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Introducing G1M
by Andrew Funderburk on 2014-10-07 16:29:21
For each individual, there is a unique backstory. For recording artists, they have a special way to portray their stories through music and songwriting. The same can be said for Graham (who is better known in music by the name G1M,) but possibly to an even higher degree. His story has been shaped over the 16 plus years he lived in Kenya, Africa. His unique lyrical and musical capabilities are influenced by the years spent there, but he also draws influences from artists like Andy Mineo, Kendrick Lamar, Lecrae, and Eminem. He is ramping up to debut this winter with his first EP, IOH#.

How would you describe your style of music?

Basically, it’s hip-hop. It’s in the hip-hop genre, but it’s a sub-genre of its own. I do that by blending electronic music and acoustic all into one. So it’s a blend of several styles.

Would you say your background of living in Africa influenced your music in any way?

Definitely! It gave me a different perspective of what other people have on music. With African music, they blend their own music with the Western culture music, so it gave me an insight and made me think, “Oh…I could do that,” but with other kinds of music.

Who are some of the influencers for your style?

Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem. The list goes on and on of the people who have influenced me, because I listen to almost every style of music just to get some ideas of what to do with my music. I think, “Oh, he used that rhyme, maybe I could do something similar to that.”

So, you’re bouncing off of the groundwork of what people have already laid?

Yeah. I’m trying to make it my own as well too though.

Are there any people outside of music that have influenced your music?

Definitely my dad. He told me that what you write is not just to you. It’s between God, you, and anyone who is listening. So it affects others. My music isn’t about guns and money and drugs, but it’s real life.

So your music is something more tangible that people can step into? Almost like a story.

Definitely! But there will also be songs that I’ll have fun with too. I try to make every song with a message. Sometimes it may be hard to understand what that message is, but every lyric has a message behind it.

This question maybe tied back into some of the other questions already asked, but as far as lyrical style goes, are the artist influencers you mentioned for musical style the same as those who influence your lyrical style too?

Maybe when it comes to Eminem and Kendrick not what they’re saying, but specifically how they use the rhyme and rhythm.

Moving on to the name of your upcoming EP, what’s the name of it?


I know there has to be a meaning in that! Can you explain it?

It stands for innovations of hipster. The whole point of the EP is similar to what Lecrae did with his newest album Anomaly. I’ve been working on this EP for about a year now. It came from seeing hipsters and how a hipster is the opposite of what the mainstream is going with. That’s what I’m trying to do with my lifestyle. As Christians we should be hipsters. We are part of a mainstream culture, yet we deviate and go completely against the flow. That doesn’t mean I’m going to be in a park with a typewriter. But I’m trying to be a hipster with my music. It’s really complex. I’m trying to fit in with the culture, but do something completely different where people stop and say to themselves, “Wait, he’s actually saying something.” The innovations part is about learning how to use the skill of deviating from the beaten path. It’s about finding creative ways to make good music.

I think that’s really awesome and needed in both Christian and mainstream outlets. Everything is starting to sound the same and nothing is really popping out anymore. Everyone has kind of gotten into this grind of thinking, “Oh, this is the way you need to do things in this genre of music or this genre of music.” So, stepping out of that and really blending things together and making them encompass multiple genres is great.

But at the same time, I’m not going to go completely different. You have to be smart about it to have people still listen to where it draws their attention. It has to be pop culture. In order to get a huge fan base, and in order to get a lot of listeners, it has to be relevant. Trying to be different while being relevant is where it gets tricky, but that’s what I’m trying to do.

Is there a certain theme you’ll be covering with this project?

There are definitely different themes on the project. There’s this one song called “Crazy” that basically describes the world seeing us as demented or crazy. Haha! Maybe not demented, but you know what I mean. It’s almost a good thing for us, because we’re supposed to be in the world but not of the world. If we look like them, but we don’t talk like them and act like them they notice it. So, that’s one theme. There are some songs that get fun. One of them is called “Turn Top.” With songs like that, I think it’s showing people that we can have fun and make good music without throwing a Bible in their face.

When can we be expecting the project to release?

I have most of it written down. I have to get in contact with some more artists and doing some collaborations within it. Hopefully before Christmas though. I just have to get the studio time down. I just had my first session a few days ago.

Who are some of the artist that you’ll be collaborating with?

Good question! One artist’s name is Mike Guess from Mike Guess Music. He associates himself with 116 and Reach Records. I’ve talked with him and he’s in for that. Mainly, I think he’s the only other rapper who will have a verse in the EP. I may pull in other people for choruses. Without being cocky, this is my debut album, so I want everyone to see what I have to offer.

The EP will be free too. I’ll be trying to get it on iTunes. It will definitely be on DatPiff though.

Thanks so much for sitting down with us today!
Thank you!
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