201 Sunni on His Writing Process, His Latest Project “2:58am Freestyle” & More [Interview]

201 Sunni

Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?

201 Sunni: My name is Suarez, stage name 201 Sunni. I was born and raised in Bennettsville SC. I am the oldest of five boys. My hobbies include fishing, recording music, and spending time with my family. I am currently an IS/IT Deployment Specialist. I love to travel and shop.

Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?

201 Sunni: I have been in the music industry officially for about three months now. I dropped my first official song on streaming services on December 20. I have been helping promote other artists for over 10 years though.

Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?

201 Sunni: I was always a big fan of music growing up. So one day in 4th grade we had to write a song for our journal entry. I remixed “I Got the Hook-Up” by Master P into “I Got the Hiccups”. After that, I joined a few groups. Moreover, in 6th grade, my daddy brought me a tape player and a tape recorder. I took a song the Hot Boys made and the instrumental for the song to add my verse. All on a cassette tape. I did a St. Lunatics song the same way. People at school thought I was the shit. Lol.

Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your sound?

201 Sunni: It is hard to describe my sound. Well to me anyway. I listen to so many people as an artist that it is hard for me to put a sound on it. I try to keep it original and do my own thing.

Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

201 Sunni: I would definitely say all Atlanta musical artist inspire me. I love the way Atlanta’s music scene is and how the music makes you bounce whether the lyrics ride or not. Nate Dogg has a heavy influence on my music as well. He was like the hook god back in the day. Old School R&B inspires me too. I was raised on all kinds of music so everything influences me.

Getmybuzzup: How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?

201 Sunni: When I write I normally write to a beat. I listen to a beat for about 10-30 seconds sometimes shorter and then I start writing. Some songs I write with no beat. I consider those freestyles. Only because the style is free, it was written with no pattern in mind.

Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your latest project?

201 Sunni: My latest project “2:58am Freestyle” didn’t really have a concept. My homeboy was listening to Splurge and I made a similar style beat and dropped a freestyle on it.

Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your latest project?

201 Sunni: Yes most definitely. I travel a lot with my job I plan on getting a lot promotional material to get out in every city. I also plan to get in touch with some promoters and hopefully be able to book some shows while I am out working. That would be dope. I am going to CIAA in Charlotte to promote in Feb. and Miami in March for Spring Break.

Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?

201 Sunni: I have not really made a first rap check but I am probably going but something to make me more money. A studio, something to create clothes, invest in something.

Getmybuzzup: What are must-haves when you are in the studio working?

201 Sunni: Voodoo Chips. Herbs. Cellphone. And my Glock. I might have the Pap with me too.

Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

201 Sunni: Never wait on the next man to put you on. Make your own moves.

Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists on this project or in the future?

201 Sunni: I plan to work with everybody in the future. I know that is impossible but I want to work with all artist. This upcoming project might feature Tiggy, Veto3X, TayTheSix, JE Misfit, Big Freeway, & Frank DiNero. I am not really set on a tracklist yet. Nevertheless, I want to work with Lisha G, Litty Vuitton, and NSB Mali Renni Rucci. All them Carolina artist by the way. Check them out. Thank me later yawl. Lol. However, I want the Carolinas to win. Ion care who win for us. Just win. Oh yeah, I want to work with DaBaby too. He Carolina as well.

Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

201 Sunni: Kind of both. I do not think I mumble rap and I always liked to do bars. Therefore, I would say both because I can put bars on a catchy ass dance beat.

Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)

201 Sunni: Better promotion and marketing. I am a one-man team right now far as online marketing and promotion. It gets hard trying to find the right blog. The write website to post. I need large amounts of improvement in those two areas, marketing and promotion.

Getmybuzzup: What is your all-time favorite song?

201 Sunni: I honestly do not have one. I tried to think of one but come up with nothing. However, right now for real for real. I have been listening to the album Blank Blank by Da Baby a lot.

Getmybuzzup: What was the last album you listened to?

201 Sunni: Funny. I just answered this in the previous question but Blank Blank by Da Baby. I fuck with the energy in his music. He a hard-working young man.

Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

201 Sunni: Most influential artist is Soulja Boy. Hands down. The things artist doing now Soulja Boy been doing that. He has been streaming his music. He has been had crazy chains. He been created songs that had a dance with it. Most successful I would say Migos or 6ix9ine. They keep a Number One song on the charts.

Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you have been able to work with?

201 Sunni: My local peers all I have worked with so far. I plan to expand and add more artist to my collab list.

Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?

201 Sunni: I think music in a great state, which is my state. 2019 is the breakthrough year for Carolina artist. We got a lot of eyes on the states due to some major signings and people are starting to hear more of the state’s music.

Getmybuzzup: Any dream award shows you hope to one-day play at?

201 Sunni: All of them. I want to perform all those shits. Grammy, BET, MTV, and any other ones. I want to do some local & non televised ones as well. Jetlag TV is one. SXSW is another one.

Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?

201 Sunni: My main goal is to make living better for the ones who been with me the whole ride. I want to be able to give me friends and family an opportunity to enjoy this life with me. I want to be able to give them jobs. Not just handouts.

Getmybuzzup: Whom would you say your music relates to the most?

201 Sunni: Everyday people I hope. Lol. I try to make music that everyone can relate to at some point in his or her life. People deal with fake friends every day. People have family problems every day. Real life happens every day so those are the music relatable people.

Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What is makes you different?)

201 Sunni: I write music, make beats. Shoot videos. Design graphics & promotion all with a full-time career as an IS/IT Deployment Specialist for one of the #1 Food & Beverage.

Getmybuzzup: When you are not in the studio, what do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

201 Sunni: When I am not working my fun and relaxation comes from fishing. I am an avid angler. I enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. I spend a lot of time with my family as well. That is very relaxing after being on the road with my job for weeks at a time.

Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer, who would it be?

201 Sunni: Metro Boomin and FigurezMadeIt. I like Timbaland too. He got them unique ass sounding beats. I like his creativity.

Getmybuzzup: What is the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

201 Sunni: Just putting my first song on iTunes and other major streaming platforms. I use to do Soundcloud but that is like the norm. Everybody can post on Soundcloud so that is like public school. But not everybody knows how to get in Tidal, Spotify, Amazon Play and other sites. So posting my music has been the biggest thus far.

Getmybuzzup: What is your dream venue to perform at?

201 Sunni: Madison Square Garden. I want to sell that bihhh out every time I am booked there. That is my dream arena.

Getmybuzzup: What artist music are you currently a fan of?

201 Sunni: Tiggy, Veto3X, TayTheSix, DaBaby, Young Thug, Lil Keed, Money Man, Stunna4Vegas, PG Ra, Mi5ta, 2C Gump currently. I fuck with the old Gucci. I was heavy on Future but his music is not the same to me no more. Man, I be blasting a lot of SC/NC artist shit.

Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?

201 Sunni: I have not had any live shows yet, but when I do I just bring that energy to keep them up and anticipating the next track I am about to perform.

Getmybuzzup: When performing live and the crowd is singing, along with how does that energy make you feel?

201 Sunni: Like I have not had a live show but I am sure it is going turn me up even more. I like to entertain so the crowd’s good energy and my good energy is definitely a recipe for the ultimate live performance.

Getmybuzzup: What is the name of the last book you read and by whom?

201 Sunni: The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me by Richard Paul Evans. Definitely a great book.

Getmybuzzup: What is your favorite sports team and why?

201 Sunni: Redskins and the Lakers. I grew up in a Redskin house and my stepdad put me on the Lakers as a kid.

Getmybuzzup: Who are your favorite actor or actress and their best movie?

201 Sunni: Uhmmmm. I cannot really answer the actor/actress. Nevertheless, I would probably say How High and Shottas my two favorite movies.

Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?

201 Sunni: You can expect more music and more visuals. I plan to drop a tape before the summer. I am actually releasing new music in the second week of March on Soundcloud. It is a freestyle compilation titled “Sunni Cash”. Be sure to check that out. You can also expect multiple features and a promo tour.

Getmybuzzup: Anything else you want to add?

201 Sunni: Make sure you check out Tiggy’s “Air to The Streets” on iTunes & Frank DiNero’s “Franklin Vibes” on YouTube. It is so many more people I want to say but I do not want to leave nobody out. Follow @SauceCarolina on IG. They can keep u posted on a lot of artist on Carolina’s Music scene.

Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?

201 Sunni:  I am on all streaming platforms ITunes, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon Music, etc. all under 201 Sunni. Also on Sound Cloud @201Sunni.

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