It’s trying times for everyone, including artists. Having to be more resourceful and daring than ever to make sure they still progress. Many may fold but some artists will shine brighter than ever. TaReef KnockOut is one of those daring artists who will not be stopped, no matter what. With his new video “WAR (Freestyle)” he shows he will put out quality work no matter the climate, with some of his most impressive work to date. TaReef KnockOut took time from his busy schedule to answer some questions for us. Below is the interview.
For those that don’t know. Who is
TaReef KnockOut the artist?
I’d say TaReef KnockOut is an artist on a mission. I let my growth speak for itself, and due time my story will resonate with the masses. I feel like my journey is only beginning in this music industry.
Who are some of the influences and how do you incorporate that into the music?
Some of my biggest influences would be Lupe Fiasco, Nipsey Hussle, Jay-Z, Kanye West, J. Cole and Drake to name a few. I find inspiration from so many artist and different genres. I do my best to incorporate my own style and personal stories from things I’ve seen and experienced. I want to pay homage to those who paved the way for me to believe in a dream.
What was your favorite part of creating your new video “WAR (Freestyle)”?
The perfect timing me and Brandon (Smoked Out Digital) had to shoot the main scenes. The building we filmed at in Tallahassee is normally locked down. When we pulled up, one of the owners was walking outside, I introduced myself and he let us come inside to film upstairs and on the rooftop . Everything was pretty organic after that. I was excited with how it all turned out.
How is it going managing your career with COVID going on?
It’s been challenging, but I’m making it through. I miss performing on stage. I’m staying home much as possible. Also, I’ve been reading up and learning different things about the music industry. The industry is built around adapting, so that’s all I’m trying to do. My goals haven’t changed.
What is the biggest thing you want people to take away from your new video “WAR (Freestyle)”?
Hopefully they take away the continuance growth in my sound and know that my grind is consistent. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m still working and pushing forward as best as I can.
What’s next for TaReef KnockOut?
Be on the lookout for my new project, Ulmer Court – EP. The recording and mastering is 100% done and will be released soon. My first single, Believe It or Not feat. Cierralexandria is out now available worldwide on all streaming platforms.
Check out TaReef KnockOut “WAR (Freestyle)” below and follow him on social media. Stay Global my Friends!