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Coyote Lee is a musician currently residing in New York City originally from Baltimore.
TA: What’s your current hustle?
CL: I'm a musician. Classically trained vocalist that focuses on trying to bring that musicality to hip hop.
TA: Describe the difference between your 9-5 and your 5-grind?
CL: The main difference is that I really enjoy the 5 to grind as opposed to my 9-5.
TA: Who gave you the most memorable career advice?
CL: Santangelo Williams. I had been in thelongest writers block of my life and I couldn’t figure out how to get out of it. None of the usual tricks were working. I respect his artistry so I asked for some advice and he told me to go live my life outside of music. It’s since made all the difference in how I approach my writing.
TA: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?
CL: I’ve wanted to sing since I found out I was okay at it in the 4th grade. Up until my junior year of Baltimore School for the Arts I wanted to pursue a classical music career but when applying to conservatories I came to the realization that I was much more passionate about hip hop.
TA: Did you ever think you wouldn't make it to this point in your career? What kept you going?
CL: I definitely doubted myself along the way. (I think thats natural when doing something out of the “norm”). A few things kept me going. The first is my natural. I’m not really into plan B’s so once I decided I was going to pursue a music career I had nothing else to fall back on and that kept me on track anytime I doubted. The other is my competitive spirit. So when I heard tha Carter III or Because the Internet, or TPAB, or Channel Orange, or Malibu I would think to myself why can’t I make something that good or better that effects people like that. And wanting to top great works of art and make my own of that caliber motivated me.
TA: If you could tell your younger self one thing about work ethic, what would it be?
CL: I’d myself to put just as much work in on the little annoying parts as I did on the big fun stuff. Attention to detail is paramount.
TA: What has been your favorite “project,” so far?
CL: To be honest with you , I’m not sure yet. I think time will tell.
TA: Who are your 3 “must-follows” on Instagram?
CL: Asap Rocky, Dj B-Hen (djbhen), terra.xoxo. Rocky’s IG flows so perfectly and I think really represents his brand well. Something I’m striving towards. Dj B-Hen is actually my cousin but he’s made a real name for himself in the dj scene in LA and thats allowed him to travel the world doing what he loves to do. He’s a real tangible inspiration for me since he comes from the same place and conditions as me. terra.xoxo is such a phenomenal photographer and editor. Her photos have been a huge inspiration on the sound of the project I’m currently working on. I want it to sound as beautiful as terra’s photography looks.
TA: How would your inner circle describe your hustle?
CL: I think my inner circle would describe it as “our hustle” honestly. I’ve been lucky enough to have friends just as talented and driven as myself so they can help me as much as I help myself.
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