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Vieno James: Upcoming Rap Prodigy


Over the break, I sat down with a new Atlanta artist who goes by the name of Vieno James. Although he is just a senior in high school, his potential and skills are already stirring up conversations about his work.

EEM: How did you choose your artist name?

James: My actual name is Alvieno James Stinson. I think Vieno James sounds poetic, and cut throat at the same time. Plus, I get to use my actual name. I like staying true to myself. Vieno is me, but more aggressive. He’s the one under the golden mask. Al-vieno is more of a passive person that enjoys martial arts, history, art, poetry, and paints.

EEM: What is the genre of your music?

James: Hmmm, I’d say that it sounds like Free Gold Status. I think focusing on myself, and not worrying about comparisons or fitting into a category of sound lets me be more fluid, and artistic with my work. I just do what sounds appealing to me; I make music that I enjoy.

EEM:  What are you hoping to accomplish as an artist?

James: I want to be part of the new paradigm shift of visual art and music. I want to empower people through my music. Hearing fans in the stands would be beautiful. I want people to take what I say, and apply it to their lives. I believe that everyone has ability to work to the best of their abilities. The natural understanding to understand knowledge should be embedded into all of our minds. I want people to get up off their asses and focus on creating new ways to advance the human race. I want to have a stable source of income. And I want to have fun being me.

EEM: Do you have a mixtape out?

James: Yes I do! My album is called Fractal Images. Check it out on SoundCloud or Datpiff. It’s not really a concept album, but everything flows together like one. It’s a bunch of visions into my life, my thoughts, and my plans for the future. I suggest that anyone that listens to it should go back, and try to interpret the lyrics, and songs as a whole. It’s a bit poetic and artistic, but at the same time I’m coming with a sick flow, and kill the tracks. It’s me as a whole.

At the beginning of the album I say “Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici” which means “By The Power OF Truth, I While Living Have Conquered the Universe”. That truth would be the understanding of oneself others around you, and the divine. As humans we’ve been gifted with the ability to understand, and interpret knowledge. I think since we have that ability we should use it to progress. So go out and understand yourself, understand how to love, understand how to work harder, understand your skills, understand your emotions, understand your connection with your God(The Great Understanding Being), Know your purpose and go out and get it.
EEM: What is your inspiration?
James:  I stay on my grind for my grandfather, and my father.  They both were incredibly smart, charismatic, and both had their chance at making it in the world of entertainment, but they made some bad decisions, and didn’t get their original goals completed. I’m third in line, and I’m not going to lose to the world.
To check out Vieno James Twitter <—click there.
His mixtape is currently on Datpiff<—-click there.
& you can listen via   SoundCloud<—-click there.
Interview Conducted by Dreu Davis, Editor of Pop Culture

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