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.”

This Fort Lauderdale Rapper Is All About Reality & Lyricism

Inspiration For Career

“I’ve always had passion for music but didn’t know I was going to end up rapping, I use to walk around the house singing a lot but my older sister listened to Hip Hop and when I use to go outside my homies was playing Hip Hop music also, but what inspired me at a young age was listening to Tupac tell real-life stories in his music and seeing how Bow Wow was able to rap at a young age I knew I could do it because we were in the same age and I could relate to him so that’s when I started writing music based on how I felt and from that point on I knew I wanted to have a rap career, but it was still hidden. Nobody knew I really wanted to rap until they actually saw what I could do with the pen.”

Do you believe you have a shot at stardom?

“I believe I have a shot at anything in life as long as I stay consistent and true to myself and what I believe in and don’t chase trends just let it be what it is! Go with flow and enjoy doing you and everything will fall in place! And the main key is to always invest in yourself no matter what!”

Project(s)

“I am currently touring for the rest of the year, promoting my project called I.S.O.M. (Independent State of Mind) as well as promoting my hit single called “Doin Me” which is also the name of my tour. I am releasing 10 videos off my current project which will consist of one dropping every month. As an independent artist, I take pride in doing the things that people are afraid of doing. When your own boss, you can make those types of decisions.”

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