Published on January 18th, 2018 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
Who is Will Wes?
We got the chance to sit down with one of Louisiana’s hottest new rappers- Will Wes. Coming from a small town in Louisiana, Will Wes is highly unique and has his own swag. Oh yeah, and he’s super talented. Check out the exclusive interview below so you can get to know Will Wes!
What inspired you to start rapping?
I remember going to the local pool when I was around nine years old and I saw all the older kids piled up in a crowd. I didn’t have a clue on what they were doing, but I did know they were making lots of noise. Being young and nosey, I decided to go over and see what all the noise was about and there it was…the first time I ever saw a freestyle battle. Two older kids were going at it and I remember telling the older kids I could do that. They looked at me laughing until I actually started doing it. Everyone was shocked and amazed…they gave me props and from that day on, I knew music was my lane.
How has the environment of your small hometown Houma had an impact on your music?
I would say it gave me the motivation to be different. People assume if you’re from Louisiana that you’re going to have this signature sound like the Baton Rouge or New Orleans music scene. I don’t knock either; I enjoy both sides music but I just want to be as different as possible and be the one that gets rid of that stereotype.
How did you come up with your Trap/Pop lane?
Honestly, being a rapper you would think I listen to just hip hop but I’m actually the opposite. I listen to all genres of music. I enjoy the uplifting vibe that you get from pop music…not saying that you can’t get that vibe from hip hop because you can; I could put on a Chance The Rapper song right now and receive that same vibe. It’s just a lot more of that vibe when listening to pop music and adding trap music gives you a little more of that struggle, grind, and come-up. I try to keep my music blended to give the best of both worlds, which also leaves a lane open for me to where if I ever wanted to just go full pop on an album, I could and it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.
Who are your biggest influences musically?
I was a huge Michael Jackson fan when I was younger. He is the “King of Pop” so I guess that’s where my love for the pop sound began. Also being that I’m from Louisiana, Lil Wayne was always a huge musical influence. Chris Brown is like my generation’s Michael Jackson so he’s another one.
You have a distinct style with your ear gauges and face/neck tattoos. What inspired this?
Just something I happened to be around a lot. It just kind of became a part of me.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
There’s so many to name but my top three would be Chris Brown, Chance The Rapper, and Lil Uzi Vert.
What inspired your single “Pull Up”?
Just being in LA one night and realizing that I came a long way from that little trailer park back home.
What are some challenges you face as an artist?
Just staying mentally creative and putting out dope music that the fans will appreciate.
Do you write your music before the studio or while at the studio?
It depends…sometimes there and sometimes before.
When or where do you get your inspiration to write?
At around 14 years old I realized I could come up with a way better verse writing it down versus freestyling. I think a song is better when it’s thought out. I could get inspiration to write anywhere or anytime…it could be the mood I’m in, something I seen, or getting a compliment from a fan. You just never know.
Do you have other passions besides music?
I want to eventually get into acting. I got some homies who are into fashion. I find that to be pretty cool. There are multiple things I want to take a shot at, but as for now I’m just focused on my music.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I see Will Wes being known worldwide and being seen as one of the greats.
What are you working on at this moment?
Videos and lots of music!
What is a quote or motto that you live by?
We All Eat (W.A.E.) which means every last person on the team will be good and no one will ever get left out. If I got it, you got it. I think every team of individuals should feel that way. You can’t call me family but only look out for yourself.Tweet