Brooklyn: Rough Trade Record store houses one of the influential vinyl collection in Brooklyn, giving its appeal to the new design of Williamsburg, it was only fitting that this interview would take place here. Loud music coffee and random hipsters might not have been the ideal place that a quite, cool mild manner street dude from the streets of Canarsie Brooklyn may be used to. My thought was that I wanted to catch the musical essences of an artist and what better way to do that than a record shop. And it worked out well.
Sitting with Flipp Dinero an up and coming 21-year-old rapper from Brooklyn, I wanted to ask about old Brooklyn vs. New Brooklyn, but after our introduction prior to getting the interview underway, I got the vibe that this youngster has an old soul. So no need for that question.
Born to Haitian parents, Flipp grew up with a love of music at an early age. His mother playing songs around the house was his early influences. Hanging around the house and hearing his mom sing tunes, Flipp at the tender age of 8 decided to become a singer. That’s right a singer! While working on his vocals age caught up to Flipp, his voice changed and in that moment deciding to turn to writing rhymes was in his future. With the encouragement from a homeboy, Flipp decided t take his music serious.
Being from Brooklyn and being young, Flipp had some early distractions, from being in the streets, doing typical teenage shit, but like a true Brooklynite, he rose from what he thought that was holding him back and refocus on his music.
When asked about what artist he looks up to, Flipp list included the greats like Big, Jay Z, Nas and rounding out the mix was KRS-One, yup that’s right KRS-One. That answer took me by surprise but as I sat back into this in-depth interview, I got the sense that his KRS-One insight rounds out who Flipp is.
Being 21 and growing up in what some would consider the “New Brooklyn” do you consider yourself “New Brooklyn?”
Without a doubt, from Bobby Shmurda, Young M.A. to Joey Badazz, the sound they bring to the game is a different sound. There are no shades of music, music is music now.
Some folks try to stay inside of a box in the industry, do you feel you have to stay in a box?
It’s versatility bro when it comes to me when I rap I make sure to have a different flow, experiment, give the people something different. I want people to really feel the emotion in my music.
Do you feel you have any weakness right now?
I wouldn’t say I have a weakness, I say Im getting used to the changes of being an artist. As in growing as an artist, I have a more emotional connection to my music now than before.
Explain your emotional connection please?
Like when I first started I wasnt as connected to my music. I was just doing it to do it, now I have a more different approch to it. Yes we all want the riches, Im from Brooklyn Im gonna make money (laughing real hard) but I want people to feel me through my music, I want them to get connected to me through my sound.
Talk to me about you new track “I Do”
That’s like my verison of a hood antham. Being from Carnarsie Brooklyn I wanted to make something for my hood. My way of explaining my was through that track. The sound of that track was different. At first people used to tell me it did’nt sound “Brooklyn” and I used to get offened at first but then I realized all I can do is embrace it, cause I get it, it is a different sound, but its a dope sound. It doesnt sound like anything you are used to hearing.
Now while we revisit his list of rappers in the game that Flipp, I had to ask Flipp, What does a 21 year old know about KRS-One?
A lot of people say what you know about that old artist. And I say if you want to make it in this industry you have to study that group. Hov, Nas, KRS, the list goes on, you have to know the history. Study their style, study their work ethic. I plan on being around for a while and when you look at them guys, they made the blueprint for us.
What steps are you making to build up your fan base?
I do a lot of pop up shows. I can tell if a track is popping or not from the pop-up show. For example, I played “I Do” at a house party and the whole party rocking with it. I also place my music on SoundCloud and other music outlets and I pay attention to the comments of the people that listen.
The internet (social media) can be you friend or you enemy, Imare you worried about that?
Im a street dude so I’m not all into that stuff, I let my music speak for me.
Has anyone in the game given you any good advice so far?
Not really, my mother always gives me advice, she always giving me words of encourgment and helping me keep my head on streight, but as far as the business, no one as of yet.
How did you get down with the Smokers Club?
Besides being a smoker, one of my mans knew someone over there, they liked it and placed it in their rotation. The track was called “Higher” than from there we got the ball rolling and they been fucking with me ever since.
When you notice started feeling you, how did you take to that?
Bro no funny shit, it was expected. I was expecting that from people, because I know I wanted to do this. My passion and drive made me make music so when I see people feeling my music it lets me know that they feeling my passion and thats something im passionate about.