IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
NEEBS MALAWI: I come from the great state of Texas. I am originally from the southwest part of Houston. Due to parental separation, my mother, my sister and I re-located to Mesquite ,TX right outside of Dallas, TX. If I travel anywhere outside of the Dallas Metroplex, I say I’m from Dallas.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
NEEBS MALAWI: Music has always been a major aspect in my life, specifically hip-hop. During the summers at my father’s house I would go through his old collections of music and listen to them all day. I would listen to everything rom Anita Baker to Michael Jackson to old Nigerian music like Zorro Boy. Being cooped up in an apartment all day while my dad was at work, this was the only way to occupy my time. Growing up BET was nothing but music videos upon music videos, so if I wasn’t listening to music I would watch BET. I spent my summer days watching music videos all day. At this very tender age I knew that I either wanted to play sports or have a career in music. When I saw the art of hip-hop displayed graphically by Eminem I knew I wanted to be in the hip-hop world. I started writing my music and haven’t stopped until this day.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
NEEBS MALAWI: After becoming a hip-hop writer and a genuine fan of the art I felt like I had a talent. It started out as just freestyling in the garage with my friends every day. Then I started saving my money to buy recording equipment. As soon as I spent over a thousand dollars on this equipment I knew this was something I really wanted to do. Time equals money was a motto I believed in. The time I put in recording songs in my bedroom while not being paid for it was another sign. I wanted to release my music simply because I usually received good feedback whenever I let someone hear my music. That feedback is what kept me up at night. I would stay up writing, recording, and trying to outdo my last song.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
NEEBS MALAWI: My songs are about what I feel, see, and hear. My songs are about how I feel at a certain time. Sometimes I might have a friend or someone close to me go through something traumatic. I will put that experience in song. I try to make my music as relatable as possible. Sometimes I go into the studio just to kick some rhymes or freestyles. Sometimes these songs don’t have the most content or I may switch subjects a lot from line to line. My lyrics always have to do with how I am feeling, what I’m doing , or what I am seeing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
NEEBS MALAWI: I have many musical influences, but there are a few that made a huge difference.
Michael Jackson because he sold the most copies ever of Thriller, I have dreams of beating that record. Keeps me motivated to make relatable music that the whole world can listen to and appreciate.
Eminem because he made me pick up the pen and start writing down my own rhymes.
Lil Wayne because during his dedication days is where my original style of came from. With development I changed into my own, but I can honestly say I tried to rap like him when I started.
Curren$y showed me the work that needed to be put in to be successful, and the importance of making music that was genuine. I saw him get dropped from multiple labels. Now he owns his own, and although he may not sell the most records he definitely has a loyal fan base and he caters to them. He works hard and is consistent.
Cassidy- For the longest time I thought Cassidy freestyled on his underground tapes (although they were memorized verses that he played off as freestyles). I practiced freestyling day and night to the point I could spit quality rhymes off the top for at least a good 4 minutes . He motivated me to also become a good battle rapper.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
NEEBS MALAWI: Real, genuine, relatable, at times flamboyant , diverse .
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
NEEBS MALAWI: I feel like I standout from other artist simply because I can make music in all types of realms, spoken word, lyrical, club music, and it’s all me. It’s all genuine. My diversity is what I rely on to separate me from other artist. Also my work ethic compared to other artists I have worked with, cannot be matched. People can’t stand to be in the studio for 5 hours at a time. Other artist are not patient enough to keep rapping a verse until it sounds right. Patience is a virtue and a lot of artist simply don’t have patience and are not willing to work to get where they think their music can take them.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome them?
NEEBS MALAWI: The hardest challenge I’ve had to face was the jump from making music to performing it. I simply just did it. At first it was bad I admit, but I got my feet wet and never looked back.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
NEEBS MALAWI: I have a mixtape with my boy Yola Banner coming out early June called “Black- Flag Coalition.” I also have shows and I always have new music coming out.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
NEEBS MALAWI: My career goal is to have be a well respected hip hop mogul. In ten years I see myself as a CEO of a major record label with at least 5 prominent artist signed to me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
NEEBS MALAWI: www.nmalawi.net is my website and one stop shop for shows , music , music videos as well. Also you can follow me on twitter @BMG_TB and also find me on Facebook by searching Neebs Malawi
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