This year, FACT TV’s Bryan McKay, Claire Lobenfeld and John Twells packed up and headed to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2016 and talked to some of the festival’s most exciting artists.

Before becoming an artist in his own right, North Carolina-via-New York rapper Spades Saratoga cut his teeth on 106 and Park’s Freestyle Fridays. Now he fuses his Mount Vernon roots with the style he picked up in the south to craft a fine-tuned finesse of the East Coast’s diverse sounds. While making his debut at SXSW, Spades caught up with FACT outside of Austin’s Texas Chili Parlor to detail what it was like on Freestyle Fridays and what’s in store for 2016.

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