I had the honor of interviewing Ty Fortune, an up and coming artist from Queens, New York. Be sure to keep up with him on Twitter and Instagram @kingfortune_ and soundcloud.com/ty-fortune
What made you interested in music?
Hip Hop was made in New York so it's just in your blood if you want to rap. A lot of people ball, a lot of people go to school. Since I was younger my dad would always play 50 Cent, DMX, Jay Z- a whole bunch of gangster rap but to this day the person that stuck most with me was [50 Cent] and to this day that's one of my favorite rappers.
Who are your inspirations?
For new guys, I would say Drake, Meek, J cole, Big sean, Ye, A boogie, Don Q, Dave East.
When did you start rapping?
The first rhyme I ever wrote was in elementary school. I couldn't tell you what year or grade. I just wrote something in a notebook but that was whatever. I didn't know I wanted to be a rapper until the summer before my freshman year of college. That's when I got in the studio and everything took off and I knew I wanted to do it as a career.
Any artists you’d like to work with?
I would rather work with an up and coming person like myself. But if I were to work with a major person, obviously Drake. Definitely would want to do something with Kanye. Don Q for a fact and Dave East.
How different is Ty Fortune from Tyler? Is that an alter ego or just another facet of you?
The way rap is right now, I feel people just say anything to say anything but when I rap I'm trying to give you me. I'm trying to take you on this journey, trying to show you my story. You gonna hear stuff for the club of course. Some of my earlier music I look back on and I don't even like it like that no more because I feel like i'm not giving you guys as much as I could about myself. I want you to feel any pain I ever felt, I want you to relate to me.
So you talk about how you want your supporters to understand you so, in your song ‘Down and Out’, you get personal and talk about your father, can you explain what that meant to you?
When I was younger, I was probably like 13, my Dad got sickle cell so he was in and out the hospital a few times. That made me not like hospitals but really that just goes to show that life has its ups and downs but you can get through anything. Me and my Dad are not even that close but it still has an effect.
What message do you have for people that follow your music?
I just want to inspire. I want people to know that they could do this too. If you want to rap, you could go rap. Anything you aspire to do. If you want to be a doctor, go be a doctor. If you want to be a firefighter, be a firefighter. If you want to be astronaut, go do that. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do what you want to do. Do you. Hard work and dedication, that's all it is.
How important is rap in your life?
Rap to me- it's just like literature. It’s just telling your story. I feel like anybody has a story they should get out and I feel like mine is big enough for the world to listen to.
How do you define success in your career?
Before, when [The Player’s Club] was just being formed, I wanted statues of myself I wanted all the Grammy’s and all these awards to define me as a success and huge icon but my whole thing is I want everybody to eat. I don't care what you do. If I could help you in any way I'm going to do my part in helping you get to any goal, if I can. If I was able to change people lives off of what I do, that's success enough for me.
What’s next for Ty Fortune?
Recently, I just did Fortune Fridays. I might drop one more and after that get a little surprise for yall. You just gotta wait and see, couple more surprises.