I was able to connect with Oktayne, a rap artist from Rodeo. The main goal of Oktayne? To project realism. He gets most inspiration from the environment, which is something new and refreshing that most artists don’t really seem to do often.
The Fresh Allegiance: When did you start rapping? What was your main reason to start rapping?
Oktayne: I started rapping in the year 1999. I wanted to do something with my writing besides poetry
TFA: As a rapper, who has been some of your main influences? What have you learned from them?
O: LL Cool J, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, and Jay-z influenced me to rap. I learned how to write songs just from listening to these artists. My main influence is LL because I can go make a song speaking my mind about things and come back to do songs for women, which is exactly what he did.
TFA: What artists have you worked with? Who do you want to work with?
O: I worked with G-Mo Skee of the Inf Gang when I first started long ago, I worked with Bre from Utah who is on the Red Carpet Lady song, I worked with a St. Louis artist who I believe will put St. Louis back on the map named Sosa Da Champ. I’m currently in the works for work with bay artists like HBK, Ray Guevara, Mike Dash E, AkaFrank, and Young Bari. I want to work with the Berner, Erk tha Jerk, Kid Ink, Wiz Khalifa, & Curren$y.
TFA: What projects have you completed? What do you have in store for the future?
O: I completed an album called Feature Presentation which will release digitally next month. I also have an EP that I will be working on, as well as a mixtape co-starring my team.
TFA: What’s the purpose of your music? Entertain? Send a message? What message do you want to send out?
O: My music is basically being me, I rap about what I know. I know about women, drinking, partying, having fun, rape. There’s a negative and a positive to my music if you want to look at in that way.
TFA: What sets you apart from other rappers?
O: I’m not a rapper because I think it’s cool, I rap because it relieves stress, it’s not about money or fame, if I don’t get success out of it, I will still rap no matter what. My name is Albert Devon Tatmon and that name is not a household government name in the rap game yet.
TFA: Has anyone ever told you that you wouldn’t make it? What would you tell them now if you could?
O: Yes some people have told me that. I’m not there yet but with the network I have I can make this dream a reality.
TFA: What message do you have for aspiring rapper who want to make a change in the music industry?
O: We must get out there, make a name for ourselves, and make the industry come to us. Stay indie or go major as long as you do not lose your sensibility as a person.
Positive. Humble. Talented. Oktayne has what a lot of artists are missing.
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