We’ve played out a number of tracks from Canadian rapper Xilax over the last couple of years – so it was high time we caught up with him to find out a little bit more about his life and music.
Tell us a little bit about your yourself?
I’m a Canadian rapper, born in Chicoutimi, Quebec. I am of mixed colour and gorwing up I was caught between both the white and black communities, and had to learn quickly how to fight for respect.
My father died when I was just 6 months old. This left my mother, who had just arrived in a country unknown to her, to struggle on alone. She did, however, have help from my grandfather and godfather.
I’m now an independent rapper, singer, composer, cameraman, photographer and marketing consultant, and also continuing to put out new music.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
As far I can remember I always loved music of any genre. But I really fell in love with hip hop at high school with Wu-Tang!
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
Bob Marley, Wu-Tang, Method Man, Redman, Master P, Nate Dogg, NWA, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
The majority of my music has an old school vibe and old school flow. Most of my music is very inspirational and motivational, where story telling and bar meet.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
I’ve released over 30 singles and remixes from storytelling to drill, along with a few bangers and emotional songs.
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
At the moment I enjoy listening to Redman, Method Man, Wu-Tang and Eminem. Their influence is really reflected on my rhyme scheme and fast rap flow.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
With Eminem or Methodman/Redman.
What are your plans for the future?
Developing my brand and releasing more music! I am currently working on a new concept – “Apocalyptic rap/Prophetic rap”.
Where can we find out more about you?