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.”

Camden NJ, Native Recently Dropped His Who’s Watching The Kids Mixtape

Inspiration For Career

“I wanted to be a voice in my community. I really wanted to be the guy that could inspire others to achieve goals outside the city of Camden. I was always into poetry, but when I began taking rap serious 5 years ago I realized it not only changed my life but the people around me. People are really connecting with my music and can relate to my lyrics.”

Do you believe you have a shot at stardom?

“Absolutely. I believe I am equipped with the right work ethic and creativity that can last years. I pride myself on bringing innovative ideas to the table, and I think I can change the game with what I have to offer. I plan to be an influential figure in Hip Hop.”


“I just dropped my Who’s Watching The Kids mixtape. I’m letting fans digest that before I share more music. The reception has been crazy so far. Big thanks to Ish Williams, Kev Rodgers, Kenif Muse, Young Savage, KilConfirmed, Kam DeLa, Zach Capner, Menace, Roca Beats, and everyone enjoying WWTK. I plan to get some videos done for tracks off WWTK but I might drop a new EP in the Fall, so stay tuned!”

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