Raw hip hop lurks up north

Featured artist: Crux Mottolo – Raw hip hop lurks up north

As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Crux Mottolo from Montreal to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Crux Mottolo! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?

Crux Mottolo: I was lucky enough to be a teen in the mid to late 90's when rap was at it's best imho, and just became obsessed with it to the point that I knew I had to represent it, rapping became a hobby until I got introduced to other emcees in my town who recognized I had skills and invited me to join their crew.

Never stop. Keep making moves, keep creating. Also work on your art every day. No days off.

Crux Mottolo

What about concerts? Do you play live?

I've performed many times live. As a a solo artist, which is what I am nowadays, I've only done 2 live shows.

Best punchline you ever wrote?

Forget your soft lyrics
Ain't got time for that
Hot chicks like cough syrup
Every Dime I tap!

Crux Mottolo

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

I'm currently working on a few projects. One is to film the music video for my recent solo track "Premeditated Lurker " which is then to be cut up and merged with a short film I wrote, directed, acted in, scored, and edited. This morning I recorded my verse for a collab I'm doing with an mc/producer comrad I've worked with a few times before,"The Insurgent" from the U.S. The track's called "Nocturnal". This is the 2nd time that I sent him an old school jazz funk sample and he's made it into a beat for us to rap on. I'm probably going to finish recording my verse this morning for a track I'm collaborating with another U.S. artist on, he goes by Pin Wu, track is called " Stealth Soljaz ". My latest release was "Night Vision" this week, featuring my comrad Supreme Allah down in Connecticut. Supreme is a great influence on my career.

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

I would if the perfect offer came along but the cons are most likely to be loss of ownership of my music as well as creative control. Pros could be better recording equipment, a chance to tour, free dope beats, money (of course), ….

Any last words?

Definitely want to say peace to all my people I create music with: Drastic Measures, The Insurgent, Pin Wu, Supreme Allah, also want to shout out Duxxomaniac over in Norway.

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

Crux Mottolo: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJMnkQJOJqfRB6wKU8KnVDQ

Thank you for your time. We wish you much success in your further career.

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