South Central-raised artist Dough the Freshkid is gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated album Tal’s Cafe, which is set to drop on Wedensday, June 10. The multi-talented entrepreneur and music mogul began building his music career from the ground up and has since been a prominent force to be reckoned with in the industry.
The self-made artist is continuing the momentum of dropping a lyrically powerful album that is about “bringing the hustle aspect back into the game.” He’s releasing the project through his own record label Every Penny Count (EPC), which also served as the label that debuted his former projects.
The upcoming album, Tal’s Cafe, is a follow-up to his 2018 album Black Rome.
Dough the Freshkid also said that Tal’s Cafe speaks on times that we currently live in. The promising talent has a lot to offer fans this time around, and fans are ready to hear what he has to say.
Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration of the album, and how Dough the Freshkid is addressing new topics on this album.
What city do you rep?
I’m from Crenshaw District Arlington.
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?
I was around 13years old when my homeboy asked me to write a rap for him for the school talent show and he ended up winning.
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
Absolutely, I was born back East and raised a G on the West which gave me an open range on sounds and culture.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?
I consider myself a street-conscious MC. I have a classic ’90s hip-hop sound mixed with some of today’s sound. Most of my music production includes heavy bass instruments, classic pianos and soul samples.
What ultimately inspired you to dedicate yourself to a music career?
I live music on a daily, I am music, it’s not a career to me, it’s a lifestyle. So I said, ‘Why not get paid for it?’ and show the whole world how gifted I am.
What’s one reason you are passionate about music and what inspires you?
Born in Gary, Indiana on Jackson street where the great Michael Jackson lived played a major part of it. I’m inspired by the outcome of the music I create; I love to continue to challenge myself each project. I’m actually a big fan of myself.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?
I love watching old movies from the ’60s and ’70s. I’m a big kid so I’m looking for that PS5 to drop, and I love working out staying healthy.
Who are some of your main musical influences?
My influences are some of the veterans like Ice Cube, Nas, Jay-Z , Biggie, Pac, 50 Cent, Redman, and I pay attention to Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, the late great Hussle and all my brothers from the Crenshaw District and my brothers in NY.
What are some of your music career goals for the future?
Continue to build my brand where I’m respected as a major and hopefully connected with a major on a Distribution partnership.
Tell us about the latest project that you’ve released? What is it about?
Tal’s Café is my latest project (album) that’s releasing June 10. It’s simply about bringing the hustle aspect back into the game. We got way too many people glorifying junkies in hip-hop these days. Never get high on yo own supplies.
What are some projects you’ve done that you are most proud of and why?
I’m proud of all three of my projects that I’ve released through stores. I have a few mixtapes that’s on DatPiff that you can’t sleep on any but, Arlington Avenue, Black Rome and Tal’s Café demonstrates and shows my supporters the range I have when it comes to composing albums. Each of these albums speak of times that we currently live in … I write movies!
What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
I’m writing in my head as we speak. I also have a title idea but, Imma hold on to for a while, don’t want nobody biting my style lol.
What message do you hope fans take away from your music?
That I’m original and I’m not concerned about what people thing about me. I’ll put my message out there regardless if it’s mainstream or not. I don’t play by the rules … I create my own rules. Frank Sinatra “I did it my way.”
Where can we find you on social media?
Be on the lookout for Tal’s Cafe dropping June 10!