We had the good fortune of connecting with Blake Anthony and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Blake, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Music chose me to be honest. I’d taken part in a couple school poetry events in like 7th & 8th grade; I found a lot of enjoyment and energy in performing poetry live but truly wanted to be in video game design as a developer of plots & storylines. In high school I met my homies Kendrick and K-slang and we’d rap together at K-slang’s crib and by the time I’d graduated I started recording with my homie “Dont3” at his place. Soon as I left Texas and got to Tacoma WA, I sought out the first recording studio I could find, recording with mountain house & then DJ Phinisey thereafter. I’d had plenty of jobs, and money was always on my mind but writing and rapping were like second nature and always in my focus; I’d be on the bus just thinking of rhymes about the people I saw or places I’d go, and they usually were pretty trash but it’s the fun of it that kept me going.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I come from Topeka Kansas, which is kinda like a tiny vacuum of a city; you get sucked into it and lose sight of ever leaving, or you’re born there and never consider you could go anywhere else. I have an eternal love for my city due to my own nostalgia but a lot of people seek to escape; I did via my mother heading to Florida, and I think that is where I first started rapping for fun. I think my sound is reaching a point where it’s not assigned to any sector of the nation (be it southern, west coast, east coast or even Midwest). Rather, my style is more like water: able to flow and organize with the composition. I focus on living my life as I normally would without pressures to have an image, because as it turns out, most of my songs arrive to me from random inspirations in my day to day. I remember writing some of my favorite songs while watching Mob Psycho 100 with no intentions of recording at all except for the fact that I was writing those songs and decided “I should record these”. I spent a lot of time performing with Yodi Mac and Wffls which took me to places like the Tacoma Dome, & Spring fest opening for Joey Bada$$ and much more, but that also taught me challenging things like standing up for my own voice, seeing my own value and capitalizing on situations where a mic is left empty and the people are looking for someone to step up. I’m still working on gathering listeners and reaching people on a deeper level, and I hope that in the coming years of my growth people all over the world will hear my sound and reach out to say they felt that. That feeling when someone reaches out to me and says “I listed to My way and I felt that Cancer energy” is like a surge of divine power. Shout out to Anna Elliot she loved that song and sent me that message and it resonated.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First off I’m a little cave dragon that just holes up and smokes big. If the homie pulls up to kick it for a week though I’d definitely see if they wanted to hit the beach, golden gardens is beautiful with any sunlight; then we could swoop some Japanese for dinner, probably Kozue or Dumpling the noodle is fire too. If we got time to drive to Tacoma we definitely hitting Frisko Freeze, that is THE best burgers in WA it’s not up for debate. With some dollars to spend on drip we’d swoop to ETC in Tacoma. Etcetera has always supported me and they are a staple in the Northwest community doing so much for Tacoma it’s sick, and that drip is recognized nationwide. Back in Seattle I’m a big fan of Lil’ Red’s take out & catering they are the south end SLAP, and even Emma’s bbq! But we basically eating all day, then we can pick from some green from Ponder I got that medical discount baby, then swoop back to the studio at the crib. But if they need to get out more, we can walk around Wallingford or Gasworks park and smoke incognito, then holla at Wffls and see if we could go record digging at Wizdumb’s house. I don’t know Wiz personally so I can’t say if that’s a go but Wffls does. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely could not have stayed so focused without my brother Ashley, and my homies Donte Griffin aka DONT3 on streaming platforms, as well as Josh Rotholz aka Wffls my stage drummer/DJ/council. And shout out to my artist babe Jess Butler, a Wave & cloud Painter as well as clothing designer and so much more.
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