Dee: Growing up what artists and sounds were you inspired by?
Gracious: "Well my "Jones" (mother) started me off young , she was in the military I was in military school overseas. I mean she had her own albums that I would sneak and listen to like Digital Underground and Big Daddy Kane. The first tape she gave me was that LL Cool J and I rocked it til the tape popped (laughing)."
Goodness Gracious also mentions the likes of Too Short, UGK and Scarface amongst others as a source of inspiration, as he later recalls how he at 11 years of age was writing raps for him and his cousins.
Dee: "With the Hip-Hop sound constantly changing how do you maintain your style and hold true to your sound?"
Gracious: "I mean a lot of younger artist think that the music we listen is old, I just came from a different era where you wanted to be better than the next emcee not follow the same sequence ya know? I mean it seems it's' less lions and more sheep now"
Dee: "Now with the large number of Dallas artists that are out signed and unsigned , who would you like to collab with?"
Gracious: "I mean I am a fan of a lot of artist in the city, I mean 7 tha Great, Que P, Jayson Lyric, Colby Savage, C. Shruggs, to name a few it's a lot of people that I have had a chance to work with and would again, and its plenty I would work with. We all watched each other grow ya know?"
Artist 7 tha Great and Que P appear on Goodness Gracious's street anthem "Can't Take that Loss" which is highly reviewed for it's southern instrumental, word-play and flow from each artist
Dee: "What do you think Dallas has to do to get more national recognition on the Hip-Hop scene?
Gracious: "First off its a buyers market, so we gotta start buying what we selling. When a local artist come out we gotta go support that man and go cop it if its dope,I mean we have our own style a lot of artist that's not from here have came and stole stuff from us took it elsewhere and acting like they invented it. I mean we from the city with the mic in the skyline that should be inspiration."
Very few people do you leave a conservation with feeling like you learned anything. 2 minutes speaking with Goodness Gracious prior to our interview I instantly felt advancement in knowledge and history in the city known as the "Triple D".
(full interview video coming soon to the Great Decade Apparel youtube channel)
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