Latwain Fortson born (May, 7 199) better known by his stage name TheRealEvk was born in Detroit and later moved to Florida in 2010. As a youth, he was exposed to the various type of music such as Hip-Hop, R&B, and Jazz. By the age of 11, Evk began to write songs and record music at home with a computer microphone. Growing up the “Take Two” artist took lots of criticism for his music and he had to continue to prove his naysayers wrong. It would take more than some silly haters to stop Evk’s drive and determination; he kept pushing out music because he knew one day he would be recognized as a major artist.
Where are you from?
Currently in Orlando, Florida
How long have you been making music?
How many songs /albums have you released to date?
5 songs/1 full album, currently in the mode of getting rid of the old and putting in the new.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?
“Boss”- a title certainly fit for reality, where you can discover self-assured manner of shooting straight to the top. The track is laced with enough appeal to satisfy both the Hip-Hop and Rap crowds, the new record is a bouncy hit that perfectly highlights the Orlando rapper’s untapped potential surrounded with his current team.
How have you ended up in the music industry?
I ended up in the music industry by conducting the self-aroma to just be about the business and not step into the direction of the mainstream sound. Yes, those catchy tunes are winning the hearts of the upcoming generation, but even being a part of this growing generation, I can see myself being classified one of these days as a Jay-Z, Joe Budden or Fabolous. Just lyrical mayhem, with metaphors, just disregard the catchy one hit wonders. I can do without that and be happy.
What do you think of the music industry in 2016?
I feel that the music industry is just a joke, I don’t feel music is music anymore. We can’t expand a generation on what I grew up to or what you grew up to, cause it’s just not what it is anymore. I mean nowadays if it makes money, then it has to make sense. To me it doesn’t make sense, to take away pure creativity away from an artist.
Who do you think the most influential artist?
I will have to say, Lil Wayne.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?
The only person I have collaborated with his the current artist on my label “Southern Goon”. I have noticed that not a lot of artist out here take their craft serious, and even if they do take it seriously, they don’t respect time as a foundation for getting the track back in an amp time. I really sometimes just be sitting in the studio writing to a beat, that I will original say imma add a feature and then turn around and write to the whole beat without even thinking about it. The process of elimination to remove a verse from the beat to add someone on is the hardest. But I’m always open to collaboration, just right now I’m so focusing on showing my creativity and brand I don’t search for features.
How do you think you differ from other artists?
Everyone is an artist, everyone has a mission statement, but me I have a long term achievement to reach and with paving my own lane of sticking to what I know that is different from what mainstream is used to is what allows me to stand out. Yes, a fast nursery rhyme track will sell and get me known, but I refuse to be an artifact that tries to generate a buzz from fitting in. Standing out is my vision, mission and will always allow me to differ.
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?
Ah! Man, this is a hard one, I would have to choose….Chinx Drugz.
What was the first album you bought?
The first album I bought was B.O.B. Strange Clouds.
What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Perfect Imperfection by Kevin Gates.
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?
Recovery by Eminem
What is your favourite saying?
“It is what it is”.
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Basketball, Cars, and Swimming.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Just got my left ears pierced.
Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?
“Line of Scrimmage,” echoes a successful collaboration with the production of the track list featuring singles: “Up,” and the increasingly popular “Boss.” The project is about being in the zone, winning and chasing success. “Just trying to capture the moments while standing at the Line of Scrimmage.”
What’s in the pipeline after this project?
“ART” which is slated for release early next year.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.
Thank you for your time and the opportunity. If you ever want to seek beyond you, just remember to build a blueprint that leaves marks of your history.