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.”

Memphis Rapper Wants To Use His Voice For Good

Inspiration For Career

“There was a sense of hopelessness that I wanted to see overcome. Adversity and the social conditions I was subject to. I wanted to use my voice for good. It started to become therapeutic for me and for others.”

Having A Shot At Stardom

“Yes, but stardom is inconsequential. I want a lasting influence that extends beyond my own personal desires. It’s bigger than me.”

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