9:32am :: Junior, Seth Goldsmith glances down at his watch and slides into a desk near the window in a large classroom. Surprised he made it in time for his unbearably early Telecommunications class; he pulls out a spiral-ringed notebook, tilts his head up and sits back in chair to start listening to his professor cover points for next week’s final exam.
9:34am :: With a waning attention span, the window to his left proves to be a much more thrilling visual. Penn State University’s large green lawn is crowded with class-free students soaking-up the sun, tossing frisbees, and studying under the shade.
9:38am :: Bored, again. Goldsmith signs onto twitter. 16 mentions from the last time he checked.
“Another great show.”
“Just got home, Crystal Seth show was dope tonight. Altoona showed lots of support.”
“one of my favorite people to work w/ kick it w/ vibe wit. He’s one of my favorite artist around on the real.”
He replies to a few mentions covertly under his desk while trying to keep his eyes on the board.
9:40am :: This class couldn’t go any slower. His mind begins to wander. It almost felt unreal that it was just last night he was performing in front of 300 fans, spitting lyrics into a microphone under the bright lights on stage in Pittsburgh, PA. How was he going to study for this exam with two shows coming-up this weekend?
He shakes his head.
It would be the 4.0 GPA vs. the “Final Four”…
Welcome to the double life of Crystal Seth.
“I rap about my life. that’s my playlist.”
I had the opportunity to interview Crystal Seth, the newest MC from Pittsburgh, PA and a junior at Penn State University where he is dubbed “Penn State’s Rapper”. While other students are planning which SPF to wear on spring break and writing papers in the library late Saturday night, Seth Goldsmith, 20, is writing new lyrics, dropping videos and opening for Wiz Khalifa.
Noble recently dropped the highly anticipated Final Four, four music videos directed by Alex Di Marco of Point Park University, in one day, that quickly accumulated a total of over 70,000 views. Check out the Crystal Seth Broadcast Network and discover his heat with 832 subscribers and 203,356 video views to date.
GG: Tell us a bit about your beginnings. When did you start?
CS: “One of my best friends was the little brother of a rapper in the city. I saw what Bee (Beedie) and Mac Miller were doing and wanted to do it. I had a great network and group of friends and started as an open to a jam band.
GG: What did you want to be when you grow-up? Was a rapper always first on the list?
CS: “Actually, no, and I still don’t know what I want to be; but so far being a rapper is going pretty well. I am currently pursuing a degree in Telecommunications and taking classes towards Music Management. I would want to do something on the business side in the music industry.
GG: The “Final Four” videos you just released are picking up some major heat; tell us a bit more about the launch.
DIAL BACK ft. BEEDIE
“The Dial Back video is featuring Beedie. It has a 1950′s theme and is visually the most aesthetic video of the Final Four we put out.”
PACK MY BAGS
“Pack My Bags is half animated, almost as if you trapped in a light world and the animation is breaking out of it.”
WE CAN GO
“This was filmed at a Point Park University Party. We just had a great, great time, which I think is obvious in the video.”
BETTER TO BE HATED
“We got together at 8:30 in the morning, rented some crazy costumes & had a blast!”
GG: How are you taking the pick-up and following that the Final Four videos are getting?
CS: “I am excited and definitely surprised when the videos started hitting 20,000 views each. We have seen a lot of progress between releasing videos. For the Final Four it has been great using Pittsburgh and Penn State campuses to promote. I believe that the music I’m putting out is good, but I have a lot to learn.”
GG: You have 2 mix tapes and a total of 3o tracks under your belt. What should your fans look forward to see from you in the future?
CS: “Definitely more projects and way more shows. We are going to put out some special stuff. We just got an investor, setting-up features from big artists, and working on even better music videos.”
GG: Where should we get your music?
GG: What is your inspiration for your lyrics?
CS: “I get the feeling from the beat. I will purchase certain beats from producers and some people just send them through for free, it all just depends on who it is. I’ll listen to whatever the beat says to me and then play it back. If I hear a beat, I will rap over it. I am definitely not strictly a hip-hop snob. I also like fresh music. I like up comers and are influenced by them. There will definitely be some exploring going on in the next few upcoming projects.”
GG: Who do you look up to?
CS: “I look up to my parents, RZA, and obviously look up to Wiz and Mac, the dudes that made something out of Pittsburgh in the music scene, Big L just for being a legend, and to people who make the world go around every day.”
GG: What’s your personal style?
CS: “I usually wear fitted hats and snap backs. I like to wear some street wear brands like Ten Deep, Crooks and Castles, and Good Wood, a jewelry company that makes stuff out of wood. I usually rock a lot of thrift wear and New Balance running shoes, with some sweet socks, and Levi jeans.”
Crystal Seth in the GG HOT SEAT
3 things you always have in your pocket are…phone, lighter, and wallet.
my favorite food is…sushi.
you can always find me rocking…Aztec print.
Single or Taken? Single
my all-time favorite store is…time bomb.
my dream car would be a…rolls royce phantom.
favorite all time artist is … Big L
my show to watch is … “Rome” on HBO or a hip-hop documentary
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