ARTIST NAME: Laylow-TNG
SONG TITLE: Next Level
ALBUM TITLE: Life Ain’t What It Seems
RELEASE DATE: 04/26/2019
Laylow is a Mexican-American rapper, recording artist, and entrepreneur who originated from the San Gabriel Valleys of California.
He is a co-founder and artist of Baldwin Park, California, USA hip-hop collective and label Trapped N the Game (TNG).
Laylow wrote his very first song at the age of 18; creating a passion that would later turn into his dream career.
In 2018 he found himself struggling and working from job to job; barely making ends meet. It was one summer day that he felt the urge to write which reignited the passion he had found years ago.
His lyrics and songs are reflective of his west coast roots, and now he is on the rise doing all it takes to take it to the next level.
Tell us your name, country of birth, and childhood experience.
My name is Edward Alcay, I was born in the U.S. I grew up in a city where Gangbanging/Tagging was a large part of our culture and was around that scenario a lot. I had to adapt to my environment in order to strive in my city.
Tell us how you discover hip-hop.
The first time I ever heard hip-hop was when my older brother made music from across the hall; he put me up on the game with hip-hop. My older brother has been one of the most influential people when it comes to hip-hop for me because he’s the one that brought it into my life.
Brief us your experience creating your first song.
The first song I ever created was at the age of 16 and I was excited because it had a chopper-style like Tech N9ne. It was a big accomplishment that’s when I knew I wanted to do music.
List the name of the artists that have influenced you.
Tupac, Method Man, Nas, Biggie, Bone Thugs, Ice Cube, Dre, Xzibit – Prominently the West Coast.
Discuss the difference between the old school songs and new school songs.
Old School hip hop was fun to listen to and you could paint the picture with their lyrics. Lyricism played a big part and I am here to bring it back.
Tell us how you compose or write lyrics.
Before I write my lyrics I vibe with the beat for a while then I start getting the feel about what to write about. I go deep by explaining things that I have seen or things that I have done. It’s a way of expressing yourself through music and that’s what I love to do.
Brief us about your recording experience in the studio.
I live in my studio, so I’m constantly working and learning anything I can to be the best artist I can be. I have my morning sessions that are usually the times I have to myself in the studio. Then I have my night sessions, the studio is filled up at this point with TNG artists just vibing and creating our best work.
Tell us your gain and loss as an artist.
My gain as an artist is all the knowledge and lessons I have learned throughout the experiences I’ve had in music.
Experiences also come with some losses. Whether the experience has been working with different artists or producers, finding my own sound, putting myself out there to reach a new audience, and performing live; there is always room to grow through each gain and loss.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.
The most important piece of advice I can give a new artist is to believe in yourself; if you don’t believe in yourself nobody else will believe in you.
Discuss the music industry.
I grew up in the 90s-00s era, music has changed a lot. I’m definitely looking forward to giving the industry a new sound.
State your future goal.
My future goal is to make an impact in the music industry.
Discuss the process involved in making this song.
There is a special moment when an artist hears a beat that just makes you feel something, that is the moment is when you know it is meant to be. It’s just one of the times when writing to the song becomes effortless because you feel it in your soul.
Tell us everything we need to know about the song.
“Next Level” has a very special meaning to me. It’s one of the songs that really made me see the potential I have as an artist. This song will always remind me of the drive I have and help me keep pushing to be better.
Tell us how you come up with the title of the song and your artist’s name.
My artist name has always been easy for me because I just went with the name I’ve always been called pretty much all my life, Laylow.
TNG stands for Trapped N the Game; we are a group, collective, record label, and movement.
I usually know what to name a song once I get the idea or topic of the song, once the song is completed. I feel like a song name is very important because it’s the first thing that stands out to someone, maybe even the reason why someone listens to it.