Chicago native Amir Tripp has just released his brand new project titled PYRO, so I knew it was the perfect time to bring him in for our latest Lyrical Lemonade Q&A! Although Amir is still relatively new to releasing music under this moniker, you wouldn’t be able to tell in the least bit considering the quality of this tape. From the addictive melodies on the tracks like “Hardball” and “WAV”, or the relatable cuts “Hi 4 Da Lows” & “MIA”, there’s truly something for everyone. I predict that this is just the beginning for him, I am very eager to see where he takes it from here, but for now stream the previously mentioned project & learn a thing or two about him below!
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EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.
AT: My name is Amir Tripp. I’ an artist and producer
EM: Where are you from?
AT: from the west side Austin/Oak Park area
EM: What is your earliest memory of music?
AT: Riding in my OG Honda Civic bumping California Love by 2pac, my mom use to like break to the break and shit.
EM: When did you first start creating music?
AT: The first time I recorded a song was in 7th grade for a school project, I didn’t start seriously rapping until I was like 18.
EM: What/who inspired you to become an emcee?
AT: Honestly probably Jay Electronica
EM: How would you describe your music to someone who has never listened before?
AT: Cinematic, my co-producer is a classically trained musician so we just be experimenting.
EM: Who are your top five biggest influences musically?
EM: You mentioned a couple of movie music composer’s in at answer with Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone, can you further explain why you are inspired by them?
AT: It’s kind of my creative process since I make beats, I think of my songs at individual projects. I’m taking the process that people use to make films and reverse it, because who people make movies that shoot first and then bring the music after, but I bring the music first and add the story with my lyrics.
EM: Who are your favorite film directors?
AT: Christopher Nolan, Guy Ritchie, Quentin Tarantino
EM: What are your top five favorite albums of all time?
Get Rich Or Die Tryin by 50
Graduation by Kanye
So Far Gone by Drake
Man On The Moon by Cudi
EM: What are your top five favorite mixtapes of all time?
Kush N OJ by Wiz
10 Day by Chance
A Kid Named Cudi
Dedication 2 & Tha Drought 3 by Wayne
Jack Of All Trades by Cyhi
EM: What was the first album you ever bought?
AT: Stankonia by Outkast
EM: If you could collab with one person dead & alive who would it be?
EM: What’s your favorite music video?
AT: Drop by Farside
EM: The National Anthem or The International Players Anthem?
AT: International Players Anthem
EM: Are there any local Chicago rappers that you have been listening to?
AT: Lud Foe, Cdot Honcho, Saba
EM: if you had to pick a few bigger name Chicago artists that you would like to work with in the future, who would they be?
EM: What’s your favorite book?
AT: Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter
EM: How did the song “Hardball” come about
AT: I made the melody with the horns first, and then made the beat in about ten minutes. It was hella hot so I sat on the beat for a day, then the next day I came in and recorded the verse in maybe 15 minutes.
EM: How has it been creating your PYRO mixtape?
AT: Stressful! I started out interning as an engineer, and that’s how I would get studio time, exchange work for studio time. I went through a few computer crashes and lost two albums worth of material, so I just created some new fresh music.
EM: Where were you interning?
AT: A couple studios, one called Fast Life Productions in Hillside.
EM: Can you explain the story board that is attached to the tape?
AT: it’s basically my life reflected in a super hero movie, I’m embodying a super hero character but it’s actually just all me. I don’t know exactly how to explain it, at the end of the day it’s just my life being hyperbolized
EM: What is your relationship with Saba?
AT: Me and Saba went to school together at Columbia, I used to give him rides home from class, ride the train together and freestyle in his basement and shit.
EM: So you produce a majority of your own music, do you prefer working on your own beats or working with producers. What’s the difference?
AT: On my own beats I am coming up with the song as I’m creating the beat, but with other peoples music I am basically just waiting to hear the finished product. Working on my own beats is more of a creative process, it’s all happening at once & I like that.
EM: What is your relationship with ZayRock?
AT: He was one of my best friends little brothers, and he taught me how to use Maschine to make beats & we have been making music for the last four or five years together. I’ll start a beat and usually he will come in and finish it up, make it slap harder.
EM: What equipment so you use to produce?
AT: Ableton and Maschine
EM: Who is your favorite producer?
AT: No I.D.
EM: What is your favorite song off of PYRO?
AT: The intro or Hi 4 Da Lows
EM: Who is Will who narrates your project?
AT: He’s the OG, he’s the big homie. I mentioned that studio I interned at, he gave me my first chance. If I’m Kendrick he is Top Dawg
EM: What can our readers expect from you in 2018?
AT: Other than my project PYRO, a lot of other music I plan on dropping some more music.
EM: Last question, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
AT: In five years I see myself on the film set for a movie I just wrote, as I am composing the music for it.