FLICK DRANK: I was first introduced to music as a child during church. I started signing in the church choir. Furthermore, I come from a family of musicians. My uncle is a saxophone player who toured with Ike and Tina Turner. My step-father could play every instrument, and he was a huge influence to me. When I was 16, I started to get interested in hip-hop. Hip-hop music inspired me greatly. I loved the beats, but more importantly the lyrics fed my soul. At the age of 17, I was signed to an underground label called, Murdalink Family, My homie, Carl Thompson aka Swoopn Pain who was an up and coming producer, started the label and was also my mentor. He helped me conquer the game, and after he passed, I promise I would master my craft in his honor.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
FLICK DRANK: I want to record and release my own music because music is my passion. I also feel that the Midwest hasn’t been put on the map yet. I want to be the artist that represents the Midwest. My style is unique, and no one is the game sounds like me. I’m gifted and original. I am ready to represent the Midwest. I am what the game has been missing.
IAA: What are your songs about?
FLICK DRANK: My songs are about life in general and life in the Midwest. People may think that being from Kansas, all I do is ride bulls and horses, but that’s the farthest from the truth. I am here to show the world how it goes down in ICT.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
FLICK DRANK: My fan base is directed towards true hip-hop fans and lovers of great music. If you are looking for an artist who has the total package, here I am. The proof is in my music.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
FLICK DRANK: My musical influences are me, my city, and all the people who have stuck behind me through thick and thin. I do this for my fans.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
FLICK DRANK: I would describe my music as original and unique. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed in what you hear. My music is meaningful and it tells a story. I try to make music that allows you to envision what I am saying. I am a beast when it comes to rapping. I have dedication and commitment. Sometimes, I am my worst critic. I beat myself up in order to make the best music I can. This is not a hobby, music is my life and without it, I wouldn’t be the man I am today.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?
FLICK DRANK: What makes me stand out from other artists is that I work hard. Music is my profession, and It is not a game to be taken lightly. I know there is always someone out there trying to get to the same places as me. I know that I have competition, and I refuse to lose. When I see someone from my area getting put on, it upsets me, but it also motivates me to work harder. I know that you can’t deny greatness. When I reach my goals, the world will know how great Flick Drank is.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
FLICK DRANK: One of the upcoming projects I am working on is a group project with my boy I-NO, we call ourselves Slickk Talks. Our project will be dropping sometime in the 2nd quarter of this year. I’ve just completed my solo album called Futuistikk Rap. I am also going on a 12 city tour around the Midwest with a group called A.B.M (All About Money). I stay on my grind, and I’ve also dropped the first two singles to my follow up album Betta Than U.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
FLICK DRANK: My career goals is to make this music game a longtime career. This is what I love to do, and I plan on doing this as long as the man upstairs allows. In the next ten years I want to be one of the greats. One day I hope to open the door and give opportunities to other artists in my area.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
FLICK DRANK: My fans can find on the following site:
www.reverbnation.com artist name flick drank
www.myspace.com artist name flick drank
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