Baltimore-bred hip hop/rap artist Entre has been busy lately. Currently working on three different projects—which involve delving into trap music, releasing a freestyles tape, and putting together a new album—Entre is preparing to tell the world how he really feels about current events and life in general. Below, we chat with the artist about his passion for his craft and what he would be doing if he wasn’t making music.
Cliché: How long have you been passionate about music?
Entre: I’ve always been passionate about music. I grew up listening to gospel music, which made me understand that you can express your pain and what you have to say in a certain way. Now I’m a fan of all types of music from country, hip hop, electro, pop, and more. But from all that, that’s what really made me go into the lane of being a recording artist: I had things to say, but it just wasn’t really getting out there.
What are some upcoming projects you have in the works?
Currently, I have three projects that I’m working on. I have a freestyles tape that I’m going to release and let them witness my styles on a few industrial instrumentals. There are a few different flavors that I took a look into and tried from trap, pop, and hip hop. In another project named “The Orientation: Welcome,” I give access to my old life and things that I never talked about. This project will even shock my family once they hear it, so it’s going be a dope project. The third is a team album that I’m working on. My team Invincible Young Kings and I are just going to give music lovers that good vibe when they hear this project. We may name it The World Is Ours, but we’ll see.
What motivates you when you make a record?
What really motivates me is experiencing loss in my family or witnessing other crazy events in my city. I’ve always been a person to write down my perspectives in a composition notebook or write a poem about what’s happening around me. My thoughts and perspectives weren’t being heard, so that’s another motivation that pushes me to make records. I always tell the youth: if your voice isn’t being heard, scream it in their face. Now, that doesn’t have to literally mean walking up to a person and screaming at them, but just find a way where individuals will step back and say, “Oh, ok, now I understand.”
Who are your favorite artists to listen to when you are going through something and need insight?
Some artists that really speak to me would be Lupe Fiasco, Logic, Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Meek Mill, Tye Tribbett, Donie McClurkin, Wale, Ace Hood, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, and Kid Ink. When I listen to these artists, I’m just seeing situations in another way, no matter how deplorable they are.
If not music, which career would you be pursuing?
I would be pursuing a career in Culinary Arts. Yes, I’m a very good baker. I learned how to bake pastries at the age of 7. My grandma always loved being a baker and cook. She noticed how much I always watched her as she made the best food. One day, she brought me into the kitchen and showed me the steps. Every since then, I never forgot how to make my favorite desserts.
What’s next for you?
Sometimes I ask myself the same. What is next for me? Well, I can tell you guys that I’m going to continue making great music and being the best I can be. The next stop is being in every music lovers’ top 5.
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Entre Interview: Photographed by J.Perk Productions