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.”

Atlien Says She Can’t Be Compared To Anyone

Inspiration For Career

“I’ve been wanting to be a music artist since I was young. It’s just something I’ve always said I wanted to do & I stuck with it. I was in a little girl group. I did talent shows, pageants, was in the band, dance, took singing lessons, went to modeling school etc. I did anything that could help me be a well-rounded artist and not just someone that can sing. ”

Having A Shot At Stardom

“Of course, I believe I have a shot at being a musical star. I’ve believed I could do it since I was young. I’m dedicated and persistent and willing to do whatever it takes to reach my full potential as an artist.”

Upcoming Project(s) In The Work

“I don’t have a project coming soon. I’m just releasing singles, trying to get my fan base up & getting signed with a major label so I can have a good platform to release something that can be worthwhile.”