2 Time Artist Pick on Beat of the Week
Location: California Born, Oregon Bred
Age: 30 years old
Genre: Lyrical/Underground/Conscious Hip Hop
What he did with the prize money: Purchased a beat a project!
“What’s the word/I can spell/Will you grow beneath the shell/You can tell it’s meant to work cuz you don’t even need the L/It be the G the R the A the T I the T U the D add an E and you will see the path you need” – from “Sol Verse” BOTW entry
Have you made any connections/collaborations through BOTW yet?
Yes I have. I just recently did a verse for a track by iEllisTheArtist who’s a member and has placed first.
This track is so dope. Check it out here on soundcloud!!
What do you like to rap about?
I like rapping about all sorts of topics. Usually, events that have occurred in my life are where most of my songs come from. A song becomes a way to get my thoughts out there and deal with different emotions and feelings life can bring. I’ve made tracks on everything from politics, relationships, and mental to health to lighter topics like cannabis use, my love for hip hop, and nights out with friends.
If you’ve been on BOTW long enough, you’ve seen Think 2wice in the highlight reel dropping metaphors about topic after topic. We really appreciate the perspective he can bring to the conversation through his bars!
Who do you make music for?
I honestly make music for me. I try to stick to what I feel rather than what others may like. It’s a passion, a coping mechanism, a way to learn about myself, and something that I love doing and I don’t really see myself stopping even if I end up being the only one who enjoys it!
This is the reason you feel that authenticity with each verse. Keep this mind set up, and we’ll be hearing bars from Think 2wice til the casket drops.
If you could make a track with any feature (dead or alive) who would it be?
I’d have to say Prhyme. DJ Premier is my favorite producer of all time and Royce Da 5’9 is the GOAT in my opinion so working with them would be a huge honor.
Tell us a bit about your life, your friends, and your neighborhood. What do you like to do? Do you have a family?
I recently moved to Eugene, Oregon after living in the Portland area for more than 20 years so I unfortunately don’t get to see as much of my friends as I’d like. Life gets in the way often and I am working on finishing my degree in digital marketing so free time is hard to come by. But I have gotten to know a lot of talented people through hip hop and I’ve done a lot of collaborations with people I now consider good friends. As far as family, I’m lucky to have 2 supportive parents and an older sister who’s always been there for me. I also have a girlfriend (Kaitlin) that I live with and we recently celebrated our 5-year anniversary.
We’re happy to see hip hop as the gateway to entering new circles and congrats to you and your GF, 5 years is HUGE!
Where do you record?
I do all my recording at home in my office/studio room.
What is your process like?
My process is always to start with the beat. I listen to the beat first and see what emotions it brings out. Then I’ll usually start freestyling and I try to find the cadence that I think fits best. Sometimes I don’t even say actual words, I just try to find the pocket of the beat and the flow that I like best and then I’ll fill in the bars according to that.
Damn we might need to swing by and capture this for our The Come Up series!
Do you have any job besides music at the moment?
I recently made the decision to go back to college full time and finish my degree in digital marketing and I also do some delivery driving for Grub Hub.
What have been the greatest successes of your career so far?
I don’t think there’s been one moment I can say has been the greatest success of my career. I really feel like that moment’s on its way. If I had to choose, I’d say that dropping the album “When No One’s Listening” with my friend MCRE has been the highlight of the work I’ve done so far.
Check out “When No One’s Listening” here https://soundcloud.com/wnol/sets/when-no-ones-listening! The project is full of bangers. Let Think 2wice know which track is your favorite.
Have there been any struggles or failures you are comfortable sharing?
I’ve had a lot of struggles that many others have also faced - addiction issues, depression, broken friendships/relationships, regrets, etc. Struggle has been the inspiration for a good handful of songs that I’ve released, and I actually have a project coming out called “A Funny Feeling” that addresses these issues directly and will give insight to some of the other struggles I’ve faced.
Indeed. We all face struggles in one way or another. Definitely waiting on “A Funny Feeling”. Holla at us when it's done!
How and why do you talk about your struggles in your music?
Making music is like a therapy session and it really helps me deal with different issues life throws at me. I think making music about difficult subjects is extremely important because it has the ability to connect with others who face a similar struggle. It can let listeners know that they’re not alone and it can provide hope to some when they can’t find it in other places. I know firsthand that music can help people get through shit like that.
Music can be like a super power. Keep healing the world!
What do you hope to achieve with your music?
I really hope to connect with people and provide some insight/help/advice/motivation to those that need it. I want my music to be able to make some sort of change in the world even if it’s just a single person thinking differently about something. I also hope to earn respect as a real lyricist/song writer and let others rapper know my pen’s not to be fucked with!
You got your respect from us here at BOTW. We see the dedication you’ve put into your craft and the lyricism you bring to EVERY. SINGLE. VERSE.
When it’s all said and done, what do you want people to remember about you and your art?
I don’t really concern myself too much with that honestly. I just try to stay real to me and hope people will feel it and can relate to what I talk about in my songs. If I can be remembered as a lyricist who respected the culture and was passionate about his art than I’ll be happy.
You are on a good path fam. That goal is within reach!
How did you come up with your rap name?
I got my rap name from the fact that it fits the way I rap. I use a lot of lyricism, wordplay, and metaphors in my songs and I pride myself on making music that makes people think. I know I always enjoy songs where I can listen many times and find different parts of lyrics that I didn’t fully catch the first time and that’s the same way I try to write my songs.
You know how many times we had to rewatch these Think 2wice verses?? Cmon man! Make sure you peep all the bars he’s dropped on the platform… they're all fire… and we guarantee you missed some.
Royce Da 5’9
This is a lyricist's list if we’ve ever seen one!!
Think 2wice has Music Out Now!
Follow Think 2wice:
- Website: https://think2wicemusic.com/
- Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/think-2wice/820583565
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/think2wicemusic
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/think2wicemusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/think2wicemusic