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#HillTopHYPE Exclusive | East Coast Collective ‘Covenant Government’ Talk Their: Newly Released ‘Annuit Coeptis’ Album, Goals For 2019, The Process Behind Working On A Group Project & MORE

ALBUM: Covenant Government – “Annuit Coeptis”

After just a week off of the release of their second collaborative group project, Annuit Coeptis, I tapped in with the Cov Gov team to talk about the response from their new album, their goals for the new year, and how they each feel about working in a group dynamic.

The Album, Annuit Coeptis — Latin for “Providence favors our undertakings” — is another spiritual and social honest piece from Cov Gov proving their versatile and vital approach to rap about the topics that often get lost in translation.

Always honest and transparent with their fans… here’s what the group had to say:

Describe the album, Aunnit Coeptis, in three words…

Sensei Feng Xhui: “Free-spirited; Fun-spirited; Progressive”
Nalo: “Lyrical; Diverse; and Classic

Now with that being said, what was the inspiration behind making the, Annuit Coeptis, project the official CØV group project?

Nalo: The collection of artists… each is great in their own lane. So to see us come together successfully is a good move for hip-hop as a whole.”

Sensei Feng Xhui: “With politics becoming more synonymous with entertainment, it was only right that [we] as musicians make more music to reflect these times.”

You guys have always meshed well as a group, while also knowing how to separate your solo careers… how difficult — or easy was it getting every member on the same page for this group project? (Studio time, Tracklist Arrangement, Choosing an album cover, etc.)

Relz: “Whenever you have a collection of solo artists/different personalities with conflicting schedules – it’ll never be easy, because things might take a little longer than expected, or you may not agree on certain things. However, it teaches you how to compromise. That’s the beauty of being on a team… taking the different opinions in the creative process & then coming on one accord to create a masterpiece.”

Sensei Feng Xhui: “OH BOY! It is heaven and hell! Always competitive! Mainly because we try to bring out the best in each other. Everybody has their own process, but no matter what the end result is always the most important part. When we disagree on details, we find common ground on the intentions. As far as the solo part, it’s easier to be free when you’re apart of a great collective.”

Young Scoop: It was fun for me to work on this project, I like the competition, but being in covenant, you do a verse one day and it’s gone the next.” – Scoop says jokingly.

Hazy: “Let’s just start off by saying – I hated the cover for the record; but everyone that listened to it likes it so far… I think the hardest part of doing group projects is that we’re in different states so scheduling is always going to be an issue with working on tracks.”

Be honest! What’s everyone’s favorite single on the album? 

Relz: “So much love!”

Sensei Feng Xhui: “Spooky Times” because it has a menacing type of energy… Like a horror movie feel. Like the horror of reality.”

Young Scoop: “Sight..” telling people it’s more than what your two eyes see.”
Coincidentally Hazy agrees…
Hazy: Definitely “Spooky Times,” I should have been on that, right after Scoop.

I’m sure everyone is also wondering, when can we expect some new visuals from, Annuit Coeptis

Sensei Feng Xhui: “Coming sooner or never (said sarcastically).”

Just in 3 days, the project received more than 3,000 streams via Spotify. What are y’all numbers looking like now as we officially hit one week? — Was this response more or less than what you were expecting?

Sensei Feng Xhui: “We’re quickly approaching 10k. We knew the potential of the group as soon as we came together.”

Last, but not least! What’s next for Covenant Government? What major moves can we expect from the group and its’ members in 2019? 

Sensei Feng Xhui: “Young Scoop’s project is next! Then Relz! Then the rest of the squad! Y’all can expect more videos, more thoughts, more energy, more vibes, more content, and all of the above!”

Be sure to stay connected with Covenant Government as we wait for new music to come. 

Follow the group via all major social media and music streaming platforms.

Twitter:
 @fengxhui 
@RelzGlover
@Hotboyhazy
@YoungScoop_COV
@NALOcov


Instagram:
@CovGov

Spotify:
(Annuit Coeptis Available HERE)
Covenant Government




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HillTop HYPE Artist Spotlight | Meet New Jersey Producer ‘Coopatroop’

  
Up and coming East Coast producer, Coopatroop, isn’t a stranger to the music scene. Putting on for New Jersey, the kid has produced for, Sir Michael Rocks, Jay305, Lucki, Alexander Spit and more. Currently, Coopatroop, is producing an entire album for LA staple, El Prez.

An eccentric and versatile artist to say the least, Coopatroop, has a respectable list of hitters he’s produced for.

This time, Coopatroop, links with Baltimore artist, Trey RX, for their new wavy anthem and ode to his city, “I-83.”

The track features, Dacia King, on the background vocals, and, Aidan Graven, on the guitar solo.

“I-83,” officially drops here, Thursday, the 15th. Meanwhile, get to know more about the magic behind the scenes…

Meet up and coming producer, Coopatroop.

Coopatroop! Who dat!?
1. “Coop is actually my last name… so everyone calls me that. I knew kids in Albany that would go ham at Mario Kart (lmao); and if you’ve ever played, you know the best level is Koopa Troopa Beach. I was producing locally and needed a twitter handle… Never changed it.”

I’m sure growing up on the east coast had a lot to do with your love for music… Do you think where you grew up has anything to do with your style of music/your personal influences? If not, what inspired you to become a producer?
2. “Yes, the East Coast influences me daily. How I talk..dress… make moves; it’s a long cold winter. Musically though… taught me to keep it gritty & dust it off.”

How would you describe your style of music to those that haven’t heard a ‘Coopatroop original beat’?
3. “I tuck a lot of weird sounds, textures, and effects in the background of every beat. For example, one time, Blacktophero‘s phone went off while recording and we used the ringtone in the beat.”

Who are your top 3 music influences of all time?
– If you had to choose just one of your influences to work with, who would it be and why?
4. “Frank Dukes, a band called, Yes, and Ski Beatz. I’m tryna work with Ski; That longevity makes me want to get better everyday. I’ve been in a few of his beat battles, holla at me mane.”

Who do you think would be a dope artist (of today’s generation) to work with?

5.” j.i.d. he just gets it.”What’s one of your favorite artists that you’ve produced for so far, and why?What’s one of your favorite artists that you’ve produced for so far and why?
6. “Can’t lie, I think it’s this TreyRX track, “i-83,” dropping this week. Two, three, years ago I was hoppin’ the train to Ocean Hill in Brooklyn to play beats in his kitchen. Trey ahead of his time.”


With technology making it easier for artists to create music on their own, do you think it’s essential that artists still pair with those that are usually behind the scenes in order to really create quality music? Engineers and producers for example.
7. “Artists have to connect with producers and engineers eventually, unless they produce, engineer, mix, and master themselves. Tech stuff is gonna advance at scary speeds. I’m even behind; but use it to your advantage.

Without giving away too many of your secrets, how would you describe your work ethic as a producer to your fans?
8. “Keep creating. Dolo often. When you get stuck, collab and learn from others. Repeat.”

What advice do you have for other up and coming producers?
9. “Internet is cool, but step out. I’ve gotten placements from giving out usb’s full of beats in the street mane.”

Top 3 goals you hope to accomplish with your career by the end of the year?
10. “Drop, Labtrappincalifornia. Get better and faster at makin’ beats right on the spot… More album placements, and rhythm roulette.”


Make sure you be on the lookout for TreyRX’s new single, produced by Coopatroop, “I-83,” dropping tomorrow.

Don’t sleep on Cooptroop, the hit maker has a lot more left in him !

Twitter:
@coopatroop

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