Carly X is a growing force to be reckoned with!
This dynamic artist hails from Long Island, New York. She got to grips with lyrics from an early age after discovering greats like Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj. Drawing inspiration from R&B pioneers from the 70s to today, songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel, as well as “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by Mcfadden & Whitehead are cited as providing inspiration.
Her early days as a creative date back to when she started uploading music to platforms like Youtube and Soundcloud. It took a positive turn at age 19, when she was handpicked by Busta Rhymes & Doritos to be one of five finalists out of thousands of contestants in a rap contest. This led to her opening for Wiz Khalifa and having her video recognized and released by Billboard Magazine.
dark frequency comes with an upside, being a two-track single featuring the songs “Lowkey” and “Don’t Mind Me”. It draws inspiration from her difficult times and the silent battles she faces alone. She notes that “No matter how bright a light may seem, it’s only a matter of time before darkness arrives. Sometimes we pretend everything is fine, sometimes we let the darkness consume us, and sometimes we fight to see the light again. Being a versatile artist, her love for multiple genres led her to combine two different soundtracks to create the masterpiece that is dark frequency.
Parlé Mag caught up with Carly X to find out more about her music and here’s how it went
Spoken Mag: Why a 2 track single?
Carly X: Dark Frequency is a 2 track single because I wanted to show that I can’t be locked into a rap subgenre. The two discs are completely different but I found a way to make them fit together nicely. I love to rap to chilled out, laid back beats, but I also love to rap to hard and fast beats. I would never want to neglect one side of my artistry to appeal to a specific audience, so by offering these two flavors at once, I manage to appeal to two different audiences at once.
Spoken Mag: What do you plan to do next?
Carly X: I’m working on an EP that I plan to release this year. In the meantime, I will be delivering different singles throughout the year.
Spoken Mag: What does success in the music world look like to you?
Carly X: To me, success in the music business feels like a career where I could turn my rap career into a conglomerate. I would love to use music to branch out into many different areas of entertainment. I also want to be a legend and a name people should mention when talking about Long Island. There are a lot of male rap legends who came from here but there are no female rap legends.
Spoken Mag: What has been the biggest obstacle so far in your musical career?
Carly X: The biggest hurdle in my music career has been artist development. I always knew how to rap but rapping and creating music are two different things. After a conversation I had with someone from All Def, I realized I needed to release some music. Since then, I’ve been trying to learn how to build timeless records. To this day, I still put time and effort into making sure all my creative ideas flow well to beats that make people feel something.
Our conversation wouldn’t be complete without getting to know Carly X as a person. So here are some facts you didn’t know about Carly X according to her
1. She is Haitian-American
2. She started writing songs when she was 6, but started focusing on rapping verses when she was 12.
3. She’s been rapping for years but started taking her music career seriously in late 2020.
4. Carly X is a former high school track and field athlete. She quit the sport and turned entirely to music after breaking her toe.
5. She was recently on Sway Calloway’s new rap series “Overtime” which premiered on YouTube and Roku.
6. Carly X recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University!!!
You can enjoy more Carly X music on all streaming platforms.
She will also perform at SOB in New York in June. Check out the flyer below for more information:
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