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.”
Newington, CT Is Inspired By The Roc Days & Indie Bands From Death Cab For Cutie To Arcade Fire
Inspiration For Career
“My older brother used to bring home rap tapes when I was a baby, like three or four years old. I fell in love with Hip-Hop from there. I used to literally race back home to make sure I caught as much as BET’s Rap City as I could. Over the years, that love and passion just evolved to naturally writing my own stuff.”
Do you believe you have a shot at stardom?
“Of course, I’m incredible at what I do.”
“Top of 2017 I have a mini album coming entitled Perfectly, Tragically, Flawed”. It’s my favorite project to date. PTF feels like the most “me” project I’ve ever made. It captures really as a human being just trying to figure my shit out like the rest of us.”