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.”
West Los Angeles Native Recently Dropped “I Know I Am” Mixtape
Inspiration For Career
“I have always been a big fan of music. Growing up my cousin Andre would break down bars and help me understand what made a great song. I started writing music at an early age but it wasn’t serious until I got to my senior year of high school. I made a few friends who were really into and gave me access to beats and a place to record. My biggest inspirations are Kanye West, Jay Electronica, Diddy and people find it odd but, Maroon 5.”
Do you believe you have a shot at stardom?
“I strongly believe that I have a high chance at being a star. There was a point in my life where I thought maybe I didn’t have a chance until I decided to take the stage. It was just crazy how I could walk into a room full of people who have probably never seen me before and just move them. The feeling you get when you walk off that stage and you have so many people in your face supporting what you do and wanting to be a part of your story is amazing. It’s those type of moments that remind you that you can always go bigger and you can always be greater.”
“I just released a mixtape titled I Know I Am which you can find on both Datpiff and Soundcloud and I’m currently working with a Hip Hop legend from the gangster music era Prodeje from “South Central Cartel” on an EP titled Spaceship and plan to release the lead single soon.”