Yesterday 387 dropped and I had to give it a listen since I know 1/2 of the duo that put it together. Steven and Noel were college roommates this past school year. They are rising sophomores at Swarthmore College, which is a very small prestigious college 11 miles outside of Philadelphia. The acceptance rate for this school is 16.1% so these boys are definitely intelligent.
The music is really good especially since this is Steve’s first project. Noel on the other hand has done two other albums and is also a slam poet so he knows his way around a mic. It has a nice mellow feel to it. All the songs have to do with food which made me hungry so as I listened to this piece of work I had some Jerk chicken to keep me company (mmmmm). These two are definitely talented and have a lot of potential. I asked Steve “What was the inspiration for this work?”
Steve: “First our inspiration in making this project at first wasnt even to release it. Noel was my roommate and I came into the room with a verse to Otis and he really liked it then he wrote to it from there we just picked beats that we really liked and from there 387 and LeftOvers was born.”
I asked Steve about his rapping and his goals his response was:
“Uhmm I’ve been a rapper since about the start of high school but mostly to myself writing rhymes spitting them for fun nothing serious. But when I came to college I wanted to actually make something that people could listen to just to see what they thought but mostly to tell a story I believe needs to be told. So yeah thats mostly what we about we are minority males in college and we wanna do alot things with our lives but we also want to make an impact and right now music is considered a voice of a generation so we want to stand for those 90s kids who grow up watching Rugrats and enjoyed that era. Our goal is to be that voice and I think we can do alot the sky is the limit from here for us, from here though I am working developing beats so getting more involved in production because we really dont wanna rap on other people’s beats we want to be completely original so we are doing that and come the fall we will be back in the studio (located on our campus) recording our first EP its gonna be really cool we already got a interesting, chill, cool concept for it.”
Download 387’s Debut mixtape LeftOvers here
Follow Steve on Twitter here