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Clairmont The Second: Profile + Interview

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Clairmont The Second: Profile

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Full name

Clairmont The Second

Age

18

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Toronto (York), Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Toronto (York), Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Guyana

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Artist/Producer

How long have you been doing it?

I have been producing since about the age of 5 and rapping as a career since 14.

Fav Song

There’s too much good music right now

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

It’s hard to choose one. I love different artists for different things.

Fav Movie

DOPE

Fav Actor/Actress

Not sure, a lot of ones I love

Fav Clothing brand

I don’t have one.

Fav Artist (in any art form)

I have a lot of favorites

Fav Sport to watch

Basketball

Fav Sport to play

Basketball

 

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Clairmont The Second: Interview

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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

I want people to see me as this and realize this life I live isn’t a game.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

I am an 18 year old artist from Toronto, Canada here to help my people through music and my actions

Why do you do what you do?

I love it, I love it, for real though.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

Around grade 9 everyone started rapping and the first thing I said to myself was I’m better than all of these guys. My brother also started laying verses down on some beats so I was like, I can do this too. It’s funny because I think in middle school or grade 6 (primary school) I actually released my first song battling this guy from the states around the same age as me to see who has the better song. I won of course, he didn’t even post his, and I digress. I did my first song with a couple homies of mine and I was wack, so my goal was to be better than them. So I practiced really hard when it came to writing and tightening my flow. In August 2013 my first project was released entitled “Becoming A GentlemIIn”. It became more than just doing music in 2015. I was told by my friend Tika Simone that I am a vessel. It really made me think.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

The toughest thing I’ve had to overcome was definitely me accepting the fact that I’m not other artists. When I say that I mean when I would hear an artist I really like spit a really hot verse or drop a hot song, I’d try to create right after because I was inspired. I used to write lyrics and rap them in my head with their voice as a template. I HAD to grow up and realize those artists exist for a reason as well as I. I had to accept the fact I sound the way I do, pronounce words the way I do, and have my own cadence. I’ve had a couple friends and my older brother really help me on getting over that. The positive feedback I received on my songs was definitely a boost.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

My brother is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to music and life period. I’m also talking to my Dad a lot more now that I’m getting older and he’s also very inspiring. He was in the music game when he was younger. I’m glad my Dad and my brother raised me the way they did because I’d like to think I turned out pretty great. I hope I’ve inspired some people, some people tell me I’m inspiring.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Not working in-house was a major mistake in my journey. Me feeling like I’m losing control of my art was one of the worst feelings I have ever felt in my life. No disrespect to those I have worked with in the past, I’m just very specific with what I want and I have friends and family that DO this. This is their life as well. Why wouldn’t I want to be with friends on this journey as opposed to outside sources? I like directing my artistic life with help here and there. Once I feel like I’m losing myself I get very frustrated and regret the decision I made immediately.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I will be having my first headlining show in 2016 in Toronto. I’m planning to drop a project around the spring time as well.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Love what you do. If you don’t love what you do, why are you doing it? Also, don’t trust these groupies and tricks out here, because they’re groupies and tricks. Shout outs to the women and ladies, I love you.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

When you spell my name make sure the T in “The” is capital, no numbers. Shout out to WiFETAKER gang, west side Toronto, and anyone who supports me. Love you, peace.

 

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Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Soundcloud // Youtube // Snapchat: clairmontthe2nd