Updated: Nov 3
flick by Steez. @madebyandrrew
ZA: Names and Nicknames?
Raheel: My name is Raheel…and people call me Raheel!
ZA: What do you do this for?
Raheel: I do it as self-expression.
ZA: What’s your favourite song that you’ve ever made and why?
Raheel: I only have one song released, and it means a lot to me because it’s my first released song. It showed me that I can really just start doing music, it pushes me.
ZA: What and who are your influences in music?
Raheel: Female rappers that do their thing regardless of criticism. For example, Ruby Rose and Coi Leray.
ZA: Favourite album of all time?
Raheel: ‘Over It’ by Summer Walker. I love her style of music a lot. It’s just nice vibes.
ZA: Is there a certain demographic of people that you want to reach with your music?
Raheel: I guess my music is for anyone that enjoys it. Specifically people that are into expressive music.
ZA: What would you say to yourself 5 years from now?
Raheel: I’d tell myself to keep going, no matter where I’m at. Make it out the hood, and if I do, stay out the hood. I’d ask what kept me going especially in this industry, it’s not easy at all. Motivation is vital.
ZA: What is the biggest hurdle for you right now and what do you plan to do to overcome it?
Raheel: One: People are constantly judging, it’s difficult to keep going. Two: Funding my art. I’ll overcome the first by just reminding myself that ultimately I’m doing this for myself. I don’t want your validation. Regarding funds, I’ll work and apply for creative funds for now.
ZA: What is your dream venue to play?
Raheel: I really want to go to New York, Madison Square Garden. It just seems lit.
ZA: How do you define success and what is your biggest achievement so far?
Raheel: Success is just doing what makes you happy. My biggest achievement is starting to believe in myself.
ZA: What’s a message or feeling that you want your listeners to take away from your music?
Raheel: I want people to feel my music. If you relate you relate. Yeah, just vibe to it I guess.