In today’s digital landscape, people are introduced to information at breakneck speeds, with the fastest being the static image. People recognize faces, places, and objects and associate them with sounds, moods, and times. Most of the time, before listening to a song, you might have seen the artwork first.
Meet Trapghanistan, a multi-hyphenate designer and the newly named creative consultant at Alamo Records. Trapghanistan has an extensive list of clients, from record labels, to people like 40oz Van and Yes Julz, to artists like Playboi Carti, Ski Mask The Slump God, as well as work for ASAP Mob.
Read our interview with Trapghanistan below to get to know one of the creatives behind the scenes.
Who are you, where are you from, and what is it you do?
I’m Trapghanistan; a 20 year old art director from Orlando, Florida. I run my own brand called whateverfits. & am a creative consultant at Alamo Records.
What are some of your notable clients that you’ve done work with?
ASAP Mob, Lil Wayne, Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti, Smokepurrp, Kodak Black, Trippie Redd, Ian Connor, Yung Simmie, Famous Dex, Alamo Records, Republic Records and many, many more.
What was the first piece of digital art or cover art that you made?
It was a really bad Wiz Khalifa fan made cover for my iTunes, haha.
When did you decide “I’m a designer now” and started taking commissions or start building out a business plan?
When I made money off something, I was just making [because] I loved [it]. Music especially. I’m a huge fan of Lil Wayne and I downloaded so much of his music that didn’t have covers, so I learned to make my own – and that’s when I knew I was maybe on to something.
And so at this point in time, you’re a full-time creative and designer?
Yes, this is completely full time. I live & bleed design, my brain always has ideas. I just recently started working with Alamo Records so this year [I’m gonna] be very busy on many projects. Everyone will be seeing my name & my brand more often. I’m really behind the scenes in this music industry, I try to stay low-key as possible. I just dropped my official merch site at whateverfits.store.
What was the first big client you worked with where you had that little spark of , “this could really be my full hustle?”
I got the chance to work with A$AP MOB and I did the CBS promo for the “Yamborghini High” on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. CBS, Jimmy Fallon, all the Mob posted it. It was the first commission I did in Los Angeles last year. After that my social media went off and everyone had my number. It happened so fast, that’s when I knew this was it.
Any final words or things you want to close on?
Thank you so much for the opportunity, I’m glad we could make this happen. Ive been fucking with ELEVATOR heavy for a minute now. I love you. If I didn’t have ya’ll, the supporters, I would not be Trapghanistan. Keep creating and inspire the world forever. Don’t give up on your dreams, life is beautiful at the end of the day.