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Farma Wesley isn’t just another artist to watch, he might be the artist to watch. After a brief hiatus from making music, Farma is back experimenting with a style that is uniquely his own. At a time when rap only seems focused on making tracks people can dance to—at the expense of lyricism and diversity—Farma’s recent projects achieve both and sacrifice neither. Check him out.

NAME: Farma Wesley

FROM: Woodbridge, Virginia

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QUOTED:

“I listen to a lot of things. I used to listen to the Sugarcubes, I grew up on A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Sade, and a lot of Nas. I was a hardcore Nas fan for awhile. I listen to a lot of music though, especially a lot of alternative music.”

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“Basically, Wesley is a track that really flowed. It was a verse I already had, my friend had a beat, and it was really easy to rap to. I was thinking ok, let’s just do this song. So, we recorded it. Then my friend hit me up to take some pictures. Then he was like, should we just take pictures, or make a video? Then we just went to a location and recorded it. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out, but it came out pretty well. That track actually isn’t going to be on my next project, but it was just a way to reintroduce myself.”

 

“At one point I just got tired of rapping. Everything is the same in hip-hop right now. I just want to make stuff that people can have fun to, or something I can get dressed to, or something people can cruise to, or something people can just play basketball to. That’s what that song is about. It’s about being versatile with your identity.

“Basically the way that song came about was, the original hook was just Eazy E saying “act like you know when I creep real slow givin love to them playaz that I know, givin love to  them playaz that i know…” and that kept repeating. But then I was like, what if I sing something? So what I did was, I listed to Sade chopped and screwed  and figured out the melody and took it to a studio that was like $75 an hour. I was able to record it in an hour—I can do any song in an hour. I wasn’t sure how people would feel about it. I just wanted to do something more versatile and universal with my music.”

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I’m jsut trying to create a renaissance movement. Something artistic and free spirited. i want to make a vibe that everyone can rock to. I’m not aiming to be the trillest gangster rapper in the DMV, I wanna be international and make songs that everyone can relate to and will like. That’s what I want to do, I want people to have fun. I don’t want any restrictions or rules.” ~ Farma Wesley

 

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