Harlem's own Vinny Cha$e drops his visual for his track "Hustle" featuring Kid Art today. The video premiered along with an extensive Q&A with Interview Magazine, where Vinny goes in depth about his start in the rap game, being compared to A$AP Rocky, and how he puts on for his New York hometown.
Here are some notable excerpts from the interview below;
On his name 'Vinny Cha$e:'
"The name's based off of the show Entourage. I'm not a rapper that goes around rapping about Turtle or nothing like that... I use the name because I came out of an entourage myself. I was a part of Juelz Santana and Dipset's entourage coming up."
On what inspires him about New York:
"Just walking down the street gives me so much inspiration. I mean, New York is pretty much the only place on earth that a billionaire and a homeless man can live within 100 feet of each other."
On describing his overall sound and appeal:
"It's modern New York City hip-hop. My shit will never sound like it came out of Atlanta or down south; it's New York, New York, you know. Present artists really haven't being doing that, at least in New York... and that's what we're all about. We're here to represent our current culture."
On how his interest in fashion and design came about:
"I think it really came from my grandfather. He was a tailor in Trinidad. My big interest is actually accessories. I'd love to continue designing in the future, because it's something that I really love. It's a different outlet for me to get creative with."
On comparisons of him and A$AP Rocky:
"I can understand the comparisons, but, at the end of the day, in reality... I did all that shit before he did. My first video's hook, which was for the song "Smoking," went: Purple purple haze, Purple purple haze, and literally two, three weeks later, A$AP came out with a song that went:Everything's purple, Everything's purple. I was like, Okay, I'm gonna let that one go."
You can catch "Hustle" off Vinny's upcoming mixtape "Kings Landing" dropping near the end of summer.