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Just For The Clout? SoundCloud Rappers At CB

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform and music sharing website that enables its users to upload, promote, and share audio that they make themselves. Rappers such as Post Malone, 21 Savage, and XXXTentacion all started their career on SoundCloud. The term “SoundCloud rapper” is used to define someone who has a love for producing […]

SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform and music sharing website that enables its users to upload, promote, and share audio that they make themselves. Rappers such as Post Malone, 21 Savage, and XXXTentacion all started their career on SoundCloud.

The term “SoundCloud rapper” is used to define someone who has a love for producing music but doesn’t have the time or funds to take it full time. SoundCloud rappers start out as everyday people with jobs who spend their free time making beats, verses, and lyrics for their next big hit song. 

Not just anyone can become a successful SoundCloud rapper — they need to make the right combination of beats and verses to make the next top song.

I wondered if anyone at CB was testing their skill at SoundCloud and if they  were, were even successful at it, or if they knew how to properly place fluid lyrics over a complex beat.

I interviewed three of the most successful and popular SoundCloud rappers at school and wanted to know what pushed them to make music while attending one of the most challenging high schools in Sacramento. 

It is obvious that Lorenzo Gonzales (‘21), who goes by yhung zo as his SoundCloud name, has a special drive behind making music

“My older cousin makes a lot of music and I look up to him for inspiration to be successful and on his level.”

Although his cousin inspires him, Lorenzo’s favorite thing about rapping is the creative freedom.

“I like rapping about stuff that involves me and my friends and cool things we do or want to do,” he says.

Lorenzo tries to mimic his flow after some of his favorite rappers such as Playboi Carti, D savage, DaBaby, and Mike Sherm. 

Although Lorenzo’s SoundCloud career is temporary, he wants to have fun while it lasts.

“This is just something I do for fun before college when I’m bored”

Although Lorenzo doesn’t see himself continuing SoundCloud, he believes people who do can make some extra cash off of it

“I definitely believe you can make money off of SoundCloud if you are good at it,” he claims.

While Lorenzo makes music to pass the time, others have a different intent when making music. Take Nick Fernandez (’20), or Lil Orbit as he goes by on SoundCloud. He wants SoundCloud to help him blow up and start bringing in money and fame before he goes to college. Nick’s inspiration for music is what you would expect for most

“ I was bored and thought I could give music a shot and see what I can do,” he says.

Nick’s life has since changed quite a bit since he made his first song back in December of 2017.

“Every time I walk into a party, people people always call me out by my SoundCloud name and hype me up,” he says. “People always know me by my rap persona.”

Unlike Lorenzo, Nick’s influences are a little more mainstream with a different type of flow, as he likes Lil Skies, Juice Wrld, Drake, and Lil Wayne.

Nick is optimistic about his future in rap.

“I see myself on the face of Spotify and Apple Music and possible signing a deal in the future on all platforms”.

SoundCloud has already made a positive change in Nick’s social life and personal identity as well.

“I believe SoundCloud has already made a huge impact on my life, and if I continue, it will continue to do great things for my social life”

Not just anyone can hop into a studio, there are steps to take to be really be good at SoundCloud.

“If you take the right steps and you make just that one song, it can do a lot of great things for your life in a short amount of time,” Nick says.

Matt Snyder (‘20) is a senior at Christian Brothers who goes by Asian Persuasion on SoundCloud. He started SoundCloud when he was a sophomore and had similar motives to Nick about it.

“I started SoundCloud because I was bored and thought I could give it a shot and see how good I was I making music on my own just for fun,” he says. “ I like rappers such as XXXTENTACION, D Savage, Mike Sherm, Lil Peep, Mac Miller, and also other artists that don’t rap, but I can use their lyrics or their flow in my songs”.

Matt’s SoundCloud future unfortunately is not as bright as Nick’s is,

“I don’t see myself doing SoundCloud in five years or even a year — it’s something I do for fun before college to pass the time when I’m bored,” the senior says. “I’ll probably stop or maybe start making music again in a few years when I’m bored and have nothing else to do”.

SoundCloud has had a huge impact on Matt’s social life.

“SoundCloud has definitely given me more popularity at school and at parties, because when I walk into a party or a social club, people usually call me by my SoundCloud name before my real name.”

Although they don’t plan to continue rapping as a career, it is obvious that SoundCloud has allowed these people to express themselves and given them a fun activity to do in the free time.

So next time you are walking down with hall with your headphones instead of listening to the new DaBaby or Blueface, listen to what CB’s own rappers have to offer.

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