What would it mean to have Pusha-T cosign your grind? According to Brooklyn's own T Got Bank, it would mean the world.
"It means the world to finally be recognized, and be noticed, get your talent out there and get your movement heard," he tells me over the phone.
T is one of 10 artists handpicked by Pusha-T for the 1800 Seconds album with 1800 Tequila. When you hear how T Got Bank borrows Southern aesthetics and makes them decidedly New York, how he takes the menacing and makes it catchy, you'll understand why Pusha-T was drawn to his thumping energy.
"I feel real good about ["A Lot," his song on the album], it’s a real upbeat song," T says. "I’m trying to rage when I get onstage... I come up with the most music when I’m on the go. Outside, driving around, moving around, that’s when I get inspiration. I think it’s easier to come up with stuff when I’m outside, because I might see something that might lead to something else, and that might lead to a bar."
T Got Bank's boiling energy and pursuit for inspiration makes him an artist to watch. Not only does the music speak for itself, but he also has a good eye for business, understanding how music and virality move in 2018. "A viral moment helps, but as far as needing that?" he muses. "You don’t necessarily need it, because a lot of artists just got raw talent, ain’t no gimmick."
"I’m all about hooks," T Got Bank concludes. "That’s how I stand out. Loud, fast, turn-up shit, that shit always gon’ go."
DJBooth's full interview with T Got Bank, lightly edited for content and clarity, follows below.
DJBooth: When did 1800 reach out to you initially?
T Got Bank: I was submitting mad music around, throwing out tracks to different blogs and SoundCloud pages. Some dude that I was following for minute, he was asking for submissions and an hour later he hit me up. I wasn’t believing I was hand-selected by Pusha-T. It was crazy! That just does not happen, usually. Out of nowhere, just get [an opportunity] just changes your whole career?
What does it mean to have been handpicked for this record?
It means the world, bruh. We put a lot of time into our craft and a lot of money. Sometimes it’s hard to get it off the ground because the industry is so saturated. So it means the world to finally be recognized, and be noticed, get your talent out there and get your movement heard.
How would you define the energy you bring to the album?
First of all, I had to change my song two or three times. They gave us some guidelines, and then when I went in the booth, it was like, "This not gon’ work, because you’re talking about this, that, and the third" [laughs]. The track that I went with, I feel good about it. I just had to revise a lot of the lyrics, because it wasn’t that family-friendly. I feel really good about it, it’s a real upbeat song. I’m trying to rage when I get on stage.
How do you usually create?
I come up with the most music when I’m on the go. Outside, driving around, moving around, that’s when I get inspiration. I think it’s easier to come up with stuff when I’m outside, because I might see something that might lead to something else, and that might lead to a bar.
Do you think music is enough anymore, or do you need a viral moment as an artist on the rise?
There’s more than one answer to that. Trolling, right now, is it. Or, a dance. All of that could lead to you getting on. A viral moment helps, but as far as needing that? You don’t. You don’t necessarily need it, because a lot of artists just got raw talent, ain’t no gimmick.
What do you do to stand out as an artist?
I’m all about hooks. My hooks gotta be… I make what I wanna hear. I know what n****s wanna hear. I know what n****s wanna say. I make music for n****s like that. Basically, that’s how I stand out. Loud, fast, turn up shit, that shit always gon’ go.
How do you plan on using this opportunity to your advantage?
I’m about to hit the ground running with this publicity, for real. This about to put me out here, crazy. I’m gonna keep the ball rolling. Right after the show, I’ma drop some visuals. I got a tape coming. It’s a snowball effect.
After this, what one piece of advice would you give yourself when you wanted to quit?
It’s all about consistency. N****s feel like once they got on, they can chill. But you can be here today, gone tomorrow. So, if I wanted to quit: just keep going. I could’ve quit 100 times, but I kept going and now it’s paying off.