One year ago, while working at a local convenient store at the time, lil wayne’s “6 foot 7” caught my attention. Despite the few criticisms I had about the song (most notably how I thought “real G’s move in silence like lasagna” made no sense), the more I listened to it and watched the video, the more I started to like it. This promoted me to write my first ever rap “song” using the 6 foot 7 beat. After rehearsing it for my fellow co-workers, they said I may have a talent for rapping, and so began my endeavors to make such claims a reality. I also started listening to more lil wayne and soon after, Drake, who became my favorite rapper and idol of all time, completely changing my views on his style, erasing my status as a Hater. Eventually, after focusing most of my musical attention on the Young Money group, not only did they become my favorite artists in the industry, they inspired me to want to become signed to that label someday, soon.
My musical interests evolved slowly, ensuring I wrote more and more lyrics. This prompted my friend and fellow artist Dre Dav to consult me and become my mentor, and making me a part of his group: Tr3 1 Tripl3. After listening to his material and stories about his time in the rap game, I got more serious. We first collabed on Katy Perry’s “E.T” remix while living in the same apartment. Although it could’ve sounded better at the time, as we didn’t have that much equipment and my delivery hadn’t yet flourished, it motivated me even more, guaranteeing in my mind this was an interest I wanted to pursue. Sometime later, another rapper by the name of Mic-C came by the store looking for artists to work with. After a small talk, we became fast friends. I listened to some of his material and was blown away at the specticle that not only were his lyrics actually impressive, but he sounded so much like Jay-Z he had to spit one of his verses for me to actually believe it was him. I wondered why he (along with Dre Dav) wasn’t in the music industry as deep as I thought he should’ve been.
All three of us put lot’s of time and effort into material. Through a very lucky situation, I was introduced to a local self-made studio owner. Not only were his rates fair (not to mention good deals he cut me), but his sound quality was great, and he lived one block away from me at the time. Eventually, the time and finances came to where I ran the idea of making a mixtape with my co-artists. After doing a bit of research and idea crunching, I came up with a list of industry songs I wanted to do remixes of and make a mixtape with. It took a bit longer than expected, but my first rap project ever: “Other.People’s.Stuff” (or O.P.S), was complete.
As time went by, I listened to it over and over so I could memorize the songs would I ever do a performance with any. I also began to upload the songs on youtube, facebook, twitter, and reverbnation. They got views here and there and occasional plays, but they didn’t explode, due to lack or proper promotion. Still to this day I’m looking for good ways to promote, but at least I’m not at a dead end. Though I thought I sounded pretty good on O.P.S, I knew I could only go so far, and knew I had to build a base of original songs too. Through another streak of luck, someone I knew and saw often told me he was a beatmaker, and offered pretty good beats at good prices, and he was right. I bought an entire CD of beats of my choice and began to write to them as well. Unfortunately, the guy I recorded my first mixtape with had a few things he needed to take care of, so I was unable to record with him for a while. Through another series of events, I hooked up with another studio owner who also lived right down the street (I had to thank God for such good fortune). although a bit more pricy, the quality still showed. It was with him I worked with my fellow artists (though not to the same extent: I did a bit more myself this time around) once again to bring about an original mixtape, dubbing it, due to the nature of the content, “My.Own.Stuff” (M.O.S).
As for my lyrical content, I found a style that fits me quite well. Due to always being the stand out guy and typically different from those around me (i.e a non drinker and non smoker), what attracts me in rap the most is an artists wordplay. The more clever punchlines and metaphors an artists spits is what gains my attention. And after reading through my first rap, I decided that would be my gimmick: all punchlines and metaphors, and additionally no profanity whatsoever. Donning the name META-4 and using my natural name to create Lil Jey Tee, I combined the two (due to it’s length and my inability to get younger, I know one day I’ll have to trim it down, so I prepared myself for that). Though I find it pretty clever and creative, I still comprehend what audience that would appeal to. My dream/goal is to make music that not only everyone would enjoy, but anyone could purchase and listen to unedited, essentially break stereotypes against rap music and show people there’s more than one side to every story. It’d be nice to have an album on the shelves that didn’t have the parental advisory warning that people of any age could by, or have an artist whom no parent would mind if their children listened to. In actuality, “something for EVERYONE”. My hope is that I’ll be able to get people to at least listen, but to any and all who actually enjoy it, I’m also hoping inspiration is not far behind.