scrappyJoshua Jerrel “Scrappy” Nelson is an independent hip-hop artist working his way up the ladder of the music industry. Scrappy just released the first mix-tape of his music career titled “The Statement” in which he is rapping over industry beats, some classics, and also a few originals. The music beats on “The Statement” slightly differ, in which he can showcase his versatility and songwriting ability. He is currently ranked amongst the top 10 in his area (Elgin, Illinois) for Hip-Hop artists on reverbnation, and is destined for success in the music industry.

IAA: What city and state are you from?

SCRAPPY:  I was born in Rockford, Illinois. That’s about an hour and a half away from the windy city. I then grew up and went to school in a small rural town 40 minutes northeast of Rockford, called Harvard.

IAA: What is your music background?

SCRAPPY:  I’ve been writing lyrics since I was 9. At the time it was just something I tried because I’ve always loved hip-hop. It turned out to be something I did exceptionally well, so I kept writing. As of now I’ve done music shows, recorded a mixtape, and recorded some singles, and plenty of remixes, all as an independent artist. I’m still growing my fan base but I’m coming in aggressively. Everyone should be on the lookout.

IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

SCRAPPY:  I have a lot to say. I have countless thoughts in my head and feelings that I have the ability to put into words.  I am able to send a message with the way I deliver those words over a beat, which allows my fans to vibe and relate to my music. Also, I simply like to entertain and showcase my abilities.

IAA: What are your songs about?

SCRAPPY:  My songs have different themes. Some are about hustling out here in the world making money any way that you can. Some songs are about being stressed and having rough times in life. Some are about the lifestyle that I used to live before devoting my time to music.

IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?

SCRAPPY:  My fan base is directed towards anybody who likes strictly hip-hop no commercial music, lyrics, a catchy flow, a strong delivery etc. Individuals who really get into the tricky word play. That has always been something that  caught my attention while listening to other artists.  Individuals that haven’t had anything given to them in life, they had to go get it. The individuals that know what it’s like to struggle in life and get through those hard times and get back up when life knocks you down.

IAA: Who are your musical influences?

SCRAPPY:  My musical influences are Eminem, Nas, the Great Pun, Fabolous, The Game, Twista, Andre 3000. They all have unique flows and say things that you must rewind to hear again. I want to be that artist that people hear my music and say “hold up yo, did you hear that?! Rewind that ish!!”, but I don’t want to sound like anybody else. I’m always going to be original, I’m me.

IAA: How would you describe your music to people ?

SCRAPPY:  I would say my music is catchy, flexing electrifying, strong, aggressive verbal expressions.

IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist ?

SCRAPPY:  My versatility, my ability to change flows at any random time on any beat. My complex style of rhyming words together. My strong delivery. Most importantly I don’t think I sound like anybody else. I don’t try to mimic any artists, and  I keep it original.

IAA: What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?

SCRAPPY:  I just released a mixtape project on December 31st titled “The Statement”.  As of right now I’m currently working on two projects. I’m working on a mixtape titled “The Statement 2” with the same concept as the last and rapping over industry beats. I am also working on an original album. I’m not releasing the title of this album as of now.

IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

SCRAPPY:  Well, I’d like to be a regular voice in the music industry.I want to be somebody that certain individuals from around the world can relate to. As of right now I’m nowhere close to being where I want to be, but I’m heading there and nothing is going to get in my way. In 10 years, I’ll be 34 years of age, and I see myself on top of the world having most, if not all of my goals accomplished, I see it very clearly. I’m determined.

IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

SCRAPPY:  Fans can access my music and also join my mailing list to contact me at either www.reverbnation.com/scrappyakajrell or www.facebook.com/scrappymusicbars