Former HipHopDX Features Editor Andre Grant said in his “Defense Of The Struggle Rapper” editorial, “Out of all the things the Hip Hop web has vilified, the “struggle rapper” might be the least deserving of all that ridicule.” Before Kendrick Lamar became big enough for Barack Obama to sing his praises or Drake found himself making deals with Apple, they were artists without a significantly large fanbase attempting what seemed like the impossible. Hitting the top of the charts became a distant goal to making past one hundred streams of a song possibly made within the confines of their bedroom walls and gaining likes, re-post or anything else that would reach someone. Providing a weekly outlet for those getting their feet wet in the sometimes brutal sport of Hip Hop, allow us to provide readers a look into tomorrow’s possibilities through “Up Next.”

The Oakland Native Is Already Making College Campus Noise As He Attends The Cal State Dominguez

Inspiration For Rap Career

“In middle school, I would listen to a plethora of Lil Wayne and idolized the way he could put words and flows together.  Around that same time I took the initiative to make my first song, and after that, I knew I had found my niche. The way I saw my music move people gave me a sense of happiness, and being an introvert, it was the best/only way I could really express myself.  I also saw that with the power of my music I could make a positive impact in my community.”

Having A Shot At Rap Stardom

“I truly believe that I have a shot a stardom.  I feel like there’s no other way for me, and when people keep telling you, “You’re going to make it” you start to believe it.  The way my music touches people feels very reminiscent of the way I’ve seen stars influence and reach wide audiences.”

Upcoming Project(s) In The Works

“I recently just dropped my third solo mixtape Dorm Flow 2 on January 26, and I plan to drop a graduation project in May.”

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