Rutgers Prep’s very own Costa Chafos, better known by his stage name ‘Costacoast,’ is set to debut his new EP titled “Nocturnal,” within the next few weeks.
Costa is known around the school for his ability to freestyle on command and his lyrical prowess. It is no surprise to his fans that he has started his musical career at such a young age.
“I started freestyling before I even knew what freestyling was,” he said.
At first, he would just make up words to go along with a melody, without realizing what he was doing.
“I have always been interested in poetry,” Costa said. “My passion for music was also at the peak of my interests.”
This inherent passion led him to begin a career in rapping.
“I started making beats in seventh grade with GarageBand and soon advanced to new DAW’s (digital audio work stations), which taught me a lot of technological aspects in regards to music.” He said.
He began to delve into rap by listening to as many types of rap music as he could, and as a result, expanding his knowledge about the genre. He drew inspiration from artists such as Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, and Eminem.
Costa enriched his songwriting skills through constant practice. Those who are close to him can attest to the thorough rap-notes he writes—each of them containing a new verse, usually written within the span of a few minutes on his trusty iPhone.
After performing countless times and gathering up his courage, Costa decided that he was determined to release his album.
“I decided to write Nocturnal as a life journey.” He said.
The album weaves the many events shaping his life and his persona to this day. He shares his psychological experience with others, in hopes that they relate to them and learn from the mistakes that he has made