We recently had the opportunity to sit with the incredibly ambitious and insanely innovative singer/songwriter/rapper YUNGSASUKEWITHtheBLADE.
Yungsasukewiththeblade (or Sasuke for short) is quickly turning heads and earning praise in the Hip Hop/ Rap scene with his unique take on the genre. We were first introduced to Sasuke’s music through his newly released three-song conceptual playlist. We were so intrigued by the creativity and integrity showcased within the tracks, that we just had to learn more about this on-the-rise artist.
I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and immersive. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?
Answer: When producers send me beats I almost always listen first and hum or mumble some sort of melody or rhythm to get an idea of the flow I am going to use.
Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?
Answer: I actually have a few shows coming up, but honestly, I love the studio. It’s like a creative space that I get totally lost in.
If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?
Answer: I would choose either my biggest song, “wash”, or”yung”. Both songs were like definitive tracks. Before that, I wouldn’t even to much of the music I would release. Now, I bump all of my songs in the car. I also feel that most of my fans will feel the message behind both. “wash” is a personal cleanse, where I stopped making music for awhile to figure out just who I was when my past wasn’t looming over me. “yung”on the other hand, is a song dedicated to being young and all of the trouble that came with for me.
What does it take to be “innovative” in music?
Answer: Inovation to me is being yourself at all times. I went through a rough patch where I thought “I have to be the next Drake, Chance, or Kendrick.” Now I just am the best version of me I can be. My music is more personal and it has it’s own flavor. Instead of focusing on just one genre, I try to be as diverse as possible, which I feel will show on the two songs I have yet to release to complete my “wash.rinse.repeat” playlist. Those three songs are diverse. Innovate by showing people what you are capable of, not by what you can imitate.
Any upcoming release or tour your way?
Answer: I have a huge list of singles coming. First, I am dropping “rinse” and “repeat”, which will finish my three song playlist. Those will drop within the next few days. Afterwards I have like a month of releases planned out, including “love me because i can’t love myself”, “Master Roshi”, “Yessica’s Lullaby”, “mariana don’t cry for me”, and “Hennessy in C Minor”.
Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?
Answer: Be sure to watch for updates and new exclusive tracks on:
Twitter – @sasukegotblades
Sasuke is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent artists that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the hip-hop or rap genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of Sasuke’s debut tracklist will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. We highly recommend you check this artist out!