Collin is an up and coming independent Hip-hop artist who made his professional solo recording debut earlier this year with the single “Please.” That track introduced a skilled young emcee from Detroit with a taste for old-school R&B beats. Since March the prolific rapper has released a total of four new singles. His music has already connected with Hip-hop fans around the world, with each new track racking up thousands of streams across multiple platforms.
“Heart of Gold” is the brand new single from Collin, released worldwide via all major streaming services on April 18, 2022. The track opens on a vocal sample of the Isley Brothers classic “You Are All I Need.” Soon the beat drops on an old-school downtempo boombap groove. Collin steps to the mic with a personal and lyrical freestyle rap. He calls out the haters around him and reaffirms his dedication to the grind, despite those who are trying to take him down.
Both musically and lyrically Collin’s music has a classic vibe that brings to mind Hip-hop’s golden era of the 1990’s. We had the chance to chat with the artist about his music and plans for the future. Read his answers to our 8 questions here.
Check out “Heart of Gold” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Beat playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with Collin. Get on his socials and get in the loop on all of the music to come from this exciting new voice in Hip-hop.
8 Questions with Collin
Where are you from?
Coming out of Detroit, but born in Dearborn, Michigan
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been writing songs and rapping/singing since I was in 5th grade but actually recording songs only about a year. & only about 2 months into actually releasing it to the world.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
This song was produced by Buckroll.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences are J Cole, Russ, Mac Miller & Drake.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
Greatest non musical influence would be Gary Vee.
What inspired you to create this project?
I was inspired to make this song after going through constant family struggles with being left out, lying, financial issues, etc, on a note of motivation and my resilient work ethic never breaking my “heart” because music truly is my heart and soul.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
My plans for the future musically are to build a fan base, continue to release as much music as possible while meshing my story and art I plan to show to my kids one day, hopefully by then in the “game”. And I want to sell out shows, independently. It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a kid to write songs that I can perform and have people sing with me, let alone without someone dictating my career. I want to connect with engineers and producers to take my music to the next level and travel and connect.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I just want to be a living testament that regardless if you fit the “image”, you should always go after your dreams in life and listen to that little voice inside your head. I would have never known I loved music so much had it not been for my ability to get out of my own way and buy equipment to record with in the first place. I’ve never even been to a studio, all of my music is recorded and written by me.