img_0149Hailing from the West Orange, New Jersey, 20-year-old self-made rapper/producer, Angelo Mota, uses his saving grace as a way to shine bright in this generation and make a difference with his music. No matter the demons, Mota always finds a way to take his reality, mold it into music, and relate to the voices of this nation. Stay tuned for this history, present, and future of Angelo Mota and how his life formed the music career he holds today.

 

 

Q: Where is home for you? 

A: Home for me right now is West Orange, New Jersey, but wherever I’m making music feels like home for me.

 

Q: What was it like growing up for you? How has this fueled your passion for music? 

 

A: Growing up, there were a lot of challenges of finding the right track to fall on and figuring out what my life was and what I wanted it to be. When I discovered music, the passion I had spent on looking for my path went tenfold onto my musical endeavors. We don’t sleep.

 

 

Q: Have you had any setbacks in your journey to becoming a musician? 

 

A: Of course. I struggle with depression and anxiety and a slew of other mental setbacks, and there’s always the financial setback when you’re working a 9-5 and trying to get through the week but also make sure your records are sounding hot, but I don’t see any of them as brick walls. They look more like glass that will suck to get through at first, but will give way with enough effort.

 

 

Q: How has music changed your life? 

 

A: Music has stopped me from doing a lot of stupid shit that could have ended my life, so I’d say that music saved my life. If it weren’t for music, and the people who got me into it from an early age listener to a career musician, I wouldn’t be here right now.

 

 

Q: When did you know that you wanted to pursue music? 

 

A: Age 13, I was pretty confused before then but by 13 I had a general idea that it was going to be my path in life. I took the big jump at 18 though; dropped out of school and committed 100% to it.

 

 

Q: Has anything from your childhood related to your love for music today? 

 

A: Probably all the times I snuck the B.I.G CD off my pop’s shelf; he wasn’t too happy about it but I think now he’s grateful I did it! Haha. But as a child I always felt like something was wrong and I had to get it out of my body somehow so I spent hours doing shit I didn’t really enjoy, thinking it would help me purge it. Music is the closest I’ve gotten so far, so when I discovered that that was the case, I stuck with it.

 

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Q: Who are your musical inspirations? 

 

A: I’d say other than my camp and my friends who are artists that push me every day, it would have to be Rakim/Nas/Method Man (and Wu Tang)/BIG/Andre 3k/Erykah Badu and basically anyone else my parents had on the shelf. I used to go crazy for the Method Man ‘Tical’ album. That was another one that was out of reach for me as a child haha.

 

 

Q: First song/CD you remember buying as a child? 

 

A: It was this Ludacris album called Chicken-n-Beer, I remember buying it (obviously a few years after because it came out in October ’03 and I was about 8 at the time) and playing Stand Up with my father in the car.

 

 

Q: What is the meaning behind your recent releases, “Oath” and “Dawn”?

 

A: Oath and Dawn both fit into this album I’m creating. They’re both about picking yourself up when you’re down through song and through determination, which is gearing up for what the album is gonna be conceptually based on. This is my first project that doesn’t have a direct storyline (I don’t like that but I love how I did this next release) but I feel like regardless it panned out how I wanted it to. I couldn’t have done any of these records without Alec, Mike, and Ryan though; they’re my brothers.

 

 

Q: What was it like working with Sipho the Gift? What can you tell us about him?

 

A: Sipho is so dope haha, he’s definitely someone I respect and fear. That man can spit his ass off for sure; I remember when I first heard Oath and I was like “WOOOAHHHHH” because everything fit perfectly and he hadn’t had the record for that long. Super nice as well, and a great producer. He’s definitely gonna go down in the books as a great one.

 

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Q: Do you write your own music? 

 

A: I write all my own music, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to suggestions. Hell, Mike helped me write the Oath chorus over the phone. When it comes to verses and shit like that then yeah I don’t let anyone near my shit, but when it’s a chorus I feel like an artist can hinder the greatness of a song if they’re just straight up not open to suggestions from anyone. 

 

 

Q: Could we expect future projects from you?

 

A: Of course! I’ll have one in a month or so for you to bump. (;

 

 

Q: Have you recently been on tour? If not, do you plan on going on tour any time soon? 

 

A: I wouldn’t say it was a tour, but I’ve done strings of shows at a time and its definitely one of my favorite things to do. I really wanna tour off this album, but it all depends on scheduling and logistics and shit like that. With how hard we work on all of our shit, I’m sure we’ll be on tour for HOD and TWILMMMN. 

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Q: Who are some artists who you would love to work with? 

 

A: Oh man, there are a lot of people I wanna work with. Frank Ocean, Anderson .Paak, Trapo, Daye Jack, Mick Jenkins, Chance, Vic, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul, Vince Staples, Kanye, the list could go on for a while. I wanna see how far I can push myself creatively and I have lots of really great ideas on collaborations and shit like that.

 

 

Q: Where do you see yourself, musically, in the next ten years? 

 

A: I see myself still doing this every day, still loving what I do every day, still pushing my limits creatively every day, shit like that. I don’t like to think about a stupid amount of money or fame or whatever because that will fuck your work ethic up real quick. It’s better to keep it in the back of your mind and work because you need to get out of where you are and spread your music and be able to support yourself and live comfortably.

 

 

Q: What do you hope to gain by pursuing music? 

 

A: I hope to gain clarity about my life’s past, present, and future. I also wanna jump around on stage in front of a lot of people and blow my eardrums out haha.

 

 

Q: What is your point of view on this generation of music? 

 

A: I think this generation of music is the most creative it has been. People jump to trashing other artists my age for making a certain type of music but it all comes from a creative place. Kids are learning how to use Twitter and Soundcloud and social media and shit and making a whole career off of it. Respect the hustle.

 

 

Q: What are some aspects of the music generation that you would change? 

 

A: I wouldn’t change anything before I learned everything there is to know about it, which is impossible. 

 

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Q: Are there any aspects of your own that you would bring to the table to change this generation of music? 

 

A: I’d bring everything I’ve been preparing for years and continue to build on it while paving my own lane in this generation and in this industry.

 

 

Q: Do you have any upcoming releases that you would like to tell your fans about? 

 

A: Yes! We have HOD coming out soon. It’s an acronym that I’ll give hints about with this third and final single release we have coming out. It’s my favorite single and I really think y’all will like it as well.

 

 

Q: Is there anything that you would like to tell your fans/supporters overall?

 

A:  I’d like to tell anyone who supports me, THANK YOU. You have no idea how much you mean to me and you literally keep me sane and determined. I appreciate anyone who supports me in the slightest. We will win together.

 

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Q: Is there anything you did not have the chance to say that you would like to say now? 

 

A: Hopefully I’ll say everything I have to on this earth before my time is up. Other than that, thank you to Freelancer and to Immaculate Taste and to all my supporters out there. #motaseason.

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