I need ya’ll to pay very close attention to this new kid in the Hollywood scene. With sounds of true Hip-Hop, the heart of a champion, and dreams bigger than your whole team, he is making it known that he is the “voicebox of all dreamers.”
Having only been in Los Angeles for three months, Blake Carrington has been everywhere around Hollywood lately. From being on tour with L.A.’s Power 106 Big Boy and DJ E-Man to performing in nightclubs, he’s letting everyone know he’s in L.A. for a purpose. He not only wants to be successful in the music game but he wants to be an inspiration. He wants to inspire people to follow their dreams and never give up no matter what hardships come their way. With a life full of trials and tribulations, the Canadian native is living, breathing, and believing that his daily grind will soon pay off. With his natural talent, faith, and dedication I have no doubt in my mind that it will. Please meet an artist I truly believe in—Blake Carrington.
TWID: Where are you from?
BC: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TWID: How long have you been pursuing music?
BC: I’ve been pursuing music ever since I was five. My father, he was a rapper, so I’ve been around music for a long time. But I pursued it seriously when I turned 18, after just leaving high school, and I have just been on the ride ever since.
TWID: Speaking of your father, who is your father?
BC: My father, his name is DeDot. He is an artist from Buffalo, NY. When he was younger he was performing with Slick Rick, Dougie Fresh, and mostly all the people from the old school era.
TWID: Who are you currently trying to get signed with?
BC: Well, I just recently started my own company called OUI Self Made. It’s my own company, which consist of my producer, myself, my video director, and my business manager. We all partnered up together, and started our own company, and basically right now, we are in the process of talking to some labels, and they’re talking about bringing us on but right now, the main focus is building the brand of Blake Carrington coming out as an artist out of OUI Self Made.
TWID: What inspired you to get into the music industry?
BC: My inspiration from music comes from life. They say a picture is a thousand words but you can take a moment of life and write it down and make a song about it and it can become timeless. So years and years from now even if I am not around as an artist, people can still capture the moment I was in when I wrote that song… My dad, he was almost there trying to take it to the next level but then he got caught up with some bad things. I seen him get shot in front of my eyes when I was five and after his recovery he went back to the streets [and] went into drugs. People thought he was finished but now he’s 15 years clean. So my inspiration is God and life but it’s also my father…He’s my hero because of what he’s been through and me witnessing that. Most people, in his stage of life would have just gave up and said, “No I’m done.” But I have been through worse situations as well but when I think about what my father has gone through I realize quitting is not the option. I gotta go for my dreams no matter what. This is what I’m about and this is what inspires me and the daily grind that I have been on.
TWID: Who are your musical influences?
BC: My father, Talib Kweli, Nas, Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Beethoven, and Jay Z for teaching me that I can establish my own business in this industry. This may sound weird but Walt Disney has been a great inspiration for me and what he did with his career. He built something out of love that’s lasting forever. He said, “Dreams come true. You just have to have the courage to go after it.” That will stick with me forever.
TWID: Do you have any mix-tapes out right now?
BC: Yes, I do. If you visit BlakeCarringtonsWorld.com you can download my mix-tape “Love Is A Risk.” My next mix-tape “Dare To Dream,” hosted by the L.A. Leakers, drops July 1st.
TWID: Who have you performed or collaborated with?
BC: Talib Kweli, The Cool Kids, and Dougie Fresh.
TWID: What is Blake Carrington’s music and message about?
BC: I got that good music about life. What everybody goes through whether it’s good or bad. But no matter what, I try to have fun with it. I am the “voicebox of all the dreamers.” I tell my story without forgetting my journey. I represent going for your dreams no matter what. I tell my friends it’s not a black thing, it’s not a white thing, it’s a life thing so do the right thing. Somebody said baby steps count too as long as you’re moving forward. Dare to Dream.
Article Written By: Adriana Davalos
*photos and YouTube video courtesy of Blake Carrington