FRIDAY, JUNE 16TH, 2017
PATRICK SPEARS STYLED BY SAKINAH SèLA
We chat with OC’s own Radamiz and try to answer life’s questions. Well, not all of them but the semi-hard ones.
New York City is one of the world’s finest institutions for the creation of music. But does The School of Hard Knocks still exist? Or has cyberbullying surpassed it? This city skyline changes so quickly. Each time I see a Freedom Tower postcard in a Canal St. shop, I almost don’t recognize the city, and honestly confuse it with the CGI Avengers’ Tower. Maybe it’s my imagination, but I can’t help to think that an outsider might recognize an influencer as a representation of NYC, before the Flatiron Building?
Well, this is why it’s always good to talk to someone who is actually from New York. If you’ve lived here for 8 years, subtract it by the number of times you’ve had Sweet Greens, and that’s how long you’ve actually been here.
Radamiz has seen a lot, knows a lot, he’s your best tour guide. He’s the guy you want to ask those questions to, because he’s lived here, and not just payed rent. He may only be 24, but in the few years I’ve known him, he’s probably the most upbeat, persistently optimistic person I’ve met in New York. Sometimes to the extent I think he’s joking, but he’s not. Something good happened to me today, and I thought of him saying ‘good things are going to happen for you bro, I believe in you’. Truth of the matter is a lot of people don’t say optimistic shit in NYC. In fact, it’s more of a group effort of the opposite, maybe people never say ‘have a bad day’ but they definitely are doing it somehow, just ride the train.
Radamiz’s music dissects complicated life experiences, no matter what borough you’re from, and hands you a part of the solution, which is catharsis. The rest, you’re going to have to figure out for yourself. Below we interview the Brooklyn native rapper and drop his lastest music video for God Talks To Me A Lot, in collaboration with Death to Tennis. The NY based fashion brand and Rad parallel each other, with their passion for challenging the norm, oppression, and squashing the bourgeois class in a lyrical sense.
Get a glimpse into his perspective. And if you have anymore questions, you can find him posted at our OCNY 35 Howard location. Or hey, give him a DM, he’s always awake putting it all together and figuring shit out.
JOSHUA MICHAEL PAULIN: Do artists really need social media for visibility? You obviously know the power of words, does word-of-mouth still exist? Or does everyone on the come up need an @ mention?
RADAMIZ: Word-of-mouth is always the most important. There are people with 100,000 followers that I didn't know existed. Social media is one of the biggest word-of-mouth outlets though. People feel uncomfortable championing people with 1,000 followers on Instagram. Yes you take nice pictures, but your flow is trash fam. I understand the significance of how social media platforms promote your brand, but what I feel on a song shouldn't come after how well you pose.
Heroes come in all shapes and forms, who are some of yours?
My parents first and foremost, as cliche as an answer that is, they are. They came from nothing, did the best they could every day here in the States, and still have the bravery to allow me to do what I feel I need to do with my life even though it's completely opposite of what secure path they imagined. Other than them, all my favorite artists were my parents when I left home. They were my therapists, mentors, uplifters, mood changers, everything to me. My heroes are also all the unspoken people that help spread my shit and tell me or never let me know, they just do it off the love, and they've helped save me in more ways than I can speak.