Mista Crain is one of the most versatile lyricists to come out of Texas in recent years. At 28 years of age; his confident delivery, and prominent intelligence, provides vivid imagery in his music. Growing up in Lufkin and El Paso Texas has been beneficial, allowing him to grow culturally and hone his skills over an eleven year span. K. Crain is transitioning to a more rounded musician as a well as producer and recording artist. It is said that scars add character, and that experience is the best teacher; each has helped develop Mista Crain into a mature, goal driven individual. In his own words: “No guts no glory, no struggle no story, So I go through what I do to see what the Lord has for me. I see rap as an outlet to express myself, the events in my life, and to be a voice to those who don’t possess my talent but share or relate to my experiences. Anyone can place words together and rhyme but an artist can illustrate verbally what their trying to portray. That’s what I do and what I am.” Inspired by 2pac, Scarface, Nas, and Juvenile, Mista Crain displays some of their qualities while remaining to be himself. Closing with a quote from the aforementioned artist, “They think I’m water on the beach/but I’m the treasure underneath.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What City and State where you born in?
MISTA CRAIN: I am from Lufkin, Texas and currently reside in El Paso, Texas
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your musical background?
MISTA CRAIN: I have been doing music for 15 years now. I play keyboard and work as an engineer for the majority of my records. I work in the music department at my church.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
MISTA CRAIN: I want a Grammy! I feel like that symbolizes respect and appreciation for your art by your peers. I record and release my own music to tell my story. I feel like there are others who have had similar experiences or ambitions close to mine who can relate to me. I love music and have been blessed with a talent so why not use it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
MISTA CRAIN: My songs range from my dreams, hopes, beliefs, fears to my shortcomings and accomplishments. I usually let the beat speak to me and tell me what the songs supposed to be about.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
MISTA CRAIN: My fan base is directed towards ages 13-45. Although I’m a strong believer that good music can reach all audiences and does not have a specific genre.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MISTA CRAIN: My musical influences are 2-pac, Scarface, Nas, Juvenile, and T.I.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MISTA CRAIN: In my catalogue you will find a song for any occasion and if you like lyricism, beats, and catchy hooks, give me a listen.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist?
MISTA CRAIN: My versatility is unique. I can get on any record and own it! I can’t be put in any box. What also makes me stand-out is my character. What I do when no one’s watching. I’m a teacher, I’m a Christian, and I’m a rapper. I love to help people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you’re working on?
MISTA CRAIN: Recording for my next two mixtapes LTX II and Track Junkie. I’m also working on album no.2 Integrity. My debut album I Am Mista² is currently on Pandora, I-tunes etc. by the way. I also anticipate releasing three more videos off of that. “Mattress Actress”, “A Little Sex”, and “Bust it on the Beat”.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MISTA CRAIN: I want a Grammy! I desire to be a household name and be recognized for my talent. I see myself with several honors, platinum records and signing artist to my label. I also will be ghost writing rap and R&B records like Rico Love in the next ten years.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
MISTA CRAIN: Fan can access my music on I-Tunes www.itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-am-mista2/id726315496 , Pandora (create a Mista Crain station), On youtube MistaCrainVevo, and https://soundcloud.com/mista-crain/
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