Hi Noble Barz – how are you?
I am grateful thanks for asking I appreciate the Present, reflect on the Past and look forward to the Future.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in the Islands of the Bahamas in particular Nassau, New Providence the capital of the Bahamas. As a youth, I came from humble beginnings being raised by a single-parent my Mom from an early age. I always had a love for melodies growing up. I remember on the weekends my home was filled with music, and there was nothing like a Saturday when my Mom would play regularly on the home sound system her collection of records, tapes, compact discs or tuning in to her favourite radio shows during house chores and recreational activities alike. The music I grew up to transcended from the golden oldies to the likes of vintage Al Green, The Bee Gees, Ray Goodman & Brown, Third World, Anita Baker, to The Winans, James Cleveland, Hillsong Worship and to our own Bahamian greats such as the T-Connection and Kenny & The Beach Boys just to name a few.
What inspired you to start making music early on in your career?
I got into this music after encountering and became a fan of hip-hop music hearing on both the general market and the Underground side the likes of such hip-hop classic songs such as “Respiration” by Blackstar feat. Common Sense, and “Children’s Story” by Slick Rick made me want to start to rap. A Tribe Called Quest, Nas & on the Gospel hip hop side groups that you may not be familiar with, the Tunnel Rats, Deepspace 5, G.R.I.T.S., S.F.C., Cross Movement, Lightheaded, & the Procussions just to name a few.
Was there anyone specific that inspired your sound?
Emcees such as BlackStar, Common, Jasper Brown, Nas, Japhia Life, the Ambassador, Krum and Theory Hazit just to name a few.
If you could work with any artist now, who would it be?
The aforementioned of artist and just any other Creative who has an artistic edge and a consistency to their music on a non-profane way it doesn’t have to be hip-hop music it could be from a different genre love the meshing of various talents from their respective lanes that makes good quality collaborations.
What are the highlights of your music career so far?
Under my former moniker Barz Noble winning The Akademia Music Award of Best Rap/Hip-Hop Music Video for the song “Rainset” from my solo sophomore album S.C.O.A.P. (Soul Chapters Of A Poetic). Also from my freshman solo LP the “Symphonic Signatures,” six cuts from that project were nominated for the Caribbean Music Awards for album of the year.
Your most recent project is entitled “S. C. O. A. P” Soul Chapters of a Poetic” tell us more about what inspired you?
The elements of having a taste of soul undertones merging with hip-hop and poetry with both conscious and spiritual connotations throughout a body of work the SCOAP project was a springboard to where I am heading artistically from the former Barz Noble to now Noble Barz.
What is next for Noble Barz?
The new album “T.S.I.R.” (The Struggle Is Real) by Noble Barz. I will be releasing that body of work in short order “T.S.I.R.” touches on subjects of life the victory and at times the struggle seen through the eyes of faith, love and justice just putting a lyrical angle artistic wise to connect with listeners both existing and new. I had the privilege to work with equally talented Creatives alike whether in production experimenting with a cross genre sonic wise and sharing the mic with choruses and lyrics on these ten joints on the new album.
Finally – what piece of advice would you give any aspiring creator and artist out there?
Stay consistent in creating and putting out good music even before that ensure that your own performing rights and publishing setups as a Creative are in place and develop a good sense of the direction you want to evolve in to further your artistic expression get compensation for it and build on that as you grow in your craft. NEVER GIVE UP!
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