What if a monster with the power of Frankenstein had the brain of Einstein. That was the concept of King Paragon’s most recent EP. It can be vividly described in as little as three words ” Ingenious Raw Power”. As an artist that does all of his own production you can tell that he knows his niche rather well and has no issue showing his lyrical dexterity over those punchy bass heavy instrumentals he creates. It’s well worth a listen and is sure to turn heads as his best work yet.
If you like what you’ve heard but sure to check out our Exclusive Interview After the jump
How did you come up with the name King Paragon ? What is the significance of the name?
The name came about in high school. My English teacher knew I was an mc. Her constant challenging of my lyrical ability and vocabulary pushed me to read the dictionary like a story book. Then one day right there in the P’s there it was. Now the significance has become some what of a haunting thing because it’s a constant reminder that I must out do my last every time I write and make a beat.
Describe – The Frank-Einstein EP in 10 words.
My illest, dopest, sickest, most well rounded material to date.
What is your favroite song off of The Frank-Einstein EP. Why ? Can you elaborate on the creation process of that song. Speak on the production and lyrics.
My favorite song off the EP is Never Die Two. It was actually the first song I wrote for the EP. This was written before the EP even had a name. I had taking somewhat of a hiatus and that song is a result of emotional build up and no other outlets. Lyrically I feel like that song is the best on the EP but that’s because I know me personally sounds crazy I know.
Where are you from? How does that influence your music or style? Who are some of your hometown hero’s?
I hail from Milwaukee,WI. Being from Milwaukee doesn’t really influence my music. No artist from there sounds the same. It’s not like atl or Cali. It’s a huge melting pot. It does influence me in everyday life ways. Like a lot of the larger names from Milwaukee are super Hollywood. That’s why I often tell people I’m from Hollywood Wisconsin. I just make sure that I always stay down to earth no matter how high my music takes me.
What’s the music scene like there?
The music scene in Milwaukee is really really diverse, we pretty much have every type of hiphop around. It’s a huge melting pot not one dimensional at all. It’s just very Hollywood at times depending on the artist that you meet or interact with. It lacks unity. Everyone is so cliqued up that sight of the bigger picture is lost.
What inspires you as an artist?
Blogs like you, people like you that care, that are out on the internet looking for the next great artist and listening to what he has to say. I appreciate it.
How many projects have you released?
six. two of which were instrumental albums.
Whats your favorite song ?
Old Dirty Bastard- Brooklyn Zoo
What were your musical influences growing up?
Coming up my Mom had me blasting pure thuggery. Pac, Too $hort. Ice Cube, E-40. But once i go out on my own musically the very first album i bought was The Eminem Show in the 5th grade.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist? How did you go about it?
When I first heard Jay-Z and Eminem Renegade and seen the reaction it was getting from people. Thats the moment I knew I wanted to be a jaw dropping lyricist. Im still on that quest.
Tell us about your early performing/creating experiences?
My early performances were mostly Rap battles that drew decent crowds in Highschool. I haven’t been presented with the opportunity to do the a epic show just yet. But I know that its coming.
What elements signify a great track to you?
With me it always start with the beat. But great beat doesn’t always translate into great track, just like a mediocre beat doesn’t instantly mean average or garbage song. But making my own beats that is just where it has to start from with me. From there the concept has to be on point. Because with no concept you just end up rapping about rapping.
What influences your rapping style?
Old Dirty Bastard, heck… the Old Dirty Bastards of the world influence my style. I don’t mean bums and hobos i mean people who are fearless, people who do what ever they want in their respective fields of expertise. It pushes me to do the same.
Do you think any of current trends in music have long lasting potential?
Yes. One great trend that I see happening is the juggernaut crew thing. For example Pac Div, Flatbush Zombies, Pro Era, TDE. Every artist in that group can go out on his or her own and be just as great. That is a great thing for hip hop for such great artist to put egos aside and work with other greats.
Talk about your local music scene?
My Local music scene is cool. Lots of positive people. Lots of people on the verge of becoming national some who already are. I just wish everyone was more eager to work together.
I know I just released The Frank-Einstein EP. But my next project The Lemons Life Gave me is already well in the works and i’ll definitely be sending it through Dopeminds.com.