Brooklyn-bred OnPointLikeOP is back with another banger before the year wraps! In an era when it’s impossible to discuss the current state of rap without mentioning the cultural impact and dynamics of New York drill, OP returns to remind fans that there’s more to his lyricism. Continuously holding his own, OP merges his melodic skill with his hard hitting rhymes. In doing so, he evokes an audible hunger that can be heard through his rasp.
Remaining a trendy topic, OP delivers verses in his own unique style, bringing all of the vibes and energy. O.P, which stands for Onpoint, is a rising rhymer buzzing out of Canarsie – Brooklyn. Recognized as a renowned rapper and an active CEO of his own record label, 1090 Music Group, OnPointLikeOP paves the way for other aspiring artists through his platform. Throughout his career he’s worked alongside many mainstream moguls and assisted them with networking within the industry.
The Rise Of OnPointLikeOP
Bringing it back to the beginning, OnPointLikeOP began releasing music professionally in 2018 and hasn’t let up since! He stepped onto the scene with his debut drop, “Zero To Ten” featuring Curly Savv. He then followed up with his sizzling single “Pick Up The Pace”. Living high off the hype, OP began to break out in 2019 after appearing on “Road Runner” and “What I’ve Been Through” with Lil Herb. Keeping up the momentum, they went on to release rave record, “10 Limit” alongside three other trendy tracks. Following his “Lately,” “Right Here,” and “Come Get You,” features OnPointLikeOP was becoming a household name!
For OnPointLikeOP, the year 2020 was full of features amongst standout singles “M.T.F.” and “Fuck Your Gang”. He then went on to collaborate with Flipp Dinero, Sosa Geek, Fetty Luciano, and Sheff G on a slew of singles! In fact, during the pandemic it appeared as though OP had discovered his sound with bangers such as: “Band Club,” “Off the Rip,” and “EBK”. As a result, his most successful collaboration was “Not A Drill Rapper” with G Herbo, which earned him his ever growing expansive fan base.
Then, he kicked off 2021 with some icy singles like “PSA” and “Forbes List” in which these tracks displayed his potential. In the same year, he released “Boom,” “Checkers,” and “DFA freestyle,” demonstrating that consistency and talent are essential. In 2022, he unleashed “TAXI,” “Tic Tac Toe,” “New Pack,” and standout single, “Stickup” in collaboration with Dusty Locane and Jim Jones. The trendy track continues to do numbers, but his trailblazing track “OP N TP” featuring Quelly Woo is already starting to shatter streams!
Don’t believe me? Press play and see what all the hype is about! For now, get familiar with this trailblazing talent here at KAZI Magazine as we caught up with the rising rhymer. Take a look below at our dope interview! We bring it back to the basics, talk about his artistry, the development of Drill wave and much more!
- Hey! Thank you so much for chopping it up with me today on behalf of KAZI Magazine! How are you? Let’s jump right in. For those who may not know, who is OnPointLikeOp and where did it all begin?
- Always amazed by artists’ journey and their artistry, I’m eager to know the inspiration behind your stage name. How did you come up with the name OnPointLikeOp?
“So I got the name OP, from having a physical altercation. I was just aware of my surroundings before the person jumped in the fight. Some people were trying to jump me and I knew they were so I was on point. My friend gave me the name and it just stuck with me. I always felt like I was on point. After that, too. Not even with just that situation. I liked it and then it just stuck with me. Then one day one of my friends was rapping also. It was actually my high school friend Khalil who came up with a slogan like I never said the slide on point like OP. I’m like yo that’s fire! I just always kept the on point like OP thing. So I use to use it as a slogan then it ended up becoming my artist name. I didn’t mean for it to it’s really OP, but I just want to embed that in everybody’s head to be on point like op. Or stay OP – stay on point. Everything on point”.
- What influenced your start into music?
“I always liked music. I always had a passion for it but it was really my older brother because he knew I could rap. He always heard me trying to rap, but he actually brought me to the studio”.
- Coming out of Brooklyn, who are some of your favorite Brooklyn artists who came out of the city?
“Oh, I feel like there’s not too many Brooklyn artists — to me. In my era. Let me not say that. Because it was always Biggie, there’s HOV and them. But I would say honestly, out of Brooklyn, it’d be Fab. The most influential to me out of Brooklyn for me. I can only speak for myself.”
- Next, what’s your creative process like? Do you put pen to pad or just punch in and out?
“I feel like it’s more on a topic base. It depends. If it’s a sentimental song then I’ll definitely take my time and write. But, if not, if I’m in the mood, right then and there, then most of all of my songs are just punched in on. Just off the top. That’s honestly the majority of them — 90% of them, I would say only like 10% was like premeditated writing”.
- How did the idea of a collab drill EP come about?
“It was really natural and organic. All of us already fucked with each other and all of us all had songs prior. So when Empire brought up the idea because we all have a partnership with Empire — we weren’t against it. It made sense to us because like we all fuck with each other and that it will be monumental. They saw how big it would be so we really could see the vision and we just love working. It’s our passion so we didn’t really care. Then we went in there and they didn’t bother us just because it’s all with people we already were comfortable with”.
- What inspired your trendy track “Tie Die” on the EP?
“Just trying to show versatility. That’s all. I just want to show that I’m an artist and not just a drill rapper. I don’t want to be labeled as that. I’m an artist. So it’s like I can do whatever I want”.
- Your sound on the single showed that you can channel a versatile side and step out of the box. With that being said, what artists would you like to work with for future collaborations?
“I got one feature that everybody wants — I want it. I mean, one feature is Drake, but other than that there’s mad people I would love like to fuck with it. I don’t know, I grew up on him so I would love to work with Chris Brown. I’m not an r&b artist, but I grew up on him. So that’d be dope. I would still love to work with him. Like 21 Savage, me and him both saw pussy lol. Someone pointed out to me, I didn’t really notice that. I’m open. I’m not trying to force anything, it has to be organic”.
- What would you say makes you standout from every other NY rapper?
“I’m not afraid to be myself. They’re fighting their demons within themselves. They don’t know who they want to be. They’re giving off false perceptions. I feel like I’m just blunt. I feel like I’m gonna just stand out from that”.
The Drill Wave Era
- How do you feel about the drill wave that has taken over NY?
“I feel like we made our mark but there’s still more to do. But that’s just me as a person. I feel like I got way more to do period. So yeah, I feel like we could be bigger but that’s anything but it takes time but yeah, definitely. We’re definitely more relevant mainstream than we were four years ago so it definitely matters”.
- Additionally, do you see drill dying down or evolving?
“I don’t see drill going anywhere! Before I answer this question I always ask people, first what’s your definition of drill music. Because it’s the production. I feel like drill music has always been around. It’s gangster music with a fire beat. So I feel like they call it drill just because of the production. History just repeats itself. Some people are not versatile. So they don’t look at it as that because some people just run the sound to the ground. They don’t have any originality. But that’s where I feel it comes in”.
- You also have a song with Jim Jones and Dusty Locane “Stick Up”, tell us about how working with Jim Jones came into play.
“Yeah that was all organic too. I’ve been around him from when I first started rapping because of Trav MBB so it was so organic. Jim just seen me be hungry and work through the years so it’s like he decided to really co sign me now. So I would never deny that co-sign because I always looked up to Dipset growing up so yeah he hit me he said he was trying to put together a gangsta grill mixtape. “Stick Up” was actually the first record on the mixtape. We did it and then that set the tone for the mixtape. After that everything just fell in line. Then he had Take Off — RIP TakeOff! He had Peezy, Quavo and all of them in the studio for the Set The Trends mixtape so then he got that record with them. So it was just like a whole great experience. Like, even if they didn’t follow me or fuck with me. I know they once heard my music. He even played it for TakeOff and all of them. They liked it. So that left me in a good space period. As an artist, you know, when you create art, you want people to like it. So it’s great”.
- Your brother is currently incarcerated, what is it like when you speak to him and tell him about all the things you are doing with your sound?
“This isn’t easy, because he’s eager to be a part of it. So sometimes it’s like some things I don’t try to tell him. But he finds out everything regardless. I feel like the people in jail keep their ears to the streets more than people on the streets. He knows all the shit already. I don’t try to hide anything from him. It’s just I don’t try to rub it in and make it seem like I’m over enjoying myself because I still remember that’s where he is. Even though I know he’s not a hater. But you know, you could be a part of something but you unfortunately can’t so it’s just like, certain things you do. There’s do’s and don’ts. But, I learned that in the years dealing with someone that’s incarcerated”.
- What was it like losing him to the system? How did you push yourself to continue doing music?
“I feel like I have no other choice. I’m not a quitter. I don’t believe in quitting. I don’t know, I think that’s just who I am as a person. And plus, I know if I don’t do it, who else is gonna do it? Just like you know, sometimes you just gotta man up and take the position. I feel like what doesn’t break me makes me. That definitely made me a better person. Period. Like for him and for myself. I feel like I had to mature faster. Yeah, it’s not good in some people’s eyes, but I’m like hey it benefited me. I make what works for me. I played the cards I was dealt”
As a multifaceted rapper with a dope discography. I know this may be tricky… but I have to ask. Which record right now off the EP is a personal favorite and why?
“Hmm which one is my personal favorite? All right, let’s think Whoo. I honestly have a lot of favorites. But it’s for different reasons though but that’s just being an artist. But, my personal favorite, I would just say “Buss Down” because it grew on me. At first I really didn’t like the sample”.
What’s Next For OnPointLikeOP?
- Also, what’s one fun fact about you that the fans may not know?
“Hmmm fun fact. I love to travel. I love marijuana. I love getting fly! Lol”.
- Excited to hear more, what’s next for you as we wrap 2022 going into the new year?
“Just staying consistent, staying in everybody’s face. Just letting people see more sides of me — different things! It’s not all about the rapping and sometimes they get to feel like you know, they live your life or know you personally like how you just said. So it’s just tapping more into that because I feel like I’ve been preserved a lot. So as I get certain reactions, off of certain things, it just shows me. So it’s just learning. I’m just working and just learning. I feel like that’s it. I’m just trying to stay consistent. When you don’t have a plan, like Jim Jones said, You just stay consistent, and a plan will come. So it’s like, I’m just staying consistent. I always have a plan. But I’m just saying about it. Because I gotta tape but I don’t have a date for it. So until I drop my tape I’m being consistent!”
- Lastly, is there a message that you’d like to leave with fans?
“Yeah, always. Stay down ‘til you come up, man. Stay in your own lane. Make sure you stay in your own lane. For example, there could be someone doing 100 Miles power and you doing 80, but you’re going to the same destination and you’re trying to speed catching up to them and you crash and you never make it. When you could have stayed at your own pace and met them at a later time. So man, just stay in your own lane. Stay on point. Stay aware and just stay consistent!”
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