Peekskill, N.Y. is a small town with a big city feel. And like most other places there are a flock of artists fighting to be ‘King’ of their city. LifeTrav happens to hold the crown in his town.
Peekskill is a small town in upstate New York with its own style and culture. “It’s a tough town and only the strong survive, but I wouldn’t change it. My town made me who I am. Peekskill taught me to be myself unapologetically and do me.”
And for the last five years LifeTrav has done exactly that. He’s been locked in and focused at his in-home recording studio cooking up something exquisite for the masses.
He cites his motivations for making music as elevation and self-expression. “I am using music to change my situation and be able to bless my people, but first and foremost, music is my sanctuary. I can say whatever I want on a track and express myself freely. The booth is a judge-free zone. This is all organic. I want to make prolific, timeless music that my kids can listen to 30 years from now and be like, ‘Yo, my pops is fire!”
His genuine sound and certified demeanor make him a rarity in this Hip-Hop game. “I don’t care to be me. I’m cool with being me, I like me. (Laughing) There’s way too many artists who wanna sound like this one or that one. Why would I spend my time listening to an artist who sounds like Lil’ Uzi Vert when I could just listen to Lil’ Uzi Vert? The fans want to hear and get to know the real artist and the cameras are always watching. The minute they catch you not being who you’re pretending to be, you’re done. I find it easier to be myself then I can never get caught slippin’.”
LifeTrav’s musical influences range from Party Next Door to Erykah Badu to 2 PAC and he explains why… “I admire PND’s discreet nature. I had no idea what he looked like for like 5 years but loved his music. That’s what it’s about. Erykah Badu is just wild and real, you gotta love her. Then PAC has that fire and arrogance and ‘I don’t give a fuck attitude‘. My sound embodies all of these moods.”
He’s also a huge fan of Nipsey Hussle who he dubs the ‘PAC of his generation‘. “Me and my team, YPF, wanna move like Nip. We wanna take care of our people. We wanna elevate each other and show the young ones that being yourself is good enough. Let ’em know that you don’t have to cut corners or stand on the corner or pretend to be someone you’re not to be successful. We have to break that cycle and make it cool to be you again. Authenticity is where it’s at. I wanna win a Grammy by making original music and being myself.”
Although LifeTrav is the best in his city, he is eager to compete with the rest of the world. “There’s a lot of talent in Peekskill and I honestly feel like you’re only as good as your competition. Hip-Hop is the number one genre of music in the world right now but it’s mostly because of all of the foolery going on. We had Future and Lil’ Wayne, among others, making songs about poppin’ percs & mollys and drinking lean and that produced a bunch of Lil’ Pumps. (Laughing) It’s time to change the climate of Hip-Hop and embrace real rap again. Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine and WestSide Gunn are spitting’ straight heat, Rod Wave got that dope and now I’m about to drop my shit and bring N.Y. back.”
His music has built up quite the buzz on SoundCloud and the streets are excited! LifeTrav’s new single and video drop on October 9th, 2020 followed by his first full-length project, “Watch How You Move“, to be released later in the month. He promises his mixtape will be worth the wait.
Tap into LifeTrav’s Instagram page @lifetravypf and his SoundCloud LifeTravSeason to check out his music and a sneak peek into his YPF lifestyle. Don’t be late to the party, get familiar with this guy!
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