Chicago artist IAMNOTU is grinding. It’s hard to make it out of the Windy City but he’s making the best out of his situation. Grinding daily to make a buzz, his music speaks for itself. The talent he has is amazing!!! Inspired by his father, he started making music at a young age. We got a chance to learn more about him as a person in this exclusive Q&A that you can read below.. check it out
Explain who you are for those who may not know
“I call myself IAMNOTU but other peoples call me Rello Rich.”
Where you from?
How did you get your start in music?
“I used to see my father rap and produce beats when I used to visit him for summer break as a shorty and that shit just rubbed off. I would be up in the school rapping to students and shit when I did step foot in the door, that’s how I got my Freshman year bussin because everybody was hearing about my young ass making music or into it with peoples.”
How long have you been making it?
“I just recently stepped off the porch with this music shit so I ain’t gon say I made it yet. I for real think I don’t do enough with the music, like some days I just be uninterested with it because ain’t no grace or honor in this shit no more. I don’t give a fuck about the new wave, the industry just watered down with some rainbow haired, one hit wonder, self snitching ass artists who fucking up the culture.”
Who are your influences?
“My father had a influence on me when I was younger and he still do as a grown man. I ain’t gon say I looked up to peoples as a shorty because at young age we was involved in what the old heads was involved in. My momma ain’t want me in the streets dangling with my cousins and them but I still got out there on some disobedient child shit. When I was out here cappin the violence, drugs, and money influenced me and the peoples who was with me and as of today ain’t nothing changed. I just move smarter and with caution.”
What motivates you?
“I think what motivate me is knowing I can bounce back from any loss because I understand I ain’t gon win in every situation I get into. I learned when I’m out here by myself it’s just me vs the world and every decision I make gon fall back on me and only me. I get locked up, that’s on me. I make 100 million dollars that’s on me.”
What are you currently working on?
“I been working a couple projects and singles. I got a mixtape called “Open Eyes” releasing sometime next month and a EP sometime during the summer. I just released a music video in late January called “S Austin” shot by my boy Jake Rench. I be publishing my new music on SoundCloud but I don’t think peoples fuck with me on the app like they do with my music videos on YouTube or social media.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“I see myself somewhere put up outside of Chicago. Prospering with the peoples I said I was gon prosper with.”
What is your opinion on the current hiphop scene?
“I don’t take HipHop serious because it’s just entertainment in my eyes. Rappers today give artists like me a bad image to the listeners and people who watch us. I just be on my IAMNOTU shit though. I don’t speak unless I’m spoken to, I got a ‘I Don’t Fuck With Rappers’ mentality.”
Anything else you would like to say?
“Yeah, Y’all gon head cop my project when it release because that bitch finna fuck y’all heads up.”