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Endian Dope is a singer/emcee from Brandon,MS by way of El Paso, TX. Her smooth, lyrical flow and silky singing voice have captured the ears and atten...

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The Lovely Endian Dope

The Lovely Endian Dope

Endian Dope is a singer/emcee from Brandon,MS by way of El Paso, TX. Her smooth, lyrical flow and silky singing voice have captured the ears and attention of many in Mississippi and elsewhere. Her most recent self-titled single “Endian Dope” features a sample of Aliyah’s “Rock the Boat” and a spacey beat that her perfectly fits her layered lines. She definitely caught my attention after just one listen and after hearing what she was has created so far I know this is just the beginning for Ms. Dope.

I hit her up on Twitter after peeping out her material and she blessed me with an interview. Here’s what she had to say:

1. Me: How long have you been creating music?
E.Dope: I’ve been aspiring to make music for a long time now. When I initially wanted to create music I didn’t have the means at the time. But when I finally got to college I decided to seriously pursue it. I’ve been working on my music seriously for about 2 years.
2. Me: What/Who is your biggest musical influence?
E.Dope: I like a lot of artists. One of my favorite decades is the 90’s and my favorite rapper is Left Eye. She inspires me with her flow and a lot of lyricism. The person who influences me the most is my best friend, my significant other, my boyfriend, Toon Troop. He’s also a music artist. Troop is the reason why I even considered doing music seriously in the first place. I’m also inspired by artists of other mediums like Frida Khalo, Vangoh, Basquiat, Bach, Misty Copeland and Eartha Kitt. I think an artist should be inspired by more than just music. There’s art in everything.
3. Me: How did you come up with the name Endian Dope?
E.Dope: One of my close friends, heard me one day while i rapped and played the guitar and he was “Nigga you sound like India.Arie” and I laughed. He later added but you’re more dope. And it just struck a chord, so I went with Endian Dope. Ever since then it just stuck.
4. Me: What does the word success mean to you?
E.Dope: Success to me means, waking up, doing what I love and doing my job well. It’s not about the money, it’s not about the struggle, it’s about doing what’s necessary to get the job done. I believe a happy person, is a successful person. Too many people give success a value.
5. Me: What message do you hope your listeners receive when they hear your music?
E.Dope: I hope to send a message of empowerment and good vibes to everyone that listens. I value my female fans the most though. We don’t get enough positive representation without the attribution of being denoted, because of our sex appeal or aspirations. I want girls to know that we have power, and we can exercise that power, whenever we want without persecution.
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6. Me: Which major artist would you want to work with? Which local artist?
E. Dope: SZA. Erykah Badu. Missy Elliot. Pharrell just a variety. And for the local artists, I’ve kinda worked with everyone that I know is doing something music wise. I’ve been able to work with great people like Sir Flywalker and Dr.Topps. To touch on that, I wanna work with more artists, but I know a lot of artists in Starkville are male and they’re either intimidated by a female emcee or they berate me. But I think because music is a plethora of so many types of people, men should put gender aside and work with talent. Talent knows talent.
7. Me: Do you feel like there’s a resurgence in people supporting local artists right now in MS?
E.Dope: I think with film makers like Petey and Coco, who have recently just released their film Dark Horse which features MS artists, it gives a lot of local artist a chance and inspire closeted local artists to come out and expose their art. There’s something happening in Mississippi, and I can’t wait to see it explode.

8. Me: Where are you from?
E.Dope: Originally El Paso, TX but I live in Brandon, MS.
9. Me: What is your favorite track that you’ve released so far?
E.Dope: Asking me what’s my favorite track is like asking a mother who’s her favorite child. All of my tracks are my babies. I love each one respectively and I think everyone should check them out as well. The most recent one that I have released is called “Endian Dope” so people should definitely peep that.
10. Me: Do you have any upcoming projects we should be on the look out for?
E.Dope: Yeah a couple. I have an EP dropping this fall and mixtape after. I also have my hands in other ventures, but you will have to wait on it.
11. Me: What do you think the future holds for you and your team?
E.Dope: Wow. I think the future is ever changing. If God allows it, I see us making music for a long period of time. I see concerts and headlines. But I’ve never been a person to look in the future, because I like to focus on the present and what ever it presents. When you focus on the future, you lose sight of what’s right in front of you.

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Here’s a playlist of tracks from Endian Dope’s Soundcloud:
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If you want to stay updated on Endian Dope’s latest releases check her out at:
Twitter: @_endiandope
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/endiandope

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