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Hella Juiced: Trill Ryan

Trill Ryan is a 17-year-old artist from Lakewood, who’s ready to turn this music thing all the way up. If you haven’t heard his buzzing single “She Gone Go,” you’re in for a treat. This is a West Coast bop that will have you giggin’ and dancing at the function all summer long. Read more…

Having just wrapped up his junior year in high school, Ryan plans to finish out his senior year while balancing his rising rap career. It was only 5 months ago that he started actually recording and taking things serious. Most recently, he followed up his debut single with another slapper called ”Crazy,” a feeling we can all relate to.

Talk about being from Lakewood.
Lakewood’s in between a bunch of cities: Long Beach, Cypress, Buena Park. It’s in the middle of everything. It was boring. I didn’t live in Lakewood my whole life, I moved 3 times.

Where did you move to?
I was born in Lakewood then in 4th grade, I moved to Arizona. I lived there for 2 years, then moved back. I live in Cerritos now. Cerritos is nice, but it’s too boring.

Is that considered LA?
Nah, LA county. Cerritos is in between everything too, it’s the middle city.

Who did you grow up to music-wise?
I listened to Meek Mill. That’s the first person I ever listened to, “Dreams and Nightmares.”

Were you on battle rap Meek?
Yeah, I was for sure watching him. “Dreams and Nightmares” is the one that put me on to him. Now, I mess with all his stuff.

Who else do you listen to?
NBA Youngboy. All the top people in the game right now, I look at them and try to put that into my own style.

They rap about the streets. How does that relate to your life?
I mean, I always had homies who were in the streets. I was always surrounded by that. I only have one other white friend, and he’s like me. He’s surrounded and friends with black people, so I’ve always be around that stuff. I be getting in trouble sometimes.

Talk about started to record 5 months ago.
I started, bought all the equipment. Everything I started in my garage. I bought the computer, the microphone, everything I needed to start off. I started recording in my garage and I sent it to people to mix and mash. Now, Pun took me so I’m at the real studios.

At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
After I dropped “She Gone Go.” It just blew up. The first time I heard myself in the studio, I knew. I was like “I’m hard.”

What’s the inspiration behind your name?
Trill Ryan, that’s just me and my friends. We’ve had our names as Trill, Ryan Trill, Kenny Trill since 8th grade. We make it shorter and say TG, instead of Trill.

What do parents think?
My mom, she doesn’t like — I mean she likes it, but she doesn’t like the old stuff I put out. The old stuff I put out for people in my city because that’s what they listen to, but the new stuff is going to be for different genres. I think my mom’s going to like the new shit more than the old stuff.

What’s the old stuff?
It was more for the party scene. High school parties. Get bitches, shake ass, and shit, basically. We’ve been doing it since 7th grade.

You still partying as hard as you were?
Oh hell no. I don’t go to parties no more at all. Only time I’ll go to parties is to perform, but I haven’t performed yet. I’m waiting.

“She Gon Go” is a banger. Can you bring us back to that studio session?
I recorded that at home in my room. It’s something to get the party jumping. That’s it basically, just diving my brain on that. I didn’t think that was going to be the one that made me blow up, ’cause I know I can put out better shit.

What was your reaction when it did blow?
I don’t really know. I still don’t know, it’s still all new to me.

Talk about your management, Pun.
He found me. He reached out through Instagram, DMed me like “meet up.” I’m like “alright cool.” We met at the Cerritos mall and talked. I was already fucking with them because they seemed professional. I came here [studio in NoHo] and everything they told me it was, it was better. I couldn’t ask for any better management. Shout out Pun.

Were you dolo before that?
I was messing with a few other… nah, I didn’t have no one else. I just had myself. People would mess with me, but I wouldn’t really mess with them back.

What else have you dropped besides “She Gone Go”?
I have 4 records and featured on 2 records. “She Gone Go” is on iTunes, but that’s the only one on iTunes. The rest are on SoundCloud. Some of them are on Spotify and Audiomack. I have 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6 on my SoundCloud [counts]. I dropped “Crazy” yesterday.

Talk about that making “Crazy.”
That’s top 5, one of my favorite records right now. That song, I was in the studio and they played me the YikeMike beat. Me and Mike cool, so I’m like “I gotta fuck this beat up.” I thought something in my brain and just like that, “Crazy.”

Is a video coming for “She Gone Go”?
We did a remix for that video. Someone remixed my song, so we did it and called it “She Gon Go” music video. But we’re redoing one that’s just the single.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
I’m different. There’s nobody else like me. That’s basically it.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
Learning for sure. Seeing me progress with the music stuff. I’m not really that confident right now either, I’m trying to be more confident. I don’t know why I’m not that confident, but I know I’ma change. Gotta get used to this stuff.

What do you think it’s going to take?
Just time. More time, getting used to things. I’m trying to have fun with it.

How do you balance the music and high school?
In high school, that’s kind of the problem because I wasn’t really going to the studio. I’d go on the weekends or whenever I could, but now it’s summer so I’m going to be in the studio every day. 

What do you like to do for fun besides music?
I play basketball. That’s what I wanted to do first before the music. I wanted to be an NBA hooper, all that. I’d go to all the camps, I was actually kind of good. Basketball was first, then something happened with the medical. I couldn’t play no more, with my heart. That’s when I stopped. After I stopped, my friends were all into the music. I’m like “fuck it let me try it,” and that’s when I got into it.

What position did you play?
Shooting guard. #1 shooter in 2020, I don’t care what anyone says.

You got tattoos?
Yeah. [shows hands] My brother and sister’s name.

How old are they?
My brother’s 18, my sister’s 16.

You guys super close?
Nah, my family doesn’t really talk like that.

Whyd you get them tattooed?
My mom be like “oh you don’t love your brother and sister,” blah blah blah. But now I do. I do, I have proof.

How do they feel?
They said it was nice. I showed them, they’re like “that’s nice.” That’s it. My mom didn’t like it, but she grew on it.

How important is social media for your career?
Social media is probably the most important thing because that’s where you get your exposure. Everybody knows you from social media.

How long are you on there?
I try not to be on it as much, but I have to promote my stuff. I be on my Instagram a lot though, that’s the main one. I first only started messing with Instragam, I didn’t really mess with anything else. Snapchat was before, but no one uses that anymore. He’s showing me I have to use other social media to get more of a fan base. Like Triller, so I can gain followers on different platforms and shit.

Favorite person to follow on IG?
Probably the models. I don’t know their names. They’re just bad, so I follow them.

Who’s in your Top 5?
I fuck with upcoming LA artists. I fuck with Ambjaay, his friends, all of them. I got a song with most of them, but I never posted it. I got a song with D3. I fuck with JGreen. Do you know Brygreatah from Philly? Y’all don’t really know the people I listen to. Lil TJay. 1TakeJay and all them. Quin NFN, NLE Choppa, Mozzy, Jacquees, Roddy Rich, Johnny Rose, DMB Gotti. I’m just naming artists, I don’t really have a top 5.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
I’m on summer now so probably go to sleep, wake up around 10am. If I have to wake up early, I’ll set my alarm. Then I’ll go pick up my friends, probably go smoke something.

Smoke weed?
Yeah, but that’s the only thing I do. I don’t do none of that other shit. Fuck all that, hell no. Smoke some weed, try to link with some bitches. This is summer, I’m in the studio working with my friends.

3 things you need in the studio?
Water, my friends, good energy.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
I actually be getting a lot of people running up to me. At first I thought that shit was weird, like why are you my fan? MY fan, that’s weird. But then I started to get used to it. The craziest shit, they be screaming, recording me, running up to me. At my school for sure, because it’s a bunch of white girls. They love me, I don’t know why.

Do people at your school know you’re a rapper?
Yeah, everybody. The principal, they all talk to me. It’s so weird. I had a meeting with my mom. The meeting wasn’t for the music, but they brought it up like “oh I see you’re doing good on SoundCloud, etc.” They know. One teacher on the last day talked to me and tried to understand it more. ‘Cause kids would tell her, “oh you see Ryan?” I was in her class, she’s like “why are people getting excited for Ryan? He’s just a kid.” So she asked me. She thought it was cool.

What advice do you have for an aspiring Trill Ryan?
If you have a passion, stay focused. Stay with it. Don’t let nobody tell you nothing. If it sounds bad at first, keep trying. Because my shit sounded weird at first, but then I got used to it. Stay confident with it, that’s it.

Anything else you wanna let us know?
New music on the way for sure. Get ready for shows. Everything, you gonna see my face everywhere.

 

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