We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher “The Real Frii” Elliott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher “The Real Frii” Elliott, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
For me, it goes without saying for anyone who meets me, that my faith in God is the MOST important factor behind my success. Aside from that, I would say my unbending desire to genuinely not want to waste my time, or the valuable time I take from my family while engaged in activities to build my brand. So basically, if I’m going to be grinding over here, but that is time taken away from family because I’m in the studio for example, then that means I need to make the BEST use of that time in the studio because it’s costing my family their time with me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Honestly, I know this sounds cliche, but I think the biggest thing that sets me apart from others is just my work ethic to the creative process. If I set out to do something, I’m always attempting to achieve my all-time best and THE all-time best. I also stay in my lane(s). I’m multi-talented so I dabble in hiphop, performing spoken word, writing books, painting, woodcrafting, etc. I love creating, but I also let others thrive in their respective lanes and always give props where it’s due, ALWAYS.
I’m probably most proud of my first poetry book ever that I released last year at the height of the pandemic- The Epic Poem: Mastermind. Like who does that?- sets a world record that’s the first in its category (alliteration), with their first book publication ever, and in the middle of a pandemic. I’m not only proud of that but I’m also in awe of that, and humbled in the face of that. It’s like, I know that wasn’t all me, God definitely had a whole lot to do with it.
I’m really excited for my first music project to release end of the year 2021. I’ve released some singles over the last few years but haven’t put a project together. So me and the Track Major Productions team got some exciting things in store, including an exclusive remix track of the iconic Michael Jackson we’re hoping to have available only on the coming EP. I’m also excited to be finished with school this year. I graduate with my bachelors degree in October 2021, and I’m legit over it. The pandemic has not made the last year and a half of school any more fun.
In august this year I will also be looking forward to attending the premiere of my first ever appearance in a feature film titled “Footprints of an Angel”. Super super shoutout to Anthony Mealing Productions, they take excellent care of their actors.
I got to where I am today by learning to trust God and trust myself. That latter part is actually the harder of the two believe it or not; it’s crazy how that works. You think it’d be easier trusting yourself because, well, because it’s YOU and you can see, feel, and touch you I guess. At least that’s what I thought. Turns out, believing in God was easier for me than believing in myself. The struggles getting to where I am now taught me that. Finding myself many nights praying for God to give me confidence in just all that He has put inside of me. I’ve gotten to where I am by also being a genuine supporter and fan of other creatives. Being a hater is so CORNY to me, real talk. Also, I’ve put in many hours of hard work, and going above and beyond in ways others take shortcuts. I’ve rehearsed and written rhymes down on airplane paper napkins to prepare for performances. I’ve spit a 100 bar verse with tissue stuffed inside my cheek to catch the saliva so I could record in the booth without needed to stop and add takes because time is money, and what indie rappers have money to waste in the studio like that? I’ve literally hidden under a bed with my iPhone and headphones plugged in to rehearse my rhymes because I was being interrupted by others in the house too much. I’m the creative who’s showing up over-prepared. In such a competitive space like hiphop, poetry, and authorship, giving it 110% is like the norm. So I have to be on some O.D.-tip like, 150% so I can set myself apart you know.
I want people who come in contact with my brand to feel empowered and capable. That’s what I want the focus to be really, YOU, not me. When I get off stage, when I finish a new piece of fine art, or write another book, I don’t want people to see the brand and think “wow, he’s dope”. I want people to see my brand, my lyric, my art, my genius, and THEN think to themselves “wow, look at how dope I CAN BE”; heck, even better than me. Too many times we take each other greatness or empowerment and perceive it as an assault or threat on us. You being amazing, doesn’t mean I have to be less amazing. Me empowering you, doesn’t mean I will then have any less power of my own. We can all exist as individual sovereign beings made in the image of God. Lets be dope together!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visit where I’m currently residing in Connecticut area, we would definitely have to hit up a pizza spot. New Haven has the BEST pizza in the U.S., no cap. We’d also have to go Lazer tagging or paint-balling. Make sure you bring double pants too because the balls hurt catching you in the shin lol. While you in the area you would absolutely need to check out an Overflow Rap League battle rap event. Talk about pure lyricism; mumble rappers not allowed I promise you. One of the most exciting people you’ll ever meet around here is Andre Griffith. This dude is a beast with all things video. I was actually REALLY lucky to be able to have him shoot my first ever music video, and let me just say, he likes putting in that 150% just like me. It was NOT an easy task working on set some days just because he’s THAT dead serious and disciplined in what he does, so he’s going to definitely push you to your limits to rise to greatness. He’s a really awesome Videoagrapher and movie director, and one of the most down to earth people you’ll meet. That dude inspires me a lot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely have to start the dedication of my shoutout to God. My amazing wife Mrs. Iceis Elliott deserves so much credit for her support, and lastly my accountability team over at Track Major Productions (Rogen Miller and Johnny Vargas).
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