After weeks of planning we finally cought up with one of the hardest working trio’s in Hip Hop today. Lets get right into our featured interview with The Trilogy. Make sure you check out Gorilla Warfare album below.
How and when did you three become The Trilogy?
We formed The Trilogy officially in March of this year, after the success of our project “Gorilla Warfare E.P.” and the video we released after that called “La Vida” we decided to form the group officially because it seemed so natural to make music together and with so much popularity from our hood and so many countries that play our music we decided to make it official and take this world by storm as a whole.
I wrote a freestyle verse back in 2011 and one of the lines was “working with the brother Consep (Jay Conseption), Gorilla Warfare coming soon”. It was supposed to be a song but then jay suggested we work on a short ep produced solely by Mantis. The ep named Gorilla Warfare hit and it took a liking to many around the way. We started pushing the project and it got a wonderful response throughout Blogs and hip hop websites. Mantis saw us joining forces and becoming a group. After weeks of brainstorming The Trilogy was born.
How did each of you first get started in music?
I started writing lyrics at 13 and making music when I was 16. I spit a verse on my Senior Video in Newtown High school and everyone gave me a lot of love and from there everyone noticed I was spitting and it took off from there. I bought my first MPC 2000XL and began sampling and writing to my own music rather than the industry instrumentals I used to write to.
I grew close to music at the age of thirteen, I started off writing poems and I never looked back from there, hip-hop has been an influence in my life for a while, the whole format of putting rhymes together and making them coincide with a beat was always intriguing to me.
I entered a 4th-grade rap contest and finished in 2nd place. Everyone thought I won so I continued to practice to get better at my craft because I knew people saw something in me.
Explain the concept behind your project “Gorilla Warfare”
The concept behind the Gorilla Warfare project was to create something special. Incorporating hard lyrics with hard beats to change the pace of which the state of hip hop is currently in.
Three talented individuals coming together for one common cause and that is to bring back lyrics and music with meaning behind it, not just your regular nonconceptual songs that we hear in this day and time
We wanted to make this a project with real dope beats along with smooth but intricate lyrics in order to bring back that essence of hip-hop we grew up and loved listening to but with a more modern feel. We definitely had that “Us against the World” mentality with this project hence the fact we didn’t feature anyone but us 3 on this E.P.
How do you feel about the current state of hip-hop?
Besides mumble raps I think hip hop is in a good place as artists we Are given more opportunities and more of a platform to display our delivery skills and word play and also we are given the opportunity to reach a larger audience.
Hip-hop has evolved into a beat state. What I mean is that in its inception late 60’s, 70’s & 80’s it was all about the DJ. When Big Daddy Kane and Rakim hit the scene in the late 80’s early 90’s it was all about the MC (emcee to some). Then by the 2000’s, it was all about how the beat made you feel. Fast forward to 2017, the words and message behind the music have become obsolete. I feel like it’s detrimental to the art form.
What music are you all currently listening to?
Honestly, right now I usually listen to my own music because I’ll make a beat and then put it on my iPhone to listen to and I always dissect it to make the beat better by adding or taking away certain sounds. I am currently listening to Big Pun, Most Def, J Cole, Eminem, Nas, Wu-Tang, Mobb deep and been listening to Dave East and truthfully I listen to the Gorilla Warfare E.P. still, of course, haha
I’m currently listening to our stuff. Besides us, J Cole never disappoints and Joey Badass just dropped some fire.
besides listening to our music I’m still listening to that good old music with substance like Nas, big punisher, Joe Budden and the whole slaughterhouse, Kool G rap and as far as now I have to go with j. Cole and Kendrick Lamar
What do you hope to accomplish as a group in 2017?
Definitely, want us to reach a bigger audience on a larger scale, I feel…no let me correct that I KNOW we have what it takes to reach that level and we possess the potential to captivate real hip hop fans that can relate to music with substance and reality raps.
Basically to encourage everyone to be creative and original with their music. We are working real hard to put a stamp in the game with true lyricism and heart wrenching beats.
I hope to reach more people worldwide with our music and to make this more of a career. From touring to putting on shows in different parts of the world or making music for our supporters, I want us to shine on all levels of music so we can show the world we were destined to do this.
Who do you have to thank for your success thus far?
I really want to thank the real supporters who listen to our music who always give us feedback and always share our music and show us nothing but love. I especially want to thank Jay Conseption and John Figz, without them I would be nothing. They are what makes this team what it is, and without them, The Trilogy would have never existed.
I want to thank these good brothers Mantis and Jay who believed in me when I was in a deep state of depression. Also my mother who I promised I was going to do something special with this music right before she passed, I know she’s watching over us through this whole process. Oh and the nonbelievers who have nothing else better to do than to talk nonsense.
First and foremost the most high, secondly but never second all of our devoted supporters without you guys None of this would’ve been possible, and last but not least everyone that ever doubted and overlooked our talent, the ones who second-guessed us thank you all for the motivation and the push to prove to the nonbelievers that we have what it takes to rise above .
Mantis is a Producer/Lyricist for Mantis Music Productions. Born in Queens, Elmhurst NYC, growing up listening to Wu-tang, MobbDeep, Nas, Natural Elements, Cannibus, AZ and Eminem it was only a matter of time before he started making his own music. Producing since the age of 17, Mantis has sharpened his craft from going in and out of groups to working on his own projects and now being part of the super group called “The Trilogy” which consist of him, Jay Conseption & John Figz. With Idols like Hans Zimmer and RZA, you can see how his music is very movie like taking you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Adapting to the new age music and With notable music talent, becoming a known presence in the music business and is making a name for himself. From innovative and vanguard lyrics to impactful performances and styles, the music’s speaking for itself and people are listening.
In a world filled with many unsigned artists, there is always that person that brings about an essence of nostalgia. Born in the beautiful Dominican Republic, Jay Conseption became a New York resident at an early age, he was born June 24 and is making his way into the field of entertainment by providing the world with a flow of “Common” artistry and music with substance that you can only find in a dedicated artist.
John Figz is an artist that comes from a generation that was impacted during the era of music where Hip Hop, Boom Bap, and times of consciousness were strong. John has an extremely versatile lyrical ability in both English and Spanish. His Genres are Hip Hop, Spanish Hip Hop, and Boom Bap primarily but can easily adapt to the new sounds as he displays with distinct flows. Having been in the music industry for a couple of years, his following continues to grow with those who appreciate good music. Some will say artists should stay with one genre, while others understand that if you’re given a gift you need to use it. With the right skills set and delivery, John Figz hopes to make a difference in this music industry.