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Local rapper Sovren approaches his craft with an artistic mind

"I'm not trying to impress you with lyrics; I'm not trying to necessarily impress you with flow."

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Long before Sovren ever dreamed of becoming a rapper, he had visions of rock stardom. After hearing Drake's 2007 project "Comeback Season," his perspective changed, helping him find the path he leads now.

"I feel like people look at hip hop and see kind of what rock used to be. That outlet for the youth of the era, whether political or social, or whatever it is. People look for that message," Sovren says.

Being able to express himself through his music is one of Sovren's favorite aspects of hip hop. But with expression come outside thoughts and opinions, and negative perceptions are what Sovren says he likes the least about the hip-hop community.

"People think that hip hop has to stay where it was 20-30 years ago and it can't grow," Sovren says. "They think it's only drugs, money and women. Or it's only violence and killing, only having a negative effect."

Sovren describes his music as "innovative" and about the "sonic experience." There's a self-proclaimed Drake influence, but he also brings to mind artists like Chicago's Lupe Fiasco. His sound differentiates him from most in the local scene, using a darker undertone. Songs incorporate sounds you wouldn't normally hear on the radio, such as the 911 dispatcher on his song "Bad Dream," from the recent Blues The New Black EP.

Sovren plans to continue releasing singles in the coming summer months. After that, he may have a new EP ready for release.

"I'm not trying to impress you with lyrics; I'm not trying to necessarily impress you with flow. With the beat I use, I'm trying express to you the overall sound," he says.

"Expression" is a word that comes up in Sovren's vocabulary more than with the average person. This is because he isn't just a rapper, but an artist, using his voice and a beat instead of ink and canvas.

"Sovren is more than person, he's an idea. The idea of Sovren is, everything is a pink matter: you can choose to create whatever you like out of it, and currently my tool of expression is music," he says. "The end goal is true artistry, and being able to work within all mediums."

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