Devil’s Playground EP dropping in April is a collaboration by Hookmastaz & Lyfetyme (childhood friends from Canarsie), up & coming artists reigning from the borough of the Kings (Brooklyn, New York). I have been a fan of Lyfetyme’s since I first heard his single “Dream“ & since then I have become good friends with Lyfeytme.
As a person who LOVES HIP HOP, Lyfetyme is a breath of fresh air. He mentioned to me awhile back about this collaboration with Hookmastaz, & when I heard “Kingz County“ for the fist time ever, I was hooked (so far it’s my fave song that I have heard). Lyfetyme is extremely nice lyrically, his words paint very vivid pictures & Hookmastaz is nice with hooks (hence the name), his style is raw & his words flow is translucent.
All this being said, I decided to ask these two a few questions, and as you read you will be amazed at how close their answers are. Keep in mind, I emailed them on separate covers, so they didn’t collaborate on the answers.
1.Why devil’s playground for the title of this EP
lyfetyme: The title basically describes the environment we grew up in. Every where we went to play or hang out we dealth with evils be it drugs, guns, and other forms of ignorance in Brooklyn black & latino communities.
hookmastaz: We picked the title devil’s playground because it best describes what me and lyfetyme is going through and has gone through in life.
2. Have you worked with Hookmastaz before?
lyfetyme: Yes, we grew up together & have always worked with each other & looked out for one another.
hookmastaz: Yes I’ve worked with lyfetyme in the past on another artist’s projects.
3. How do y’all know each other, how did this collaboration come about?
lyfetyme: We lived on the same block. We come from the same circle growing up in Canarsie BK. The collaboration was something we always planned on doing. This will just be the first of many!
hookmastaz: The collaboration came about when Lyfetyme called me up to do some radio edits for him and as I was working on the tracks I was impressed the songs where deep and so true I could relate to the tracks. So I asked Lyfetyme if he would do a feature for me on my mix tape called “Man On Fire” for a track called “Thou Shall Not Fall“ FT. Stray Pome & from there it was a wrap we just clicked and decided to do an EP.
4. Was it a hard decision to make, to collab with Hookmastaz? I know as an artist sometimes it’s a thin line, especially when you are an upcoming/indie artist.
lyfeytme: We’ve always done music together so this was an easy and fun process. Hookmastaz isnt just someone I know thru music. We held each other done through beef and other situations life presented. Definitely family!
hookmastaz: No because I feel Lyfetyme has my best interest in mind and I have his also, so it’s all about timing and setting a GOAL and that’s what we have done.
5. What message do you want to get across to your fans, listeners?
lyfetyme: The message is overcoming and not falling victim to your circumstances. You have to always work hard, keep building, keep lesrning, keep growing. (peep Lyfetyme’s “Fire“)
hookmastaz: Believe in your self and your dreams and that anything you put your mind and hearth into you can accomplish.
6. What were some of the inspirations/life situations that were the drive behind some of your song writing?
lyfetyme: Rising above the madness we seen everyday. Trails & tribulations of trying to crack into this industry, & Hookmastaz almost losing his life.
hookmastaz: Some of the inspirations for my songs came straight from the haters. How some people just hate because there not doing well, they wish bad on the next man that’s a deadly disease to have. Plus I almost lost my life in an accident last year so you know you will definitely hear about that on the EP.
7. What is your favorite track & why?
lyfetyme: I think “European Customs” has to he one of my favs. I will have fun performing that. I love the overall sound we were able to capture for the whole album.
hookmastaz: Well I cant say I have a favorite track because all of them are special to me in there own way but if I had to pick one I would go with “Died’ just because how dynamic the track is how we both went back and fourth on the third verse its just crazy that session was bananas.
8. Do you think that anyone no matter what type of genre they prefer can relate to DP?
lyfeyme: Definitely, it is a strong body of work. Lyrically on point strong hooks and beats. We are saying alot and giving people great HipHop.
hookmastaz: Yes, I do whether its track 2 or 10 there’s a track on there for you we both are telling a story that is common around the world.
9. Where do you go from here?
lyfetyme: After this is heavy touring. Getting out there performIng in many different states.
hookmastaz: Only to the top Vee, with hard work we look forward to a tour also we have some video shoots coming up ,and we hope to be in the UK soon doing what we do out there. So to all of our fans we won’t let you down.
10. What’s your fave verse/line of yours on DP & why? What about Hookmastaz?
lyfetyme: It’s hard to say I have so many. Hookmastaz’ first verse on “Kingz County” is my favorite so far. The honesty of how he felt and how he captured it in that verse was crazy.
hookmastaz: Vee I’m from Brooklyn all day every day so for me I’m gonna have to go with “Fresh outta king’s county nigga, where my son at bring my two daughters ask silence where my guns at’” that’s it right there but for Lyfetyme wow there’s so many of them I’m gonna go with “Lets go green call it economics Neiman Marcus aeronomics aviators as I’m switching optics, start switching topics never gossip flows I’ll watch me vomit” that’s hard right there Vee.
11. Do you think your styles compliment each other, what about his style sticks out most to you?
lyfetyme: Definitely, I’m more of a lyricist whereas he is more of a hit maker. His hooks are strong. When he get on he will be one of the those artist you hear on the radio 24/7.
hookmastaz: Yes Vee, I think our styles do compliment each other. I think the way Lyfetyme delivers his message & his the choice of words he uses captivates you when you listen to his records.
SNEAK PEEK into DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND
“Thou Shall Not Fall” Hookmastaz, Lyfetyme FT. Stray Pome