‘Cocaine’ Interview

Who are you?

“I am Cocaine”

What is your government name? “Deshone Vassell”

Where are you originally from? “Jersey City NJ”

Where were you born? “Hoboken NJ”

How old are you? “29”

When is your birthday? “September 23rd, 1990”

Why do you live in NJ?

“NJ is where I feel at home”

Why did you start to do music?

“From what I can remember, I was a big hip hop fan, but in the summer of ‘99 me and my cousin made our first mixtape together. I was also really inspired by my pops, he was a reggae artist.”

Have you had another career that wasn’t in the music industry?

“I am a man of many hats and I have held down positions and many other demographics but not one to hold on to”

Have you ever thought about having another kind of career?

“Yes, I thought of being a phycologist, committing to the 8 years in college and in my opinion, I would have been successful”

Who is your music idol?

“I look up to a few but to name some it would be Biggie, Nas, Styles P, and Fabulous”

What influences your music? “The World”

How did you get started in the music industry? “I have a way with words” ​Got away

Who helped you get started in the music industry? “Still working”

Have you ever released an album?

“Not at the moment but m first is very close”

How do you get shows?

“I haven’t performed much but my first performance was due to a quick buzz I gained of a


What do you sound like?

“I sound like drugs to our ears as weird as that may sound”

Who do you believe will buy your music? “Everyone if the they get a whiff of it”

What differentiates you from everyone else in the rap game?

“I have a unique story to tell, it is like having your own fingerprint. Everybody raps, we are all just different alike”

Why should people care about you and what you produce?

Honestly, everyone has there way of expressing themselves, this just happens to be mine, I bet your life im am, guaranteed or your money back”

What is your favorite quote?

“If it dont make dollars it dont make sense”

What quote/ sentence best describes you and your music? “What you already see when you open your eyes”

What kind of music do you listen to?

“I browse through many genres, I am a fan of everything”

What are your top favorite songs?

“I got a story to tell by Biggie, There has been a murder by Jay Z”

How does your music affect your mood?

“When I am creating, sometimes i get frustrated, but I am usually happy with my end product”

What is your perspective on the current state of the industry? “Rap is going to live forever whether it be good or bad”

What do you think will help the industry strive and survive?

Artists need more free room to produce art instead of the depiction of what music is”

When is your next show? “Has not been booked”

When was your last show?

“Recently, I attended a show case where I performed in March”

How many hours per day or week do you practice?

“I give myself at least an hour a day to practice but I am usually freestyling”

When do you promote yourself?

“I promote myself often on the internet and when I am around in the outside world”

What are you currently working on?

“Currently working on an EP title “Say No To Drugz”

Who would you most like to collaborate with? “If i had a choice it would have to be Dave East”

What is the message you would give to your fans?

“Always be true to yourself and never look down on the little man”

What is the most useless talent you have? “Drawing”

Do you sing in the shower? What songs? “Yes, everything”

How do you feel the internet has impacted the music buisness? “It made access to music way faster”

If you could be an inanimate object what would you be and why?

“An ashtray because putting a bud out is like killing dreams the way I see it and that's what these haters keep trying to do”

What instrument would you play if you could? “The Drums”

What genre of music do you like to perform in?

If I really try I could probably sing and make a R&B crossover and pop music”

What was the highest level of formal education you recieved? “Completed highschool and attended one semester in college”

What are your hobbies?

“Listening to music, shopping, eating, and exploring”

What do you want to be known for? “Making a difference”

What do you hope to get out of your involvement in the music industry? “I hope to obtain success and become notable