In the first part of Torae’s interview with the good folks of TheWellVersed, the Coney Island bomber breaks down some of his lyrics.
TWV: “When I was eleven started to chase after it, it took seventeen long years later to catch the shit, and by the time that I got it, it felt like the best years was far behind it, I done witnessed the high heights, the plummets.” (Off “Crashing Down” from Double Barrel)
Torae: I said when I was eleven, and for the sake of rhyming and making things fit I said eleven and seventeen, but I’ve been rapping since I was a kid. Professionally, or seriously doing demos and being in the studio, around eleven or twelve. I said it took seventeen years because by the time I started getting notoriety I was already 27 or 28-years-old. By the time I got in, it felt like the best years were far behind it. The game has changed so much.
I just finished talking to Rah Digga and she was telling me how she loves to write when she’s in the studio. I said I like to get the beat, write, then go to the studio. She comes from the school of sitting in the studio for hours, blowing weed and having parties on Sylvia Rhone’s budget. She can do that. I was paying for studio time and every second counted. When I got to the door I wanted the beat lined up so I could go in there and rap. I’m having fun with it, and it’s a blessing to be in the business and be part of music. But all my Hip Hop homies tell me about the golden era.