An Interview With Houston Rapper BILLYRACXX All About His Newest 2-Part Project, ‘Butterflies,’ the Black Lives Matter Movement and More!
Known for his edgy tracks and incredible visual productions, Houston rapper Billyracxx is breaking barriers in the music industry. Constantly raising the bar for himself, he focuses on creating stunning, next level videos to accompany his groundbreaking style of Hip-Hop.
Although the rapper has called Houston his home for over a decade, he originally hails from Florida. His signature sound may be rooted in the Bayou City, but it does not fit the mold of a typical Houston rapper. Billyracxx has created his own mold unlike anything previously seen or heard in Hip Hop. His music is gritty and emotionally palpable, while his visuals are stunning and uncomfortably visceral. Billyracxx acts as both the writer and creative director for all of his projects. His last album, RELIGION was entirely written and conceptualized by Billyracxx. The eight-track project was also produced by CHASETHEMONEY, who is known for his collaborations with Valee, G Hebro, Chance the Rapper and most recently JID and J. Cole.
Now, exactly a year later, Billyracxx is releasing his next project, a two-part EP “Butterflies Pt. 1” and “Butterflies Pt. 2.” His newly released London-based music video, “Butterfly,” which premiered on Paper Magazine, serves as the inspiration for his dual EP concept. In every video on the project, Billyracxx will be seen wearing butterfly wings to symbolize how his unique hip hop sound mimics the sound of a butterfly’s wings. The first single from the EPs, “Kill Me,” aims to prove that Billyracxx will either become successful for his creative influence or die trying. With each music release bigger and better than the last, it goes to show that Billyracxx will never stop striving for perfection.
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Learn more about Billyracxx in the following All Access interview:
Thank you for your time. So given these unusual Covid-19 times, what does a typical day look like for you? How have you adjusted to these times? How are you staying busy?
A typical day for me during these times is very random. I’m taking everything day by day. Really tapping into myself and allowing that to help me get more creative and fluid with my content, as well as creative with how I keep stacking money.
What has been the hardest/most challenging part about being quarantined? Is your city starting to open up more?
The hardest part is the lack of travel. I’m used to being in a different state every month, and now I’m trying my best to stay close to my family during these times. So, that requires being in Houston. Due to the fact that black lives don’t matter to our governmental “system”, the city has risen up in big protest. With all of this going on, we are at risk of another corona peak, but at the same time, we can’t be distracted from the change that really needs to happen.
Let’s talk about your two-part EP “Butterflies Pt. 1” and “Butterflies Pt. 2.” Why did you decide to release it in two parts? What does a butterfly symbolize to you? I actually have a butterfly tattoo on my ankle so I am a big fan of them myself!
I wanted to make this project more digestible for my fans. I wanted them to really take in the vibes I was pushing on them. No one knows what a butterfly sounds like, but they notice one every time it comes near. That was the idea behind this project. I created that sound.
What inspired this new music? What was it like putting this collection together? Did anything surprise you about the overall process? How long did it take from start to finish? How would you say that these collections compare to your last album, “Religion”?
Evolution inspires everything I do. Putting this project together just required me to tap into where my mind was at. After that, it’s no turning back. I get completely immersed in the vibes or the idea I’m working on and then everything I make shapes into that masterpiece I’m creating with the music and visuals. Due to my sound and complexity, I can’t even compare my projects to each other. Religion was a horror movie. Butterflies is a different type of story.
Can you break down your first single from the EPs, “Kill Me.” How exactly did this track come together?
“Kill me” is one of those records that speaks my truth in the most direct way on this project. It’s how I feel about the world. If you listen to that song and watch that video you can clearly see how I see myself in this world.
I understand that you are always responsible for all your artwork for your music. Can you tell me more about creating the visuals for this newest project? Where do your ideas typically come from?
My ideas stem straight from me being honest with myself. I aim to make my visuals feel just like the music sounds.
Speaking of new music, how do you think future music is going to be influenced by this incredible and absolutely necessary Black Lives Matter movement that the US is going through now? Is it inspiring you and your music today?
I use it as inspiration. I have to. It’s my reality. I’m ready for whatever comes with this, because change is necessary.
Can you talk about your newest release “Melt My Face” and the influences behind the song.
The song is one of those coded messages to the people. Filled with energy, rage, excitement, displaced rage, and a lot of other vibes. This song has a Rage Against the Machine type of vibe, but it’s my revenge on society, white man, system, the norm, all of the above.
If you could design your dream music video right now, what would it look like?
I would take my production team to a place like the Netherlands and just create off of pure inspiration. It would depict black people as the superior race through abstract pictures.
If you could perform or write and record with any artist right now, who would you choose and why?
It would have to be Lil Wayne, Frank Ocean or Travis Scott. Reason being because our voices together on a track would be a new genre.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
I knew I would be one of the most influential artists in the world, even before I start inching close to any type of recognition from anyone.