IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – RAH 1 – RALEIGH’S HOTTEST STAR!

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My name is Rasheed “Rah-1″Myers, born December 11th in East Orange New Jersey. I grew up like the average Inner city kid faced with road blocks and hurdles that plague young black teenage youth. Having to grow up constantly moving and having to deal with situations that adults created for me and my siblings it caused me to spend a lot of days and nights dreaming of a better way and better life. At the age of 18, I was forced from my nest and had to learn how to survive on my own. But the childhood I lived prepared me for adulthood in a way I could never imagine.

My dream and gift of music was discovered by a local DJ who overheard me rapping popular records on the radio at a bus stop.  After the meeting at the bus stop I was invited to a recording studio and the rest is history.

Presently I reside in Raleigh NC where I found a home for myself to actually give myself a chance to survive. A place where the music scene is on the rise as well as offer a place with a lovely landscape for creating visuals for the music I write and perform. Although I was laid off on my birthday in 2009. That didn’t stop my vision and aspirations to be a self made all around music mogul.

My future consists of financial freedom in the industry of entertainment. To write, record and produce my own records as well as shoot my own videos, documentaries and films. My music and vision is geared toward the life of under privileged youth who grew up outside of the stereotypes that young black men are faced with on a daily basis. As well as expose and create heartfelt visuals to music I create that all ages and walks of life can enjoy. My ultimate goal for the future is to create music, videos and films that make people say: “Wow why didn’t I think of that?”

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and  state  are  you  from?

 

RAH-1:  I’m from East Orange New Jersey but I now currently reside in Raleigh NC

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?  

RAH-1:  I’ve been recording, writing and performing  music since 1991. With extensive experience in songwriting and hook formatting. I also have over 20 years of performing and stage presence along with crowd and stage awareness.

 

 

 

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

 

RAH-1:  I want to record and release my music because I feel that I have something to bring to the table to inspire change. I feel that the music industry in a whole is missing inspiration from music. I feel that my gift is to be one of those who still feel the need to inspire hope, change, and awareness thru music

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What are your songs about?  

 

RAH-1:  All of my songs are about life experience or suggested scenarios from the people around me during the years of my life. I take those things that seem important to me as well as experiences put them together on a beat to create my opinion of the situation.

 

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Who are your  musical  influences?  

 

RAH-1:  My musical influences are Naughty by Nature, Redman, Nas, and Jay Z and Naughty by Nature because I grew up around them. They were one of the dopest hip-hop groups of the 90’s and still get busy. Redman is the same because of him being so close to Newark, NJ as well as his wordplay and ability to put words together. I am influenced by Nas because of his flows and story telling ability. He makes you feel like you’re in the moment of some of his records. I like Jay Z because of the same thing but his ability to stay consistent and make hits in the midst of being successful in other lanes. JayZ really loves hip-hop. He is my biggest influence.

 

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  How would you describe your music to people?  

 

RAH-1:  I would describe my music as Soul-Hop a mixture of hip-hop R&B and soul music mixed with urban influence with catchy hooks and slick narratives.

 

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  What makes you stand out from other artists?  

 

RAH-1:  What makes me stand out from other artist is my subject matter, consistency and work ethic. I also feel that my style of music will be a easy and marketable fit for corporate representation from companies who have yet to invest in hip-hop artist but have the vision to do so.

 

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:  Tell us about one of the  hardest  challenges  you  had  to  face  in your  music career  and  how  did  you  overcome?  

 

RAH-1:  One of the hardest challenges I’ve had to face so far was not conforming to what’s popular on radio and clubs at the moment. Staying true to my style to achieve success in this business. I overcame this challenge by vowing to never conform or stray away from the visions, subject matters and constant change of flows on all records.

 

 

 

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

 

RAH-1:  The projects I’m working on at the moment are the Maintenance Man single aka #MM7 as well as the new TeamCollective record titled #LetUGo which was released 11-12-13. Followed up by the group EP #ShutDownSeason set to release 1-14-14. I am also hosting a Raleigh NC TV show called BigTymeTV which is shown on the public access channel in the area currently being seen by over 500,000 people in the viewing area. This show showcases interviews and music video promotion for indie artist across the state. Followed up by my new community outreach event titled: (#EDV initiative) which stands for End Domestic Violence. We hope to bring awareness and accountability to the way adults treat each other. I feel that by bringing awareness in order to stop domestic violence we can also make a good run at getting rid of the bullying as well.

 

 

 

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

 

RAH-1:  My career goal is to be one of the most successful hip-hop artist of our generation along. I want to use fashion and media to create solid industries in markets who have talent but lack visibility. In 10 years I see myself as a successful business, father and motivator of change.

 

 

 

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

 

RAH-1:  My fans can access my music at www.reverbnation/dreams2lifeent www.youtube.com/teamcollectivetv my fans can also reach me on Twitter @D2LENT on Instagram @Rah1Rah1 and on www.facebook.com/rahone1

 

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133 COMMENTS

  1. Love the music and the message. Definitely the type I can play when in the car with my daughter and not have to sensor and that is rare these days. Keep on doing your thing. I see much continued success in the future.

  2. Brother Rah, I see your grind and I see you shine!! Keep on doing what you’re doing cause you’re doing it well!! The ambassador salutes!!

  3. Awesome interview; learned a lot I didn’t know and wish you much success, love the songs I’ve purchased of yours as well. Nothing but good wishes for success coming your way!

  4. I have been a fan since day 1. I have always belived in your vision/hustle. I love that you always stay so humble through the good and the bad, you put god and your family first and because of that you will make it far in this music world…keep making dope music and i will keep listening…

  5. This Cat has got it together people, his flow and lyrical styling show a strong connection with the roots of east coast hip hop. His ability to rhyme gives the listener a visual image of the struggle, the fight, and celebration of the artist. Rah has attacked the Raleigh local music scene by blasting hip hop back into the front runner of night time entertainment in Raleigh. This cat is going places people and has the ability to change the face of hip hop and R&B in the south east for a long time to come.

    Keep up the grind Rah

  6. Rah 1… Every since the first day I met you you’ve been a motivator…I salute you for all of your hard work and dedication to your music career…Keep your eye on the prize and you’re gonna be real successful really soon! #SALUTE

  7. Good job my dude, proud of wat u have accomplished over the years!! You continue to strive to be the best at wat u do and ill see u at the top!! #CMG #Millionerds!!!

  8. I have enjoyed listening to your songs and watching the videos. Keep your head up and stay strong and firm with what your goals are. Nothing is impossible. It’s a good look!!!!

  9. I love your music as well as your style. I have seen you perform on many occasions and I truly enjoyed it. Continue to work hard and go after your dreams…

  10. Love your music and your determination to keep your vision alive. Your passion for your music always moves me and is contagious! You are real and this will keep you grounded with your continued success. Don’t forget little Bart “EVER” when you become the music mogul of your dreams!!! 😉

  11. Keep on doing what you doing rah. I know you been grinding for a long time and it shows in your music. Keep up the good work!! Stay up bro!!

  12. Great article!! I am so excited to see the growth and talent displayed by Rah1. His lyrics and vision is fresh and real. I look forward to see what happens next. I know the best is yet to come!!! KEEP GRINDING AND KEEP SHINING!! ONELOVE

  13. I love your dedication and drive. You can tell you’re doing something you love with passion. You have been doing this for a while. As I follow you on facebook I see the growth in all you do. I wish you a great success. Keep going as hard as you do in the many areas. You have my support.

  14. You know its all love here! Your whole movement is dope and I am so proud of all the levels I’ve seen you take it to and what’s to come. Keep up the great work Rah!! ♥

  15. I am SUPER excited for u!!! You inspire me to keep pushing for your dreams no matter what!!! I have no doubt ur gonna make it to the top!!!

  16. All I know is that Rah is on fire!!! Very talented, driven, helpful, passionate about what he does, and a go-getter! Keep up the great work and continue to prosper!

  17. Rah I can’t wait for the world to finally see and witness your talent. You are such a hard working man and your music always prove just that. Your determination and motivation in your passion is loved in so many ways! I love your music and you. Get ready world Greatness is headed your way! #1 Fan

  18. Great article,keep up the great job.It has been a pleasure knowing you.It really was an amazing article.Keep God first at all times.And keep doing you.

  19. Rah1 is one of the hardest working individuals in the game period!!! He has a passion for his music, his vision & his faith. Through the latter, his vision for his music will be achieved. He’s a talented actor as well. The sky’s the limit for this man. Trust and believe you are on your way to achieve all of your goals & dreams!!!

  20. Wishing you the best fam, keep moving ina positive direction and you dreams will come true..You got 100% of my support family do your thing.

  21. Just checked out your reverb page..your flow is sick!! and song concepts are dope…if the industry is really watching this article you should be picked up in no time. This will be a pure waste of talent if they are not paying attention to your work! keep pushing fam salute

  22. Rah is the epitamy of”Good Music”! He embodies that sound that everyone relates to and loves to hear! I will stay a supporter of Rah-1, he’s the TRUTH!

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