What is your name and what city do you rep?
My name is 90210 Toriono and I am from Jacksonville aka Hustleville, Florida
Tell us about your latest releases, what inspired you to create them?
My latest release is my EP, The Sophomore. What really inspired me to make this project is my hunger to be the best artist out of my city and to represent my city to the fullest, while also pushing a college/positive theme compared to the music that’s taking over Jacksonville.
What is unique about you and your music?
What’s really unique about my music is no song sounds the same in terms of writing style, or possibly even genre. I’ve done R&B tracks, I’ve had tracks with hints of rock in the production, I’ve made mosh pit songs, and I’ve made pure rap songs etc. I make positive music, I’m not talking about killing the next guy or selling narcotics. I’m just being me to the best of my ability.
What shaped your music?
What’s really shaped my music has been what I was raised on growing up under my mom and dad (Shot Out). I grew up on the Jackson 5, James Brown, Nas, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Goodie Mob, DMX, Erykah Badu and Kanye West etc. the range of artists I have grown up on and their craftsmanship is what I desire to reach and I want to be mentioned in those conversations. My sound has influence from Jay-Z, Kanye, Lil Baby, J. Cole, Ice Cube, Lauryn Hill and my father Shot Out.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
I realized I could really do it ironically when the pandemic hit. I was very depressed as I had to leave college early my freshman year and I concluded it online. With so much free time, my dad pulled me in the booth to uplift me and basically said “show me what you got”. We made three songs that day and dropped a snippet of one and I got 3,000 views in two days. I immediately had the confidence I could do it professionally and now I’m two projects deep.
What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to Rap, R&B, Pop, Alternative, Jazz, and Rock. I try to listen to a variety of music and pull what I can from it.
What inspires you to write music?
I have always loved writing since I was four years old, when I wrote my first song Make Dat Money which is featured on The Sophomore. It’s something that makes me excited, I enjoy writing poetry and also creating stories. I get ecstatic just making a strong bar and rapping it for my team. It’s just something that I purely enjoy. Sometimes I listen to artists as well and hear a line that makes me inspired and I create an entire concept and song just off that one-liner so I’m always listening to great artists and creating something out of what I hear.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
I love writing in general so I have created screenplays, I’ve made up comic book characters (I’m a huge Marvel fan), I love watching sports and playing basketball (former 3x varsity captain). I’m very passionate about movies and television that I enjoy and I love creating my own little worlds and journaling them, I try to stay as creative as possible.
Happiness to you is…
Being around the people I love and everyone being in a comfortable state.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
You are a brand, be prepared to market yourself and be the best version of yourself 24/7. Your engagement is what makes you relevant, if you aren’t engaging with the fans you’re not creating more interest.
Tell us about your upcoming projects…
Right now I’m working on another project, I won’t tease the title yet but it’s going to be another great EP before I drop my second album, in which both will drop this year. I’m very excited for the music we’re making and the content that is currently taking off. I’ll definitely be straddling the line more on the college and street related music so that I can grow both of those audiences. Just a lot of content on the way and I can’t wait to deliver to my growing audience. A lot more music videos on the way as well.
Where do we find you music / music projects?
You can find College Kid Convo and The Sophomore on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, anywhere else you listen to music under 90210 Toriono!
Any last words for the readers?
Go check out The Sophomore on all platforms, and watch Watermelon and Where I Come From official music videos on YouTube. Thank you for your support!