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Imagine that you are living in a world that actually makes sense. Where talent is well-recognized and crap is called exactly what it is… Crap. In this world this man is the cream of the crop in the hip hop world. It definitely looks like he took some notes from that book called “How To Rap” that many artists today need… desperately. His flow hooks you to his words, which are actually very meaningful by the way. His name is Albion (al-bee-awn), and we had the privilege of interviewing him to better understand the Man behind the Music…

 

 
Every great artist has a beginning, what is your story?

I’m 23 years old, born and raised in Baltimore, MD until I was 16. My mother moved me and my 6 younger siblings to Richmond, VA.

Got  into freestyling in high school and made my first few songs when I was 19. It was in 2010 when I decided to get serious about my music.

3 months of writing and 3 hours of recording, I dropped my debut mixtape titled “The Algorithm” on June 17th, 2011. Go get that!!!

Describe your song writing process.

My song writing process is a bit abstract maybe to some. A lot of times I may hear a specific beat and then my mind begins what I call “The Pinball” effect. Its when a bunch of ideas I may have just bounce around until one of them sticks. Then I randomly write down lines, and just build from there until it all comes together. Depending on the topic it normally takes me a few hours to about a week or so to write a complete song.

Which artists influence you/your music?

A few artists influence my music such as Jay-Z, Nas, Rakim, Krs-1, Method Man, Biggie and Lupe Fiasco. They are my biggest inspiration to my music.

What was the first album you ever fell in love with?

The first album I fell in love with was “Paid in full” by Rakim & Eric B. Actually the song “Paid in Full” was what made me love Hip-Hop the way I do now.

Name three of your favorite songs of all time along with a short reason of why they are your favorite.

Wow, this is a tough one, but Ill try!

1.) “Paid in Full” by Rakim & Eric B. That is my all time favorite due to the lyrical picture that Rakim painted. As far as stickup kids, selling drugs and  the latter, Ive seen all of this in my life. Just trying to do what you can to eat, then you find something youre good at, a skill. Your craft. You find a way out.

2.) “What comes around” by Nas… Man that song (and the whole album) is the reason I picked up a pen and a pad.. Just powerful. Enough said!

3.) “December 4th” by Jay-Z. I’m the oldest of 7 and Ive been through the stereotypical ‘I don’t know who my dad is, grew up in the projects” type of life. But for some reason my mother always looked at me like I was special for some reason. This song spoke to me on a unimaginable level.

Some say creativity and originality in music today is dead, what are your thoughts on this?

I honestly disagree. We have new artists everyday who refuse to follow the status quo. They’re out here breaking down the barriers, and most importantly, they’re pushing the envelope. Daring to be different and innovative should be something that is embraced in the music culture, not cast to the side because they don’t fit in with what the masses deem “acceptable” or “cool”. These artists just have to be discovered. Take me for instance!

What do you feel sets your music apart from that of other artists in the industry?

My unique approach to the storytelling. I feel like my story telling in my most powerful tool at my disposal. I paint a lot of pictures about myself, doubts I have in myself, my fears, situations Ive been through growing up. Things like that. I honing my skills as far as story telling as a whole. It also doesn’t hurt to have a slick tongue and make something fun also.

In what ways do you hope to grow as an artist over the course of the next few years?

In a major way I’m trying to grow over time is to not become one dimensional. A lot of people that listen to my music always tell me not to change.

While I agree with this completely, it seems as though record labels want someone who can get air spins on the radio. With that being said I’m doing everything I can to work on my versatility. Come raw and destroy a beat, make a nice radio friendly song, and kick food for thought all in the same package. I don’t want to look at my career 5 years from now and beat myself up because I “could have” done this or “could have” done that.I refuse to change who I am, and will not sell my soul for a deal, but I will come to the table as a jack of all trades and a master of many.

How do you hope your music will affect people?
As long as its a positive effect, then I feel as though half my job is done. The other half is keeping that effect. Never straying from who “Albion” is, is whats most important to me.

 

Now a few silly questions….
Fame or Fortune?

Fortune. In rather be in the suburbs as a millionaire and people have no idea who I am.

Travel the world or Travel Space? 

Id love to travel space. The milky way and just exploring the infinite cosmos seems like a heck of an adventure. I find the galaxy beautiful, and full of mystique as well. Black holes and all!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a paleontologist. I loved Jurassic Park and thought it was an awesome word to say. My grandpa would show me off to his friends and make me say the word when I was 8. I would get a dollar every time I said it too!

 

And there you have it… Sorry ladies if we forgot to ask if he was single, a relationship probably wouldn’t stop half of you anyway.
Make sure you follow him on twitter @Albion410 and like his facebook page facebook.com/AlbionMuzik
Oh yeah and Free Music!!! No this is not a joke, try to keep your eyes in your head.  You can download his mixtape “The Algorithm” for free ninety-nine, here:  http://www.mediafire.com/?gy0td6id6zbl6n2
Keep your eye on this man, he’s going places.