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I am a socially-conscious hip-hop artist hailing from Springfield, Illinois. Music is a powerful tool, and while many think of it as simply being entertainment,
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Free At Last
Peak in sub-genre #28
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Play For Greatness - rough mix
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Back to the Classics - rough mix
Peak in sub-genre #49
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I am a socially-conscious hip-hop artist hailing from Springfield, Illinois. I started making hip-hop music at the age of 18, though at the time my lyrics were centered around marijuana. At the age of 19, I recorded my first few tracks. I didn't have proper gear, just a cheap $10 computer microphone and a copy of Cakewalk Home Studio, but I made the best out of it. Lyrically, I wasn't saying anything new. Stylistically, I wasn't that impressive. I was 20 years old before I started really putting out good lyrics, and started heading in a new creative direction. I wasn't content with the music that I had been making before that, so I really started thinking about what I wanted to say. Around that time, I recorded "Definition of Hip-Hop" as MC Assassin, which was a track that I vented my frustrations at being an independent artist. Now, eight years later, I'm finally releasing music with quality lyrics that have something to say. As a hip-hop artist, I'm not concerned with getting rich, nor am I concerned with a lot of the things that mainstream rappers have a tendency to talk about. I'm not a thug, I'm not a pimp, or a "gangsta." I'm simply an MC that is sick and tired of seeing young kids get lured into a life of crime by so-called musicians who glorify that way of living. When I rap, I want to make people think. I want them to look at their communities, see the problems that society faces, and think about what they could do to make it a better place to live. That's why I make the music that I make. Music is a powerful tool, and while many think of it as simply being entertainment, it does influence people. Why not use that influence to make our communities better?
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Not yet, still working on promoting my recordings for the time being. If you're a venue near Springfield, IL, and would like to book me for a show, feel free to contact me. Note: By near, I mean within a 10 mile radius. I can't really afford to go any further than that at the moment.
Your musical influences
KRS-One, Public Enemy, Immortal Technique, X Clan, Sage Francis, a lot of old school hip-hop.
What equipment do you use?
FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar Producer Edition, M-Audio Producer USB Condenser Mic (I know, not the best)
Anything else?
I still need a pair of monitors, or mixing and mastering engineers that would be willing to lend their ears until I can afford their services, after which point it would be paid from there on out.
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