Recently I had the pleasure of attending Nick Grant’s Silent Listening party at Social Status in Raleigh, NC for his new album entitled “The Return of The Cool”. The South Carolina native has always aspired to be in this positon but it wasn’t until his single “The Jungle ” that attracted not only us but icons like Andre-3000 to co-sign. Based off hearing the whole album, he’s raw , versatile, and definitely an artist you might want to pay attention to and get familiar with . Some of the best songs (because one just isn’t enough)on the album would have to be “Get Up”(which is available on ITunes right now),”The Return of the Cool”, and many more (that I wont spoil for you guys) . Needless to say, next year is gonna be a huge year for the rising artist. Luckily I just happened to be at the right place to catch up with the rapper:
Me– So I was definitely feeling the project as a whole. What’s the date that the album is set to release on ?
Nick Thank you , I appreciate that and it’s set to drop January 17th
me — anything special about the date ?
Nick: As much as I wish there was it’s just the basic reason, the label.
me — Aha, gotcha. How long were you working on this album ?
Nick : Uh…I believe it was about four months
me: Any producers that helped make this album come to life ? Any ghost writers ?
Nick: Definitely no ghost writers, every song was written by me. As far as producers go…I worked with Chaka Zulu, Organized Noize (who’s worked with Outkast), Don Cannon, and Dominant Gordon
Me: What song took you the most time to write on the album ?
Nick— I would have to say “Sometimes” took me the longest
Me–Speaking of a long time, I know you have always had a passion for music since you were a kid. What artists would you say influenced or pushed you to start taking your own music seriously?
Nick — I would have to say Andre 3000 and just the whole Outkast movement , Nas, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G, Tupac, and Eminem, the legends.
Me: Is there anyone from South Carolina who you haven’t had the chance to work with yet but would eventually like to?
Nick– I would have to say Young Scooter for sure
Me: What are 5 things that people don’t know about you ?
Nick: Mhmmmm imma let you tell it
Me: Alright ill compromise, give me two
Nick: Ok, well I base everything I do and the things around me off of just being humble at the end of the day. My number two… would have to be that everything I come into contact with is based on God.