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Today we’d would like to Introduce ‘CODENAME : RAFI’.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. After I graduated in 2016, I moved to Nashville, TN to studying Audio Engineering at Belmont University. That didn’t last very long. It is a long story that I would rather talk about in the interview. After leaving Nashville, I decided that I needed to go to Los Angeles to pursue what I wanted out of life and so I did just that. After that long drive and settling down here, I have released two independent releases and a single. I am working on my second album length project right now. I have been making music for over eight years so I wouldn’t say I am an amateur but I will say that I still need to learn a lot.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been obstacle throughout this journey. Whether it be personal struggle with losing people, financial struggles of surviving LA or having periods of creative block. There is also the frustration of not getting recognition you feel your product deserves, but it isn’t really supposed to be easy. I’ve been finessed out of money and I’ve worked hard for people just out of kindness but, I still feel like I could be putting myself out there more. There are a lot of things I could go into detail on but let’s save that for the talking.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
CODENAME: RAFI is a producer, songwriter, engineer, and performer. I make a kind of hip hop that is hard to categorize, so much so that sometimes the streaming services will call it hiphop and other times, they put me in the pop category. I like to focus on just making the music. I want to make feel good music but I also want to make music that is relatable and gives you something to think about. I feel that balancing act is one thing that sets me apart. I also have a very different sounding voice and my production is unique but familiar for people. I am probably most proud of how far my singing has come from high school to now.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Honesty, Integrity, Discipline, Steeze, and Love for myself and my audience.

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@rawkilo, @franklinjonas, @stillgiluntilkilled

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