Dishing out conscious tracks that make an internal impact and transcend the boundaries of rap, Roc Nation’s latest lyrical guru, Levi Carter, is heating up the game with an off-kilter mix of culture and next level galaxy trap that lands on the brilliant end of the spectrum. The 23-year old’s lyrical prowess is spitting with focus and intensity over his latest EP, ‘Presence of a Lord’, that serves up otherworldly bar after bar that makes listeners jaws drop to the floor. Fresh off the success of his EP, I caught up with the golden child to discuss his latest endeavors, being signed to Roc Nation, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Levi Carter?
I consider myself to be an artist and not just a rapper. I say that because I’m very much into music, sound and overall quality. Whatever fits the song or the beat is what I will do.
Your debut album, ANTISOCIAL, awakened the masses to your boundless talent. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind the album.
Honestly, it was more organic and there wasn’t really a creative process to It. I wrote each song within two days. The longest part was getting in the studio because I had to maximize my time there working on everything to make sure it sounded perfect.
How has being brought up in the Bronx influenced the authenticity of your lyrical delivery?
Being brought up in the Bronx I was influenced and inspired by my hometown being the birthplace of hip-hop culture. It’s where it all started.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of our favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
My hands are my favorites. One hand is my mom and the other is my cousin who passed away. I also have a playboy bunny behind my ear which is a cool one. I went to a woman named Cake in New York — she’s really good.
You are playing in the big leagues at the ripe at of 22. What life experiences have led you to the maturity of your artistry?
The life experiences that have led me to mature would be just dealing with any family issues that may happen. Aside from that, just experiencing struggle in general, changes every aspect you could have on life.
If you could metaphorically affiliate your sound to be characteristics of an animal, what animal would you choose and why?
Maybe a tiger because of all the stripes and the roar, but it’s also a quiet animal at the same time.
NYC is infamous for street Cyphers that are raw, gritty and abounding with talent. Any standout memories from NYC Cyphers that you’ve potentially been a part of?
When I was growing up I watched a lot of rap battles that featured artists like Meek Mill. Me and my homies also used to battle each other in high school in the hallways.
What do fans of Levi Carter have to look forward to over the next six months?
I’m working on new music now so I know in 2017 I’m going to have a breakout year. I’m just going to attack with a plan, follow through and achieve everything.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
I have so much coming up next year so people don’t want to sleep on me, but I know that’s life so if they sleeping — they’ll wake up pretty soon.