He’s not just making music, he’s starting a movement.
Minneapolis Hip-Hop artist Tory Vanz talks about his love for music, reveals his alter ego and how he’s a part of a musical movement. In a digital interview he goes 11 questions with Hidden Valley Culture.
Hidden Valley Culture: When did you first fall in love with hip-hop?
Tory Vanz: I fell in love with hip hop when my father taught me his raps and used me as a addlib for the track then it took me to freestyles at the lunch table with the homies.
Hi Va Cu: How did you get your rap name?
T.V.: It’s really my name lol but my alter ego is Zipaveli Austin the veli inspired by PAC
Hi Va Cu.: What the name of your movement? How many people are in it?
T.V.: “DOUBLE F” Family First is the movement kid that’s the name and don’t where it out n we deep it’s levels to this shit like any family I say I’m the head of the movement but it’s more of a conglomerate
Hi Va Cu: How would you describe the sound of your music to someone who has not heard it?
T.V.: A mix of everything because I’m influenced by life and all forms of music period
Hi Va Cu: As an artist where do you draw your inspiration?
T.V.: I’d have to say PAC, Jay-Z, Jadakiss, fuck so many the list goes on I mean Bob Marley music in general gives me inspiration
Hi Va Cu: Why do you love reppin the 612, Minneapolis? And how would you say growing in the Minneapple has influenced your music?
T.V.: My people moved here for music shit this is music most music is created here I love here I’m born n raised here being from here made me who I am and ready to grow we’re a culture melting pot at least Minneapolis n twin cities in general.
Hi Va Cu: What’s the purpose behind your music? Your underlining message.
T.V.: My purpose really to be able to express myself artistically without judgement and freedom of expression is powerful and dangerous too but to listen and watch art and no matter what it is learn perspectives is amazing and scary sometimes because people are so different yet so similar
Hi Va Cu: In modern rap so many artist now days try to sound the same and it seems mainstream artists are now scared to be themselves. What about your unique style do you believe sets you a part from others?
T.V.: Dog I’m just trying to be me. Tory Vanz. And when I feel different, I’m Zipaveli Austin. Call it what u want I make trending music and music that’s not because I enjoy it all. I set myself apart by being me and not being afraid to say I’m me
Hi Va Cu: For people just now coming up to speed on your music, what tracks do they definitely need to check out?
T.V.: Chances (frank sinatra) ft neno and “doubt it” remix, my wave and I got a new joint bout to drop called legendary
Hi Va Cu: Where do you see your movement?
T.V.: Not sure yet but we on one I promise
Hi Va Cu: Tell me about the video you recently dropped?
T.V.: Aw man doubt it remix the shit is just hella organic s/o by boy Ramsey from Comp_Keyz I love them dudes over there they put in work on the beats the camera work whatever fuck with them boys the some youngins on the come up fr gotta lot of respect for the dudes n go watch that shit imma put it on YouTube but that bitch going crazy on fb right now hit that like button and check that joint out
DOUBLE F IS ALL I GOT LEFT TO SAY FAMILY FIRST WE HERE TO STAY ! I’m out peace 🏿
Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026