Tone Atlas is ready for the world to hear his sound. The Syracuse native performed at the annual Bushwick Collective block party on June 3, and then spoke exclusive with HollywoodLife.com all about ‘Water to Wine.’
Tone Atlas, the 30-year-old rapper who had everyone floored with his Hors D’oeuvres EP, is back with a new project. He teamed up with producer Elemnt for Water to Wine, a nine-track EP that includes incredible lyrics and a real hip hop feel — something that reflects Tone’s artistry. Here’s our full Q&A:
HollywoodLife: For people just discovering you, how would you explain Tone Atlas?
First and foremost, I’m deeply rooted in hip hop music. I grew up in the greatest era of the genre, and my music is a reflection of that golden age. Tone Atlas is also love good proof of no matter what it is that’s calling out to you in life, do it and don’t look back.
HL: How would you explain Water to Wine in a few sentences?
Water to Wine is the definition of art imitating life for me. Humbly speaking, I feel like the journey we take you on for nearly 30 minutes is one of the best projects that has dropped in recent history. It’s my best body of work.
HL: Who are your biggest influences?
Lyrically my biggest influences are Big L, Nas and Ghostface. All three are incredible story tellers and lyrical geniuses.
HL: What are your hopes for Water to Wine?
My goal for this project is to show you who the fu-k I am. The production is monumental, the lyrics and track concepts are cinematic, and this is truly the beginning of a legendary duo in Hip-Hop.
HL: What lyric means the most to you?
“Told my job fu-k you and got escorted out the lobby, that’s why every track is a hommy.” That’s real life. I wasn’t satisfied with music being a “hobby,” and when some things came to a head at the job, I told them to fu-k off and never looked back. That’s why I have to kill every track — there’s no going back to that lifestyle for me.