Protegé(e) Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Short Dawg and ask him a few questions about his music career, being the newest artist on Young Money, his alter ego Elvis Freshley, and his current projects. Take a look at what Short Dawg had to say:
PM: Describe your alter ego, Elvis Freshley.
SD: It was just a name I came up with for my music. Short Dawg is most taken for a rapper. Elvis Freshley is the name I attached to for the type of music I make.
PM: At what point did you decide to take your music seriously?
SD: By the time my brother was incarcerated, I was 18, who pushed me to do it. I didn’t want to do it at first, but after he got incarcerated, I kind of leaned towards it.
PM: How did you handle the ups & downs that the industry had to offer, especially since this wasn’t your initial chosen field?
SD: You know just staying focused on recording. At the end of the day, the music is what matters. A lot of people try to derail you in this business, but if you stay on top of music, there’s only so much they can do to stop you.
PM: What is it like being the newest artist on Young Money?
SD: It’s cool, but it’s a lot of hard work tho. For the most part, it’s a very fortunate situation to be in.
PM: What lessons did you learn from Lil’ Wayne about being in this industry?
SD: You can start out at the bottom of the totem pole. You know, Lil’ Wayne was nowhere near where he is right now. When he first came, people didn’t even see him coming. So, always just stay working hard, and jump on top of the game. That’s what I’m gonna do.
PM: How did you feel when you heard your song on the radio, or see your video for the first
SD: I just smiled because it’s something that you kind of expect. When it happens, it’s like aight, cool. It lets you know that you got a long way to go. You know, I just smiled and kept it moving
because I don’t wanna get caught up right now. I got other things to look forward to.
PM: What are your techniques when creating your rap?
SD: I kind of have an out-of-body experience. My mind just takes over, especially when I hear something that’s inspiring. I kind of just leave myself and I come up with the stuff I come up with because I don’t see myself doing it. I don’t write it down. It just kind of happens.
PM: What is a typical day for you when you’re not working?
SD: I’m probably riding around in my car listening to beats, seeing family members, friends, and going to the gym; something like that. I work everyday. The only time I don’t work is if I overwork myself day in day out. I try to be in the studio every night.
PM: What should aspiring rappers look out for when entering this industry?
SD: Paperwork. It’s the part of the business when they put in those contracts.
PM: What projects are you currently working on?
SD: I’m getting ready to drop, “Adventures of Drakenstein.” That’s coming soon. The Fresh album’s all wrapped up. I’m finishing the footage on it. My Young Money debut album is coming