McNary rapper Smokey Grams opens up about his experience
December 21, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Brooklyn Flint
From pop to jazz, there are many types of music that people listen to every day.
Angel Costumbre, also known as Smokey Grams, is a young aspiring rapper that writes his own music straight from his heart.
Costumbre started out by just listening to the rap music around him. “I really got in it like freshman year. There is like rap battles going on around the school and I started watching them a little bit. When the second semester came around for that, I started participating in it a little bit and it kind of sparked a little bit more,” Costumbre said. Even though the rap battles eventually got shut down, he kept going after his dream.
Most of his inspiration came from his brothers though. “My brothers always played hip-hop music down to Ice Cube, Wu-tang, all of them… I got most of my inspiration from them, which kind of dominoed to me liking those artists and for me seeing their stuff,” Costumbre said.
After getting ideas from his brothers and rap battles, he began to discover his own voice sophomore year. “Sophomore year I finally got an opportunity to come in here, go to the studio, and actually record some tracks,” he said.
Costumbre’s older brother has helped with a lot more than inspiration also. “My older brother, his name was Smokey. He was like the first Smokey and everybody called him that and since I was basically his small twin brother. Everybody called me Lil Smokey, and then after that for awhile I kind of grew out of it… I don’t want to be little no more. I took the grams part out of that because I want to do something positive with that word rather than it mean all the derogatory terms,” Costumbre said.
There are many other artist that give him motivation for his songs like Method Man, an American rapper. Despite his rapping talent, Costumbre also likes to test around a bit. “I experiment with singing and writing like poetry,” he said.
As he grows older, Costumbre knows that he will continue this for the rest of his life. “As an artist, I love what I do and it’s honestly what I want to do for life… If it gets bad, just keep going because sooner or later it gets better.”