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.”
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Inspiration For Career
“90’s Hip Hop inspired me to start, not only was it visually appealing but it seemed like they got paid to tell their story and command attention with it. My pops owned a record shop and would bring home instrumental tapes and that’s how i started writing. what inspires me to keep going is I feel hip hop lacks genuine, honesty and vulnerability with masculinity so I feel I’d rather bring that presence then complain about it.”
Do you believe you have a shot at stardom?
“I believe I have a real shot at stardom. I’m apart of the first generation that listened to Hip Hop their entire life. As long as I can find a bridge that connects with their current life and speak the language they understand with music they appreciate I can always be their guy.”
“Currently focused on the You’re Not Alone album which was released September 27 entirely produced by The Teamsterz. We’re looking to have another project ready summer 17 not sure of the title yet.”