Alter Ego is the story of two different artists from two different coasts, with two different personalities; hence "Alter Ego"
Tell us a little bit about Alter Ego; where are you from? How were you formed?
Alter Ego is a group of two artists from different coasts,and with opposing personalities (That's where the name Alter Ego plays its part). RDG is from the West coast (California), and DY is from the Islands (Jamaica). Alter Ego was originally formed by RDG. One day he thought to revive his rapping career from California to the state of Virginia, where he met DY (Dynamic). So to speak,DY requested to join in and take on the journey with RDG to create a lane in the Hip-Hop genre.
When did you get started with hip-hop? Childhood passion? Just grew into it?
Actually RDG has been an artist since the age of 16yrs old. First RDG started of composing tracks for various artists in Apple Valley, California. Then he realized where his passion was, which was to be an artist. He didn't want to be half and half. DY picked up the pen and pad just 2 yrs ago! Yes, 2yrs and he has tremendously grown fast. DY was inspired by a lot of East Coast artists, but his heart really lies with the West coast. Honestly could say West coast over East coast.
So obviously the self-titled EP is pretty hot... tell us a little bit about the spirit of the album.
Is this your first album? When is it going to drop?
The "Self-Titled EP" is our freshman album. Which is out now, you could cop it at: thisisalterego.bandcamp.com. The album is VERY musical, we used our band name in a sense to take our listeners on a roller coaster. Meaning, different sides of what we think of "The Game".
On your band page, it shows quite a mix of different producers you have worked with. How did you get started with them?
Well we was browsing around on the net, looking for talented producers. So I wanted to hit a site where producers really put time, money, and effort to broadcast their productions so we ran across a well known site which was pmpworldwide.com. So clicked on a couple of producers and found Ra Charm. Which we believe one of the most talented producers on the West coast. So requested to purchase a track and he sent us a link to rocbattle.com. So from there on its been magic. Same for Ansane, and Axis. Just browsing the net not settling for non-creative tracks, takes time to actually find a good instrumental, but we believe that's part of the job. Strive Strive Strive for the best.
Has anyone or any group had major influence in any of your works?
To keep it 1000 with you, Slaughterhouse, TopdawgENT, Terrace Martin, etc. Need we say more.
So everyone's got their own opinions on the state of hip-hop these days and where its heading. What are ya'lls thoughts?
We'll we believe hip-hop is not dead for one. It's just A&R's is not seeking talent from the underground as they should. There's a lot of good artists they could be out, and putting the state of hip-hop on a higher pedestal.I recommend people to start following the West coast underground, because it's NEXT!
What is the saddest song you've ever heard?
The saddest song or should I say songs are from the 90% of mainstream rappers(Laughing).
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