It’s all in the name. For rapper/producer VeRs, versatility is not only his trademark, but what he stands for.
“I’m something they’ve been waiting for. They haven’t heard anything like this in a minute,” he boasts. “I flip my style all the time. It’s not always going to be one way.”
The musically inclined Rochester, N.Y. born, Silver Spring, Md. raised artist combined his piano skills with a love for hip-hop and has now been making beats for over a decade. By the age of eleven, his interest in the culture emerged.
“It was back in the days of cross colours, Kris Kross, and ABC,” he says with a spark of nostalgia, “I was wearing my pants backwards writing playground rhymes.”
As time passed he grew along with the sound of Hip-Hop, and the field of production is where he decided to make his presence known.
“I was 15 when I made my first beat,” he recalls. “I only had a computer with some sound programs and a keyboard from when I was 8 years old taking piano lessons.”
The formula that he created by using his inferior equipment has evolved into a weapon of mass destruction. Influenced by producers such as DJ Premier, Marley Marl, and J Dilla-to name a few– he has studied a vast range of production.
“All I use is Adobe Audition, my Gemini’s, and I just got a Korg X50,” he says. “Once we get our studio together, that’s when you will really see what I can bring to the table.”
A member of up and coming collective known as The Sinit (Clebo, Enano, Laz Vegas, Obvious, St. Ag), VeRs also performs as a lyricist.
“There’s something for everybody,” he explains. “Punch lines, party songs, deep songs, everything is just real and from the heart.”
The 27-year-old formed his own production company, GBOS Productions (Get Bent Outta Shape) in an effort to get The Sinit more exposure and make industry connections.
“The things he comes up with…he doesn’t seem like the mad scientist he is. Phenomenal beats,” says Clebo.
“Genius,” describes Laz Vegas.
Over the years he has released and appeared on several local mixtapes, and performed in venues all over the Metropolitan Area. His latest effort ControVeRsy shows his growth and maturity as an artist.
“This is really the one right here. I have really mastered my craft,” he says. “Not only did I tighten up my talent on the mic, I brought forth some of my best beats yet.”
VeRs sticks to the script with collaborative efforts from fellow Sinit members Laz Vegas and St. Ag, as well as production from Rus, Pheem, J Bliss, and Whiz.
“There’s still a formula to everything, and The Sinit is definitely still at it,” he says. “This time around I just put a lot of effort into it. I got musicians playing violins, bass and guitar, and people singing their hearts out. It’s going to definitely live up to its name.”