There are a great number of creatives in the underground scene, but Frais is somewhat of a curious character. He is often hanging with the likes of Lil Gnar and Germ, or being posted the middle of the desert wearing a jacket in most likely 90 degree weather as showcased by his “After Life” music video. With this in mind, UVC has received the opportunity to catch up with the young creative to pick his mind about his upbringing and his new project “CURSED”.

For those who are unaware of you, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Frais, recording artist, been rapping since I can remember.

Where did you grow up and what was it like for you? Were you surrounded by music at an early age?

I was born in Atlanta, but I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. I grew up with a single mom. So I spent most of the time in the hood at my grandma’s house. Nobody did music though. I grew around trap niggas. But I ain’t let it affect me in anyway negative.

What were your earliest experiences with music? When did you really decide on making this a career?

I made my first song when I was 17. I freestyled to an old 8Ball & MJG record. But when I did my first show with Tyler Grosso I started being more serious. Shit was nuts people hanging on the ceiling beams raging type shit. The energy felt unreal I had to tap in on that.

How’d you originally get into the underground scene? Like you said you were 17 making your first records. Was that something you were doing on SoundCloud or somewhere else? I know other creatives got their start on places like Tumblr and Facebook.

Honestly Grosso introduced me to the underground once we started working and he gave me a small platform to grow from.

How did you meet Tyler Grosso?

We have been friends for so long I honestly don’t remember real life friends type shit.

That is fair for sure. Seems like time moves fast these days. Do you remember your first show?

Yeah, my first real show was pretty tight. Smokers Club brought me out to NYC and the place was packed. First time I met Johnny Shippes.

What was it like meeting Johnny Shippes and how did you and Smokers Club get in touch for the NYC gig?

Johnny Shippes is fire, real money shark type shit I can respect. And they reached out through my manager who also did work for them.

Tell us about your new tape “CURSED”. How did that and the name of the project come along?

“CURSED” is like my real first body of music. I had a lot of time and resources I didn’t before so I wanted to put my all into it. The name “CURSED” comes from my heart sometimes I feel like no matter when I did something, it always came back with some type negativity. Like when you feel like you can’t do shit right.

Favorite song on the project personally?

I don’t show favoritism (laughing).

Do you have any other music in the work for your fans?

Right now I’m working on a project with Gezin from 808 Mafia. He did work on Travis Scott’s new shit “Astroworld”. It’s about wrapped up.

What was it like working with Lil Gnar and Germ? Any more work in the future planned with them?

Lil Gnar and Germ are like family to me. So working with them is like doing anything with your brothers. We not always on the same page but we all want what’s best for each other no doubt.

You said you grew up in North Carolina. What was it like growing up there and then relocating out to the West Coast? Would you call it a bit of a culture shock?

Well, as I’ve said I was born in Atlanta but raised in Charlotte. I grew up off West Boulevard on Clanton Road. My mama did the best she could with what she had. Relocating to LA was good for me on many levels.

Do you have any tips for younger artists trying to get their music out?

Don’t listen to anyone less successful than you discourage what you’re trying to do.

What is your process as a creative? Do you just go into the studio and hop on whatever sounds good during the moment, or are you very specific about your beat selection?

My process is pretty simple. If I don’t have a flow within 15 seconds of hearing the beat, on to the next one.

I would definitely make the argument you are a bit of a veteran in the underground. How do you feel about that?

Thanks man, I just be doing me for real and I stay out the way. I feel like i haven’t had my shot yet though. But it’s coming.

A lot of people say the underground is either dying or stale. Yet, we see a number of creatives come out of the woodworks every month it seems. What is your take on that?

Everyone has an opinion. I just wish more people would take the proper steps to forming a legitimate one. Instead of saying shit for clout.

You seem to be a very lowkey kind of guy. Not really about the Twitter or Instagram reputation, but you keep to yourself and put out good music consistently. People are starting to pick up on your music too. Would you say your lowkey demeanor is a reason why?

Well I don’t mean to be. But I am kinda shy. I don’t trust people. I always feel happier alone.

Who do you regularly find yourself in the studio with?

Carlo Anthony. We total opposites but exactly the same. I love bro no cap.

What do you find yourself enjoying outside of music? Any hobbies?

I be working on shit here and there. I’m on proper work so I can’t say too much.

Any last words or shout-outs you would like to give?

Last words are simply, try your best and mind your business. Shout-out my mama for birthing a legend. Shout-out my whole gang Spook Gang Money Clique. I’m nothing without them.