One of the more interesting releases of 2018 is ConFromThe703’s album with producer Induhgo called “Induhcon 2”. The release takes the listener on an adventure they’ll never forget, one that expresses his trials, but also celebrates his victories. I had a chance to sit down with the Virginia standout to talk about the length of the project, what Virginia Hip-Hop brings to the table and more.
Dead End Hip Hop: Who is Con for those who still don’t know?
Con: A guy with a Mac book and some free time on his hands
DEHH: Tell me a bit about how you came into hip hop and what pushed you to release music?
Con: My mom was kind of young when she had me and I was born in 91.
So she was playing a lot of TLC, Janet Jackson and Biggie around me. I think it’s safe to assume that’s how it started. When I got a little older, my folks started going to church heavy and when that happened? They took all my rap CDs. Then my brother moved in with us from the West Coast and he had every rap CD you could think of. So he’d let me listen to what he had and sometimes he’d even sneak me CDs from his job.
DEHH: The first thing I noticed before even pushing play on “Induhcon 2” is that hallelujah an artist actually making a full length album. What was the motivation behind that?
Con: On the first InduhCon, I think we did like 4 tracks. So when the idea of a sequel came up, I was talking to Induhgo and I was like “Yo let’s just do a full mixtape, like 12 or 13 songs” and he was with it.
DEHH: “Induhcon 2” is a hell of a ride, it’s trippy, it’s aggressive, it’s sensitive, what was the process of making this record like? What spawned the myraid of sounds and topics on here?
Con: It was A LOT of “stop-start” I had dropped a mixtape prior called “Land of the G’s” and right after I released that, I had started recording InduhCon 2. Almost all of those tracks are like 1-2 years old. Initially, Induhgo and I were about 9 songs deep into recording but most of them were love songs, so I scrapped em and started over. During the first InduhCon, I was going through an ugly break up so the songs kind of reflected on that. For IC2, it was me talking about things I was dealing with at the time for 12 tracks.
DEHH: How were you able to control the ride on this project? We get heavy tracks like “Saga” that’s essentially a deep dive into your life but then you have anthems like “New”, how did you balance all this while keeping the album cohesive?
Con: I couldn’t really give you a straight answer. I think the project gets off to a dark start but as it progresses it gets much more lighthearted. The first InduhCon was just 4 tracks of really heavy emotions. I didn’t want people who listened to this one from start to finish being like “Damn, now I’m sad” once they got done with the last song.
DEHH: When people are done listening to “Induhcon 2” what do you want them to walk away with?
Con: Experiment with different sounds. Up your value a little and show people you can do different things on different types of production. I wanted people to hear this and be like “This project don’t sound like the last one at all”
DEHH: I interviewed OmarTheGroove about Virginia Hip Hop and with records like the two you guys put out amongst a gang of others what does Virginia bring to the table and what do you believe you bring to the table as an artist?
Con: Virginia don’t have a specific “sound”. This ain’t like Chicago or Atlanta or California where you listen to an artist from here and you have an idea where they’re from. We gather our influences from everything. You may hear an artist from here who sounds like they’re from New York or Florida or whatever. It all just depends on who you grew up listening to. Granted, we have plenty of people from here that are considered legends. But Virginia ain’t like these other places where a new artist is Blowing up from that spot damn-near every day. I think VA takes whatever influences it’s gathered puts its own little twist on it and it’s there where the sound becomes unique in a sense.
As far as me, I think..matter of fact, I know I bring a level of creativity that’s not really seen as often in the area of VA that I live in. I’m really hard on myself on trying not to sound like everyone else. Some people love my music and other people think it’s the worst shit they’ve ever heard, but it invokes a reaction, and that’s better than putting something out and getting no reaction at all in my option.
DEHH: 2018 is just over halfway done, what can we expect from you to close out the year, will you be taking InduhCon 2 on the road?
Con: More music (cliché answer, I know) I have a lot of music tucked away and I’m working on more. By fall, I’m dropping a project with Gray Soul, a producer from Richmond. I’ve got something cooked up for the Summer but I don’t want to give too much away about that.