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Quick Q&A: Up-and-coming US rapper Sprove

VIBE: Sprove says his gigs have energy

'THE VOICE' speaks to the Indianapolis-born rapper Sprove as he prepares to enter the limelight.

Q: Tell us more about your upbringing and how you got into music...

A: Well, my friends and I used to freestyle when I was about 13 years-old, but it wasn’t until I got to college and got into a fraternity that I started to pursue rapping more. Whilst I was in the fraternity, I created a Kappa mixtape, which got a lot of attention and people we’re saying “Yo, you should really try that”, and I decided to pursue it further. At the time, I was going to medical school, but once the rapping thing came, I felt like it was time to do something that made sense – I’ve always been an entertainer and had the talent of rapping, but I never thought about taking it seriously until people started pushing me in that direction.

Q: What made you decide to study medicine initially?

A: My passion has always been to help people and change lives, and that was one way of doing it. Originally I was planning to be an anaesthesiologist, but I was mainly going in for the money. It was just something I knew I could do if I put my mind to it, but I wasn’t into it.

Q: How did you deal with juggling college and a music career?

A: It was very hard. I wanted to drop out so bad, but because it was the second semester of my junior year when I realised that I wanted to pursue a rapping career, I felt it was important to stick through it, since I was almost done. Also, I knew that I was doing this to make my mom happy – I wasn’t about to leave college and have to pay these student loans with no degree, so it was important for me to finish.

Q: So not too long ago, you released your EP Treading Waters. What was the overall production process for that?

A: I was in the studio pretty consistently, it only took me about three weeks to get it done. I did three studio sessions and when I go in the studio I’m always ready and know what I want to do with the song, whether it’s having the hook ready or the verse. So I’m usually always ready to go real quick.

Q: What are some of the highlights and challenges you’ve experienced so far since getting into the music business?

A: Really, it’s just the money situation. Can’t say I’m the richest dude, but I get by. I’ve put so much money into this, and now I’m getting paid for performances, features etc; and I’m starting to see the change and it all comes back full force, but it just takes time.

Q: I read that you’ve opened for acts including Young Thug and 21 Savage. What should people expect from a Sprove show?

A: Expect energy and to talk to me – I love to talk to my audience, I love eye contact and to interact. But I get everybody bouncing and energised.

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