Introducing Tabula Rasa, Our First Place Winner From The Love This Track Rap Contest!
The first-place winner from our online rap contest, Tabula Rasa, only recently made the transition from poet to rapper. With a little under 2 years in the industry, Rasa is quickly proving to us that he is serious about his craft! His wordplay prowess, nerd culture references, and conscious message prove he’s following in the footsteps of his idols, Childish Gambino and Lupe Fiasco.
Hailing from Southern California, he is currently working on releasing his debut EP, “Smallville, CA.” After its release, he plans to publish a poetry book entitled “Laminations of a Nappy-Headed Depressive”.
Rasa struggled with depression, but he didn’t let that stop him from turning his tribulations into relatable music. He hopes to connect with people who don’t know how to cope with depression through his art.
Check out the highlights and listen to the full interview below!
On what inspired his transition to a rapper “I started rapping because I wrote a poem and it was really rhythmic. Me and my friends were messing around freestyling in the car and I did that poem over a beat and they were like ‘What was that’… it [then] sort of spiraled into this”
On how his personal experiences with depression help shape his craft “I remember not knowing how to cope. I think I was 15 or 16 when I heard a Childish Gambino song called Not Going Back and it was just like ‘Oh wow he’s super openly talking about this.’ It kind of influenced me to pay that forward”.
On how he plans to address issues facing the community “A lot of people aren’t being shown [these issues] but with the music I hope to freely shed light on [them]. Hopefully, I can bring more exposure to them…I’d like to be doing more”.
Follow him on social media below!
Social media handles:
Facebook: Aldon Thomas Stiles
Listen to the full interview below!