Born in South Carolina and raised as a traveling army-brat, Baylen is a lyrically-diverse Boston-based rapper. Getting his start with the Boston hip-hop band Viva La Hop, Baylen has made a name for himself by maintaining high-energy performances, kicking freestyles with random fans, and accomplishing his 2017 goal of releasing a mixtape a month. Having opened up for the likes of Pete Rock and Talib Kweli, Baylen has been leaving his footprint in hip-hop.
What inspires you to make music?
Everything. Literally everything. Life experiences, in the moment moods, artists I'm listening to, shows I go to, other people's hustle, I'm serious when I say everything. I'm constantly on the hunt for inspiration and theirs hardly a shortage. Lately, watching rap-battles is a quick way to make me pick up the pen.
Tell us about this project?
'Bando Bo' is my first trap tape and I'm hype on it. The last four tapes I put out were all about the bars, this one was just mad fun to make. I discovered auto tune like a year or two ago and this tape was kind of the result of that.
Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
Oh man there's too many to name so I'll keep it simple
Are You Working On Any New Projects?
Always. June 21st I'm releasing "Summer Time Grind" with the DJ & producer p90. Then on July 21st I'm releasing "SMASH BROS" with my Viva La Hop partner-in-rhyme Philly G. "Moves 2" with the homie Sub-Q coming out this fall too.
How long have you been creating music?
For as long as I can remember. I don't remember a time in my life where I wasn't making music. First rap I made was maybe 7 or 8 years old after walking home from school. My uncle had a home studio when I was young so I first recorded myself when I was like 10 or 11. From there I was recording and writing on anything I could find while rap battling kids in the park around 11 or 12. at 13 my mom bought me a proper recording program for the computer and I started making CDs to hand out at school. I released my first project on itunes at 14 and been on the music grind heavy since.
Do you want to say anything to the people who support your music?
THANK YOU! I do this with a lot of love and passion so it really means a lot when it's well-received. if you listen and enjoy, I appreciate you.
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