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Published on January 25th, 2017 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Who Is Apollo Night LA ‘Artist of the Week’ Absolute?

Apollo Night LA “Artist of the Week” Ishmael Chantiloupe, better Known as “Absolute” (@Ab2oLuTe) is a hip-hop artist from Jamaica. He started writing music at the age of nine but didn’t take it seriously until about the age of 14. He mostly listens to iconic rappers such Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre, Jay-Z, and J.Cole. His most recent track is “From Me To Me.”

From the outside looking in, who is Absolute?

Absolute is just an artist doing what he loves, you know, music, rap music, imma be the very first rapper from Jamaica to make as far as I’m concerned, but who am I? Really? I am one of the realest n***a anybody could ever know that’s what makes me who I am, that’s what makes me “Absolute” not the fact that I’m a thug,  I’m absolute because I speak the truth, I don’t talk about things I’ve never done, I keep real, in real life and on my tracks, that’s what makes me dope, like G- Eazy said ” if I ever said I’m getting money just know I mean it” and I mean whatever I say and that’s Absolute

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

What brought me into the music industry? I basically grew up in a musical family, I mean, my mom can sing, my sister, my brother, and my uncles they wrote and recorded music, but my biggest influence was rap music, that’s what I grew up hearing the most. Every day I would wake up and hear my uncles playing all these different artists, back and forth, back and forth, they use to play artists like Tupac, Bad, DMX, 50 Cent and Lil Bow Wow, so I basically grew up in a world of hip-hop, and I developed such a love for rap that I found myself writing this type of music. I remember I would write my songs and go to one of my uncles and tell them I wrote a new song and they would have me sing it, one day one of them asked me, “who taught me to write music?, and I would reply “nobody, nobody taught me”, but as I got older I realize that they’re the one’s who taught me, using the music they played and watching them write and record their own music, so I became accustomed to that I became accustomed to rap and over time I realized that this is what I want to do, I wanted to write music, I wanted to rap now I’m pursuing what I want

Tell us about your current project and your Apollo Night LA “Artist of the Week” winning single “From Me To Me.”

I’m currently working on a track called “Told Em featuring Pallas an upcoming rapper like myself, the track is about us making in the game, no matter where I’m from better yet where we came from, it talks about the dream, and how we’re going to prove people wrong, this track gonna be hella dope,  so you can look forward to that.

Now my winning track from Apollo Night LA titled “From Me To Me” this track was done on a classic beat. The same beat Nas did the song Album Done on for DJ Khalid’s Major Key Album.

Now the idea came to me when it was almost my birthday, and i was thinking to myself “I’ve never gotten anything for my birthday, not once, then I thought to myself maybe should get myself something, ‘a Gift From Me To Me” now I didn’t know what to get myself,  until one of my homies told me about the new J. Cole Album “4 your eyez only”  it was coming out on my birthday too, and I was like damn I gotta get me this album, and I did.  Making it a gift “From Me To Me,” that’s where the hook came from.

For verse one of the track, I just wanted people to know I didn’t just get up and said hey I’ma do music and decided to rap and then to finish that verse, I didn’t know what to write until an uncle I don’t know and have never  seen  heard my tracks. How? One of my cousins played it for him, so this guy I ain’t know calls my phone saying “Yow I heard your tracks they dope, I like them, but you need to stop being an imitation of what the Americans are doing you’re a copycat.” Now I thank him for that, cause that’s how I got my track finished cause all of that gave me the line: “I thought our motto was out a many one people, but because I rap Y’all don’t see me as an equal, so u say I’m selling out my people, but I never let it bother me cause it’s just me myself and I on my quest for victory.”

Nobody cares where you’re from or who’s doing the song. They just want to be able to feel it and relate to it; it is music after all.

The second verse of the track I was just talking about the people who don’t want me to get anywhere in life, and how I was going to get what I want, cause there is no way that I’m going to let anyone or anything stop me from achieving my goals.

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you?

For all new listeners my introduction would be a track I did called “Hustle Hearted”, reason being,  this tracks tells you what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, this track tells you that I’m set making it and that I’m sure I’m going to Make it, and you can find this track on Soundcloud, Audiomack, and YouTube so go ahead check it out.

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” moment.

I don’t think I have a crazy moment, none that I can remember

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