We Boy Ek is a 26 year old up and coming hip hop/soul artist out of Chicago Illinois. He possesses a very specific sound in his music, and always makes sure to have his band of talented musicians accompany him wherever he goes.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I feel like In the beginning of this journey I was just focused on putting out as much content as possible. Not caring if the music made sense or not. Nowadays, I take a way more subtle and thoughtful approach to how I make and write tracks. Whether it’s for my own raps or writing for someone else.
How did you come up with your latest project?
My last song I wrote and put out was a song called OMS (on my soul). It was more of a “turn up” track. I wrote that song to basically let people know that I was able to shift my sound.
Where are you from originally?
Where do you live now?
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Yes and no. I feel like in this new digital media age you can gravitate to basically whatever sound you want. Obviously, you’ll be inspired by what you experience in your current residence, but you can also pick up different things from other places as well.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
Basically, just going to countless hip hop shows in my youth and just getting unexplainable feelings that I could do the exact same thing. I have also been in my church's choir since I was a kid. Shoutout to Shiloh Baptist church.
How do you want to shape your career?
I want to shape my music based on real life problems people face. Like heartbreak, getting through things, working 7 days a week and still barely being able to get by type of vibes. Not any of that fake “gang gang , I’m getting money” shit a lot of these other artists talk about. All a facade.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
As of now I’m just trying to make as much money as possible so I can eventually fund my own music career independently. I’m doing a lot of ghost writing for other artists at the moment to make money.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
Better off friends was a song I wrote about this girl I was dating briefly back in Chicago. I always found myself having to reassure her that I wasn’t the way people portrayed me to be (player, liar, cheater, etc). Unfortunately people's perceptions of me got to her. So she decided that we’d be better off friends.
We stayed together for like 6 months before she moved to Tampa FL and I moved to LA.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Absolutely. Haha my producer would get so mad at me because I would keep changing my mind about a track. Once it’s submitted into the DSPs it is what it is though.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
Of course. Everything I release on Spotify and Apple Music has a serious emotional attachment to me. That’s one thing I don’t play about. Music that lacks substance is just unnecessary noise in my opinion.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
You can find me everywhere. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon etc
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
Someone drove all the way from Oregon to Temecula California to catch one of my shows. Meant the world to me.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Yes! A couple things. I’ll be on this IGTV rap show called “Hi-def cyphers” in the fall.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
I’ll finally be performing again this summer (specific dates will be released soon)
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
Follow me on Instagram at @imekbro .This is the app I’m most active on.