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Anakin Artz talks about his new banger ‘Automatic,’ previews next moves

Anakin Artz is back with a new track “Automatic” and it lives up to the sterling reputation the Brooklyn MC is building for himself within the New York hip-hop scene.

“Automatic” features Anakin Artz vibing in his trademark laidback flow over a menacing beat courtesy of TyTheSoundGod. Shit is most definitely a vibe.

This release comes off the heels of the wild visuals for Artz’s track “The Force” featuring appearances from a diverse crew of “rejects.” This reject idea is something Artz deeply believes in as he’s started Reject Dreams, a collective that describes themselves as “like minded persons including but not limited to music artists, music producers, audio engineers, musicians, visual artists, visual producers, and visual performers.”

We talked to Anakin about his new track and the recording process, he told us about the meaning behind the song’s “Automatic” title,

“At first listen I wanted to make something that was fun, something for people to dance and vibe to. The phrase ‘automatic’ is a metaphor to believing in yourself regardless of what people deem impossible. Imagine Steph Curry throwing up a jump shot and turning his back to the basket before the shot lands. His belief is what allows him to know he already is going to make the basket.”

Anakin Artz explained his very specific state of mind and the philosophy behind Reject Dreams that he brings out in his music,

“It’s all about approaching things with a positive attitude so regardless of the circumstances you believe in yourself enough that you know you can defeat the odds and perform in the clutch when most needed. That’s automatic! My Reject Dreams team & I have much more in store, our future releases are going to challenge the status quo, with intriguing visuals and deep content that touches on society and the pressures of conforming.”

As hard as “Automatic” is, shit is just a preview! Anakin says he wants it to stand as an introduction,

“Before rolling that out we feel ‘Automatic’ is a proper introduction and a song that can allow people to just enjoy themselves while getting to know what it means to be a reject.”

Keep a look out for Anakin Artz and the whole Reject Dreams squad. Big things are on the horizon for the NYC collective.

#Automatic Coming Soon. Making Sure We Do This In Correct Reject Fashion. ✊🏽

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Anakin Artz drops ‘The Force’ visuals, breaks down the Reject Dreams collective

Brooklyn’s own Anakin Artz has released the visuals for his track “The Force” and it’s some next level conceptual shit.

Surrounded with a diverse group of “rejects” from different countries and cultures, Anakin raps “I didn’t choose, baby I’m chosen” over menacing production from Ty The Sound God.

Judging from the vision, it looks like Anakin ain’t lying.

Anakin Artz co-founded the collective Reject Dreams, a self-described group of “like minded persons including but not limited to music artists, music producers, audio engineers, musicians, visual artists, visual producers, and visual performers.”

Reject Dreams isn’t just for creatives though, it’s an entire lifestyle for people that feel outcasted and derided by societal norms.

It’s dope to see young artists putting on for people that may not feel like they’re represented in the culture.

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Recently, after appearing on multiple blogs and interviews with radio DJs like Hot 97’s DJ Enuff, Anakin hit the road and went on a long period of reflection.

We were able to catch up with Anakin and speak further about his visuals for “The Force” video, that period of reflection, his Reject Dreams collective, and his upcoming moves.

What does “The Force” mean to you?

The Force is all about learning your true self and being able to live in that space all the time, in order to maximize your potential. Think of the time you witnessed Kobe Bryant dropping 81 points, midway through the game you could tell Kobe was locked in and channeling his own force.

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You said you recently had a long period of reflection, what was that like, what were some of the lessons learned during that time?

Beginning in December I hit the road to do some shows in Miami, Montreal, and Toronto. One thing I learned was, it’s not the amount of places you go but it’s the love you find along the way that means everything. The variety of people I met were very different and the culture in each spot was different as well, what I realized was that even though our environments are different, a lot of us as people are facing some of the same challenges and there’s many things that connect us as a people.

You’ve got a diverse set of characters in “The Force” video. What’s the goal behind all the different faces in the visuals?

The goal was to embrace the unconventional within us all, to spotlight diversity on all levels whether it means you’re a percussionist from Mexico or a dancer from Denmark, we’re all Rejects. The personality traits that make us mutant really make us special.

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What is the idea behind your collective Reject Dreams?

Reject Dreams is a lifestyle and family more than even an art collective, it’s a way of life. A home for people who feel outcasted by the social norms. No matter your walk of life, whether you’re pursuing a rap career or becoming a lawyer. We use Rejection as a fuel to overcome obstacles and to strive for greatness.

What’s next for Anakin Artz and Reject Dreams?

Creating more special moments and experiences that allow us to directly connect with the people. Introducing people to the lifestyle through different outlets. Live TV format, webisodes, events, and forward-thinking product releases.

Anakin Artz and his crew are making some very dope, unorthodox moves on the New York hip-hop scene. Keep an eye out for these rejects!