Meeting up and coming artists is always admirable. Their work ethics vary according to the stages they are currently at in their lives. Most of them feel they have something to prove. The feeling is justified because the music industry is currently flooded with all kinds of talent. Not all of them are gunning for the number 1 spot, but those that are take this shit seriously.
The ones that don’t care for lyrical prowess and are just in it for the fast cash tend to frustrate those that put there all into this. Just imagine how much harder Instagram has made a real photographer’s life. It’s a bit more challenging to stand out when everyone is capable of doing what you take so seriously. Gus Johnson seems to be well aware of this.
Not only does he have a vision of what kind of artist he ultimately wants to be, but he’s taking the right steps towards becoming just that. Born and raised in Harlem to a writer and a bass player, Gus moved around the south between Kentucky and Florida, all while soaking up different cultures of music. He’d soon move back to Harlem and link up with some friends to start making music under the group name Debatable Ethics; a name of which he came up with.
The group consists of his longtime friends Avilies, Mikah, and Ty with every member bringing their own unique backgrounds and perspectives to the group. For a brief sit down, Gus talks up his influences, where he’s trying to take his rap career, and much more. Check the transcribed interview below:
“But Jay knew who he was as an artist on his first album. Eminem was still trying to find himself when he made Infinite.” he says. And I don’t know if I know who I am right now, but i’m 24. I know who i am to a certain degree. A lot more than I did 2 years ago, and I’ll probably say that again in 2 years you know?