Well, ever since I was little, I’ve always loved music. I grew up listening to a variety of genres — anything from Hank Williams Jr. to Avenged Sevenfold to Eminem. I used to sit in my room and read Dr Seuss books and play the drums or do anything that was related to music in some way.
As I got older, I never really thought about how I could make my music in my own way. Now, when I get bored, I read the dictionary and listen to a beat while I write.
I decided to start rapping around May of 2018, I wrote a couple of songs but never really thought they were good, so I just worked on it some more. Then finally in September of 2018, I released “Redneck Eminem” on SoundCloud and in October of the same year, I dropped a diss track called “Think Twice”.
Being my first songs, they’re not too good, let me tell you. But as I continue, I keep getting better at it every day.
My grandpa used to play the guitar a lot but never did anything with it. But other than that, there are no other musicians in my family. Music played a big part in my life. There were songs I could always relate to, memorize, and recite with ease. Rap God by Eminem was one I would always challenge myself to do.
My number one role model in the industry right now would have to be Ryan Upchurch. His flow, his success, his story, and all of his music speaks into me in a way that I understand. When someone says “Rapper”, I typically think of Upchurch, Eminem, Tupac, and Akon just because I grew up listening to them and I’ve listened to Upchurch since he started.
I don’t make my own beats. I usually find a free beat to use or ask my producer, DJ YoungKid to make a beat for me.
I and DJ are pretty good friends. We first met at the Redneck Mud Mayhem in NC and just clicked you know.
At the moment my home studio is not set up yet. But I use a Neewer Condenser Microphone to record.
A lot of people here in the 828 look up to me because I don’t care what people say, I will always push forward to achieve my dreams, and because of that, I’m well known throughout western NC. I grew up in this area, and I’ve made so many memories here that it’s not just an area code to me. It’s the land where my soul will remain no matter what I do or where I go.
I look at myself in the mirror every morning and tell myself, “Don’t stop now. It’s just beginning. Don’t listen to the haters. They’re jealous. They want what you have, but they can’t have it.” Cheesy right? My light at the end of the tunnel is just having my name out there in the world. Known by more prominent people and travelling to places with people that I never thought I’d go with.
My average day usually starts with school. I get up, go to school, chill and do my work, then come home and eat. Once I’ve calmed down from the school day, I start writing a song or finish one up.
Honestly, I think I manage my time pretty good. I only work weekends so during the week after school I have the right amount of time to work on music.
Sometimes it gets rough. I battle with depression and anxiety, so it hits me at times unexpectedly. That’s what drives me to make music. It’s an outlet for me. And I just tell myself that I’ll make it one day. No matter who’s with me or who isn’t, I’ll still make it. I’ve got myself, and that’s all I need.
My dream collab would be with Ryan Upchurch just because his music is the best that I’ve ever heard.
I don’t try to compete in the rap game. I simply just go with it, and if anyone crosses me, then I fire at them lyrically and try not to miss. My wordplay is what makes me think I’ll make it. Reading a dictionary expands my mind so I can be more versatile as an artist.
My goal for my career is to be one of the most prominent country rap artists on the east coast by 2025. It may happen, it may not. Nobody knows the future, but we can always have that goal.
To anyone out there who thinks that they can’t make it, or you think that you’re not good enough, or believe that people won’t like you for what you do, look at the group of haters and give them a big ole “Fuck you.” You can do whatever you want your mind to. Just don’t give up.
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