August 09, 2019 2 min read
We had the amazing pleasure of having Vancouver's local rap artist Scope G take time out of his active schedule of writing, recording, producing, and designing, to collaborate with the Secret Location team!
Scope G (Gerry Sung) is a Canadian born Chinese-Vancouver based artist with a contagious passion for music, describing his style of work as "Bladerunner meets Nas. Futuristic and experimental, blended with something home-made and familiar". He explains the cities unchartered and young rap scene means there is unseen potential for growth in this space.
SL. How has hip-hop evolved in Vancouver since your first interest with it?
SG. Hip-Hop as a culture went from being underground to mainstream since then. In Vancouver, the evolution would be more on the sound, from Boom Bap stuff to more Trap style. Asian hip-hop however, has it's own culture and is quickly rising globally.
SL. What are your biggest challenges within your field of work and why?
SG. Early on it was a big uphill climb in Hip-Hop being an Asian male, which did not have strong prominent figures in mainstream media to feel represented by. Asian culture has since gave renaissance in the entertainment landscape, and that has changed the game.
SL. What are your sources of inspiration?
SG. My life and everything in it. From eating at a fine-dining restaurants, driving on the sea to sky highway, people-watching, dressing up in fly clothes, Batman, the internet, music, movies, I could go on.
SL. How does your creative process look like?
SG. Most of it is freestyle. It's usually all over the place, but I always have a way to structure the chaos of creativity. I wake up early to record a verse for a song. Then go to a promo-spot for social media. Then have a meeting to organize a local pop-up. And then go back to the studio to produce a new beat. It's 24/7.
SL. What are some venues you have performed at and what other Canadian artist have you worked with?
SG. Local venues include Fortune, Albatross Music Festival, PH Global (Beijing), Club Mix (Beijing), Prive, Caprice/LED Bar, Tunnel, Rain. It wasn't music that we worked on, more visuals. But I would say Matt Brevner, that dude is a true artist and should be recognized globally.
SL. Do you feel that being a niche in the industry is a good or bad thing?
SG. It's a good thing if you are patient. I was always a fan of cult classics and those usually only become big after it's 'time'. It's like people don't fully appreciate it until it's gone.
SL. We believe everyone goes to a secret location to reflect and become inspired. What is your secret location?
SG. It wouldn't be a secret if I told! But, another good place for me is the forest.