Performing this Wednesday at LaRouge Lounge is PunchL!ne. Through self-discovery and harsh criticism PunchL!ne was able to discover himself as an artist. He’s determined to bring back originality to a genre of music that seems to be dominated by trap artists like Future and Young Thug. Again, catch him live this Wednesday at Vibe In The City!

AAHH: “306” is a reflection of all the people that you have met in your life. What was life like growing up for you and how does that translate into your music?

PunchL!ne: Growing up my music was trash, I had to grow and find myself. Through all of this, I encountered a lot of doubters, criticism and a general dislike for my music. “306” is about where I get my drive for this music shit. I was practically raised at 306 Rosemont in Englewood, New Jersey. That’s where I came up with the title “306”.

AAHH: In one of your songs you mention taking the listeners back to “real hip-hop” and even on your Twitter, you tweeted that “you need 0 talent to make trap music.” What are your views on the direction of hip-hop today and what would you do to change it?

PunchL!ne: I just feel as though trap music is destroying hip hop. I feel like there is no substance in the lyrics. Don’t get me wrong; I like Future, right now he is one of the few trap artists that I like. However, I like originality mixed with a dope beat. There has to be a balance for me to vibe with it.

AAHH: How did you find out about Vibes In the City and what made you want to perform this Wednesday?

PunchL!ne: I found out about Vibes in the City from my brother Moneyvangogh. He had been telling me for weeks to come and one Wednesday, I decided to come, and I thought the vibe was great. I like the energy of the people; the sound systems were good. Overall, it was just a great night, which leads me to want to showcase more of my talent this Wednesday.

AAHH: Where can we follow you on social media?

PunchL!ne: For Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook everything is @iampunchline. The link to my Soundcloud is