Today! i'm proud to present this first interview with NYC's upcoming emcee, S'natra.
MR. Owl aka Yannik Pyton
"S'natra, the Harlem, NY born & raised MC, has been drawing inspiration from artists like Jay-Z, Notorious BIG, Outkast, Nas & The Roots which helped him create a new style of lyricism & wordplay that allowed him develop his own sound. He's performed at many NYC venues such as S.O.B.'s (sponsored by The Source Magazine & Hot 97), Sullivan Hall & The New Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. He is part of the collective, H.O.M.E (High Off Music Entertainment) and released his first full length project on January 10, 2012, titled "The Intermission."
1.(Mr. Owl) Introduce yourself to the world !
1.(S'natra) What's good yall I'm S'natra, a Harlem born & raised MC & part of H.O.M.E (High Off Music Entertainment)
2. When and why did you decide to start rapping ?
2. I started rapping around the 6th grade when I met Microphone Preview. He was the inspiration for me to start rhyming cause the way he captured people with his words and got his message across was mind blowing. It was also around the time I actually started following Hip-Hop so it was all a blessing all at once.
3. What are your future project and what can we expect for 2011- 2012 ?
3. I'm working on my next project right now titled, Habits 'til Roses. Got a few songs done and you can expect to see my H.O.M.E brothers on that tape. I've learned a lot from the people around me since the first project dropped and you're gonna see a different side of S'natra on this.
4. What about touring, do you plan to do a tour outside the states ?
4. No solid tour dates right now, but show opportunities come up all the time so hopefully everything works out and my management can make that happen. My bro Perrion is headlining a show April 12th at the Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara that I'll definitely be at and perform some songs with him which I'm looking forward to.
5. What are your thoughts, on the Hip-Hop scene right now ?
5. I feel Hip-Hop is in a transition right now. A lot of new up & coming rappers are adding more diversity to the game and keeping it interesting. More people are becoming fans of Hip-Hop again everyday because there's something for everyone. From production to lyrical content, it's all headed in a new direction.
6. Who and what are your inspiration to making music ?
6. The artists that make up H.O.M.E all influence me because they're so dope at what they do. They believe in the shit they make and put out and that keeps me motivated to make the best music I can; All the people that downloaded The Intermission also keep me going cause it makes me see that people really fuck with my music.
7. What have been the ups and downs since you started making music ?
7. There's always things like finding studios and coming up with money to make shit happen, but it's part of the experience of going after that one passion. The ups of course is being able to see that people really like the music and support it enough to motivate me to make more of that good shit.
8. Recently you released a project called "The Intermission"(very dope project by the way) ,
how was the project received ?
8. A lot better than I thought actually. Didn't think that at this point almost 1,000 people have downloaded it and people knitpick about numbers but that's a lot of fuckin people to me. Shouts to all of yall!
8.5 What was the first lp/cd/cassette and or mixtape you ever bought
with your own money ?
8.5 Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z. It was around the time when I actually started listening to Hip-Hop instead of just hearing it. After that cd, I got more into music and everything took off from there.
9. How do you spoil yourself ?
9. I like to look through mad old vinyls and research music and shit just trying to find a new sound or something outside of my norm. Other than that i'll kick back with the homies & get fucked up.
10. Talk about your hometown ?
10. If it wasn't for New York City, I wouldn't be myself. Everyone talks about New York and has their own thoughts about it, but like Frank said, "you make it here, you make it anywhere."
11. Who's been supporting you in your career?
11. All of my fam and people in my hood that I grew up with really support the music which is cool cause I was that kid that was afraid to spit for everybody. After I got over that though, it was like, "shit this kid got some bars."
12. What do you think his overrated in the rap game?
12. Shit I don't know. I do think H.O.M.E is underrated and ya'll need to download all our mixtapes though, haha.
13. Who do you think is the best producer alive?
13. I don't have a single best producer, but J Dilla is that nigga. Now & forever. Rest In Power.
14. Who would be your ideal diner guest, living or dead, and what
would you serve them + what music would you play?
14. Shit I don't know how to cook so we'd probably order some shit, but I'd love to sit down with B.I.G & Pac. Those two single handled changed hip-hop around the time when I was getting into it and it was always more than music to me with them. They had the bangers but they also had messages for the people. It was real shit that till this day I can't really describe like that.
15. Thank you for taking the time out to speak to us, any final Thoughts?
15. Shouts to Yannik Pyton & the whole Runaway Owl's Society for setting up this interview and I hope to be on the site again real soon! Follow me on twitter @SnatraRaps & like the facebook page at facebook.com/snatranyc and remember to stay high off music!
S'natra on the net.