We had the good fortune of connecting with VERDE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi VERDE, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
“The biggest risk a person can take is to do nothing.” This is a quote I’ve lived by throughout my whole life. Some people are very comfortable living a life with fear of the unknown. They work a 9 to 5 that they hate. Living check to check from some corporation that has completely enslaved their time and energy. With many people around me, including friends and family living this sort of life; it has inspired me as a human being to take the path less traveled. I was going onto my second year of college when I decided I could no longer live a lie. I was in the works of studying psychology as my major (because my mom was really pressuring me to study this field) and everyday I felt like I didn’t belong in any of my classes, everyday I felt like I was living a lie and wasting my time. And around the same time is when I was first hanging out with some friends that I had met from high-school. They would freestyle everyday, going back and forth; each of them with their own unique style and flavor. Hanging out with them made me fall in love with Hip-Hop, something that I had rarely known about because my parents didn’t like Hip-Hop. It reminded me of poetry and it made my heart feel warm. I then began to go home each and everyday after school and start writing and recording on my headphone’s built-in microphone to any beat I could find on the internet, and shortly after writing I would show it to my new friends. I was rising in love as I wrote my lyrics with intentions of inspiring the masses. I released an EP in November of 2017 while I was going to college called “Sagittarius”. And after the mist of the release I began to write my album “Saving the People”. This was when my whole life flipped in the matter of seconds. I was so intune with the highest version of myself while writing this album, I felt as though God/Divine was emitting right through me. I had been searching my entire life what my purpose was in this lifetime and it simply had found me at that very moment. Music. This…THIS is when I had decided I needed to drop out of college and drop out of everything and everyone that did not serve me or my passion. This was a big deal for me because my family will and would never agree on me quitting school for my “silly” dreams in music. I didn’t care. This is when I understood that this was MY Life and MY path. This is not my moms life, this is not my friends life, this is not my teachers life, this is not my bosses life. This is MY life. And I knew that if I didn’t take the risk, I would never know what was on the other side. I then dropped out of school, dropped people who no longer served me, and I quit my job. It is now 2020 and I can proudly say that I am now, a full-time artist, producer, and entrepreneur.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I identify as a Latinx in the Hip-Hop industry rapping about political, controversial topics. Being that most mainstream modern-day rappers tend to be materialistic, misogynistic, and braggadocios, I choose to step out of the bracket and speak on topics that will leave an impact on the youth and the next generation. It is definitely not as easy as it sounds. Being that we live in a fast food society, where most people’s attentions span is the size of a grain of salt, it could be very difficult. But not impossible. My lyrics and passion definitely sets me apart from others, being that its topic is so unique, it actually pulls more of an audience to tune into what I have to say. The revolution WILL be televised.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being that I’m a vegetarian, I would defiantly recommend anyone to go check out this vegan restaurant by the name of “Trilogy Sanctuary”. Its on the rooftop of a building with a beautiful view and delicious varieties of dishes. From Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner to Smoothies, Acai, Drinks & Desserts! Its delicious and I highly recommend going! Another spot I would recommend going to is Ocean Beach’s “People’s Organic Food Market”. Literal heaven. I suggest just going and buying some groceries and snacks then heading over to have a picnic on the sands of Ocean Beach (My favorite beach in San Diego!) They also have a farmers market, drum circles, and vendors every Wednesday!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Someone who has definitely contributed to my success as an artist and as a person would have to be my twin flame, business partner, and favorite person, AMON THE MC. What a beautiful soul this man is. He has not only pushed me beyond my limits, he has given me the confidence and magnitude to keeping going throughout the highs and the lows. We encourage each other every day to be the best version of ourselves, and that along with various other reasons is why I love the relationship we carry. He is a light, he is a star, he is my everything. Thank you AMON, I love you. I would additionally love to recognition anyone who has or has not believed in me and my endeavors. I believe that everyone who we meet in this lifespan was placed here for a reason and not by accident.
Other: ►Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/verdehiphop
► Spotify: https://goo.gl/YQ2dGQ
► Apple Music: https://goo.gl/RGzowS
► SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/2ZlHZQY