There aren’t many rappers who can say they’ve dreamed of living this lifestyle since kindergarten, but it is with SoFaygo. The 19-year-old Atlanta-born artist, who went viral last year with his song “Knock Knock”, had his first real contact with hip-hop when he was in his fourth grade. His cousin was recording in a studio in the basement of a house they were in and a curious SoFaygo came downstairs to see what he was doing. Next thing the rap newcomer knew, he was on the mic after being asked to do his own song. SoFaygo’s parents liked what he came up with, which motivated him to commit to making more music.
A childhood full of frequent trips between homes could have negatively affected SoFaygo. However, a stay with his grandmother when he was in seventh grade was one of the most positive moments of his fledgling career. At home, the aspiring rhymer got the computer he finally used to record “Knock Knock” in 2019. Fast forward to grade 10, he then settled into a trailer park with his family. . At this time, the music of SoFaygo, a mixture of melodic and carefree energy, began to take off locally.
His second year of high school marked a change in his artistic development. SoFaygo started using the Triller video app to share their music and their songs were already heating up on SoundCloud. A career in music was his ultimate goal. Little interested in college, he let his parents know that he would follow his dreams as a rapper for a year. If the plan failed, he would go to college.
SoFaygo was on the clock to figure out his life. So he kept hitting the studio. War, the 2019 project produced entirely by Lil Tecca, gained recognition from SoFaygo in the underground rap scene that year. The effort features SoFaygo’s first songwriting chops, tons of melodies, slightly Auto-Tuned vocals, and lyrics centered around extreme warnings, staying focused and trusting no one. A year later, his Angelica 7 project arrived, with the song that delayed college life. The piano banger produced by Lil Tecca “Knock Knock” finds SoFaygo ready for action. “Knock knock, who’s there at the door right now? / They like, ‘If you don’t open that bitch, we’re gonna bang her’ / I had to take my fire, I told them to come in / When I came around the corner, this boy almost cried, “he recalls.
Although the song arrived early last year, streaming numbers increased in 2021 thanks to TikTok and social media. SoFaygo’s breakout track has over 54 million Spotify streams to date. A new video directed by Cole Bennett, which pays homage to the classic 1988 film beetle juice and has over 12 million views on YouTube since it premiered in May, added to the song that is gaining momentum this spring. He also has top talent in his corner. Artists like Trippie Redd and Travis Scott showed him their support. After SoFaygo’s 2020 project was released via Scott’s indie label Cactus Jack, this only added to rumors he signed with the multi-platinum artist.
Now fans are waiting for this buzzing rapper’s next move. The success of SoFaygo’s music lies in its versatility and well-developed feel on the hooks. “Knock Knock”, which involves catching sliding enemies, is almost impossible not to sing along, while “Everyday” is a vivid rap ballad. Fully focused on releasing an album after its recent rise to recognition, SoFaygo is a great choice for XXL‘s The break this week.
My style has been compared to: “People compare me to everyone else. I really don’t care about the media and shit like that. I like to stay in my bubble and stay in the zone.”
I’m going to explode because: “I’m just surrounded by the right people. I’m focused, I’m young, so I have a lot of energy. My family was into music. In high school, I took time for it. I just kept it up. and then it happened at the end of last year, and I was like, I don’t want to go to college. I told my parents that. I was like, I’m going to take a year to that music shit, and if that shit doesn’t come out in a year, then I’ll go to college As soon as I got out of high school, my plan B was gone. All I got was the plan A, and I’m focused on that. “
What’s your sleepiest song and why? : “‘Hang With The Goats'” from my After me album. I feel like people weren’t paying attention to what I was really talking about. They don’t understand what I’m talking about actually, like most of my songs, they’re just taken with the way it sounds, compared to everyone else that’s mainstream. I just don’t get it, but I keep doing it, whatever. “
My most significant records to date have been: “[‘Knock Knock’] is a good song. On a writing level, on a production level, we just killed this shit. I didn’t really realize how good a song was back then until it really got old and I really paid attention to how people reacted to it. A lot of people sleep on this song; this is my old sound. I’m a lot younger when I record this shit, and they don’t know about my new music because I haven’t given up in six months. They take all my old shit, like all my old underground music, and run around with it, not even really trying to hang on and watch what I’m gonna do next. That’s really what I’m trying to get at. “
My highlights so far have been: “I really don’t know. I don’t feel like I’m close to where I want to be. I just feel like I’m working, I’m trying to get there. I want to be. just be one of them when I walk into a room, you can feel my presence. I just wanna be one of the GOAT, one of the legends. And I know I’m not there, in right now, but I want to work and get to this point, and I know I can do it. “
Most people don’t know: “I like to have fun. I’m a kid. I like to smoke weed, I like to play video games, I like to play cartoons. I’m on it. The internet puts so much pressure on young artists, they want them to be like hardcore hella, like adult killers. I don’t get it. It’s literally internet. “
I’ll be next: “Futuristic superstar.”
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