Symphonic “Did What Needed to Be Done” with his new single

Symphonic did NOT come to play with his new single and music video for “Did What Needed to Be Done!” 

“Did What Needed To Be Done” is the lead single from LGBT rapper Symphonic’s upcoming second studio album, due out spring 2022! The single is an epic club banger that’s dedicated to one being on top of their game at all times. 

In true Symphonic fashion, it’s glam-trap in every sense of the genre. It’s motivational, punchy and downright hot. The video begins with colorblocked backgrounds and Symphonic opening the track with his iconic intro. The hook draws us in immediately, with heavy hitting catchy bars that are essential to Symphonic’s swagger. Bar for bar, Symphonic did not come to play! 

Symphonic released his 2020 debut album ‘Intention’ to critical acclaim and chart placement on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. He as been working on the follow-up album for about a year now. He will be performing and promoting the single and album in New York City, and many other cities across the United States.

I had a chat with Symphonic about the song and video!

Bryce Quartz: What inspired you to make this song? 

Symphonic: This song was fully inspired by Law Roach and the television program ‘Legendary’. One thing Law Roach always said, whenever someone stood out or was on point, was “you DID what NEEDED to be DONE!” I wanted to create a record with that same approach. One being on their shit and not afraid to let others know. To motivate, of course. We’re never cocky, just confident.

BQ: What was your favorite part about making this song?

S: My favorite part of making this song was everything from start to finish. When I first wrote the record, I knew it was going to be the single when I played the beat for the first time. But, it’s the same thing for every song I do, though. Because I still get that feeling of excitement that I had when I wrote my very first song over 10 years ago! 

BQ: Where did you record this song, and what are the vibes like in the studio with you?

S: I recorded this song with my Vegas brother NOIZE at his studio, Full Circle in North Las Vegas. Every time I link with Noize, it’s like meeting with a close family member. He knows how I like to sound, when I need to breathe, when I’m gonna stack my vocals, all of that. He actually recorded the vast bulk of my new album. “Did What Needed to Be Done” was actually the very first song we ever recorded and from there it was magic. You can imagine the studio was on tilt, you’ve heard the record!

BQ: Was this release cathartic for you?

S: Everything I release is cathartic for me. These records are my babies until I unleash them into the world and let the people have and do what they want with. 

BQ: What was your favorite part about filming the video?

S: Oh my goodness, again, the entire process! This is the 3rd visual I’ve shot with my director Daniel Vegas and we outdo ourselves each time. Having the set built for me with the custom lighting was something new for me and it really set the tone for the intention of the video. We wanted something colorful, edgy and animated to match the vibe of the record. We achieve every goal that we have for our visuals together. 

BQ: What keeps you motivated?

S: My love of creating music! Like I mentioned before, the same feeling I got when I wrote my very first song is the same feeling I get today, thousands of songs later! The constant ability to share my story and growth with my fans is also a big motivator for me. I feel like we’ve grown up together thru all of my releases, eras and challenges. 

BQ: What can we expect next from you?

S: You can expect more singles and ultimately an ALBUM RELEASE! It’s been almost 2 years since my debut dropped and I have grown so much both personally and creatively, and this album is my best work yet. I’m always performing and promoting and I can’t wait to start hitting the NYC scene with live shows this year! 

BQ: What other artists are you listening to right now?

S: Of course I’m always listening to Cardi B. Legend. I’ve been listening to a lot of Roddy Ricch, Gunna, The Weeknd, and also my nostalgic artists. Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, etc. And you always know I’m going to be listening to Bryce Quartz. A true LGBT king in this industry. 

BQ: Thanks for taking the time to answer those questions for us, Symphonic!

Be sure to stream “Did What Needed to Be Done” by Symphonic on all platforms now!
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Bryce Quartz

Bryce Quartz is a queer, cubby rapper currently based in Brooklyn. In addition to contributing to Bear World, he is also a writer for Ryan Cassata’s music blog Rock The Pigeon. He has performed at bear events across the US and has worked with popular drag queens, including RPDR alum Brita Filter.