Interview: Peter Berry
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on the stands now.
After her single “Buss It” went viral via the #BussItChallenge on TikTok earlier this year, Erica Banks is in the middle of a serious recovery. The song became a mainstay of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and Banks, already a 1501 Entertainment Certified Artist, signed a deal with Warner Music. Before the deal, Banks was creating a buzz by dropping four projects, including 2019 The art of agitation, Pressure and arrogance on goal and the 2020s Erica Banks and B4 Christmas banks. With sizzling hymns and infectious confidence, Banks is ready to do more great things. XXL talks to the 22-year-old artist about important songs from his career so far.
“It’s something very new for me as an artist. It’s also a song that I personally didn’t like, and I hadn’t planned on releasing it. So when I did it and the song did what it did, it was just shocking to me. So far, it’s been really exciting. As an artist, we can sometimes be very critical of ourselves. So I just felt like no, I could probably do something better. But then my producer and my friends were like, “No, it’s difficult. You should turn this off. ”
“Toot That” with BeatKing
“It looks more like a club to me. Tempo is really important, especially in clubs. Have BeatKing on it. Very important to have him, a legend from Texas, on that. And then, just the visual. I think the visual is a lot more intriguing than the “Buss It” visual, but that’s only my opinion. “
“Famous” with Michael Aristote
“It was a different flow for me. That’s when I changed my flow and saw how I could experience different cadences. So that was a different sound to me, even the beat. It was just one of those times when I was like, “OK, I’m going to try something new”, and I really liked it. “
“I remember a few people who even asked, ‘Is that you?’ Or, ‘Did you write that down? Or: “Did you find this?” Or: “Did you find this cadence?” It’s comments like that that let me know, okay, it’s a different sound.
“Tony Story, Pt. 1”
“It’s one of my favorite songs because I can really imagine what’s going on in my head. And you can’t really do that with a lot of music today. Growing up, I listened to Mary J. Blige a lot. So, I love the song ‘Runaway Love’ from years ago that she has with Ludacris. So this whole video inspired the way I approached “Tony Story” because it was always storytelling. “
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