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Interview with multi-talented vocalist and rapper C.Thoughts

A multi-talented vocalist and rapper born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey.

 

C.Thoughts is one artist that epitomizes the essence of the modern era.  C.Thoughts is making music that is thoughtful, conscious, and driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, comfort and spread love and joy to all those that hear it.  A mercurial enigma who has developed a style of songwriting that is transparent, daring, and full of hope and reflective of the experiences and culture that he represents, turning his pain into purpose and lessons into studio sessions.

 

His debut EP “Random Thoughts” exhibits not only his versatility and vocal prowess but has surely cemented his unique style as well as paved the way for the varied expressions of his musical ideas and artistic craft. He released his Sophomore EP “Thought Process” in July of 2020 which continued to be filled with authentic lyricism and diversity.  

What first got you into music, and who inspired you to make music the most?

C.Thoughts: I’ve always been into music since I was a child. Growing up, I would sneak CDs from my brother just so I could listen to them. He had a very eclectic selection of music from The Sex Pistols to Bob Marley to a compilation of hip hop. But I didn’t start rapping until I heard Method Man one day on the radio. That was the moment I told myself that I can do this too.

You were born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey. Does your music fit into your local scene? If so, how do you take advantage of that? If not, do you see that as an obstacle, and what do you do about it?

C.Thoughts: I started rapping in Plainfield, and developed my style with heavy influence from the East Coast golden era of hip hop, so I feel it fits on the East Coast. However, I feel it can fit anywhere. I moved to Los Angeles 8 years ago and I have found my music can resonate here as well, even though I’m not a native to LA. It was actually the atmosphere that LA has in entertainment that brought me back to the mic.

I don’t see anything as an obstacle regarding how my music fits. Everyone is going to have people that like them and people that don’t. You can’t please everyone. My main focus is to make music that I would want to listen to and have fun doing it. I feel the people that enjoy it and resonate with it will be the ones my music fits.

I loved your videos for “Slaves to the Money” and “Blue Moons”. What inspired you to write them?

C.Thoughts: “Slaves to the Money” was inspired by my tendency to give up on a job because I didn’t enjoy it. I would do it for the money but I wasn’t happy while doing it. I was miserable. I wanted to do something that I loved for a living. I figure we all work to live, but some of us live to work. So we should love what we do until we are able to do what we love.

“Blue Moons” actually has a history. The hook was written in my early days of hip hop. It was supposed to be for a song with a couple of my peoples, but it never came to fruition. When I heard the beat, that was one of the first things that came to mind. Since the hook brought me down memory lane mentally, I was inspired to write about life in Plainfield growing up. Good times and the bad. Things I’ve seen and the stories I heard.

Tell me more about your latest EP “Thought Process”. What’s the story behind it?

C.Thoughts: “Thought Process” tells my story of the last few years. From dealing with depression to my outlook on religion to the struggles in music. It basically tells you why I am the way I am, and why I do what I do. It’s basically me, the man not the artist.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your current releases?

C.Thoughts: Honestly, marketing. I’m a creator and all I want to do is create and perform. I didn’t have the best marketing for my last projects, so I’ve been learning more about the marketing side of the business while prepping my next project.

How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it?

C.Thoughts: Whenever I write, it’s when the beat talks to me. It feels like it’s telling me the story or topic the music wants me to write. It could take an hour, or it could take weeks or months. Actually, I didn’t write “Darkness Bright” for a year and a half after I first heard the beat. I knew I wanted to do something on it, I just didn’t know what it would be about until one day it kind of spoke to me. I haven’t gotten into production yet, and I’m picky with beats. I use the ones that really resonate with me.

Are you creative in other disciplines?

C.Thoughts: I am actually working on a graphic novel. I like telling stories in my music and in my writing.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

C.Thoughts: The most I’ve gotten was the possession of marijuana twice in New Jersey. Nothing major. I’ve been lucky, I guess.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

C.Thoughts: To be tenacious. People are going to like you or not, so keep going. Keep doing what you love and things will come together. And it will come when you least expect it.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

C.Thoughts: I would like it for artists to have their own flow and style. A lot of the popular music I hear has the same tempo, same rhyme scheme, same vocal patterns, and so on. I miss the days of artists individuality instead of following the wave. Sometimes, I can’t tell who’s who.

What’s next for you?

C.Thoughts: Just finish up the EP. Write the graphic novel. And make more music. 2021 will be fun.

To learn more about C.Thoughts and his music, please check:

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Youtube

Spotify

Thank you!

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Written by Emily

Emily is currently finishing her studies in journalism and popular media abroad in the School of Media studies in Tel Aviv. In free time she writes for several popular magazines and loves hip hop culture very much.

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