GET TO KNOW: Nico Newton
After delivering a breadth of bold and blistering hip-hop jams over the last few months, Chicago-based rapper Nico Newton makes a vibrant return on the pulsing new single 'Top Floor'.
Recruiting the production flair of Skev Beats for the release, 'Top Floor' showcases some of the artist's most passionate rhymes to date. Filled with a driven flow and energetic pace throughout, he is certainly on his way to becoming one of the most talked-about new names of the moment.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
The first artist that I fell in love with was Whitney Houston.
When I was around 1 or 2 years old my mom said that I used to cry and she didn’t know how to calm me down until one day Whitney Houston’s song “I will always love you” came on and I stopped crying immediately. Fun Fact: that same song still calms me down til this day.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I don’t know if we can call it a band but me and 2 other friends had a group called Ink Squad because my best friend Tipton started the group and he had a lot of tattoos. They were making beats for a lot of artists around the city and eventually Tipton asked me to join the group as the main artist that they produce for. We had a Trap hip hop sound with a lot of 808’s.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
My primary inspiration is changing someone's life with my life story, I know there’s people out there that go through anxiety, depression, etc. and they probably feel alone, with me knowing this and knowing that I have a voice that can change that feeling.. that’s really all the inspiration I need to write any song in the world.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
A song that I wish I wrote myself would have to be “Make it rain” by Ed Sheeran. That song gives me chills every time. I remember driving down the street at night on the west side of Chicago, I would turn that song on and just zone out. Ed is a legend for sure.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
That moment that I would relive would have to be the very first time I recorded my vocals. It was in my friend's bedroom. He had a microphone set up in his closet and we had about 6 people crammed up in this small room, this was the first time everybody found out I could rap.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I would love to share the stage with Drake and/or Travis Scott. The energy that they know how to bring out of the crowd is amazing I know that I would enjoy myself and be able to learn a lot from them on the stage.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
An artist that I would love to collaborate with is Teyana Taylor even though I think she’s done doing music that’s someone that I would love to get on a hook or something. Her voice is amazing to me. I can't explain it, I just get chills when I hear her.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years I'm going to be one of the biggest artists out. “Top Floor” is going to be a big part of that because that’s the song that’s going to jumpstart everything and make these next 5 years some of the biggest and best years of my life.
Nico Newton's new single 'Top Floor' is out now. Check it out below.