The birthplace of hip-hop AKA the Bronx is making a strong comeback. With the legendary Fat Joe out here releasing hits again, Remy Ma is back, A Boogie and Don Q are out here killing shit; along with them, you got $ha Hef whose bringing that gutter sound with his own twist and the more traditional Dot Demo who has bars for days reminiscent of the 90’s.
Another young artist coming from the Bronx that you should keep an eye out for is FVRTHR (can be said as FARTHER or FURTHER). The Dominican rapper has his own style, mixing rap, R&B and trap effortlessly. At one moment he could be rapping and the next, breaking into a falsetto, something that his dad encouraged him to do more often when he was younger. With only a few years in the game and two projects under his belt, FVRTHR’s music sounds like he has been doing this for years, crafting his own unique polished sound. You could pick any song off his two projects and they would fit perfectly into the radio’s daily rotation.
After the release of his first project, The FVR EP in 2016, FVRTHR caught the ear of Fetty Wap who saw the potential the young artist had offering him a deal the first time they met. Leaving a lasting impression on Fetty, he inked a deal with Zoo Gang earlier this year. Not wasting anytime, FVRTHR capitalized on his momentum, dropping his first full-length project GHB Regime in April which included a feature from Fetty himself. The project showed off FVRTHR’s versatility, his knack for songwriting, his ability to effortlessly transition between rapping and singing and craft radio-ready records.
With his GHB Regime out now, FVRTHR is just getting started. Look out for more new music, videos and even a tour on the way. He’s already hard at work on the follow-up to GHB Regime which is slated to arrive later this summer.
Get familiar with FVRTHR in our interview below and check out his latest effort GHB Regime.
1. Explain how you came up with the name FVRTHR and the concept behind it?
- You know what’s crazy about my name, you can say it both ways, you can say farther or further. I used to go by another name which is funny, then I hit a point in my life where I needed change and I thought a new moniker would be dope. The “Further” came from how far I came, but then when you get to the place you want to go, you want to go a step further, a step further; and that’s how I came up with the name.
2. Your father is multi-talented and played many different instruments, can you tell us how he might have influenced your music career and if at all? What does he think about your music?
- The funny thing about my dad is he plays every instrument you can think of really, but I don’t know how to play a single one, the only thing I know how to do is sing. My whole life he would tell me you got a voice, you should use it. I used to sing in the shower playing around and sh–. He would always try to push me to sing but I was like, “Nah I’m good, I’m going to stick to what I’m doing as far as rap.”
- My music now, he’s just amazed how far I’ve come and how much better I’ve gotten. I’m not musically trained at all, it’s just by ear. You knowing what’s good is actually a good thing because if something is trash then you know it’s trash. That’s something I got from my father, always trying to make sh– sound better; and if it’s bad, stay true to yourself and say, “This is horrible, I need to go back to the drawing board and come back.”
3. How would you describe your sound and style? Who would you say were some of your other influences?
- As far as the sound, it’s in the vein of Trap & B where it’s like those hard 808’s but very melodic in its execution. I always listened to other genres of music, I wasn’t always stuck into the frame of mind like this is hip-hop this is the only thing your supposed to listen to; and a lot of times in school people would make fun of me because I was the dude that would be listening to Nirvana or Phil Collins and sh– like that. Or even older bands from the 80’s like Tears From Fears.
- Those were big influences to me because I loved the melodies and how there were approaching those big records. It changed when I went from rap to the melodic style. You have to really look at Kanye for breaking that door, ‘808’s & Heartbreak’s’ he opened up the flood gates. People weren’t really singing on those hard 808 drums and it opened the door for other artists you see like The Weeknd, Drake, Ty Dolla $ign; dope sh– like that where you don’t got to be restrained to one thing you can try different things.
4. At the beginning of the year, you inked a deal with Fetty Wap’s ZooGang, when did you first meet Fetty and how did the signing to come about?
- I first met Fetty at his crib, I pulled up in the driveway it was a real humbling experience. The funny thing is the first day I truly met Fetty Wap, he offered me a deal, and that was just off of respect. Wap is a great individual because what he says he’s going to do, he does. Everything he said he was going to do at the meeting, he did.
- That came about through my homie, 11 Hunnit, Wap is very big into the street bike culture. He had that accident and my homie 11 Hunnit came in somehow someway and helped him get right on the bikes, get his balance and get his game up. They built a relationship and through that little connection he caught wind of my music and that’s how it all came about.
5. You just released your latest project, GHB Regime under the Zoo Gang label, talk about your approach to the project versus how you handled The FVR. And what are your observations as to having a larger platform now in regards to how it might have assisted you this time?
- The response has been quicker, that’s definitely something I noticed. When I dropped ‘The FVR’ it was family and friends, I had a little fan base but it would take time for it to come about. ‘GHB Regime’ as soon as I dropped it, the response was almost instantaneous, like “this sh– is hot”, everybody posting videos on the gram, people tagging me. So the response has been quicker and stronger in a sense.
- With the ‘GHB Regime (Go Hard Boys Regime)’ our approach is always to push forward and adapt. If you don’t adapt in this game you die, so we are constantly listening to the competition. My competition is my biggest inspiration because if someone does something dope, I’m like aight bet what can I do to match that and to fight against that but using my voice and my approach to the music. So the GHB project, we wanted that hard edge, we wanted those trap, those big arena sounds and when we did all the songs it was a consensus amongst us that this was great music, not in the sense of ‘for the culture’, but it was just great music in general.
6. With GHB Regime out now, what can people expect from you for the rest of the year?
- We working on a few projects, we collaborating with some big people. I have a new project coming out soon, I have a title but it’s working so I’m not going to say it right now; but we have a lot of good producers on there and it’s going to raise a lot of eyebrows when I drop that. I’m speaking it into existence, it’s going to be my best work. We got shows coming up, a lot of things in the works.
- As far as the Zoo Gang, Wap has his album coming out, that’s going to be something major so around that time we just going to be plotting and getting things out there.
7. If you had to choose one song to introduce someone to your music what song would it be and why?
- “Operate” and that’s actually the first song on ‘GHB Regime’. It’s a culmination of everything I’ve learned and how to use my voice and strengths. Using catchy flows but staying in that pocket and being lyrical, not just saying dumb sh–. A lot of dudes now get away with saying dumb sh–, so what I try to do is put more thought into what I’m doing. Yes, I’m catching the flows, I’m catching the pocket, but when you hear it you’re like “Damn, that boy going in though.” I’m doing a lot of things on that song lyrically and melodically, hitting falsetto’s in random places stuttering my voice, which has always been a part of my style. It’s instantaneous. You hear “Operate”, I don’t care who you are, you going to be like “that sh– is dope.” That to me is the equation of making a song in my sound, so as soon as you hear it, its gotta be instantaneous.
- Also, one thing I would say is my beat selection is crazy. I go through like 100 beats just to find that one that’s fire. I take pride in picking dope beats, and interesting beats, I’m going to say that sh– on record.
8. Is there anything you would like to add.
- ‘GHB Regime’ out now, one of my favorite things I put together. I put my heart and soul into it, my whole family put their heart and soul into it. We just want the world to hear good music. Stay in tuned we got way more good things on the way.