Thank you for taking the time to sit with Hip Hop Headquarters.
TripleHQ: How did you come up with the name See.Francis?
See.Francis: Well see.francis has a double meaning. My name is Casmir Francis so the see. is really C lol but Francis is a name the men in my family share so when I look I’m my past I see Francis (my father), I look in my present I see Francis (my brother), I look to the future I see Francis (my son). It’s just a reminder of why I do this and what’s really important to me.
TripleHQ: What was your inspiration behind your latest project FiatLux?
See.Francis: My inspiration for Fiat Lux was just trying to create something that represented where I currently was in life. No crazy influences, just wanted to do what I love like I love it. Shine my Light.
TripleHQ: Out of all your music, what is the track you’re most proud of and why?
See.Francis: Probably Delilah because of my family #ProducedByTheVAMP put into it. We really tried to make the “chick” record something out of the ordinary.
TripleHQ: Who inspired you to become an artist?
See.Francis: My uncle Keith was a rapper, he’s really the one that shaped my tastes and exposed me to all this. Without him I’d probably be wild lost working a job I hate lol.
TripleHQ: If you could compare yourself to any established artist who would it be and why. Or do you consider yourself unique?
See.Francis: I hate comparisons lol I don’t try to be different but I hope I am. I just do me and try to stay away from doing what’s “hot”.
TripleHQ: What do you think your listeners will get out of your music, and what is the message you’re trying to send?
See.Francis: My only message in my music is live life and do great things before you’re gone. I just do what I love like I love it and hope people hear that and apply that to whatever they’re passionate about.
TripleHQ: Since there are so many great unsigned artists in the genre, what do you think determines who gets to the top?
See.Francis: Hard work, diligence, vision, passion, consistency, and then capitalizing on all opportunities presented. Talent helps too lol
TripleHQ: What is your favorite album of all time?
See.Francis: My favorite album changes often, today if we tAlking rap it’s Muddy Waters by Redman.
TripleHQ: Seems like more and more artists are working on collaborations, would you consider working on a project with another artist, if so, who?
See.Francis: I’m all about linking with good people and doing good things. My first collaboration project would have to be with my iLLustrious family tho. Priorities.
TripleHQ: Who do you think is a real game-changer in the music industry?
See.Francis: The real game changers are the fans and listeners. What artists do doesn’t matter without them, they decide who changes the game, for better or worse.
TripleHQ: How would you define the hip hop generation and is it a static movement or something that is always changing?
See.Francis: Hip hop is a always changing thing but somehow always the same. Hip hop is a culture, a lifestyle. Rap is just the mouthpiece of it. If I had to define it is say right now it’s the voice of the people, every genre is tapping into this hip hop world.
TripleHQ: What is the hip hop scene like in New Jersey right now?
See.Francis: Jersey will always be Jersey lol a lot of talent, not a lot of direction, vision or love. I think it’s gonna take some form of unity to really get us out of NY and Philly shadow. Hopefully I’ll be a part of that.
TripleHQ: What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
See.Francis: My dream venue? Another Woodstock would be amazing.
TripleHQ: What are you working on next?
See.Francis: Well right now I’m finishing up Fiat d’Lux which is a extended version of Fiat Lux and then who knows, I just keep it organic and go where the vibe tells me to go.
TripleHQ: What advice can you give other up and coming artists?
See.Francis: The only advice I have is be authentic, never settle, only do what you believe in, and focus on quality.
TripleHQ: How can everyone find you?
TripleHQ: Any shoutouts?
See.Francis: And yea, shoutout to my son Mekhi, daddy loves you, thank you for making him better.