An interview with music star Clane Matthew Released new single “I’m Not A Rapper”
Q: Please introduce yourself to the readers and how you first got into this field of work –and who were some of your influences growing up?
My name is Clane Matthew, and I am a Jamaican born conscious hip hop artist currently living in Orlando Fl. The main purpose of my music is to bring awareness, knowledge, peace, unity, and positivity to the world around me. I feel as if the kids of our generation and the future generation have a limited amount of role models to look up to in this industry, so I want to step up and be that person they can depend on.
Conscious Hip Hop | Clane Matthew | Upcoming Artist
Lancelot Juniour Dean Bravo, primarily known as Clane Matthew is a Jamaican born conscious hip hop artist. Clane moved…
I’ve been recognized as “one of the most anticipated newcomers of the 2019 independent hip hop scene” by JussRuss Radio, labeled as “having tremendous potential of becoming one of the leaders of the new school” by Artist Sounds. My main influences as an artist are Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and Childish Gambino.
Although I was listening to the likes of Eminem and Jay Z back home in Jamaica, when I first came to the US and went into 6th grade and 7th grade, I was introduced to these three. Their flows and messages were unmatched and impeccable, especially Kendrick’s. I listened to him almost every day because of the way he rapped and what he rapped about spoke to me. He would definitely be the biggest influence on my career and where I stand today!
Q: What has been your favourite project to work on so far?
My favorite project that I’ve worked on so far is “I’m Not A Rapper”. The song opened a whole new avenue for me and showed me a different way of rapping. I’ve never gone hard like this in any song before. The grit, intensity, flow, and delivery is the reason it's my favorite of all time.
Q: Your new single ‘I’m Not A Rapper’ is out and Who inspired you. Can you talk us through that?
My most recent project is called “I’m Not A Rapper” the purpose of the song is to show society that the term “rapper” has been so dumbed down that the word has lost its touch. In the song, I show the world I’m an artist, not a rapper because rappers nowadays are known to talk about nothing but drugs, cars, and money. I show the world that I am more than that, and I call out these so co-called rappers, so they can see what they’re doing is not a good influence for the future generation of our children.
Q: If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?
If I had a chance to work alongside an artist, it would be Kendrick Lamar. The man’s flow and lyricism are unmatched! One of my dreams is to work with him, and if I do, I’d be the happiest person alive!
Q: How did you come up with the title?
The title was actually very simple. I wanted the song to show the world that I’m not a rapper and that I don’t conform to those stereotypes. That’s why I named the song “I’m Not A Rapper”, so people can easily gravitate towards the song, and be intrigued to hear my explanation.
Q: What was the recording process for ‘I’m Not A Rapper’?
The recording process was amazing. I can remember myself in the studio getting excited every time I dropped a line on the mic. I had to do multiple takes to get the song done and right because I kept getting the hype. It was an amazing experience and I absolutely loved it!
Q: What artists are inspiring you at the moment?
The artists that are inspiring me now are Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and Childish Gambino. Another artist that’s inspiring me as well is Bazzi. Although he is a new artist on the scene, his vocals are truly amazing. I would also love to work with him too. I believe my flow and lyricism and his vocal range would be perfect for a hit song.
Q: You have collaborated with some impressive artists over the last few years — who is on your dream list of people to work with?
Again, my dream artist to work with would be Kendrick Lamar. I would also love to work with J Cole, Childish Gambino, and Bazzi.
Q: What are some of your favourite tracks from the EP and why?
My favorite track from my “On the Real” EP is “Platforms”. The song talks about the social implications of social media on us as a society. The song digs deep into the psychological aspects of the epidemic and analyzes it piece by piece. I really loved that song because it opened the eyes of so many people. I loved the flow and production of the song. I think that song would be in my top three favorite songs of all time.
Q: What moment are you most proud of?
The most memorable moment I’ve experienced is someone crying from my song. The track is called “Season of Love” and it inspires women to accept themselves for who they are and admire their flaws and imperfections when it comes to their image and society.
When she heard the song, she cried and said that her whole life she’s been bullied by so many people. They’ve called her fat and said that she will never find anybody to love her. She told me to thank you for the song and it really touched her and made her into a new person. Recently I’ve seen that she started accepting herself more and that she’s proud of the way she looks, and under each of those pictures she would put “Clane Matthew- Season of Love”. And that to me was everything I’ve ever dreamed of: to change someone’s life for the better through music.