By: Carrick Wenke
After a long year of leaving dropping singles, leaving Seattle, internet fame, more singles, and coming back to Seattle from Cali, Salem Black finally drops his first official project. The collab with Producer, Rab, features 4 brand new songs that tell tales of Salem’s life including struggling with depression and substance abuse.
How did you choose the title of your project?
I have “Lost Boys” tatted on my fingers an shit cos I’m not from a gang so that’s all I throw up lol
🏽🏽,but I recently joined the Soundcloud Rapper face tatt club and got got “потерял” which means “lost” it’s Russian, and half a broken heart on my other side. Been dealing a lot with my depression and my drug use since I’ve been back in Seattle and traveling more so I only felt it was appropriate to make an actual project no matter the length etc.
Can you explain the story behind your artwork and who is the designer?
Bruh he from like South America or some shit lol I don’t know how he found my IG, but he tells me in his broken english that he thinks I’m funny and likes my music?! So I lurked his IG and saw he makes art and was like “Yo can you draw me?” and he was about it. When I got it back, (highkey the same day?!), I lowkey cried 2.37 tears. The fact someone drew me and it looks so similar haha.
How long have you been working on this project?
About a month,theres 3-4 songs that I actually didn’t put on there. My anxiety causes me to hoard a lot of my music and production. I don’t know, its a very personal therapy for me.
Where was it recorded?
This nigga Rab’s basement this past week as I have been battling on and off with my current strugle with certain substence abuses so if you listen theres some pretty subliminal messages about my struggles with drug use and depression.
Who are the producers?
My main dude Rab and some of myself as well but I give him ALL CREDIT. Other than “Louis Wrist” lol I got that on Youtube for free lol s/o type beat syndrome(duwap kaine) to be exact haha.
Who was featured?
Nobody…lol I like to joke and say Yachty cos I’ve been playing a lot with my cadences in auto tune and some sounds similar I guess. AUTOTUNE IS NOT HARD!!! C MAJOR IS THE LITERAL KEY LOL.
What was your favorite track?
“Smokin’ Out The Bag” my ad-libs, the beat, the delivery, I don’t know I’ve never really tried that type of shit all my old old music was hella monotone so I had fun with this a lot, plus its also Rab’s favorite and he produced pretty much all the songs so I’ma assume he knows what he talking about.
Who would you like to thank for helping with the project?
The people that don’t listen to my music but like my internet presence haha. Rab of course for long sleepless barred out nights haha. Rab’s mom for pretty much keeping us alive between sleep deprivation, poor diet, and drug use, Soundcloud in general for being a very diverse platform for me to drop shit on. The 7/11 next door, and the few people I text daily that actually think I have potential. Sbeezy🏽🏽