Draper (now King Draper after album release) is an Alabama emcee who strives to provide influence through his music. Draper aims to promote aspects of life you don’t normally get from this generation’s rappers such as love, unity, knowledge and authenticity. His music is a blend of conscious and lyrical content on top of predominantly modern beats with a catchy chorus. In other words, his music can make you dance as well as think.
Tell us about your current projects! Which one of them is most recent, and which was the most challenging? My EP Audio Visions was released on Bandcamp and on my website in December but my album AWL, which stands for A Window’s Life was released New Year’s day. AWL was most definitely the most challenging even though it wasn’t THAT challenging, if that makes sense. I actually started working on it without knowing because early last year I decided to start making songs based on how I felt. By the 4th or 5th song I realized a pattern of mellow and deep, meaningful songs. Thus, A Window’s Life was born.
What is the idea behind your recent album AWL? A Window’s Life was meant for talented, unknown artists to relate to. The basis for it was about being overlooked and looked past. If you think about it, we always look through a window because that’s what it’s used for. We never really look at it or think about its purpose like protecting us if something was thrown at us or keeping the cold and heat out. That’s kind of how artists who have a lot of talent are right now. They have all this talent that they want to display but their always looked past by fans who just listen out for the next less-talented artist played on the radio. They’re living a window’s life.
What is your main goal you’d like to achieve through your music? My main goal is to make people feel my music and reach them in a way they can relate to through my words. I’ve had people already hit me up personally for that very reason so I must be headed in the right direction. I’d also like to be able to feed myself and my family through music and that is a goal but I’m not money hungry. I feel any artist who says they straight up don’t care about the money is either dumb or lying. We all want to make a living doing what we love and the only way to do that is to make money with it. But, like I said, that’s not at the very top of my list. My main goal is much deeper although I understand my worth.
What is one of your most memorable performances? Why? I’ve actually only had one performance with an artist I worked with named B-Hold Da General. He’s from Kansas City, Missouri but has been living in Birmingham for the past couple of years. He’s the artist on my biggest single “It’s Still Love” for AWL. It was a show at the High Note club in downtown Birmingham late last year. It was very memorable not only because it was my first performance but because of the rush I felt on stage. I didn’t want to leave when it was over. I am grateful to B-Hold for that opportunity and I will have more shows this year.
What is next for you in 2017? My very next project was originally going to be titled God Within but after the release of my album it kind of came to me; A Window’s Afterlife. It’ll be somewhat of a sequel to AWL but with a darker tone and myself and featured artists just going in. “Afterlife” represents death so I’ll be killing everything on this tape. Which is fitting because I’ll be going back to how I kind of started off from 2011-2013. The first single will be “Thought About Trap’N”. So AWL was mellow and laid back while AWA will be more hardcore. Expect some collaboration projects with artists that were on my album as well and of course more performances. Hopefully by the end of 2017, King Draper will be a household name.