Squallé Creative Director of The League of Step

Rapper Squallé added a new album to his repertoire in an effort to add back into his community, just in time for the fall. Squallé’s passion for his craft sings loud and very clear. His old school styled rhymes paired justly with a new-school flow give the indie artist an unmatched vibe that takes listeners on a smooth, yet enjoyable ride.His newest project; Gone for the Summer, Back for the Fall, was created to signify his thoughts and feelings during the pandemic as the musician took a short break from working on music to focus on making a difference in his community. Founder and Creative Director of The League of Step, Squallé’s organization was created to service at-risk youth in his community by providing them with a strong male presence, mentorship, a creative outlet, and a sense of working together to help them navigate being young and black in the world. As an advocate for the youth and musician, Squallé put his love for music to use while servicing the kids. The proceeds from his album were put into The League of Step to purchase a studio to practice in as well as gear for the students to wear at their upcoming competitions.  The project shows off his diverse artistic skills by bolstering hip-hop, R&B, and some hype music for those fun nights out. Squallé plans to use most of his profits to fund his organization and continue to do his part to make a difference in the lives of the children of our future for a brighter tomorrow. We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with Squallé.

Tammy: Happy New Year! How has 2021 been to you so far?

Squallé: 2021 has been dope so far. I’ve been promoting my “G4SxB4F” album and my “3 for 3” Ep.

Also, I’ve had some pretty cool shows and opportunities. Last week I released my Fall Interlude music video which is currently approaching 4K views in its first week.

Lastly, I am working on some new partnerships and collaborations. I definitely can’t complain, we got off to a good start.

Tammy:  What’s new with League of Step?

Squallé: The League of Step has been progressing as well. On January 26th we made history being the apart of the 1st Step Show hosted by the United States Army.

An Ft Lieutenant at the 198th BDE at Fort Benning discovered us and presented us with an opportunity that was so major for us. He wanted to introduce the art form of stepping into the US Army for the first time ever, and we were one of the teams he chose.

We’ve been working hard. We have some major competitions approaching and will be hosting on first step show this summer.

Tammy: Please tell us about “Black Wave 2”?

Squallé: “Black Wave 2”  is a collaboration mixtape that I and one of my close friends and label mate is in the process of creating. His name is Kxng Blanco, and he’s dope.

If you’ve heard any of my recent projects he’s definitely been a consistent feature. Check out, “Honest” and “Handle it” from the album and you’ll hear his talent piercing through the speakers.

Tammy: What other projects are you currently working on?

Squallé: Currently I’m in what I like to call ‘Video Mode’. In short, that just means that me and my creative director, Taisha Hunter, are writing treatments and shooting videos as consistent as possible to help promote my brand and music.

We take pride in my visuals. I’m recording a lot of new music but have no intentions of dropping anything until after I shoot all the visuals I want.

Tammy: It’s Black History Month, who are some historical Black figures that inspire you and why?

Squallé: Malcolm X, Huey P Newton, KRS-1, Killer Mike, and David Banner for sure. I just love what they stood and stand for. I really respect how they stand at the forefront of change.

Lastly, the level of knowledge that they put into our communities is very much so respected.

Tammy: When you think of the word “empowerment” what comes to mind?

Squallé: Giving others the tools to love, strive and succeed. Reassuring a person that they are worthy. Pouring positivity, knowledge, and strength into a person and community.

5 fingers make one fist and one fist can make a huge impact.

Tammy: What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

Squallé: I enjoy the impact that I can make on people. It’s not about clout or money with me. It’s about the legacy that I leave behind long after I am gone. I also love the kids. They look up to me, and value what we do. To them I am a role model, a father figure, and even a hero. They could care less about status or fame, they see that I take pride in what I do and it inspires them to chase their dreams as well. It’s humbling really. There is no greater feeling in the world to me than to be loved for your work and for the work that you put in.

Tammy: As a music artist what other artists are you listening to these days?

Squallé: Tobe from the Swat, Nas, Jcole, Joyner Lucas, Meek Mill, Polo G, Her, Snoh Alegra, Don Tolliver, Kxng Blanco, Brad Chapo, D Smoke, Ari Lennox, and Jack Harlow.

Tammy: What else can we be on the lookout for from you?

Squallé: Some insane videos, some dope interviews, new partnerships, and new music before the end of the year is out.

Tammy: What words of encouragement would you leave our readers who are feeling uncertainty during these unprecedented times?

Squallé: These are strange times indeed and it’s important to use this extra time to focus on self-care and mental health. Things are hard right now for all of us so the main thing is just to find something to focus on. Find your vibe and stay in it!

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