Being born and raised in Gary, IN Ventress didn’t have many examples of what it meant to be successful; outside of his parents at home and some extended family. There wasn’t a promising future in his city. At the age of 14 Ventress realized he was chasing the wrong dream. He put down the basketball and picked up the pen. It was then that he got serious with his penmanship. He fell in love with spoken rap and spoken word poetry. Perfecting his craft along the way, Ventress is ready to make his lasting mark on the music industry.

IAA:  What is your music background?

VENTRESS:  In the 4th grade I picked up the alto saxophone and played until the 9th grade so it’s safe to say I have an “ear” for music. I know how to read and write sheet music. I’m grateful for that ability. I began writing music the same year I departed from playing the saxophone at the age of 14. I’ve always been good with words and writing songs and verses just came easy to me…I fell in love with it. I can vividly remember as a young kid walking around the house rapping and my dad would say “Vent won’t you get serious about it, be a rapper”. Guess I finally took his advice, [laugh out loud].

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

VENTRESS:  I love to inspire, to speak for those afraid to speak up. I want to speak for those who weren’t blessed with the same gift as me. I feel as though music has the greatest influence on my generation in particular, and as an artist I want to reach out to my peers and even those older than I am. I want to make people think when they listen to my music but simultaneously be able to enjoy it. I want to be a voice for the people who can’t find the courage to pick up a microphone.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

VENTRESS:  My song topics vary. Sometimes they’re about life in general, my personal life, my perspective on certain things, things going on in the world, or just a song of me showing off my lyrical ability.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

VENTRESS:  My music is geared towards older teenagers to young adults (ages 16-25), but I believe that all lovers of hip-hop and lyricism will enjoy my music.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

VENTRESS:  My musical influences are Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Nas, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, Andre 3000 and Eminem. I enjoy each artist’s creativity and unparalleled styles. All of these artists are very lyrical and as a lyricist I study them. I’ve learned a lot from each of these artists and my work has shown improvement from my dedication to study not only them but also music period.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

VENTRESS:  My music is authentic, lyrical, cognitive, and metaphoric. I enjoy making people think. I want people to hear a line and say, “did he really just say that?!” I want them to have to go back and catch it. My music is relatable. It’s deep…very potent.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

VENTRESS:  My lyrical ability is something I don’t encounter with other rappers that often. I have the ability to adjust. By that I mean I don’t have just one style. I can flow on various types of beats and styles of music. I put my all into every verse, every hook. I’m not afraid to get personal with my audience. I’m not a redundant rapper who talks about cars, clothes, and women constantly. I can make catchy songs but at the same time incorporate my intellect.

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

VENTRESS:  I am working on my debut mixtape in which I plan to release summer 2013.

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

VENTRESS:  In 10 years I see myself in the music industry as either a renowned artist or writer. I see myself being well established and in a position where I will be able to provide for my family even beyond my death. I hope to have worked with some of the most influential and top artists in the game. I want to establish friendships with the people I have looked up to for some time now.  I want to be a philanthropist and it’s my goal to be able to make major contributions to this world. God willing, this dream will all be a reality in within the next 10 years.

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

VENTRESS:  My fans can access my music at:










  1. Omg Venny I’m so proud of you ! Keep it up … This just a next step towards success ! And little do you know I always listen to your music just never said nothing to you ! Your doing great .. Love ya

  2. I am so proud of you little cuz! You have grown into a fine young man and because you are so dedicated I know you will be blessed beyond measure. Keep being positive and keep inspiring the younger generation they need more young wise men like you!

  3. Yo was good dis ya girl Dynasti droppin off some of that diva love, congrats on the article you should def hit me off with a comment its posted on April 24th keep doin ya thang I dig it

  4. Nice to see all the progress you been making bro. You out here making real music from the heart and that’s what separates you and puts you on the top of all the other lyricists. You a true artist and you gone be doing big things real soon,Keep it up.

  5. this kid is really talented. I’ve been around campus at Indiana University Bloomington and he can really make some good music.

  6. Im really glad that you took your music to another level bestfriend , never put down the paper & pen your to great to stop now … – Congrats I love you (:

  7. I swear young men like you make me so proud of our generation because instead of being in the streets, you pursuing your goals of being an artist. Keep up the good work & don’t ever let negativity get the best of you. You gotta put Gary, IN on the map!

  8. Best friend I am so proud of You, keep Up the Good work! You know I have your back 100%. You inspire Me alot. Stay focused On your music and school work! I love you bf!

  9. Ventress… You are my world!!! But keep up the good work…you doing a good job.. I am very proud of you!! Loveeeeeeeee you 🙂

  10. it’s so good to see you progress in the thing i know you love so much, keep doing what you’re doing & don’t let anyone or anything stop you..

  11. Hey I read your responses. You are growing up so…… Handsomely! You know I undertand if you get conflicted along the way as to wheater you should do secular music or gospel; but I just advise that you stay true to your word and use your lyrical gift to really change the way we percieve ourselves as men and women. Venny I dont doubt you could be my little brothers role model, as long as you are a fearful man of God. Wish you all the very best!

  12. I took the time to listen to some songs and trust you got my support 100% you got a ton of potential and already on the right track. Someday your name will be out here.

  13. I’m proud of you Ventress! Keep doing your thang & I’m definitely going to keep supporting. I listen to your music everyday & I hope you get to the point you want to be! You deserve it, God bless !

  14. Aye Bro
    We On It’s Just A Matter of Time B4 We Start Coming Out And Makin Niggas Download Our Shiid
    #TeamGetterDone Or #GetDone
    We On One

  15. OK ventress …let these people know what real hip hop is maneee…everybody rap for entertainment nowadays but you got the feel for it..keep doing your thang… let them know what hip hop really is bro

  16. Gotta know that I support my Bffae! Keep striving and working hard, failure is not an option. I admire your work effort & your relentlessness. I know one day i’m going to look up and hear your song on the radio or see your video on bet. I love you man don’t give up, you’re one step closer to your dreams baby!!!

  17. Congratulations Venny. I am so proud of you. I am pleasured to call you my cousin. But, most of all I am pleased to call you a young artistic man that I respect. I love what you are doing and I love your music. It is great to see someone positive in music rather than everybody trying to portray this drug-dealing, money-making, thug character. You’re original. Seeing you succeed at what you love inspires me to want to write again. I am a big supporter and I will gladly stand by your side every step of the way 100%. I love you so much. Keep up the great work. God has something great in store for you. Don’t forget that there will be obstacles but, the bible says God will never put more on you than you can bare. Love you Venny. God Bless.

  18. This is awesome Ventress! I am amazed at your accomplishments! What a beautiful and blessed soul you are. With so many styles of music mirroring each other, your music sound is fresh, unique, and dramatic. I wish you continued success in your music career.

  19. good stuff fam! keep up the good work and pretty soon people are going to be putting your name down as a role model!

  20. Your lyrics and music fit well together. This genre of spoken work music is new and exciting. Hope to hear more in the days ahead. Stay focused and remain humble.

  21. Your music is inspirational and exciting. I love the fact that it isn’t what I consider rap, but a soulful rap style, one that get some of us old schooners bouncing too. Hey keep up the good work and we’re looking for to hearing more of your sounds via you or others bringing forth the lyrics you have been blessed to hear from your spirit, writing it, and then hearing the perfect music to piece with it to perfection! Great job!

  22. Ventress is definitely a young talent who deserves a listen. His beats are strong and his flow is steady. I might add that his being from Gary, IN is not a downfall but rather it is exactly what will catapult him to the top. Some of the most talented people on earth come from Gary, and the city has a great future! Just ask Ventress, he’s a part of it!

  23. Man keep up the good work bro keep striving for greatness don’t let nothing stop you from reaching the top and pursuing your dreams.

  24. Ventress I am super proud of you and all that you’re accomplishing . Keep up the great work. I know God has something great in store for you. Don’t forget that there will be obstacles but, as long as you keep God on your side you can get through anything. I will be here to support you and hope to help in anyway that I can !

  25. Ventress you are going to be really successful. Just keep chasing the dream and you will catch them. I believe in you fully and you have my support, just don’t forget to look down when you get up.

  26. Your a dope young artist seen alot of your local shows. your style is similar to J .Cole very lyrical not like most young rappers who talk about drugs and guns more of a intelligent rapper I really cant wait for a mixtape.

  27. Your music is nice man. I saw one of your shows a while back, you sound real cool. Very lyrical, keep up the good work.

  28. I’m really feeling the music. It’s what the hip hop/rap game is missing.
    You bring a breath a fresh air to the game, similar to Kendrick Lamar.
    I’m looking forward to your future releases!

    Good Luck,

    L. Good

  29. Nephew!!!!! It’s only a matter of time before you blow and I can’t wait to see it happen! We will turn up and celebrate to the fullest. Keep chasing your dream because soon it will be a reality. Remember where you came from. Don’t let the fame drive you crazy. They expect that from geniuses. I’m your biggest fan. Get em nephew! Turn down for nothing and no one!!!! #themotto

  30. Bro I known you since marquette. An ever since I seen a Great musician from pulaski to now. You are on of Gary,In Greatest Keep It up!!. Keep God First! Much Luv to You bro!!

  31. I’m proud of you, you came a long way Ventress. Keep it up, you’re definitely one of the good ones & good luck with your future plans 🙂 I’ll be looking out for your mixtape

  32. Ventreess,I am so proud of you. You have so much talent bubbling up out of you and it inspires other young people to be the best they can be. You are a very hard worker and one day you will become the star that you really are. love you son!

  33. I watched you grow as a artist and I will let the world know that your current work is a testament to you consistent effort and hardwork. You are still outside looking in so just picture how much more room for growth you have. Hands down if you continue to work at your craft success will be an understatement and you will become one of the legends just remain humble and make music don’t let the music make you

  34. I’m so proud of you. Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring. Keep progressing and make your make on this world.

  35. OMG Ventress, you are truly triple depth A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I knew you were blessed because of your heritage. Seek God’s face and ask Him to reveal your purpose because it is truly around the corner. Be encouraged always through the valley as well as on the MOUNTAIN TOP. Greatness is in your future! Loving you always and remember, “Ask and it shall be given unto you,” and you know the rest. 🙂