Johnny Word is a new Canadian HipHop artist who is rising trying to reach his full potential. Get to know more about him below
Explain who you are for those who may not know
Johnny Word. Im an Independent Hip-Hop & Rap / R&B Artist, self proclaimed professional stoner and new age hippie
Where you from?
Ottawa, on, Canada
How did you get your start in music?
I started writing raps in Grade school around the age of 13. My teacher gave us notebooks to write about and record our science experiments but I filled mine with rhymes. I didn’t really know where to find beats at first so I would just write to popular instrumentals or accapella, until my boy got a bootleg version of fruity loops on this super old computer. He take samples of old rock songs and stuff like that and make loops, then we’d take the beats record them onto a cassette tape. Take that cassette tape and play the beat through my dads karaoke stereo and record our ryhmes over it on a second tape. It all had to be done one take, chorus , verses everything. Sometimes we would get people to yell alibis and stuff in the background.
Then he would take the tape and record it back onto his computer to make an .mp3. Lol that’s how I started. After that we evolved slowly, bought some studio equipment, made some makeshift mattress booths, but that was the start for me. I was one of the first kids I knew rapping back then, we would freestyle everywhere we went all night every night my boy would kick a beat box and we would just go, It was an addiction.
How long have you been making it?
Roughly 20 Years Now, since 13 yrs old.
Who are your influences?
Method Man, Kanye, Drake, T.I. , Jay-Z , Travis Scott, Biggie , Partynextdoor ,
What motivates you?
Besides just good weed, vibes and music. My 3 Kids, Twin boys (4yrs old) and Daughter (7yrs old) and my beautiful fiance.
What are you currently working on?
I’m always writing and recording new music. Right now we are in the mixing stages of “Notes” a new mix-tape that will be dropping sometime late spring 2018, most likely Mid-May.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Making music and enjoying life, hopefully somewhere near a lake with lots of Pink Kush.
What is your opinion on the current hiphop scene?
I think hip-hop has expanded and become more expressive and diverse than it has ever been before. There are so many different artists and acts now in the game and listeners really have more freedom than ever to choose what they like and want to listen to. I think its amazing that more different artists get the opportunity to have their music and voice heard and I think what we are seeing being popular in today’s hip-hop scene is just a representation of the various was of expression and diverseness of our audience. Hip-hop is the most popular genre right now its the new “Pop” music and with that your going to get big business trying to invest and capitalize on the culture but the beauty of the internet these days is all the real shit still has a chance to shine and people can pick and choose who and what they wanna listen to.
Anything else you would like to say?
Smoke Weed and say no to drugs!