Jersey native, Guy Harrsion, has been in the hip hop game for quite some time now. His success can be highlighted through his performances with Big Sean and Mac Miller. What’s up next for Guy Harrison? A lot. With a recent mixtape and a lot of plans in the pipeline, you may just be staring (or better yet, listening) at hip hop’s next big artist. Will Guy be the next to grace XXL’s Freshmen Class cover?
Tell me about the process of making your newest mixtape “Homeboy Harrison.”
I had all the beats from my homies Shepard and APOB and wrote the majority of the tracks over winter break last year. I got a call about some studio time in DC and drove down at like 6am. I finished the tape in two or three sessions. I mapped out how I wanted it to flow from song to song before I recorded it so it was easy to knock tracks out.
With a mixtape that just came out what is the next move for Guy Harrison?
I’m working on a few different projects with some really dope artists I go to school with. I’m hoping to get those out early next year.
Are there any artists that you’d like to work with?
There’s alot of artists I think are really dope but when I work with other artists the vibe has to be there and it has to be natural. Good collaborations, in my opinion, are done best when the artists can be in the studio together, as opposed to sending sessions back and forth and what not.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on three projects right now. One with my homie Cartier Sims which is gonna be a joint mixtape, and I’m putting together an EP and a free album that I want to release next year.
How did you get into music?
I was born into a really musical family. My brother raps and my mom and sister sing so music has always been a part of my daily life. I started writing raps when I was 15 or 16 and just had a knack for it and then started recording right before college in 2010.
When you’re not making music what do you do in your free time?
I play basketball when I can, I watch a lot of movies and sports. But I don’t have too much free time outside of the studio and class.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
(Laughs) Everyone always asks this question and its funny because as a senior in college I’ve been getting the “What are you going to do after graduation?” question and I can barely answer that. All I know is that 26 year old GH is going to be more refined and knowledgeable about music, art and business.
Have you ever had any crazy fan experiences?
[Not quite crazy but] one time I was doing a show in Boston and this kid in the front row is waving this 2 dollar bill at me. It caught my eye so I stopped in the middle of my set, and asked my DJ for a pen and made the kids day.
What’s one interview question you’ve never been asked but wish you were asked?
People never really ask me about my team Backhand Fam. We’re a collective of like minded individuals that are focused on music, clothing, art, and overall dopeness. It started off my freshman year when I started making music with my roommate Cartier Sims and producer mattMiGGZ who went to Cuse at the time. The name Backhand Fam stems from this backhanded handshake we made, but it became so much more with time. We treat each other like brothers no matter what color is on the back of your hand. Now, the handshake has spread all throughout Syracuse campus and even in other areas like South Jersey, Detroit, and NYC. We just made a really dope logo and we’re working on a collective album right now, so be on the lookout for the Backhand Fam in these next upcoming years.
For more information on Guy follow him on Twitter @guy_harrison!