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The Hype Magazine Interviews Openmic | The Hype Magazine 24/7 News

Who is Openmic and where are you from?

I’m a Rapper and Southern Creative from Nashville, TN.

How did you discover your musical talent?

It’s a classic hip hop story from a not so hip hop background. My father is a Jazz musician by profession so I grew up around music and live concerts from birth. I started rapping when I was 13. I heard some older kids free styling on the back of the bus and I just decided to jump in one day. Turned out to be better than the older kids and kind of found an identity in that gift. From there I started writing and recording in makeshift studios and eventually progressed to this point.

You bring that underground lyrical feel, laced with some tracks worthy of Issac Hayes or Curtis Mayfield…at 23, where do you pull that kind of flavor?

Tennessee is a huge influence. The soul of black music in the south resonates with me. We really didn’t listen to hip hop in the house growing up so I used to freestyle over jazz songs or gospel drum break down. Anything with a beat became a canvas to paint on.

Who has been your greatest inspiration musically and why?

My greatest inspiration isn’t an artist. It really isn’t a person at all. My greatest inspiration has been the honesty of self-expression. The ability to hold a mirror up and see who you really are. Then to take it even further, once you become one with that image, others will see themselves in that same mirror. That’s the greatest inspiration for me.

What do you feel you offer the music industry that we don’t already have in other performers?

I offer my view, my perspective and navigation through my own personal journey in life. People connect to me from all different walks of life. My confidence is magnetic and my style is impetuous. I’m the most ferocious, vicious….sorry, I think I’m Mike Tyson.

Have you encountered any problems in getting to this point in your career?

Word? Have I encountered any problems? How much time do y’all got? (Haha) Allow me to explain; if I added up all the difficulties and obstacles you have to overcome in this industry I would depress myself. From experimenting with different music styles that turned out to not be great, to trying to create a huge internet presence and even trying to figure out if you wasted 4 or 5 years of your life in college. To me, the problems don’t really matter. The good news is, I have never encountered a problem I felt we couldn’t conquer.

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