IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
ORI MEDINA: I set out writing poetry to let go of the pain that I went through from abuse. I started flowing at the age of 11. I was introduced to the lifestyle of the streets and then I flowed about struggles, pain, and one day making it out of the hood. Since then, I had one of my poems published in Patterns of Life, titled “Finding Beauty.” I continued to just write until one day I was connected with 100 Born Entertainment. During this time I was introduced to the studio. That became my therapy. It helped me to keep focused and to understand the meaning behind who I am, Ori Medina.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release you own music?
ORI MEDINA: Through my music I want to help others look at life differently. I want to empower women to be independent women. If my song can touch one person and help them overcome their struggles then my work is done. I also like writing songs about the fun times. Life is too short to be upset. If I can educate anyone on life and share emotional intelligence through my music, that will be a blessing. We all go through life to become someone, and with my life I want to educate someone. I want to turn them from being a hood kid to what I am now, a corporate chick.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
ORI MEDINA: My songs are about going through the struggles, overcoming, empowerment, and living life to the fullest. My songs are also about just loving life and having fun.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influence?
ORI MEDINA: My musical influences include: Tupac, Biggie, Nas, Wu-Tang, Missy Elliot, 8 Ball & MJG, Mia X, Camp Lo, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Fugees, Eminem, Don Omar, Ivy Queen, and Tego Calderon.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
ORI MEDINA: I like storytelling and bringing you to the world of Ori Medina. My emotions come out and describe my music. If I am mad I will give you my angry song. If I am excited about something, I will let you know what excites me. If I have a message that has been boggling my mind, I will write my message to my fans to help them overcome that struggle.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
ORI MEDINA: What makes me stand out from other artists is that I give a story someone can relate to that empowers women.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
ORI MEDINA: I write songs to reach everyone, but I do tend to write songs to empower women. The challenge is to channel that hurt and pain from being abused as child to my music. Now my music is my therapy and I overcome with my music. I speak my mind to the fullest, voicing my own pain and struggles. I do this with the knowledge that there are others out there who don’t have a voice, but who are also going through similar things that I went through. So I let my music be the voice for those who don’t have a voice. At the same time, I deal with the challenge of not focusing only on woman’s issues but also being versatile. So I write about everything. Music is my therapy. So writing and just being in a studio is a high that I can’t explain. That mic, pen, and pad, is my therapist. I will write what I feel during that time. That’s when I am just having fun in the studio and that’s a high no one can take away from me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your upcoming projects you are currently working on?
ORI MEDINA: I am working on putting a few tracks down for an upcoming album. It’s like a story that unfolds about my life. I am living proof of a person who was a hood kid that changed to a corporate chick to platinum status. That is my story, my rhyme. It’s about how I got here. Truly, you just have to listen and open that album like a book. You never get the full effect until you read the whole book, that is how I envision this album.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
ORI MEDINA: I see myself hoping to have music that touches others worldwide. That means putting albums out and meeting everyone that I touch with my music. Anyone really can say that they want the money when the fame comes, but I am a little different. I just want to help someone overcome their struggles. If my music can put a message out, and I reap rewards from the music, I want to use some of that to give back to those who are struggling. We can only make change when we decide to change our views.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?