This week’s Saturday Spotlight catches up with previously featured, Philup Banks for an exclusive interview where he discusses his upbringing, Tupac‘s influence on his career and where he derived his charismatic stage name (it’s definitely not what you think). Catch the full interview below an grab a copy of Philup’s latest project ‘I’m Not Into You‘ for chill, summer vibes from a Michigan state of mind.
You’ve been making waves over these past couple months with numerous press mentions. Give everybody not as familiar a brief rundown on who you are as an artist and what Philup Banks stands for as a person.
As a artist I stand out because I’m a creative. I don’t do music for fame or radio, I do music because I have a true passion for music and want to be the best to ever do it. Philup Banks is the person everyone counted out.
When was that exact moment you knew you wanted to be in the music industry?
Early 2000’s, watching artist like 50 Cent, Pharrell, Jay z and Nelly become their own bosses. It showed me how powerful being a rapper could be.
Every time I hear the name Philup Banks, I’m reminded of both The Rugrats and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Where did you come up with the idea behind it?
Well I use to go by Jfly. One day I wrote a verse and wrote the line “If you want to be the fresh prince you gotta fill up banks (Philup Banks)” I liked how the name sounded and what it stood for so I changed my name to that and ran with it.
Growing up, what were the 3 most influential music videos in your life? Why?
I would have to say 2pac “I Get Around”, Ice Cube “It was a good day”, Jay z “Big Pimpin. I feel like all of those videos made you respect the song even more.
Where do you want to take your career over the next 3 years?
Over the next 3 years, I will be expanding my brand, Champagne Only and I alsoI want to experiment with my music a little more.
What type of vibe were you going for on your latest mixtape?
“Im Not You” is full of summer vibes. Good music, Good Vibes and progression all over this tape.
Before you go, let us know why Philup Banks’ got next.
I create my own vibe. I don’t just make turn up music, I don’t just make conscious music. I don’t have a lane because I’m making my own.