Interview with Terrell

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Warren Peace (WP)-
Hello, hip hop heads! Warren Peace here on behalf of The Write Reviews, and today I’ll be speaking with Terrell, who recently had his “Memoirs of a Cincinnati Maniac” album reviewed on the website.
How’s everything going, Terrell? It’s become customary for me to begin my interviews with these three questions- Where are you from? Who were your first influences in hip hop? And whats the hip hop scene like where you’re from?
Terrell (T)-
Hey hey, Warren. Getting right to it, I’m from the beautiful Queen City. That’s Cincinnati for those that don’t know. Let’s see, my first hip hop influences… 50 Cent, Eminem, DMX, Ja Rule. Those were some of the guys I was listening to very heavily when I was like 6-7 that really got me into rap and memorizing lyrics. As far as writing goes, around that time I was HEAVILY listening to Drake and Wayne. Definitely contributed to what I write today. The hip hop scene here is cool and could honesty be better. I mean, we got names that we hear a lot but majority of them have been taken over by the “mumble” wave of rap that we have in the mainstream and also the auto tune heavy rap. Lyrical appears to be breaking its way through though and I’m excited to see what happens once it does.
WP-
 
Cincinnati appears to be blowing up, in term of underground hip hop. How do you feel about that, and where do you feel you fall in the mix?
T-
 
Well, like I said, the more lyrical artists seem to be making a bit of a breakthrough, which is great for an artist like myself. As of right now though with the current wave, I don’t stand in it at all but I’m confident in that changing sooner than later.
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Which artists in Cincinnati are creating music you enjoy right now? Are there any artists in your area that you would like to work with in the future?
T-
Oh definitely. A well known artist from The Fraternity, Sleep. Extremely underrated but he’s definitely got deserved recognition that I feel will only become greater and greater. I was lucky to be able to get him as a guest for my upcoming album and I’d love to work with him again. Cing Curt, if you haven’t heard of him, you need to get hip. That’s my brother in the flesh, we’ve made a bunch of music together and started this whole thing on a serious note together. You got Nick Swisher, he was a protege of mine. I’m naming people that aren’t really big here but once this breakthrough happens, I know they got what it takes. Devin Burgess. We haven’t done anything together yet, I’m gonna try to get something in the works. As far as artists I don’t personally know, I’d like to work with Lunar Thought, Picasso, Santino Corleon. There’s a few.
 
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“Memoirs of a Cincinnati Maniac” was the last album you released. Do you have any projects you released before “Memoirs of a Cincinnati Maniac”, and if so, what were the titles of those releases? Are you currently working on any projects?
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T-
 
Haha, well to list them all may overwhelm you. If I recall correctly, “Memoirs” is my 15th project. I have a collection of mixtapes, a couple LPs and I’m currently working on my third album. As far as the albums go, however, my first is titled FOUND. That stands for Finally On Up, Near Destination. It was released back in 2013. I felt really good about that project because majority of the beat production was handled by me myself. The second is “Memoirs of a Cincinnati Maniac” which you’ve reviewed and I was digging the review as well by the way. My third that’s nearing completion is titled “XXI” (21). I can’t wait to hand this one to the world.
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What did you learn from the entire process of “Memoirs of a Cincinnati Maniac” that you are applying to your next release?
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T-
 
You know, I can really say I learned to take my time to piece together a full body of work. I spent a little over a year working on it and it helped me to bring together more of a concept, one that I continue with to bring into my next album. With “XXI” I’ve been working for about a year and a half now. Definitely the most time I’ve put into any project to date.
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What do you feel separates you from other artists, and what do you hope listeners take with them after hearing your music?
T-
 
There’s plenty of artists out there that are like me so I suppose you can say I’m not completely separated. So what separates us is the real ness we’re willing to express in our music. You can hear the emotion and the fact that we aren’t afraid to be ourselves, truly. As far as myself personally, I want listeners to know that they can actually relate to a rapper. We aren’t all talking about bitches and money, you know? People go through depressions, I’m very open about my own battles with depression, suicide and pill dependency. Stuff like that I’m me; you can be you. There’s nothing wrong with it.
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Alright, let’s get a little more personal… Without saying any names, what was the last thing someone close to you did that really disappointed you?
T-
 
Oooh, that’s a hard one actually. I’m not an easy person to disappoint. I guess that should make it easier to keep in mind the last I was disappointed though. I don’t think I can answer this one though.
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It’s time to bring this to a close. Would you like to tell everyone where they can find your music online and how they can connect with you through social media? Is there anything else you would like to add to our discussion?
T-
 
I’d say just search Terrell but I’m not the most popular Terrell popping on Google lol. Put in “Memoirs of a Cincinnati Maniac” in that search bar though to find the iTunes, Spotify, TIDAL links, and all that. Follow what’s going on through my Facebook /TerrellOfficialMusic. Thanks for having me, Warren. Look out for “XXI” sometime around Thanksgiving! You get the hookup though for the pre-release review haha.