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Growing up in Philly, it was inevitable that you were exposed to Hip-Hop. For those who were drawn to it, the love affair began and the culture grew. Since 1973, Hip-Hop grew from B-Boys, Beat Boxing and DJs to an art form relatable to everyone. The 1990s gave way to a generation of people who could appreciate Hip-Hop as an art form rather just a commercial entity because artists from NWA and Snoop to A Tribe Called Quest and Nas could co-exist. There wasn't one sound and people could hear different artists on local radio stations.
Coors Light and Power 99 would like to introduce The Movement, to give the mic to 13 local emcees and introduce the collective of real Hip-Hop artists that exists in the city. The Underground Summer Series, featuring 13 local artist performances, live in our performance studio, will take place over the 13 weeks of summer.
What part of Philly are you from?
I'm from Southwest Philadelphia.
What was your goal with the first three mixtapes?
My goal was to get heard and to show all the work my manager, Jimmy DaSaint, and my camp ICH put in to get where we need to be. So to get my mind out there, my thoughts, just to get heard.
So what made you want to get into music in the first place?
It was always like a dream, but it was probably my big brother because he used to rap, too. So I just started following him and realized I love it so I just finished it off myself.
Who has influenced you the most in Hip-Hop?
Kanye West and Jay-Z. They are the two main people I look at all the time and I study to better myself as an emcee.
What about your influences in Philly Hip-Hop?
I like Meek Millz. I like Chill Moody. I like a couple Philly artists but I'm not in the scene too much. I try to check out what everybody is doing. I like the people in my camp's music.
Where do you see yourself fitting into Philly Hip-Hop?
We just went. We just made moves and everything came, the radio, the shows, the buzz-it all came. I want to do more than just music. I'm starting acting classes, getting into movies, doing the music, anything I can touch on, I'm just doing it. It's kind of a struggle because in Philly, the attitudes... but all it does is make you stronger. Sometimes you do something and you get good responses and sometimes you get hate, but all the hate does is keep you level. With all the stuff that goes on, it just makes you go harder. Just looking around and my environment, my family, wanting better things. I know for me, really doing this music can bring better things. If I can just get out of the negative, put my little brother, my mom, my father, my whole family into a better place.