by petercortle | January 2, 2011

We’ve showered praise on Nickelus F before, and we won’t stop now; the dude’s grind is remarkable. With a hard-hitting lyrical sound and a gaggle of co-signers, including Heartbreak Drake himself, it’s only a matter of time before the Richmond native starts blowing speakers nationwide.

2011 is going to be a big year for the 106 & Park “Freestyle Friday” Hall-of-Famer. Nickelus says he’s got a few major projects being polished up and ready for release early in the year. He plans to release an EP tentatively titled “Little City by the Dirty James” at the start of the year, follow-up with an album with his backing band The Silverust, and by February, drop off his album “Faces” to the eager public. He’s  also got features lined up from the likes of Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T., two of the New School’s most welcome faces.

Ladies and gentleman, we present, the Life Changing Interview x Nickelus F.

LCA: Who or what inspired you to start making music?

Nickelus F: It’s something I’ve always been doing. I wrote my first official song in 6th grade, but I had started writing rhymes in 3rd or 4th grade.

LCA: What do you hope to achieve with your music?

Nickelus F: I plan to have a very well-respected discography. I really want music to be my big kick-off to other endeavors I want to do, business I want to own.

LCA: How do you see your style as being different than other artists on the scene right now? Is it your fashion sense? Your sound? Your lyrics?

Nickelus F: My approach to the music is from the heart. I do no dumbing-down. I go all the way, and if it goes over your head, that’s your fault.

LCA: What has been the single most life changing moment that affected your music?

Nickelus F: Eson Jordan, a.k.a. E-Skummy, got killed a few years back. He was the most determined person I’ve met in my life. When his opportunity got snatched, it was just like “Yo, I’ve got to do it.”

LCA: You were an accomplished battle rapper before you became a recording artist. Was the transition hard?

Nickelus F: For me it wasn’t hard, it was something I always worked at. I just got a lot of notoriety from battle rapping. But when it comes to writing a song, you can have a stronger impact. You get past the “oohs” and “aahs” and really connect with people.

LCA: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Nickelus F: I would make sure they take all the hormones and chemicals out of food.

LCA: Anything else you’d like to add?

Nickelus F: Check out the music and check out the blog. Keep your eyes peeled this year, we’re going to drop a whole bunch of videos and music.