Rappers are the new rockstars; that much has become clear as of late. So it's only fitting that the grandson of one of the greatest living music legends would succumb to the lifestyle as his natural habitat.

"The American dream is contagious," 19-year-old LA-based rapper/producer Pablo Dylan articulates on the opening track of his new four-cut Darkwood EP, premiered today on The 405.

He may be the grandson of Bob Dylan, but the charismatic artist has been making his own stones roll behind the boards this past year, producing beats in bulk for OG Maco, along with credits on A$AP Rocky's At. Long. Last. A$AP. As a rapper first and foremost however, Pablo has now emerged introducing his own story on the record, while looking to fill a void that's been missing and misrepresented in current youth culture.

Stream Pablo Dylan's Darkwood EP and get to know the LA-based artist making his own name for himself beyond the iconic surname passed down to him.

Do you want to just start by telling me about your creative process of putting together the Darkwood EP?

You know, this EP was really interesting. I worked for a really long time on my artist stuff and I kind of got to a point where what I wanted to say was so necessary that I really had to take a break from everything else and really just focus and make exactly what I wanted to make and with this project, that's what it was about for me. Those four songs, I had written out in somewhat of an essay type format before I even sat down and started writing the lyrics or making the beats. I knew exactly the change that I wanted to see within the world from this piece of work.

And the EP is entirely self-produced?

Yeah, except 'Lost In A Nightmare' is co-produced by my guitar-player James Harte. It's cool, because I originally recorded it to a beat he made and treated it like the demo. I took his melodies but remade the beat and got the bounce and the sounds really correct. And with that story, I'm really proud of that song. Kids these days live our lives so full of paranoia. I'm so paranoid. It was a very specific aesthetic I was chasing on there.

So what makes you so paranoid?

I can't really pin-point what makes me paranoid. I just feel like my generation, it's almost like we were born with it and that it was given to us. It wasn't really a decision like that. I think growing up in this post-911 version of America, kids have phones and people older than us don't really like that. They think that makes us more stupid for some reason. Because of course, that makes a lot of sense that we'd be more stupid with every piece of information ever right in front of you at all times, I don't know. Right? That doesn't really make that much sense to me. But I feel like there's a real sense of oppression. With everyone trying to tell me that I'm worse than you, because I grew up with cellphones and computers and on top of that, we live in a crazy time right now. People are getting shot down every day for no reason. It's scary. What scares me the most is, I don't know where my friends are. You know what I'm saying? I don't have any control over that. I know how to look after myself. But it could be the wrong guy at the wrong time. It's pretty crazy.

On the project, you attempt to really capture those feelings. Where did the production skill behind the boards come from?

I've played instruments my whole life like guitar and piano. Really, what I think it boils down to is, I wanted to be a rapper and nobody was making the beats that I heard in my head. At a certain point it was like, if nobody else is going to make them, I'm going to figure it out. What happened was, I just started producing my own stuff and when I would play my songs for artists, they would be like "Bro, you need to introduce me to your producer" and I'd be like, "Oh, I made the beat too," and they'd be like "Dude." At first people wanted beats and I was like, fuck no. But then eventually, I realized that it was a really good move and opportunity to get into the studio with OG Maco. That's helpful.

How did you link up with him and the whole OGG family?

Well, Maco is like my brother at this point in time. That's somebody that I'm very close with. But originally through my manager Ty, who just set up the session and I said sure. This is before 'U Guessed It'. And the first time he came over, we made 'New $$$', the first time we ever met.

That's a good friend to keep around then.

Yeah, literally our first conversation was ultimately making 'New $$$' and that's one of my favourite songs ever I've ever produced. It's so crazy.

And you've had a serious year. You produced the project for OG Maco, you have credits on A$AP Rocky's latest album, so tell me about how this year has been for you.

I've been working really really hard for a long time so it's really cool for me that people are finally starting to pay attention. I did that project with Maco and I produced five songs on Maco's album Children of the Rage, which is coming out very soon too. I'm really excited about that too. I worked on the 'Max B' record on Rocky's album. I love that whole album. I feel like Rocky's a genius. My brother Hector set that up for me, who's like Rocky's right hand guy. He produced 'Max B' and I just gave him this beat idea I had and he took part of it and put it on the Max beat. But, it's been really cool. It's exciting that I can go out and hear my songs in the club now. I can go out and people know who I am now. It's definitely a different feeling.

So why is now the time to step out from behind the boards and come out and display your own voice and your own solo work?

Because nobody else is saying what I'm saying. I just got tired of hearing these people singing the same songs.

I feel like, I want to write songs from the perspective of the everyday kid, 19-20 year old kids in America in 2015. I don't think anybody else is trying to capture that specifically. Not to say that there aren't great songs out there, there's amazing music out there. But, just that specifically, since nobody else was going to express specifically how I felt, I had to. I also think that people have this misconception that I'm a producer before an artist. But I've always been an artist before producer. And also, the reason why I wasn't dropping too much music, was because I really wanted to make something that was special.

You were talking about how when you were writing, it all came out in an essay-like form initially so what space were you in when you were writing?

I just felt like nobody really understood me. That feeling of people not looking at me the way I felt like they should look at me. And yes, specifically this is what I was feeling, but this is also a feeling that I've noticed among a lot of my peers. It just got to a point where there was just so much locked up that I just needed a release for it and this music was the only way to properly release it - all those thoughts and all those ideas.

Culture is a word that you often use in what you've put out there, in the minimal interviews you've done and in your tweets, as a predominant theme. So what do you aim to add to this current rap and youth culture with this release?

Lyrically, just to express how I feel, but sonically, I have a different way that I personally feel like records should be made. I have a different view of how sounds fit together. I grew up on different music. I love Nirvana. I love The Clash. I'm trying to take that rock energy and mix it with the trap stuff.

You can hear that. On the EP, I find that at times you sound like the lead singer of a post-hardcore band from 2007 over trap beats. Which works, because nowadays, rappers are the new rockstars.

Exactly. That's crazy. I'm really happy you said that, because that was important to me. I'm trying to make punk trap records.

In your Twitter bio, you have the words "Distinguishably Iconic." So what do those two words mean to you?

That's funny, I didn't even know what my Twitter bio was. But, I just think being unique and I think my music is very unique.

And what about your lifestyle, because besides your last name and your profession, people don't know that much about you.

I'm a kid. I go out and for some reason women seem to love me. I like hanging out with my friends. When I'm not in the studio, I'm with my friends just being my age and trying to find girls in the streets and going to clubs. Kid stuff.

Do you feel like with this year and with this project you were able to evolve past your last name and into the individual artist you've been working on becoming?

Hell yes! I feel like this is the first project that I play my music for people and they don't think about my grandfather and that means so much to me personally. It's cool to get love based on the music and not because I'm Bob Dylan's grandson. You feel me?

So what is next for you? You're about to drop this EP, so what else can we expect from you moving forward?

I'm about to drop this project. I'm doing a bunch of shows. I'm producing new records for artists right now that should be coming up. I'm starting to get ready to start my next project, which is a ten-song album. I have a lot of ideas written out and I'm getting close to starting it. I love playing our shows. They're so crazy. We had this show in Vegas and it was so crazy. They kicked me offstage after I played 'Cold.' It was at this hotel and the show was being broadcasted throughout the whole casino and on 'Cold,' I say, "I'm not old enough to drink but I could die for my country tonight. Since I've been drinking all night you'd be damned if you think I won't drive." And the second time, the guy who is the president of the whole hotel came in and was like, "These kids are done." And the promoter was screaming at me like, "Yo, stop. I'm paying you full-rate, just stop playing." So I told my DJ, "Cool, just start the next song" and this security guy walks on stage and tries to grab my DJ and my DJ threw an elbow to his nose. After that, they tried to get my guitar player Jimmy, who co-produced 'Lost in a Nightmare,' he threw the guy. And I was jumping, so I knew they weren't even trying to talk to me. It was crazy.

Rappers living that rockstar lifestyle. That's what it's about.

Rockstar lifestyle. That's exactly what I'm trying to live at all times.

Now that you have this album releasing and you're gearing up to work on your album, is it easier for you now to create, because I know you've mentioned before that you don't even want people listening to your old work, because you've changed so much since then?

Totally. I would say that just having completed a full project and just being able to release it, I would say that that within itself is making it easier for me to do the next project. Honestly, with this next project, I'm setting the bar really really high. I definitely feel the pressure.