People who were raised on survival see the world much differently from people who were raised upon love. Clearly, not one human is exactly alike and we are all bred with differences. There are late bloomers and then there are individuals who understand the ways of the world at a far earlier age than others. Wiardon is a young man who fits that mold and has a vivid vision for what the future holds.
Now, don’t get it twisted I am sure Wiardon was raised with plenty of love surrounding him. It is just much more evident within his musical catalogue that he has had to scrape and survive to get by for much more of the time. As a matter of fact, the only way to judge this man’s character is via his musical body of work, so it is fair to say that he possesses a fair share of both love and survival tactics (Word to Capital Steez.)
Off the Porch Early
Wiardon hails from Austin, Texas. He hit the ground running at the age of twelve when he began making music in the starter program, Garage Band. Well, scratch that, I guess you could say it all started when his mother pushed him to join the band in the seventh grade. Since then, he developed a keen affinity for sound production and repercussion. After Garage Band he transitioned into Logic and then progressed onto Frooty Loops. As of right now, he is currently mastering the art of Ableton and it is safe to say he utilizes this program with proficiency.
Like many thriving artists, Wiardon chose to pursue the production route prior to becoming a dual threat (rapper + producer.) Therefore, he was able to develop a great deal of rapport within important hip-hop circles and create lasting connections across the country. Some of the key elements deployed as apart of his production process are jazzy and piano type samples. Some of his favorite artists that he loves to incorporate into a beat are soulful legends such as Aaliyah and Anita Baker. For a strand of time, he used no less than fifteen different songs off Anita Baker’s “Rapture” to create smooth beat samples.
Some key projects that jumpstarted the career of this Texas prodigy are Glass Tokyo, True Colors, Jungle Sounds (with Sadhu) and Windbreaker Music. Windbreaker Music was released in conjunction with Paxico Records, a rare and recent label that intertwines divine minds. The most important dividing factor between Wiardon and other artists is his duality of being. He is a producer and a hip-hop artist. He is from Texas but seamlessly speaks fluently in New York lingo. And most importantly, he is only sixteen but carries the weight of a veteran within our hip-hop hemisphere.
As a student of the game, Wiardon initially took a great deal of inspiration from artists such as Chief Keef, Retchy P and Lil Wayne. At this point you can tell that Wiardon operates from within an ever expanding vault of confidence. As his bravado continues to rise his metrics are soaring as well. Namely, because as an artist that clearly steers within in his own lane he is someone who people significantly appreciate. It is simply brilliant what staying true to your roots and being an originator of flavor can do for your reputation. Suffice to say this man has mentors and important individuals around him which does help, but in terms of lasting contribution and leaving a legacy within the game there is nobody doing it better and at a more efficient clip than Wiardon.
In only four short formative years, this artist has skyrocketed his following by keeping ten toes down at all times and remaining fully immersed in the rap field. What I mean by that is he never strays from what he knows best. By sticking to his strengths and letting the process patiently play out he has evolved greatly in a short period of time. His exceptional progression has been well-documented amongst dexterous artists within the game. As such a young, yet skillful artist, Wiardon radiates levels of awareness that far surpass his peers.
Not to say that all of this hard-nosed effort and ability came completely natural for the virtuoso. In the beginning, Wiardon had some trouble focusing in school and would eventually find himself in a rehabilitation center. Still, in his most trying times, he dug deep and drove himself to discover his craft. A great deal of material was written within the confines of those rehab walls. As someone who has experienced quite a great deal and seen a fair amount as only a high schooler, it is easy to understand where he developed his incredible introspection.
Wiardon has traveled a well-tread and stylistic path. By fending off his “opps” and ducking all “dick-riders” he does a marvelous job at only concerning himself with aligning his pockets with “guap.” As a raw producer who has worked with steady artists such as Theolonious Martin, Mach-Hommy and Lucki Ecks his tried and true method of beat development has clearly struck the right chords.
In order for Wiardon to believe his beat is ready for completion, he must be able to rap or freestyle on it himself. Without any official studio, Wiardon proves he is completely able to release highly potent sounds just off of his mom’s computer. Low and behold, that is exactly what he does. Wiardon creates rhymthic production loops that he is able to rap over if he so pleases and this strategy continues to pay dividends as he continues to receive production placements.
The pivotal turning point from solely production to production + rhyming came with the release of his first EP, “Foxhole Prayer” this past summer (August 24.) He was able to add another notch to his belt by expanding his repertoire to include two of the most lucrative traits within the hip-hop world. As an artist, Wiardon is extremely clever, sharp and introspective. Also, he carries himself with boldness and is unafraid to coast over the track with witty lines and independent phrases that are unique to him and his inner circle. Overall, he balances old-school production with refreshing rhymes that resonate bi-coastally. That is a major reason why every move he makes builds a great deal of anticipation from those who are hip and consistently tuned into his efforts.
Wiardon thoroughly enjoys Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” and episodes of HBO’s critically acclaimed crime drama, “The Wire.”
His debut album, “NUMBA1VIKTIM” was released one day after his sixteenth birthday as a single Soundcloud track (no ads) and features a burgeoning NY artist, Wiki.