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: