Anthony Valdes, a.k.a. AYNT, is a multi-talented music artist who produces and raps his musical tracks. He is part of the Hip-hop collective, “Just-this Crew” out of the suburban neighborhood of Fountainbleau in Miami. His story highlights a style approach of a talented, young artist who combines with a work ethic to be successful in his craft. The Miami hip-hop scene isn’t as highly regarded like in Atlanta, New York, Chicago but according to an article on local station WLRN’s website by Anthony Cook, up and coming rap artists (Pouya, Sylvan Lacue, Denzel Curry) in Miami are developing a following in every neighborhood with devoted fans. Google the words, “miami rap scene” and articles will speak about the stigma of rap associated with violence and specifically in the case of Miami, drug running. AYNT sat down with byteclay.com to answer a few questions about his rap style and the answers will change the stigma:
Eric L. Labrador: First of all, introduce yourself–Where were you born in Miami? Why the stage name AYNT?
AYNT: I was born in Hialeah Hospital in April 1993, making me the first American born into my family that migrated to the U.S. from Cuba in about May of 1980. The deeper I get into this life, the more I realize that my artistry has been instilled in me at an early age and activated somewhere during my teenage years. A lot of my energy and time was spent developing these rap records with my group (Just-this Crew) to release to the fans. AYNT (A.n.t) was really a nickname given to me throughout my early years but I stuck with it as my stage name because there’s only a split line between the person and the artist. I’ve had to alter the spelling of my name for several reasons but I’ma stick to this AYNT format.
EL: I hear a lot of 70’s soul funk and Jimmy Hendrix influence in your tracks. How does this apply to your style?
AYNT: Initially, I was always a fan of music. The way I would listen to music, the parts I remember of certain songs and the urge to want to dig deeper into its origin are all advantages to the creative process. I believe one who is true to the art must always find cognitivity in this process. My niche is my style itself–there’s so much more to offer then what today’s rap scene is providing. I’m the “one of a kind” artist who go different places to find different perspectives in today’s world. In the same world where artist’s rise at such a fast rate, I found that is the only way to remain original and true to your craft.
EL: Your tracks don’t sound like the successful rap music on the radio which speaks more to gun/drug running, lots of money, gangsta life (yours is more about life and experiences) Explain why?
AYNT: My intentions to want to resonate with fans might be different from the common artist and my will and ambition might be a little stronger. I accept my role as the underdog in this aim. I do believe though, that any concept has the same right to be sung as long as it’s done in a way where its value is renewed. I agree we’ve heard a lot of the same themes of songs with a lot of these rappers and it’s also mostly because they come from the same type of environment. They want to better themselves and many times the system in place has them singing the same songs as another artist. I understand that but I’ll still be against it–there is only one way to create and its with your own approach.
Artists build themselves in standards they will never reach because their ambitions are being wired backwards, the music industry didn’t make the standards, just provided the tools. The artists made it for the industry. I create more considerably towards musicality and melody in my songs.
EL: Are you performing anywhere local where people could see you live?
AYNT: I have a couple of shows coming up in the range of net week, late May as far as I know now. Details are being worked out and will be announced on my social media pages (listed below) as soon as they’re presented. They’re going to be in the Miami area.
EL: What do you do when working to feel comfortable to be the best version of yourself (wearing comfortable clothes, routines, eating special food)?
AYNT: I’ve been creating music for a really long time so a lot of my preparation has changed throughout the years. I would never say that I had a ritual before starting a production. I just had to make sure that I had enough focus, energy and will to get as much done as needed. I create a lot of time for myself to be able to make music so I just “box”. True, it will depend on how much I want to have the current project flourish off the ground compared to the last one.
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