In an industry that has trendy music and similar beats, Toronto native, TVGucci is making a name for himself with his vibrant sound. TUC Magazine got the opportunity to interview with one of OVO’s affiliates, TVGucci.
Tamari: So you’re from Toronto ironically, is that how OVO discovered you?
TVGucci: OVO is from Toronto and they’re my friends that I grew up around, so I was there from the start.
Tamari: Tell me about your artistry and when you started.
TVGucci: I started rapping two years ago, my friends had studios. One day I woke up and wanted to try it, if it works it works and it did.
Tamari: Who are your musical influences back in the day and now?
TVGucci: Back then, my influences were Nas and Jay Z. But right now Lil Baby, and obviously Drake would be number one for influences because I’m always around him and I watch what he’s doing.
TVGucci: Well he’s my friend, so I wouldn’t say mentor because I wasn’t really a rapper. I’m still getting used to the term. But when it comes to music, I do look up to him because he’s doing it the biggest as it could be done at this point in the game.
Tamari: What Hip-Hop albums are you listening to right now?
TVGucci: Well, I just downloaded the new Young Thug album and it’s fire. But it’s a lot, I listen to what’s hot right now. I don’t judge, I’m not in a box, I listen to it all. If it’s hot, it’s hot and I’ll listen to it.
Tamari: Do you think that’s what limits people? On their journey, they’re used to one sound and box themselves in one category.
TVGucci: Yes, you don’t wanna be stuck rapping about the same thing over and over. On my first album, “Televise the series”, I have different styles and different vibes, because I like all music.
Tamari: What is your dream collaboration? Back in the day and now
TvGucci: Back then it would be NAS.
Tamari: If you guys did a record that would be dope. What about now?
TVGucci: Drake for’cho.
Tamari: Any producers you would love to do work with right now?
TVgucci: Wheezy outta here.
Tamari: What do you do when you’re overwhelmed and wanna get away?
TVGucci: If I’m not traveling, I go home, away from the negative. Kick it and write some lyrics down. Sometimes I have the vibe to hang around people and sometimes I have to clear my mind, be alone and relax.
Tamari: For artist especially, Do you think Mental health is important to focus on? Especially for you when you have to be around people.
TVGucci: It’s very important because of the different energies. If they have a negative energy around, you may adapt it and it may bring you down. Take time for yourself, get advice, pray and don’t bottle it up because it’ll hurt more.
TVGucci: I store it in my brain, and I write it down. I’d write down a freestyle and take it home. I’ll write out everything, if I think of a bar, I’ll write it down in my notes. Then when I get to the studio, I have something to work with.
Tamari: Who inspires you?
TvGucci: One name that came to mind was Rev. Run. He’s family orientated and is a big believer in God. I am a big believer in God, those two are a big thing to me. For my artistry, it would be Drake. He’s talented in all areas, he kills every beat, and redefines it.
Tamari: What message do you want fans to get from your single “I am”?
TvGucci: It’s just a good vibe. I want them to get to know more about me beside rapping, but in a fun way. A song you can play everywhere regardless of destination.
Tamari: What can we expect from you in the future?
TVGucci: Big things. I got big faith in myself.
Tamari: What does True Urban Culture mean to you?
TVgucci: True Urban Culture to me is helping your community, surroundings and people. Building and uplifting people around you that have a dream. Helping those who want more out of life and being there to assist them along the way.
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