On the Road, for the Record: $not
Harnessing the power of social media, Florida-based rapper $not has gained a large following starting off in the underground rap scene. With viral tracks like “Gosha” released in 2018, along with his song “Billy Boy” that was featured in HBO’s Euphoria in 2019, $not has gained mainstream success that has made him one of this year’s rising stars. With a new single, “Mood & Stars” and a highly anticipated album, Tragedy+ out March 6. Milk spoke with $not about his tour with Jasiah, his upcoming album, and some unexpected moments on the road.
How do you feel about your show tomorrow?
It’s gonna be fucking crazy.
What would you say is the biggest misconception about being on tour?
The long ass rides, yeah. I did not realize how long the rides can seem.
What’s your top tip for all the traveling on tour?
Go to sleep, yeah and stay off your phone.
What advice do you have for people that are going on tour for the first time?
Have fun, bring friends, and expect the unexpected.
What has been something unexpected that happened to you?
During one of the shows, a chandelier broke and ripped from the roof. Luckily no one was hurt.
What’s something you’re like really look forward to on tour?
Being in a crowd. I don’t like being on stage and in the crowd with the fans. I don’t like anyone having to look up at me. I like being on the same level in the crowd, you know?
Do you have any favorite songs you really look forward to performing each time?
I like performing “Beretta.”
Tell me more about what you listen to on tour? Any artists you are particularly listening to?
I listen to DaBaby.
Tell me more about your playlist? Who is on there?
Yeah, there’s some good stuff on the playlist. There’s Slipknot, Chief Keef, WETBACKMANNY and Thouxanbanfauni.
What tips do you have for artists putting their music out online?
You could put out the music out there but it’s really how you approach music, you know? you Good job like, you know, the best music. It’s really how you promote yourself. You can work hard and shit, but you have to be smart. It shouldn’t matter if you drop it or if it’s on Soundcloud. It’s about using social media for the best way it works for you.
What’s your go-to social media app right now?
Twitter. There’s a lot of crazy shit on Twitter.
So tell me more about your background? How did you start making music?
It was like a little late 2016, I think I was a junior. My friend had this USB mic and he brought his condenser mic. It made my voice really clear and I was really into underground music and it got me really inspired. That’s how it started going and we started skipping school to make music.
Do you have any upcoming projects like what do you what have you planned for this year?
I have a song called “Tragedy” and an album coming out March 6 hopefully.
Tell me more about the process of making it? How long have you been working on it?
A year, almost. Lots of sample permission battles.
Stay tuned to Milk for more on the road.