Rhode Island: Flawless Real Talk has been in the game for over a decade now. Last year he broke heavy into the industry when he made an appearance on the Netflix series “Rhythm And Flow.” In my opinion, he should have won the whole darn thing, things happen for a reason and Flawless is ready to explode on the scene.
Fresh off his new singles ‘What A Time’ and ‘Everything,’ Flawless is poised to become the emcee the world needs to hear. He recently sat down with Rockthebells.com to discuss the past, present, and future. IMUer’s enjoy the video above, the singles below, and be sure to go check out Flawless Real Talk and be sure to subscribe in the top right corner🙏🏼.
Flawless Chops It Up With Rock The Bells
Providence, Rhode Island MC, Flawless Real Talk, has always considered himself an underdog. Hailing from the smallest state in the union, he’s had to claw and fight for everything that he’s gotten so far. While many might know him from Netflix’s popular show, Rhythm and Flow, he’s quick to point out that he’s not an overnight success.
“A lot of my fans don’t know how long I’ve been doing this,” he says. “I’ve been doing this for over a decade. I started off in my hometown. I started to grow [and] I realized that in order for me to grow even more, I had to expand. So I took everything that I owned and I took a leap of faith and moved to Atlanta where I spent four years doing my thing.”
Flawless was raised by a single mother and an older sister. While he now recognizes that they had to persevere through so much, he never recognized it at the time because the house was full of love and support. He credits his mother as his musical inspiration.
“She just really motivated me to even fight harder for my dreams and really live to the fullest of my ability,” he says. “She’s both my father figure and my mother figure.”
His journey hasn’t always been smooth. In fact, his advice for younger artists is to actually embrace the struggle along the way. While many are intoxicated by the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Flawless insists that taking one’s time is actually beneficial.
“A lot of artists that are coming up dismiss the local shows,” he says. “They dismiss the shows that are only gonna have 10 people because they want to perform in front of 20,000 people immediately. Had I not been performing every single week for 20 people, I wouldn’t have been prepared for future opportunities.”
Flawless cites independent Kansas City artist, Tech N9ne, as being the catalyst for growth after taking him on a 48-city tour where he learned that he didn’t need a record label to make progress. This eventually led to opening for artists like Ludacris, Wu-Tang Clan, and Rick Ross.
Flawless points to his haircut as an example of what this represents on a literal level. Since he’s ready to perform anywhere, at any time, the cut provides him with a polished look that also embodies the culture. He talks passionately about the history of Hip-Hop hairstyles like a music fan might recite lyrics: afro, fade, caesar… For him, his haircut seems to be every bit as important to his ritual as having the discipline to craft new songs.
“I’m always camera-ready with the low fade,” he says. “If you’re going to be a rapper, there’s this criteria as you go. You got to have a fresh haircut. I was bred in the culture. I take the culture very seriously. I think when people come across me, they don’t say, ‘Oh, look at that Puerto Rican trying to rap. They see me as one of them because everything about me is Hip-Hop.” (Credit, Rockthebells.com)
Flawless- “What A Time” & “Everything”
Source: Rock The Bells
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