What Drew you to the music industry?
I always had a love for music as a kid, my mother would always play the jams in the morning to get the day started and also my cousin who’s more like a brother to me began rapping at an early age so I sort of became a early fan of how songs were made and feelings can be put out into the world good or bad to express yourself. Building on the talent side, I always had a attraction to business so we actually started our own label called Deserve 2 Eat Entertainment but I began more on the business side of the label making sure our financials would be good when it’s time to structure partnerships and negotiations.
Who are you Inspired By?
My first influence to rap was my Cousin Zeb that’s who we started the label behind but as far as industry influences my main inspiration was Nipsey Hussle, because I love how he mastered ownership, and motivating on top of the craft itself, other than that I’m inspired by lyricist such as Jay Z, 2pac, Biggie, Big L, Nas, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane, Scarface, Beanie Sigel, And also artists like Jeezy, Rick Ross, and Meek Mill.
Please explain my creative Process?
I like to write my lyrics without beats mostly, I like to write about my real life and situations I’ve seen and lived through, my closest people situations they might be going through or can relate to. I like for my music to be uplifting, motivational and inspirational to the youth and next generations as well as my peers. I like to put positive messages and life lessons inside of my music to give fans something to take away from the music as well as it being a great listen. But I write my Lyrics then i like to find a beat to fit the emotion inside the song.
What is an average day like for you?
I like to begin my day with a good workout to get my mind and body going and thoughts circulating. I map out anything I might have on my agenda that needs to be done, I’m currently in grad school studying for my Masters of Business so I may have class and other than that I like to find ways daily to strategically push The Mil Plan Brand and music in ways that will gravitate more fans. I like to post motivational and inspirational messages online to help and uplift others if they might need guidance or just having a difficult day and need some words of encouragement
Is there a hidden Meaning in your Music?
Yea I believe the hidden meaning in my music is too influence everybody to have a Mil Plan. A Mil Plan is your own strategic way of achieving your goals and aspirations wether it’s accumulating wealth, education, a certain physical goal, or all of the above. Write out and map out how you are goin to go about completing your Plan and when you feel you may have achieved it, what’s next after that
Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
Yes I collaborate with others if the vibe matches and we have mutual respect for each other not just based on music. Anybody can make a nice record but I like to collaborate with others that I feel I have respect for how they move in real life day to day not just over a beat. If I can relate to you I can create with you.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I interact with fans by putting out my Real Rap Vlogs on my YouTube channel to allow fans to constantly see my progression in my music and The Mil Plan Brand as I use my platform to educate my fans on the business of music and how you show own all your material and make sure you are lining yourself up for the win in the best eats possible. Also I give my fans insight on my current standing and upcoming moves I’ll be making as I transition along through the game.
I always respond back on social media comments and give advice on anything fans may ask my in my messages or emails.
What is the favorite part of this line of work? Your least part. Why?
My favorite part of this line of work is being able to influence my fans by my lyrics and spread positive and motivational messages through the music and let people take away life lessons through my words.
My least part is the politics of music because a lot of lackadaisical music and movement gets pushed to the top just for the profit, instead of using voices to change lives because words are powerful and I come from a numbers background being as through I graduated Accounting and always had a love for math & numbers but now that I’ve been writing music and seeing the reaction from fans I now know that Words are some of the most powerful things in the world and I dislike when people abuse their position to spread things like drug use and try to make it seem cool and glorify negativity.
Have you ever dealt with Performance anxiety?
Well I haven’t yet but I won’t say I never will as the stage gets bigger but I thrive under pressure so the bigger the stage the more I know I will rise to the occasion mentally. My first performance at SXSW in March 2018 I was actually in a rush because the streets were flooded and traffic was backed up so I had to run the streets just to make it to my slot on time, so when I got there my set was instantly when I got there so didn’t really have time to be nervous. I jumped on the stage wiping sweat with my chest out and put on a great performance and my first track I performed was “Real Rap” off my debut Album “The Mil Plan” which is one of my most personal songs I’ve written so I felt like I was havin a conversation with the fans in a way
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
I’m in the beginning stages of my performance side of my career I have a few showcases under my belt but never had a paid performance yet but I’m sure that will Change in the near future but I would have to say my performance at Sweet Auburn Music Festival in atlanta was my favorite stage. It was the first time I had the chance to perform in front of hundreds of people and I felt great and really comfortable, I had a few of my friends and close supporters their with my so that brought even a more joyful feeling as I rapped my songs to the crowd.
What advice would you have for someone following in your footsteps?
I would tell someone following in my footsteps to stay educated, constantly seek out the knowledge necessary to accomplish your goals and visions. Don’t just Move recklessly, have a plan and write it out and be in tune with every piece of your plan, trust yourself and your product know that you are the primary engine to your own success. Never let nobody work as hard as you do for your goals you have to led by example and let others follow suit. Be the best version of yourself so you can attract like minded individuals that can help you get there to where you want to be. Nobody does it alone so seek out and establish a great team that understands and support your Plan and visions and value Loyalty and integrity with these qualities you with attract trustworthy people to move along with you and make it easier for you to focus on handling business accordingly. I call that having a “Mil Plan”