Yes yes people, it’s time for another round of those all important 10 Questions. Stepping into the spotlight this week is Robert Mavro…
1) Contestant, what’s your name, chosen craft and where are you based?
‘Sup man. My name is Robert Mavro and I’m an artist hailing from South London (brap brap! haha)
2) How would you describe your sound?
To be honest I don’t know. I feel like if you asked 100 rappers this question, lots of them would be like “it’s just real rap” but that’s too much of a cliche for me. Like.. what does that even mean? I don’t really know how to describe my sound because things have changed since I released my City of God EP. I’d say the City of God EP sounding a bit old school, bringing you back to how (I think) rap is meant to be and the messages it should be conveying to whatever generation is listening. People have told me it’s good to listen to and they feel the mellow vibes and the lyrical content but with my new project I’m over beats that are a bit more lively. The lyrical level is the same if not higher but the beats have definitely changed. I guess because the content is different to what most people are rapping about right now, I’d describe my sound as “refreshing”.
3) Who / what do you consider to be the biggest influence on your music?
Nas. Definitely Nas has to be one of them. To make an album like Illmatic, which is a complete classic and is still respected today is something that only the very best can do and he’s definitely one of the best. His flows, lyrics, message in music are all dope man so I definitely think Nas has to be mentioned. If I mention Nas I gotta mention Biggie too. Nas influences me with his lyrics but Biggie’s flow and delivery influences me. When I listen to Biggie I always think “rah.. how can one man sound so effortlessly cool in his tunes”. I feel like he had one of the best flows ever known in this rap game. Definitey dope. I listen to these two religiously to sort of guide my music but I would never wanna rap like them. I think it’s very important to be unique and have you’re own style you know?
4) What’s the proudest moment to date for you as an artist?
Proudest moment so far has to be securing the premiere with RWD magazine for my EP release. It was a big deal for me because when I was young I used to grab a free copy of the RWD mag and I used to read it. It kept me up to date with who was popping in the scene and what new artists were about. I remember telling my friends on the way to school that one day I was gonna be in the magazine. Fast forward a few years now and I got a nice little feature on the website. It was such a big deal to me because my first music project had been premiered by such a respected music mag.
5) Do you have any advice for our readers who maybe trying to play the mad game of music?
I don’t really feel comfortable giving advice to anyone trying to succeed in this industry because I’ve barely been in it for 2 mins so it wouldn’t make sense for me to start preaching lol. I will say this though and this is just some general advice; in all things just stay true to yourself. In this day and age it’s so easy to get caught up with what everyone else is doing and to try and mimic what’s popular but if it’s not for you then it’s cool, it’s alright lol. Just stay true to yourself because it’s important to be real.
6) Name 3 people you would love to work with and why?
My lists changes regularly so I’ll just say who I’m feeling now!
J Dilla – LEGENDARY producer and I’m sure many would agree with me when I say that he was taken too soon. His beats are sick and the samples he used were top notch. Listening to Dilla put me onto so many artists and I wish he was still around because I think the state of hip hop would be so much better than it is now.
Action Bronson – This guy is one of the funniest guys I’ve heard rap but at the same time the guy can RAP! I’ve heard that in his tunes he just freestyles but when you listen to his tunes and his projects as a whole.. Man.. you gotta take in what he’s saying. The beats he gets are top notch as well man and I feel like he chooses beats that only he really knows how to murder. Put another rapper on there and their verse might be alright, but it won’t be like a verse from Bronsolino. Also, you gotta respect the way he raps about food. It’s an art he’s perfected and I respect that.
DJ Premier – Another beast producer man. He gets my respect for the “Nas – Nas is Like” beat because I genuinely believe that’s one of the best hip hop beats ever made.
7) What have you got planned for the not so distant future?
I’m currently working on a project called Years but I don’t wanna say too much about that. I plan to work a lot more with other artists on joint EPs as well this year but I feel like it’s too early for me to go into detail about any of that stuff. In the future you’ll definitely see more of me because although it’s important to be heard, it’s equally important to be visually unique as some people would rather watch the video than just listen to the tune. As I said before it’s important to be unique and stand out in this industry so I plan to do that with my visuals
8) What’s the album you’ve played more than any other?
Probably Nas Illmatic you know. For obvious reasons haha
9) What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? And where?
I was at Wireless last year and I managed to see Kendrick perform. I got a lot of respect for Kendrick but seeing him perform live was something else. The way he had the crowd in the palm of his hand was inspiring. The best thing about Kendrick is he’s sick but he’s not boastful with it. I’ve never met him personally but he seems like a humble guy and that’s something I definitely respect.
10) Name 3 things you can’t live without?
Headphones! Especially if I’m going on a long journey. Journeys without music are sooooooooo boring man.
Music – Obviously if I’m gonna say headphones then I’ve got to mention the reason for them! I’m always listening to music man. I dunno.. I feel like a world without music would be way too quiet
Family – As moist and sentimental as it seems, you need people around you who genuinely have your best interests at heart.
Lastly, can you nominate another contestant and provide us with a question for them on your behalf?
Yeah I’d like to nominate Ken MST and ask him what’s taking him so long to get his music out?! Trust me, I don’t over hype people but this guy is sick! He needs to get his music out because if he doesn’t I feel like it would be a great injustice to the hip hop scene haha. Seriously though, the guy’s got too much to say and an abundance of talent. When he comes out you’ll know what I mean.
Any final words/shoutouts?
Yeah man. Shoutout to everyone supporting my music whether that be through bumping my tunes or putting new people onto my sound. I appreciate it. Oh and shouts to my manager Parris who’s opened and continues to open doors for me. I’m very grateful!