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 give readers a look into tomorrow’s possibilities through “Up NeXt.”

24-Year-Old Survived A Lot Include His Mother Getting Shot Five Times While Pregnant With Him

Inspiration For Career

“Honestly what got me started into a rap career was rap battling. I use to always sit in front of the computer looking up Reed Dollaz videos just to go to school the next day to try and imitate him. But what made me take music more serious was when I began to believe music was more so my purpose. My mother was shot five times while she was pregnant with me and the mere fact that we are both here makes me believe that I have an obligation to dedicate my life to something that’s greater than myself. And since I feel I have a gift in music, I believe that’s what I need to be dedicating my life to.”

Do you believe you have a shot at stardom?

“Yes, I feel like I got one foot in now, I feel like I’m almost there. I’m working on making a hit that will change everything – I have a few in the bag that we’ll need to push to become hits. I want to show people that I can rap my ass off, I have the potential.”

Project(s)

“Right now I’m in the process of finishing up my EP titled My Side of Town. We don’t have any set dates as of yet but we are definitely leaning towards the top of January. We plan on dropping a part two shortly after its release as well.The street single “Rollin” off the project will be dropping very soon with a video. I just hope these rap artists are ready because I’m coming.”

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