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Tops Mafioso

Sounds likeJay Prince, Avelino, Andre 3000
LocationLondon

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

Tops Mafioso is an artist from Greenwich, South London taking another approach to Rap music. Growing up my influences to music were always different. Whilst everyone was listening to 50 Cent (he was also my favourite rapper at the time) but I always chose to be different and would rather listen to Al Green, Lauryn Hill or George Micheal. Something that a normal 12 year old wasn't into at the time of Get Rich or Die Tryin. Being inspired by a range of genres such as RnB,Soul,Gospel,Funk,Afro, Reggae. They all add some spice in creating the Tops Mafioso sound

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?

Being a fan of music, I always try and put my heart and soul into every vocal, beat break or instrument that is my song. being heavily inspired by artists such as Nina Simone, Fela Kuti and Kanye West who spoke from the heart unapologetically has shown me that being yourself is the only true thing that will set you apart and everyone on earth has a unique fingerprint then surely every artist has a unique sound and story, it's just about being yourself and being true to you.

What’s your back-story?

For me every song is different, when making Candles Into Chandeliers in comparison to Rock the Boat. My mind was in a more solitary state where as Rock the Boat was almost a party in the studio. So for me every song is like a stamp or bookmark in time where I look back and remember how i felt or what I was experiencing at the time similar to the way you would re-read a diary from young and relive your experience from that time.

What are you working on at the moment?

As a creative or as Tops Mafioso lol plans always flunctate depending on feelings, sometimes I cant control the vibes but definetly expected a body of work in the coming months. As soon as I stop being a perfectionist

What's the first song you remember hearing?

Ermm I remember being glued to the TV watching EMINEM performing at an MTV awards looking back on it was 2000 but that was my first recollection when I was like wow I wanna be like him

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?

Kanye west - Through the wire/All falls down/ heard em say/ good life/touch the sky/diamonds from sierra leone lol... something Kanye

What was the first gig you went to?

I remember telling my cousin I wanted to take music serious now and one day he literally called me and said your rapper now right? I got you a show, it was an open mic in Islington this was 2010 or 11 and Little Simz was headlining. From the second they called out my name to go on stage everything from there to when step of the stage stairs was a blur. But after the show I did receive some positive feedback

Which song do you wish you'd written?

Kanye West - All Falls Down, Kelis & Andre 3000 - Millionaire, Stevie Wonder - Ribbon in the sky, Zapp & Rodger - Computer Luv, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - somewhere over the rainbow

Which song changed your life?

2pac - changes, Marvin Sapp - Never would have made it, Whitney Houston - My love is your love

Which song would you like played at your funeral?

Areatha Franklin - Say a little prayer, YoungHearts - Do you have the time

What song is stuck in your head right now?

Brent Faiyaz - Talk 2 U, Norah Jones - Dont know why

What was the first Album you bought?

Nelly - Country Grammar (My Cousin had to buy it for me after school but he wasnt even of age yet so god knows how he got it lol)

Which song made you want to play music?

Kanye West - Through the Wire

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