Just recently I had the opportunity to Interview one of my favorite upcoming artists, Julius Myth, and I must say that my chat with him just reinforced that.
Julius grew up in New York, and molded his surroundings he grew up in into a style of hip hop style that is incredibly unique and just brilliant. He raps about a great number of things from the stuff he thinks about when he’s high watching the tube to very playful rhymes about grabbing girls asses to some serious more heavy topics. Julius has something that everyone can enjoy in his work, and he takes pride in that.
So first off Let me just say that his new mixtape is just out of this world. Its a compilation of catchy beats, and great vocals laid down by Julius. This mixtape is all about showing the world who he is, and branding his style.
Mason: Before we get started could you just tell me a bit about yourself your music?
Julius: Uh, lets see… Julius Myth from Westchester, New York, I’m a hip hop artist, young, 22 years old, tryna make music better by makin’ better music basically. And making good melodic, lyrical hip hop.
Mason: Ok, could you just give a word or two about your new mixtape?
Julius: Ok, yea. My new mixtapes called Day of the Deadbeats, 15 tracks, it’s a crazy mix of feel good, happy playful music, blended with a lot of more heavy topics, lyrical, classic hip hop songs, I tried to find a compromise somewhere in the middle between having fun, and staying true to the real hip hop, a lot of the production is samples, but a lot of it is also like new electronic sounding type, completely original production.
Mason: Could you give me an explanation of a few tracks on the Day of the Deadbeats project?
Julius: I Don’t have the tracklist in front of me, but if you want I could go through some of my favorite tracks on there. One to look for is this one called Hey Girl, its by my in house production, this guy named years later made the beat, its kina like Oh Boy, the camera song a little bit where I work with the sample, back and fourth, and the sample says “Hey girl” and its just real playful, like “hey girl how you doin, can I grab on your butt” that’s how it goes (Laughs) Its like (sings) “Hey girl howya doin, can I grab on your butt, your butt”. It’s funny cause (something indistinguishable). That song is one of my favorites on the whole project, then I got this song called Dreamin’ which is produced by my boy misfit, out in Michigan. Yea, that’s another one of my favorites cause basically it’s a whole song that is like a dream sequence, just like a lucid weird dream type shit that I just think about when I’m high, watching TV. Then you know I got some double time flows on the mixtape, like this one song called a Movie, where, you know im rapping about my fuckin’ (last?) years of my life, like a bone thugs type flow. Theres a lot of exiting tracks on there im ready, I’m just waiting for people to hear them, im just dying for people to hear.
Mason: When did you decide your music wasn’t really a hobby anymore?
Julius: Well I’ve been making music since I was 13 years old, but the last, maybe 2 years, 3 years maybe, I’ve been really buckling down. So I So out of the last 9 years, I’ve really got experience in the last 2 ½ years, and I don’t really know what it was, but I always thought that eventually I would end up making music for a living but, it was about 2 years ago that I really said I’m gonna devote all my time and energy to this, and break into the game.
Mason: What about your school? How did that work out with this music sideshow?
Julius: My school experience leads into my music, man I mean a lot of stuff that I make is relateable to high school students and college students, but I spent my whole 4 years of highschool Writing raps, in the back of class, just trying to go unnoticed really. I really excelled in English, and that was it. So you know I’ve always been in a creative space.
Mason: What about your surroundings in the New York area. How do you think that influenced your music?
Julius: Well New York is just, you know, New York, through my eyes, molded my music completely. I lived in Ney York city, in more than one borough, and I’ve also lived in Westchester New York, which is directly above New York City and their two very different worlds and it’s just a reflection of why my musical style is so versatile. From the city to the suburbs its like, I try to make music that everyone can relate to. Regardless of race or financial status or anything like that.
Mason: What do you believe has been the biggest milestone in your career so far?
Julius: I don’t really know, I cant gauge importance but theirs certain moments that really opened up my eyes, you know? We just recently had the highline ballroom sold out which is a huge venue in New York. I arrived at sound check early in the afternoon and people were already online and screaming my name and ready for us to go on and its just every single day its something new, anytime I can rock a crowd, and see a thousand people lit up, with their faces lit up and their hands in the air… its validating, it makes me want to geat up the next day, you know? And its just like, all this work is for a reason. It’s, that’s why I still do it. Just finally being recognized and having people relate to me and my thoughts and my deep emotions and, you know, they get it. But theres no real milestone to point out as much as just say that the fact that people are connecting to what I’m doing now, finally, is just extremely gratifying, and validating
Mason: And how do you think you’ve developed your style and your music since you’ve started rapping?
Julius: Well when I first started rapping, I remember from like 13 to like 17 years old, all I could really focus on was being the best rapper, I wanted to make sure my lyrics were good, and I had the best punch line, but at the end of the day I realized years later that, its not about being the best rapper, because that means nothing if you cant write a complete song, If you cant have a chorus that will garner listeners attention or all these different techniques and all these things whereas I started off thinking all I had to do was rap very well, you know? So that’s really where I’ve gone as far as… you know all my growth has been primarily in that area, making sure that I’m making complete songs, making sure that I’m creating something that’s more then just fuckin rapping good, basically.
Mason: How about competition, what do you see as your competition out there right now?
Julius: No competition man. People always group me with J. Cole; the only competition I see lyrically is J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, people with that kind of stature, lyrically. There’s a ton of competition out there as far as just overall success. You can’t sleep on anybody, anybody could come up tomorrow, that’s why there’s no way to gauge creativity. Cause anybody could come with the next thing.
Mason: So what do you see as your edge against these people?
Julius: My edge, is not only my pen, but also my voice; I have a very unique voice, and I just recently have come pretty close to mastering the use of it, so I’m just trying to be original and new and fresh, that’s my advantage when everybody else is trying to sound like something else.
Mason: You were talking about the video for smoke and, are you planning to make more videos off your new project?
Julius: Yea I got 2 or maybe 3 new videos from this new project, so it’s coming. There should be one out by the end of September, for another single called Need to Know, who is produced by my boy misfit. Were gonna be shooting a video for a track called Hey Girl, which is also on the tape, so we have at least 2 more coming from this project
Mason: What’s something that a person that doesn’t know anything about you should know.
Julius: If you don’t know anything about me and your looking, I would say listen to Julius myth because theres a little bit of something for everybody, I got songs for the ladies, but they wont make the guys feel like a punk for listening to it. I got songs with melodies, I got songs that are just straight raw rapping, I got samples on the mixtape, I got original beats, I got synths, I got everything that you can imagine all balled up in a way that is respectful to hip hop, and respectable for me to release and put my name on it. That’s a mouthful but (laughs) that’s what I would tell someone.
Mason: Now with the release of Day of the Deadbeats you’ll be in the rap game, so what do you see coming from your work in the future?
Julius: In the future I expect a lot more features, I wasn’t trying to do the songs with a lot of people cause I wanted to brand myself, but after my introduction you can expect me to be on songs with other artists, but I don’t really know the next move till the next move comes but I’m trying to make my next move my best move.
Download: Julius Myth – Day of the Deadbeats (Mixtape)
Downoad: Julius Myth Interview
And and check out the Smoke Video from the project: