• UO interviews: Samad Savage

    Hip-hop artist Samad Savage has nothing but pride for his hometown of Montclair, NJ and a love for adidas shoes from UO. Check out his video for his new song, The Clair, below and and read our interview with the rising young artist. 
    Photos by Tavish Timothy 

    Who is Samad Savage? 
    A young revolutionary whose ultimate goal is to change the world through his music by uniting all people of all races, ages and religions. Also, your best friend when you need him.

    First things first, we love "The Clair". Can you tell us about how the song came together? 
    Well let me start with the creation process. I had the idea of making a song for my hometown, Montclair (a.k.a. The Clair), for a really long time. I have an undying love for my home. I created the chorus before the instrumental. Then I created this super dope beat with a jazz sample and said “This is it. This would go perfect.” So then I wrote the song, recorded, mixed it and mastered it in my home studio. Uploaded on soundcloud and the response was spectacular.

    How about the video, can you tell us about the filming? 
    I had a friend in my town who goes to Montclair High School. His name’s Lump Shadow and has a music group called Tennis Boys, but he told me about his interest in directing. I promoted it all on instagram and got some friends together and we shot it.

    What do you love the most about Montclair? 
    I love the feeling of Montclair. Mostly everyone is nice here. People aren’t afraid to be who they are because no one is judgmental and we are so carefree that we could care less if someone judges. 

    How has your hometown influenced your creativity? 
    My town influenced me to be myself and not care what anyone thinks. I probably wouldn’t have the goal of changing the world if I wasn’t born and raised here. 

    When did you first start rapping? How has your style evolved over time? 
    I started writing at 10, about two years before I started producing. I started recording at the age of 15, but I didn’t drop my first project until I was 17. My style is still all over the place. I’m influenced by Eminem, Big Daddy Kane, Big Pun and so many more. I wouldn’t expect me to have the same style on any song.

    Can you walk us through the process of creating a new song? Do you produce all of your own beats? 
    When it comes to my songs, I usually think of a chorus, make the beat that I imagined in my head while creating that chorus, and then I write the verses. Also, yes, I’ve produced every song I’ve made, but my remixes.

    How would you describe your personal style? 
    If I had to create an actual genre for my music, I would probably call it weirdo rap. That’s pretty much why I chose the name Samad Savage. The Savage part is about daring to be different. Everyone is so alike, but people should just be themselves. Even if people think they’re weird. 

    What does a day-in-the-life look like for you? 
    I don’t drink or smoke, but I love to party and perform. So when I’m not doing either of those, I’m making music, playing video games…or watching Naruto.

    What’s your most used emoji? 
    The laughing face emoji. 

    What’s next for you? 
    I’m working on an EP. I feel like that’s the best thing to do after a fourth mixtape.

    Any words for the kids? 
    Work for whatever you believe in, even if anyone discourages you… Oh and trust the weird kid in class. He’s on to something.

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