Climbing the charts with tracks like Chasing the Dream Living the Nightmare, Next To You, and Rebellious Pride, Whitewash has emerged onto the Hip Hop scene as one of a rare breed of lyrically conscious Rap Artists.
With early comparisons to Eminem, Whitewash has musical expression that ranges anywhere from, out of the box politically incorrect, to down to earth from the heart and soul.
I caught up with this up & coming artist to find out more about Whitewash and his new album “ The Awakening”.
Tell us about how you became interested in music?
I got started when I was 9, way before I knew who Eminem was (lol). I learned a Bible rap and performed it at a few churches in my hometown, Alabama. I began writing lyrics, and songs, then in my early teens started performing shows from Atlanta to New York City, in hip hop clubs. I was unique because I was always the only white kid on the venue. I love to write, I have like 5,000 different things going on in my head at once so I write all the time.
Where did the name Whitewash come from?
It basically means cover ups and conspiracy, "Whitewashing the Truth."
What influences your musical style and the things you choose to sing about?
I try to keep it real. I talk about stuff that most people can relate to. I don’t live in a mansion or drive fancy cars, so, I don’t know that lifestyle. But, I have stood in an unemployment line, been pissed off at how the government treats us. I've had my heart broken, and, I’ve dealt with racism because my dad’s from Panama. I rap from the heart about my problems & the problems of the world.
If you could compare yourself to an already established artist, who would that be and why?
Everyone likes to compare me to Eminem. The white rapper connection is obvious, but, he also has a uniquely clever way he puts together each line in his songs. His music can be shocking at times too. I think I compare to him that way. I’d definitely say Eminem has been one of my inspirations, so was Tupac and Atmosphere. if I were on a desert island and could only bring a few artists music it would be them plus Big L, Big Pun, & Kool G Rap.
I hear you’ve just finished up your new album, what can you tell our readers about “The Awakening’ and where can we buy it?
It came from the heart so I hope the listeners will feel where the pain, anger & frustration came from. I think I bring a different level of conscious lyrics to the masses with this album. I’m like a big brain with a megaphone. Readers can listen to my music at ReverbNation. They can download/buy songs at Itunes or CD Baby. Also my mixtape ‘Welcome to Bibb County’ is on Datpiff.
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What can we expect coming up next from Whitewash?
I’ll be performing live at the Onyx. My fans are amazing awesome people and I love the energy and interaction from the live crowds. I’m also working on several collaborations with other artists including Murdah Baby, King Piff, Omega Raw and Yung Banks. Stephanie Hardeman and I did ‘Next To You’ and we are shooting the video for it this week. I’ll have it up on my You-tube page ‘Whitewash the Rapper’, so fans be sure and check it out.
I am super excited especially now that several record labels have expressed interest and a couple deals are actually pending right now. I’m looking forward to getting signed and performing for the masses, touring and everything else that comes with it.
How are you currently reached for bookings?
Through my Manager Charve the Don at Concore Entertainment, his number is 310-497-8773.
How can fans connect with you?
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Interviewed by Lashaun Turner for TRC Social Media