We were able to do an exclusive interview with Rayven Justice. We spoke about his inspirations, struggles during his career, making music during COVID-19, his upcoming releases and much more.
Could you tell us something about your story? Have you always wanted to be a full-time recording artist?
Not at first, I wanted to play basketball but when Chris Brown came out I started to take music seriously. I saw myself in him.
What people may not know is that your brother died at a young age. That’s something which had a great impact on your live. Did this event give you new inspiration for your musical career or did it give your career a temporary set-back?
When my brother passed away, It had a big impact on me. When something so tragic happens usually It would set a person back. Somehow in my situation It just made me go harder for my brother. We would be up late all night and early all day creating music. When he passed, I knew this was my destiny to fulfill for not only myself but for my brother’s legacy as well.
2022 is a really productive year for you. You released some solo singles, a joint EP with Yhung T.O. and did multiple features. What inspires you to come up with and put out so much quality songs and projects?
What inspires me to put out a lot of projects is music being my passion. When you love what you do, It just makes you go harder. I’ve been in the industry for a long time now and I’ve learned that the only way to make it is consistency. That’s why I’m constantly dropping music back to back to keep my name and legacy alive.
In 2020 and 2021, the world was taken over by COVID-19. Is writing and recording music during a pandemic something else?
During the pandemic, I still continued to get music done. The pandemic stalled a lot of artists motivation, but not mine. I never dropped the ball. I dropped a few singles and albums, including Back To Sliding, Late Night Early Mornings and R&Bay Volume 1, during the pandemic. The grind never stops for what I’m passionate about.
You have already collaborated with some big names like Migos, French Montana and Waka Flocka Flame. What is your favourite collaboration so far?
I don’t have a favorite collab, each artist I’ve collaborated with has a different vibe and something different to bring to the table
“Slide Thru” featuring Migos is one of your biggest hits so far. How did this collaboration come together?
“Slide Thru” was on the radio in the Bay Area at the time. I received an offer and went to Atlanta and met with QC. I sat down with Coach K and P. We spoke about working together and they took me to the studio where I met the Migos and it happened from there. They just got back from the Bay Area and heard my song on the radio. When we met and I played them the single they said they already heard this on the radio and jumped on it for me.
From your experience so far, what have you found to be most challenging in your musical career? And how are you dealing with it?
I feel like the biggest challenge in my career is keeping my legacy alive. It may seem like it’s easy because I’m constantly releasing music, but there’s so much that comes behind it. Like finding studio time, production companies, good PR, making sure the video quality is up to par. It’s just so many challenges that come with making great quality music that a lot of people don’t know. They think you just go into a studio and record magic, but It doesn’t work like that. There are tons of unspoken challenges to create magic within your music.
We love to ask the following questions to all artists we interview: which artist or person was your biggest inspiration to start making music and with which artists you would love the work in the future?
One of my biggest influences would be Tupac. Just seeing how he came up in the game from nothing to having it all. I love how he kept the realness in his music and also made sure to speak about our peoples struggles. So not only was he a big influence, he inspired a lot of people that were struggling to keep their head up and never give up because one day they will hear you.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
Five years from now I see myself being an iconic legend in the music industry. I’m working hard now so I can play later.
But first, what can we expect from you in the rest of 2022 and in 2023?
What you can expect from me is consistent hits! I’m continuing to work on my music and artistry to keep leveling myself up. There is always something new to learn, this is why people get better and better everyday. I got an album called Ray about to drop in December and I’m working on another album right after that.
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