As 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.


connie-diiamond-2Q: 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.

About The Author

Sasha "Andro" Bannister is a 19 y/o songwriter and photographer from The Bronx, NY. She's been writing music for over 7 years and practicing photography for a little over 5. Coming from a musically inclined family, it's no wonder she's been attracted since a young age. Having the ability to play several instruments, she hopes to make an impact in the music world. She is currently a member our music team but from time to time comments on Fashion, Photography, and Modeling. To catch up on her daily follow her on Instagram @fye.andro

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