find inspiration?
Most of the time, inspiration comes to me while I'm driving. My theory is that since I'm doing that and not directly focusing on trying to write a song, it allows my brain to be free and come up with better quality stuff.
What are you insecure about when it comes to your music?
Playing it for people that I know. I don't like it.
It has a lot to do with the polarizing effect hip hop has among society. I don't like people knowing that I rap, sometimes, because I don't want to give them a reason to think differently of me based on something that I like to do.
What advice would you give to any aspiring MCs?
For starters, don't be afraid to be yourself. Find your voice and go from there. Also, you can learn almost anything on the internet if you know what questions to ask. From program settings to what effects other artists are using on their vocals, it's all out there... you just have to know how to find it.
Last Question: What are you doing when you're not creating?
Most of the time, I'm trying not to break my TV while watching the Detroit Pistons. They're my favorite team that consistantly play with my emotions. When I'm not doing that, I'm either working out or watching shows with my wife.