Author: Destiny Darby
CAQ recently had the opportunity to sit down with hip-hop artist Grand National in OKC to get an in-depth feel for who Grand National is and what his brand “Grand” represents. We also got a sneak-peek at his debut album Eastside Delicacy which is set to drop today!
WHO IS GRAND NATIONAL AND WHAT DOES YOUR BRAND STAND FOR OR REPRESENT?
Grand National is an original recording artist from OKC that has set off to do something that’s never been done in his city. By that, I mean just keeping everything original and as true to my roots as possible.
GRAND is an acronym for Giving Real A New Definition and NATIONAL stands for me being national and staying places all over the world. This year we’re taking it international. It’s about making what you want, happen; apply and seek more knowledge and accomplish the goal at hand. Don’t baby yourself; hold yourself accountable. Get money fuck bitches.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CREATING MUSIC? WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR START IN MUSIC?
My first creation was in 2008. I didn’t take it seriously until like 2013. Seeing a lot of whack ass nigga’s rapping influenced my start. The motivation in myself to be better and try to do something bigger than me. I love creating in general; music, photography…I love to help bring visions to life and play my part for the team. Cliche, but I’m a young visionary. I get high off bringing something to the team; weed too.
WE LOVE YOUR TRACKS “BLACK STAR” AND “NOSTALGIC FEELINGS.” WHAT INSPIRED THESE VISUALS?
“Black Star” was one of those things that just came about. We just wanted to do our own thing and not depend on anyone. “Nostalgic Feelings” was a reminiscent video. It came about because I used to dream about doing concerts and shit from ages six to fourteen. I would have dreams about performing and rocking shows, but if you had asked me back then I would’ve been like, “who does that?” It was like a message. I was dreaming about the shit and didn’t even know it.
AS AN ARTIST, WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES?
Curren$y inspires me to work harder. He dropped a tape a month. I like his grind. Dom Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle, UGK, OutKast, and Master P. The Carter II Wayne is the GOAT.
WHAT WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PARTICULAR GENRE/SOUND AS?
Euphoric is how I would describe my sound.
My genre is “don’t tell nobody; ya best kept secret.” There’s a collection of albums that are your best-kept secrets. I think I’ll be in that genre.
WHAT ARE 3 KEY QUALITIES YOU FEEL A MUSICIAN NEEDS IN ORDER TO STAY FOCUSED ON THEIR JOURNEY?
Perseverance, durability, and drive. You have to be strong. Every night might not go your way. You have to want to see progress and want to go get it! People say they want growth, but don’t put any action towards it. You have to put forth more than you did last week; bring it to the universe.
WHAT’S YOUR OPINION ON THE CLIMATE OF THE MUSIC GAME AT THIS VERY MOMENT?
It’s a cold bidness; it’s a music business. You can make music and that’s fine, but the business is a whole other animal. If you don’t get somebody to school you, you gon’ end up in the hamster wheel.
The rap game right now is like a royal rumble; it’s a free for all. Rappers got all these disguises right now like wrestlers.
WHAT ELSE HAS GRAND NATIONAL BEEN WORKING ON FOR 2017 AND WHEN CAN WE EXPECT EASTSIDE DELICACY (ESD) TO DROP?
We been in here just cooking since the beginning of 2017. I’ve been thinking ESD will drop February 10th. That’s looking like the date it’ll hit the shelves.
BIG THANKS TO GRAND NATIONAL FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SIT DOWN WITH CAQ AND FOR HOOKING US UP WITH THE ALBUM BEFORE THE RELEASE DATE! IT’S HOT Y’ALL! COP IT NOW!