Tweet Share3 Share Email WhatsAppShares 3As someone who spends most of their time searching for underground music, finding Connie Diiamond was a breath of fresh air. This Bronx native most known for her distinctive wordplay, catchy lyrics, and most importantly the Summer Sixteen freestyle she dropped a couple months ago (which has been featured on sites such as The Source.) it’s hard to believe that she hasn’t been discovered the masses yet. I got the chance to speak with her on her influences, her recent visit to London, her debut mixtape Trap Elliot, and much more! Read below for full interview: Q: How would you describe your sound to somebody who hasn’t heard any of your music? A: Aggressive; Trap mixed with too many flows. (lol) Q: Did you always have an attraction to music or is it relatively new? A: I’ve been writing music since I was 14 years old. It’s always been my thing. Q: A Lot of your visuals are reminiscent to those of the 90 — would you say that you’re influenced by the decade of music? A: When it comes to visual and style yes . . . Visuals most importantly because the visuals from the 90s were always dope and always different. I don’t even remember videos looking alike . . . Nowadays everybody videos look the same. Q: Among your influences are Lil Kim and Jadakiss, what qualities do you admire about them? A: Jadakiss because of his aggressive demeanor and bars! Lil Kim because of her confidence; she always gave me this vibe that was like “I’m the best at the shit” -I loved that about her. Q: If you had a chance to collaborate with a prominent 3 artists of that decade (1990-2000), would you? If so, who would it be? A: I would collab with Juvenile, Busta Rhymes and Foxy Brown. Q: As a follow up to that question, if you could collaborate with any artist(s) of today (could be undiscovered or popular) — who would you collaborate with? And why? A: A$AP Ferg because he’s one of my favorite right now. I love his swag and approach on records; his style and sound is just different. Chris Brown because he has never fell off and because I can always relate to a lot of his music so I feel we would make some fire. Q: Do you think being from NY gives you a certain edge over artists from other areas? A: Sometimes I feel like it’s harder for us to make it than it is for others. People always expect a certain sound from a “New York” artist, I’m def. serving an edge; I’m too versatile. Q: With artists such as A Boogie and Young M.A taking over the last half of 2016, do you feel NY is “taking back its thrown”? A: I don’t feel like anybody really has the crown with this shit. I’m just happy the tri-state area is getting a lot more recognition now. We work hard and like I said earlier, I truly feel like it’s harder for us to make it. Q: Earlier in the year you visited London, what was the music scene over there like? was there a noticeable difference? A: The music scene is maddd! In a good way (lol); I love every single bit of it! They have a genre of music called grime, I wish it was introduced to New York more it’s def. a noticeable difference but it’s still fire! Q: Is there anybody from over there that you are interested in working with? If so, who and why. A: Stefflondon and Ms. Banks. When I first heard their track together I instantly felt a connection. I feel like a lot of female rappers aren’t fucking with me but listening to them had me feeling like “yesss” –you know keeps me on my toes. When I see or hear people that are nice I show love. Q: Besides traveling outside the country (lol), you released your mixtape Trap Elliot, what was the initial response to the tape? Were you nervous? A: Yes. It was my first project but I feel like I did pretty well with it. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I honestly rushed the tape. I feared that I would lose everybody’s attention if I didn’t put something out soon but now I see how this thing works so my next project is 1000x better than the first. Q: Do you have a personal favorite off the tape? A: Yes. A track titled “Go Yard” Q: You’ve released a number of singles, the latest being Go Yard— what was the process that went into that song? A: I honestly wrote Go Yard in minutes! A producer from Germany named Bullet Proof had sent me that beat and I fell in loveeeee. I told myself I would make the visual really fun because a lot of my visuals are me being so serious and aggressive. Q: What kind of advice would you give someone who wants to do music, but is scared they might not get a good response? A: Do what you feel is real & do what makes you happy. Period. Q: Should we anticipate a new project in 2017? A: Yup! January to be exact. Q: Is there anything you would like to say to your supporters? A: I have been on and off with my music and now that I am more consistent I ask that you all take this ride with me. I feel like I can give the music industry more diversity, more than sexual content, more than your average. I appreciate everybody that’s vibing with me. Thanks Connie. 🙂 For updates on Connie make sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter. To download her mixtape Trap Elliot click here. To watch her newest video Go Yard click here.