Interview with WQAQ Rap Battle Winner Rah-C

1. Why did you make the decision to take up a stage name?

I originally just went by my last name, Rossi. I was always on the fence about that and felt it was way too plain and just weird to me. My close friend actually came up with the spelling of Rah-C one day and I was so set on changing it and keeping it to that.

2. At what moment in your career did you decide to fully commit to your music?

Sometime around spring of Junior year it hit me that this is what I want to really do with my life. Before that it was a clear passion but I didn’t have half the drive. I did a senior project called WISE that allowed me to really focus on my music and that alone escalated it a new level.

3. Who do you consider to be your biggest hip-hop influences, especially on your new mixtape?

I am heavily influenced by other artists. Many say I have resemblance to the storytelling ability in classic Slim Shady tracks. I also am very heavily influenced by Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, and Mac Miller.

4. What inspired some of the new material you have released?

A lot of my new material has been a lot deeper into my head than usual. A lot of the current work has been very deep and dealing with the new level of change coming into a new environment. Confusion and aggravation seem to be very common elements of my more recent work.

5. What do you consider to be the best Hip-Hop album of 2015?

This is a wild hard question… only because there’s about 5 albums I thought were amazing this past year. Joey Bada$$’ B4 DA $$ was terrific, but I think Summertime ’06 by Vince Staples was the most well-rounded and personal album of the year.

6. What album are you most excited for in the future?

I’m extremely excited for a new Earl Sweatshirt Album, whenever that ever decides to happen. He just recently dropped a new joint but from his live performances I can tell he’s got something awesome coming.

7. How is the rap scene different in suburban Connecticut, than it was back home in New York.

The taste in rap music is much different here than a lot of my people back home. Neither area is too familiar with traditional hip-hop roots, but New Haven on the other hand thrives in that department so I’m trying to make connections in the New Haven area. A lot of the rap music in the school is very specific and moves away from the type of rap I enjoy.

8. What was the favorite show you ever played?

I haven’t played enough shows to have a huge selection, but my last performance at The Space in Hamden CT was awesome because of how personal the venue was. It was also a personal best because of the energy and intensity I brought to the table.

9. If you could collab with any artist, dead or alive, who would you choose?

That’s almost impossible. If I had two I could name you 3 artists and even THAT would be crazy still. I’d have to go with Nas, 97 Slim Shady, and Mobb Deep. That would be a dream but there’s so many other artists I could name.

10. What are some of the primary themes you like to write about?

I often speak about many components of society. I speak heavily about tragedy and loss as well, and many times bring up race and the fact we are still surrounded in a racist world unfortunately.

11. How great was it to get up in front of Quinnipiac and prove to them your the best freestyle rapper on campus?

As exciting as it was, there’s so much more to be accomplished. I hope the people who were there gained an appreciation of what I bring to the table, but that was only a very very small step in the right direction. I want to be a common household name in every dorm of this University. That was only a small stepping stone of what I know I will accomplish in time.

Rah-C wins Rap Battle




Rah-C took the stage Wednesday night and definitely didn’t hold back. The kid blessed the crowd with his presence and we definitely hope to see him again in the Spring with even better content. He beat out three other kids and the crowd went wild every time Rah-C took the stage.

Take a listen to his post win interview as well as links to his music below.

Rah-C Website

Rah-C Soundcloud

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The Good Fortune Interview – Alyssa Browne

  1. Why do you guys call yourselves “The Good Fortune Music”-how did you come up with the name? “The Good Fortune” as a name is born out of how the band came together. Jeremiah was asked to play a single show by a friend of ours so we assembled around that to just play the one time. We clicked, people liked us, and it was all so fortuitous that we continued on.
  2. You mentioned on your Facebook page a “big announcement coming soon”-willing to share? The big announcement, which has now come to fruition, is the release of our debut EP; Social Crowns. It’s a 4 song EP, availible on iTunes, Bandcamp, Noisetrade (for free) and Spotify.
  3. When did the band first come together and actually form? We began playing nearly a year ago after our first show last summer.
  4. What are some of your favorite songs/artists outside your band, and who do you think you look to for inspiration? We all draw form a fairly eclectic musical background; everywhere from Flume to Brand New, from The Smiths to Glass Animals
  5. Has every member of the band always wanted to be in one? I think most anyone who picks up an instrument or writes a song does so because there is a level of creative overflow they need. That desire to create with other people who share your vision is pretty common among us.
  6. What is your favorite food? Sushi. Forever and ever, amen.
  7. How do you brainstorm your songs-any techniques? Songs are born in a ton of different ways. Jeremiah often starts in the studio, just messing with sounds and building pieces on his own. Sometimes it’s a lyric, or complete lyrical piece. It totally depends.
  8. What is your favorite animal? Jeremiah’s spirit animal is a Manatee.
  9. Do you guys wear jewelry? Maybe the occasional necklace or watch. Our bass player, Phil, has solid gold teeth.
  10. Besides playing lots of music, what do you guys do for fun? Spending entirely too much time at coffee houses. Usually arguing about music.
  11. How do you feel about your song “overdose” and how well it did on SoundCloud? We are incredibly proud of Overdose and how well it has been received. To be featured by music curation sites is a very encouraging thing to happen, and we are so thankful to everyone who has felt anything because of it.

Absafacto Interview – Ossama Awan

1. How did you guys (absofacto) get started?

I’d been in various bands for a while before, but had always loved just writing songs, producing them, and in general just seeing how good I could make things all on my own. It’s just something I naturally love to do, so Absofacto needed to exist.

2. Who came up with the name such as Absofacto?

I saw someone arguing online that said “absofacto” when they really meant “ipso facto,” but they were using it to just mean “absolutely factual,” and something about the complete and utter wrongness of it appealed to me at the time.

3. Who are the members of your band and what do they play?

It’s just me, Jonathan Visger. I sing, play keys, bass, guitar, do all the electronic stuff, record, mix, and master. I collaborated with my friend Brian Konicek on a few of the songs, who is a great guitarist. I also play with him in my other band Hollow & Akimbo.

4. What type of music do you guys play?

It has morphed over the existence of the project while maintaining some consistent characteristics. In recent times I’ve arrived at a sound I think of as “glitch hop meets pop.” Or something like that.

5. Who are you currently listening to on your ipod/Iphone/Andrroid etc.?

I’ve been spending a lot of time with Deltron 3030 lately.

6. Who or what inspired the band?

It’s such a conglomeration of influences, but Flying Lotus, Gorillaz, and Bonobo have all left a deep mark. I’d be remiss to discount James Mercer’s melodic influence on me too. I’m also very inspired by the feeling Haruki Murakami’s novels evoke. Dreamlike, but in a sort of mundane way.

7. What do you guys expect with your band in the upcoming year?

All of a sudden it’s been getting a lot more attention so it’s harder to predict, but I’m planning to keep releasing new material and trying to up the ante. I’m feeling pretty on top of my game and inspired, so I’m excited to keep stretching the upper limit of what I can create.

8. What do you hope to achieve with your band?

I just want to make beautiful and unique sounds that make people feel like life is a little more magical when they’re listening to them.

9. Your song Dissolve sounds amazing in my opinion, how did the song came to be from the way it is now?

Thank you! I came up with the basic idea around January 1 of this year, and over time it evolved into what it is now. There’s a certain neutral feeling it evokes for me that I managed to hold onto and remember though out the process of getting all the details in place.

10. First glance at your recent album cover you get this hipster, indie vibe how did this become the cover of choice?

I work with a brilliant designer (Chris Everhart of the Silent Giants). I had actually attempted to make a cover myself, but wasn’t happy with it. Chris bailed me out. I think he captured the dreaminess of the song, but also the casually cruel theme of the lyrics.

11. I also noticed that the same color play comes up in each album care to go into detail about that?

That’s another contribution from Chris. He helped unify all the music by finding a visual theme that felt right for it all.

12. What makes your band standout from the rest of crowd?

I’m not sure that that’s my place to say. I can say that I have a very specific vision at this point and work excessively hard to try to get it across. I also don’t play live with Absofacto right now, which I think helps set the recordings apart from some other artists. It’s very liberating to not have to picture how a song will translate live when you’re making it. What’s great when you’re listening to a song at home or in headphones is so different than what is great if you’re at a live show.

13. How long have you been making music?

I’ve been pretty serious about it for the last ten years.

14. Where was your first show?

I’ve only done two or three live performances as Absofacto, and they were both 1-2 songs long.

15. How does it feel getting up on stage in front of a live crowd?

It can be amazing. My other band, Hollow & Akimbo, does play live. When it’s the right crowd it puts you in the moment like very few other things in life can. It’s terrifying but thrilling, and when it’s really working it feels like my body is a nuclear reactor on the verge of a meltdown.

16. Are there any obstacles whatsoever when it comes to the band?

My own perfectionism is a constant problem for me… The recordings never end up perfect, but at a certain point in the process I fall in love with what I’m making and decide I’ll spend any amount of time or effort to make sure there’s absolutely nothing about it that doesn’t feel right to me. That amount of time ends up being obscene.