I’m always on the look out for next-up artists to champion here on AAHIPHOP. This artist, Salvation is a 17-year-old Philly-upstart I’ve spoken about before. Since I last featured him, he released a full-length project called Laidback Extremist. I thought it might be an excellent opportunity to chat with Salvation and help you guys get a bit more familiar with his background, and his music. Peep the Q&A below.

How did you get into music?

Well, I got into music around the age of 12. I was always into poetry, but one day I decided to flow over Beamer Benz or Bentley, and it’s been my lifestyle ever since.

Who are your influences in the game?

Some of my main influences are, Nipsey Hussle, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and J. Cole.

How would you describe your style?

My music style is pretty versatile but lyrically, all of my songs convey some lasting message for everyone. Lyrics should hit hard regardless of the beat and flow. Some of my new favorite types of beats are electronic (somewhere between house, trap, and dance music) because they often represent my complexity.

Tell me more about your new project.

Laidback Extremist is the first body of music I’ve ever genuinely loved. It was the first time I ever went all the way in on a dream. I started around winter time in my writing process. Then I began to plan out a concept and strategy with a professional photo shoot, website, and merchandise. It was originally just going to be called a playlist, but the amount of effort I poured into this project led me to call it an album even though it is available for free. The whole Laidback Extremist album was a transparent statement for others to see how far I’ve come and how far they can come as well.

What’s your goal in the industry?

My goal in the music industry is to inspire as many people I possibly can. I know artists like Nipsey Hussle encourage me to reach my success every day. But for the thousands and millions who may not be able to connect with someone like Nip, there’s Salvation. The goal supersedes money and sales. The actual benefit of the music will always be worth more.

What do you hope people take away from your project?

After listening to my new album, I hope people will understand that my brand is really about “stimulating your mind, one step at a time.” It’s my slogan and I’m 100% serious about it. I want to make beneficial music, and if I can create a sound that can make the people groove and still give someone a new outlook on life, the album is a success. That “Fisker” video is coming soon by the way.

Any shout outs?

I would like to shoutout all of the young guys grinding in the game right now. Especially all the teenage guys and girls who came in this thing with no co-sign and still getting it.