Published on April 29th, 2020 | by Marilyn Reles


LA’s Hip Hop Scene & Staying Busy In Quarantine – A Q&A With Savii Cross

Derriyoun Anthony Browning (born November 26, 1994), better known by his stage name Savii Cross, is a rising musician, rapper, songwriter, sound engineer, and actor out of the Inland Empire. Born in Inglewood, CA, he believes that Los Angeles’s Hip Hop scene has influenced his musical style in many ways. Savii Cross first found his success in the music industry back in 2014 after releasing his hit single “Bounce” alongside “I Mean It” feat Los Angeles-based artist OHNO. He was then linked with an A&R from Atlantic Records and given the opportunity to record live sessions right in their home studios. Now we’re here in 2020 and Savii Cross is still moving independently, investing nothing but money, blood, sweat, and tears into himself. After the release of his hit single “Fake Flexin”, he signed under Nashville, Tennessee artist 6Tusk. I had a chance to sit down with Savii Cross to discuss his next steps and how his new found partnerships came to be!

You’re from LA. How did LA’s Hip Hop scene influence the style of your music? 

LA’s Hip Hop scene influenced my style of music in many different ways. Just the environment you grow up in or the things you see or hear can be an influence or inspiration.

You recently signed under artist 6Tusk out of Nashville. Tell us about how that partnership came to be.

It’s crazy! I connected with 6Tusk on Instagram, and he reached back out to me. He was rockin with my “Fake Flexin” single. From there we just stayed connected and working!

Tell us about your newest single “Whistle While You Twerk”. How was it perceived by fans and what was the inspiration behind it?

“Whistle While You Twerk” was definitely inspired by the “Ying Yang Twins” I was born on the West Coast but all of my family is back South, so I like to mix my West Coast sound with my Southern Origin and create my own sound

How have you been keeping busy during quarantine? Have you been feeling creative?

This whole quarantine thing is crazy! But I’ve definitely been feeling creative. I have a home studio so I tend to stay busy and keep writing. I can’t wait until everything is back open so I can get back to these shows!

What is your advice to young, independent artists who are trying to make it in this industry?

My advice to young independent artists trying to make it in the industry is to stay humble, stay consistent, and invest in yourself. Time waits on no one and you’re on your own time!

You wear many hats as a rapper, songwriter, sound engineer, and actor. What is your favorite hat and is it difficult to juggle everything?

I can say my favorite hat right now would be Acting. As a kid growing up I was always goofy and making people laugh. I participated in a lot of plays. But it’s not difficult to juggle, I just learned how to balance everything out.

What can fans look forward to in 2020?

The fans can look forward to more music and definitely some more visuals. I have a new project dropping this year titled “INVICTUS” meaning Undefeated, Unconquered, and Invincible in Latin. I don’t have a specific release date yet, but they can definitely keep an eye out for that.

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