Bakserfield native, Suelo, is the next young sage of hip-hop.
If you’re not from California, you may not have heard of Bakersfield. If you are, you know that it’s in the middle of nowhere and hot as fuck. Existentially, that is where we are, as the human race. Bakersfield-native rapper Suelo is as familiar with that as anyone. His lyrics are fiery and passionate, his beats hypnotic and unrelenting. If you find yourself bobbing your head to his beats, you’ll also find your mind burning with his words.
The conscious rapper is founder of Young Sage Entertainment and released a new album in January entitled “Grace of God 2.” Suelo is making a name for himself already, collaborating with other talented artists and building a solid repertoire that speaks for itself. Here are a few words from Suelo himself about his life and art.
What is the story of you getting into hip-hop? How did that happen?
Well, I’ve always been a big fan of hip-hop and wrote lyrics, but I didn’t start recording until a friend convinced me to. I always thought there was no point of making music because local artists never make it, etc, but now I’m realizing anything is possible and I have a passion for it.
Your new album just came out this year. How has your style evolved from when first started out?
My style has evolved in the sense that I am much more comfortable behind the mic. My breathing and timing was off before in previous projects, but now I am much more in control and relaxed.
Your new album is titled “Grace of God 2.” How does spirituality influence your life and lyrics?
We are spiritual beings in human bodies, so my life purpose is to discover what this spirituality really is and what it truly means to be alive. This is my message behind my music: explore life and love yourself.
Your lyrics in “If I Want” are a little different than you hear in many hip-hop songs. In your mind, what is the message of that song?
The message of that song is to be loyal. Too many rappers brag about cheating on their women with “side chicks” and so forth, but my outlook is: be loyal. Anything you decide to do in life, stay loyal to it, and stay committed.
Who would you say are your influences, as far as content and style?
J. Cole and Nipsey Hussle. I also listen to various genres of music in English and Spanish to expand my creativity.
What other creative projects do you have going on besides your music?
As of now I’m focusing solely on music. Once my status and money rises, I plan on writing and publishing short stories and short films.
Who have you collaborated with so far, and who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I’ve collaborated with talented, local artists from Bakersfield such as: Melo Martin, Awesome Azz Mal, Chakra the Don, etc. In the future I would like to collab with Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, and Chamillionaire. I’m not the biggest fan of their music, but I love what they represent.
Any future projects we can look forward to?
I’m always working on new music. My next project will probably be a mixtape, but the date is tbd.