Paradox Flow is an up and coming Hip-Hop artist from Dallas, Tx. He has been seen on various artist featured Mixtapes (Sponsored by Juicy J, 2Chainz and Rick Ross) such as (Money & Mayhem, Rise and Changes). Over the course of 6 months, Paradox has put out his Mixtape (Queensbridge Renaissance) and his EP (Watts). He is currently signed to Control Destiny Records but has been looking to break into larger Record Deals by the end of 2015.
Entertwine: Could you tell us a bit about your musical background? What is the significance of your moniker?
Before I got into rap I was a singer. I used to make music in my bedroom until I finally bought some production software to take my songs to the next level. Paradox means (contradiction), and its related to the area in which I grew up. I was fortunate to grow up in a nice suburb 10 minutes outside of Dallas but it was somewhat of a catch 22 for me. My childhood wasn’t the best. One of my family members was heavily addicted to drugs and was involved in the local “crime syndicate”. I witnessed a lot of things a child shouldn’t have witness at that age but everyone around me in the suburb didn’t have many struggles. But this isn’t me giving you a “sob story of my life”, its just me saying that my life was somewhat of a “Paradox”, hence the name. I added on “Flow” after to describe my contradictory lyrics.
What is life like in Dallas, Texas? What is the rap scene of Dallas like?
The rap scene in Dallas is smaller than most people would think. There are some good underground guys that are coming up in the lime light but everything is relatively under the radar compared to other cities in Texas.
What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your debut full-length mixtape “Queensbridge Renaissance”? Could you tell us a bit about each of the featured track?
Queensbridge Renaissance was my tribute to Nas, Mob Deeb and other artists that inspired me to rap. The way those artists reflected the struggles of their life within the lyrics of each album made me want to pick up the mic. If it wasn’t for the Illmatic album, I would have never got into the music industry. The track set list for the mixtape has Covers, Remixes and Original tracks. I wanted to pay my tribute to those artists by doing modern day renditions of their songs.
How does this project expand on or differ from your debut EP “Watts”? You’ve released a few other singles as well, right?
Queensbridge is different from my “Watts” EP, because everything on Watts was completely original. From the lyrics to the beats, I wanted to paint a story of my struggles throughout my life. I have released some other singles to the public just to put some more stuff out there.
Could you tell us about your involvement with Control Destiny Records? What does 2015 hold in store for Paradox Flow?
I have a new mixtape coming out this spring called “Catch 22” that will be free for everyone. Control Destiny is a small independent label coming out of Dallas, Tx. I signed with them back in November of 2014, they have some great artists coming out of their studio every week. 2015 is going to be a big year for me. With my new mixtape coming out with some big name features on it, I think its going to really set my stuff apart from the rest.