Up-and-coming Detroit rapper Nate Eaken just released his new video for his track, “All Day.” Eaken has recently opened up for rappers Danny Brown, Trick Trick, TYGA, and MGK. His current mixtape out is called No Shoe Stringz Attached.
What inspired your track”All Day”?
“All Day” was inspired by the actual people Cassy and Gary, that I rap about in the song. I did a show with MGK [Machine Gun Kelly] and met them and became friends. I kept up with them on social networks and see what they go through on the day-to-day. They were kinda the first people to show me how my music was on that level. My boy Gerard Victor directed the video, he also directed my last video called “MI Girls.”
How do you handle adversity day-to-day?
Honestly- read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill; that’s how I handle adversity everyday. I would love to tell you I have a strong support system, but I only have my fans, and some family/friends.
How long have you been rapping?
I started rapping ’cause I wanted to get all the bitches!… Just kidding. Music has always been a huge part of my life even as a kid. My mom would drive me to school and always have oldies or classic-rock on; I listened to a lot of Journey, Guns N’ Roses, Michael Jackson, and The Temptations. I really started “rapping” when I was like 11 or 12. We had a karaoke machine that you could put a CD in and a tape at the same time. We would put songs on, hit record and just pass the mic around and freestyle. I listened to No Limit and Big L, and but when Eminem came around it was like, “Oh shit- white people can do this too.”
Did you grow up in Metro Detroit? Where do you live?
I grew up on Plainview and Tireman, [which is in the city of Detroit limits.] That’s where my grandparents lived and I spent most of my time with them; my cousins that lived down the block. I moved out of Detroit to Plymouth when I was 10, I went to Plymouth Canton High School, and dropped out in 11th grade. Right now I live in Farmington Hills.
Does Detroit influence your music?
Of course Detroit influences my music. Being anywhere influences me really- I was out of the Detroit scene for a minute when I joined the military. I traveled a lot and soaked up a lot of what I saw during that time. When I got out and came back [to Detroit] it was really sad to me. Detroit was a powerful fucking city, and now its people are going through hard times. That inspires me for sure- it makes me wanna give them something to hold on to.
Do you get any Eminem comments?
Shiiiiit… you know I get Eminem comments!! I mean its kind of expected, given my skin and geographical location. It’s kinda died down though. I used to want to be that man- blonde hair, earrings, and everything-my raps sounded just like his… Hopefully those never surface!
Favorite Detroit spot to eat:
Any Coney Island!
What’s up next for you?
I have tons of stuff on the way. In February we are shooting the video for “All I Wanna Do,” and dropping an EP called, Pick up or Delivery. Then in March, “Cold Pizza” will drop, followed shortly by the leftover songs we had on a project called, “Leftovers”- [haha]. 2013 will be busy to say the least, I’m all in now.
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