How y'all making it family?
Tell us about Viper.
Okay, so, just so ya’ll know, first and foremost, I’m a pianist. A musician and a rap artist, but first, I’m a pianist. I started in the church playing the piano and organ. I studied some music in college, so I’m really more of a pianist than a producer.
I saw on Wikipedia they had me as a music producer which is true - I do make about 90% of my beats that I rap on. Just that one small percent of the time, I let somebody fly in a beat I’ll I rap on, but 99% of the beats that you hear me on are beats that I made myself on the keyboard without anyone’s help.
So that’s why I have a signature style. The cloud rap genre I created because of my sound. So when you hear cloud rap, you’re naturally going to think ‘Viper’, because it’s my style of music that I created.
A little bit about me – I am the world record holder for most songs recorded of any rap artist, and most songs online.
If you follow my Twitter, I just hit the one million songs mark, so I’m really proud about that. You know, one million songs, that ain’t easy to do. When you break it down, it’s over 6666 albums – all 15 song albums from a host of music distributors. I’m with a major label – I can’t be shooting their name out, but I will be doing that soon.
I’ll have some videos coming out real soon. They wanted me to put all my catalog I had out first, and then they’re going to go ahead and start producing my stuff. You’ll see me at that point with some featured artists and things like that.
Talk to us a bit about ‘F**k Earth Im Gon Wage An Interstella War’.
A lot of that came from the whole Star Wars franchise – I’m a big fan of science fiction, and as of late, I’ve been watching a lot of science fiction game movies, that’s been my thing. A lot of them are using AI actors now, of course I watch movies anyway on Kodi streaming. So ‘F**k Earth’ came from the concept of Star Wars, good versus the bad, sometimes the bad intermingles with the good, it’s an ideology, a concept, I thought was really interesting and I thought I’d put it into my music as well.
Your music has a cult following online, garnering millions of streams and plays across various platforms.
That’s true, and like I was telling you, I have the record for most songs and albums online, I don’t want to pat my own back, but it was a lot of hard work. A lot of musicians just kick it back and have fun, I didn’t do that, I was at my house and the studio recording, like I’m doing right now. As soon as I’m off this interview, I’m right back on it, because I need to finish You’ll Cowards 4 because it’s dropping on Halloween [the release date has since changed to Christmas Eve 2023].
What do you think of having such a large following online?
I really appreciate my fans, I appreciate my cult following. It is very humbling, and I really appreciate ya’ll for the support.
Your song/album titles are fantastic. Can you talk a bit about your process for creating them? For example, ‘Kill Urself My Man’?
‘Kill Urself My Man’ was not intended to have people killing theyselves, it was intended to bring attention to the suicide pandemic that had really gotten out of hand a few years ago.
But it has been adjusted, and amended, and we have now begun new programs to assist people who are at dark times in their life and are considering these horrible things.
Everyone is unique, everyone has a special purpose in this universe and for you to take that away from everyone else is selfish and unacceptable.
And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.
What about ‘Why Tha Fuck Is Tibet Still Ain’t Free ?????’?
That’s a political album and it speaks for itself. I’m not gonna go into the whole scenario of all the things going on today, but I will say that everything is coming to a head and I’m sure everybody knows that as well.
And ‘I Did Tha Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak’?
Corona has not gone anywhere, I don’t see it going anywhere, just like how global warming and international conflict is not going anywhere.
Finally, ‘F**k Rap AND Progressive Trance Im Classical Now’?
That’s just a sarcastic view on everything that is not written music. Musicians like myself, we know how to read and write music. It’s a literacy that is acquired. And that was just my stab at music that cannot be put on paper. Music that cannot be read as say, Mozart or Bach.
How would you describe your signature sound?
My signature sound is simply cloud rap.
Of course, I make all kinds of beats. I make trap. I make hip hop. I make cloud rap. I make gangster rap. But the signature sound you’re gonna always know if it’s a Viper beat, because you’ll always hear the melody in the background.
The melody is going to be some form of a high pitched sound going through the whole song and it never goes away. That’s kind of like my signature sound.
You hear it in a few other musician’s work, but it’s the way of signing our name on a song musically. You’re going to hear a lot of that in You’ll Cowards 2 and you can hear that in You’ll Cowards 1.
Tell us about your album ‘You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack’.
That is a franchise. It’s like every musician has a franchise, mine is kind of a sarcastic franchise.
It’s a way of picking fun at the norm, and at the music industry in terms of politics. In essence, it’s saying that you don’t necessarily have to be mainstream to make quality music, you don’t have to go by America’s mainstream ideas: this type of sound, this type of rap, it has to be commercial, it has to be on the radio.
That’s my way of picking fun at that and almost making everything absurd in the music business, putting a blanket of joy and happiness over it, to say you don’t necessarily have to be a radio artist to be heard.
You don’t have to be on a major label. You don’t have to do whatever you think the industry or the norm is to be profitable and be secure. So that’s the whole point of the You’ll Cowards franchise.
At the same time, it’s all 100% beats that I made, and it gives the listener an opportunity to listen to them.
If you want to find out the political meaning behind You’ll Cowards, just check out some of my earlier interviews which go into more depth (link).
Many people have speculated about the message behind your art. Can you tell us a bit about the message behind your music?
I just did – mainstream things are a part of the sarcasm in my music. And it’s paying off, so that was the point of it, to make sure people know that you don’t have to be mainstream, you don’t have to follow the rap rules.
What artists inspire you?
Again, if you go to my previous interviews, I talk about artists that inspire me [in a 2022 interview, Viper mentioned listening to a lot of African music].
I’m inspired by a lot of artists, particularly artists that actually make their own music and beats, similar to myself. You can just go on Wikipedia to get an idea of that. I could say a bunch of names, but I don’t want to miss any.
Those are the ones I first and foremost like. Then it would be lyricists – rappers that double, triple, quadruple rhyme and are inspired to write lyrics that are meaningful, powerful and moving.
If there’s anyone like that who wants to work with me – please reach out to me, I do features.
Don’t think I’mma make you look stupid on your own video. I might a little bit, but don’t take it personal, I want to do some features with some artists, so ya’ll, get at me.
We gone do something major for real.
What would fans be surprised to know about your life?
I don’t think it’d be too much. My life is pretty much an open book. I tell all of my story on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms, so just check that out. I don’t hide anything.
Talk to us about how Christianity inspires your creative pursuits.
My father was a preacher. His father was a preacher, it goes back five generations of preachers, so of course, Christianity and the Church was something that was embedded in me from a very young age, as a matter of fact, I started playing piano in the church somewhere in the neighborhood of around 5 or 6 years old.
A lot of the composers that I study did music in the church. So that’s my basis – it’s always going to be my base.
Christianity is my faith, and I think it’s interesting that we’re starting to see a lot of different religions starting to come to a head and their ideologies.
Religions are starting to get more sensitive to their needs, and I think that’s important. Every religion is unique and has a purpose. So, just like individuals, we have to respect that and make sure you maintain that. So, to take away from one religion, I think it’s unacceptable.
The US Government, which I don’t approve of whatsoever, is providing aid to Israel, because Israel is Judaic, while neglecting the Muslims of Palestine, who deserve their own country. Just like Israel has their own country, Palestine deserves theirs.
And that’s why I’m coming out with an album soon, called ‘Blacks Stand With Palestine (Blacks Want A Free Democratic Palestine State, A Separate Country Called Palestine)’.
And anything short of that is unacceptable, and you already know I consider the US Government the Antichrist. And so, anything they do is really just futile and totally stupid to me anyway, and this just exemplifies that.
We’re giving Israel all this money to blow up little kids, Muslims and little children where all they have to do is give them their own country, just like India did with Pakistan. It’s frustrating Muslims around the world, and it’s just going to get worse and worse.
I hope the US Government, aka. ‘The anTichrisT-US-GOV’, will get some sort of sense and support Palestine. You have to be fair to both sides, so we’ll see where that goes. It doesn’t look promising until the US gets some sense.
Tell us about your creative process.
It’s basically me starting out with the beat, first thing I do when I make a song is make the chords. I play some of the chords, then I’ll come with a bassline, then the kick on the beat and the snare.
At that point is when I’ll add the melody, which is my signature throughout the song. Sometimes a flute, a high-pitched orchestra instrument, or a new wave modulator.
Then add the hi-speed high hats if it’s trap music, and then the 808 kick, with the boom boom bass that you hear in the club. That’s about 95-98% of all my beats.
What’s next for Viper?
If you didn’t know, I dropped ‘You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack 3’ recently [September 29, 2023], so go and get it. It’s on Spotify, anywhere online streaming. Then ‘You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack 4’ will come after [December 24]. I worked really hard on YCDESC4. It’s jamming. Every song I worked so hard on.
[Note: Viper missed the original release window for YCDESC4, which was Halloween. The rest of these following albums may also have their release dates change.]
A lot of these albums are already complete. A little work has gotta be done on some, a lot on others. For the most part, it’s about 30%-40% finished between all these albums. I’ll go through it chronologically with the albums I have coming up:
‘You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack 5’ will come out Thanksgiving. If you’re at your grandmother’s house, you gotta download that. It’s all new beats, unreleased music and lyrics.
‘Black Jesus’ will be on Christmas. That’s my surname, I am the only rapper that can call himself Black Jesus, in the rap game and the Christian game. I look like Jesus and have the swag of Jesus. It was a black man that carried the cross of Jesus, he was a good friend of Jesus, that’s where it comes from - I can consider myself like that dude.
If you noticed, I skipped ‘You’ll Cowards Don’t Even Smoke Crack 2’ and went straight to 3. As you know, I scored the top 98% on the math SAT. I scored a 680 which allowed me to go to any school I chose, and I went to the University of Texas because I didn’t want to leave the state or my parents. The point I’m making is that I’m very astute at math, so I put an algorithm in the YCDESC release window. After YCDESC5 I’ll skip 6 and 7 and go to 8, 9, and 10. I want to go all the way up to YCDESC 100, and then I will retire. They say 100 is a full life for a human – anything over is a blessing, so I’m coming out with 100 YCDESC albums, and the release of that 100 will be with that mathematical algorithm.
With that being said, I’m dropping ‘YCDESC8’ on BLM Day, February 26, 2024, you feel me? Be sure to pick that up and make that a national holiday. I’m not going to stop until The anTichrisT-US-GOV makes BLM day an official federal holiday. ‘YCDESC9’ will drop on Easter Sunday, 2024. ‘YCDESC10’ will come out Juneteenth, 2024.
Here’s the kicker – remember we talked about the algorithm. There’s a reason why I made YCDESC10 release in June, because on July 4, Independence Day, is YCDESC6. They correlate – 6 and 10! After that, there’s YCDESC7 on Labor Day, September 2nd.
I’m making You’ll Cowards 2 come out at a specific time – the last piece of the puzzle. On my late mother’s birthday, October 10th, 2024, three days after my birthday, October 7th, is when I’m dropping YCDESC2, which is the most anticipated album in the rap game for the last 30 years. It’s going to be one of the most significant albums of all time, and I feel it, so I’m dropping it on my mother’s birthday. Momma, I miss you, rest in peace. You gotta get that and every album in the franchise.
Next year I will be dropping the You’ll Cowards 1 vinyl again in early 2024, and YCDESC3 will be available then too. A lot of people didn’t get their vinyls last time, so these will be going through the RapperViperVEVO YouTube. There’s none now, but in January or February you’ll be able to buy them. That’ll be delivered through a third party, so you’ll be guaranteed to get your product. Everybody who ordered from me, I’mma get that to you, I haven’t forgotten about you’ll.
I wanna thank you’ll for spending time with me, and check out YCDESC3 and make sure you get YCDESC4. Other than that, have a blessed and wonderful day.
Viper out. One.