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By Alissa Arunarsirakul // March 16, 2020
With notable written and production work for big names like Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih, Ebenezer is not to be overlooked. The UK rapper, producer, and mixer has been spitting clever bars for years, but it wasn’t until 2017 that he stepped into his own as Ebenezer. Now more remarkable than ever, Ebenezer has dropped his impressive new EP, Bad Romantic II.
To celebrate the release of his incredible new EP, we recently chatted with Ebenezer about Kanye West, creativity, and of course, Bad Romantic II.
HH: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
E: I would proudly say it’s Kanye West, Drake, PartyNextDoor, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.
HH: How has your written and production work for recognizable names like Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih affected your solo work?
E: I wouldn’t say it has affected my work, instead just given me reassurance and the confidence in my gift, so as long as I work hard and not get complacent, my work will be appreciated by the people I admire.
HH: What was it like to write, produce, and mix Bad Romantic II entirely on your own?
E: Completely gratifying. I’m super proud because not many can say they have produced, written, and mixed all of their records to this high standard of quality. Because I was able to do all three, it allowed me to have complete creative control without outside manipulation, literally a manifestation of all my thoughts into songs.
HH: Can you describe every track on Bad Romantic II in one word each?
E: It’s difficult to compress it all to one word answers so I’ll try statements and phrases for lack of better words.
“Flaws and All” – letter to my ex
“Mariachi Flow” – paranoid lover
“The Weeknd” – lonely
“25” – you make me wanna commit
“3am in London” – tit for tat
“Flexible” – explicit
HH: A standout track, “Mariachi Flow” features emotive brass alongside dog bark samples. How do you come up with such out-of-the-box ideas?
E: The ideas all come randomly; most of time, I’m experimenting and just trying to be creative. But with “Mariachi Flow,” I wanted some emphasis on certain lines, which led me to do beat drops and the dog barking.”
HH: Considering “The Weeknd,” are you actually a fan of his?
E: Yeah, I am a fan of The Weeknd. I purposefully called the track “The Weeknd” for that reason… It might just pop up on his radar. You just never know
HH: If you could collaborate with anyone in the music industry, who would you pick?
E: Kanye West. His innovation and his creative genius has had a phenomenal impact on music and considering My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is my favorite album of all time, it would be dope to collaborate with him.
HH: What are your three hidden hits?
PartyNextDoor – “The News”
Burna Boy – “Anybody”
Pa salieu – “Frontline”