IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
THE MOST HIGH KID: Jacksonville, Florida
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
THE MOST HIGH KID: I guess I became interested in music when I was pretty young. I started writing raps and poems at about 9 or 10. I never got any formal training or even informal for that matter; for me it was more about the creative expression and sharing of knowledge, experiences, and advice. There is no right or wrong way to do music if you ask me. If it sounds good then it sounds good and that’s always been the way I’ve critiqued myself along with others. Recently I’ve gotten into production just out of the need to feel more connected with my craft and I love it! My team is growing so much and for me to be able to take nothing and create a full audio and visual for something in my head from scratch it feels amazing. For someone who really considers himself an artist, one of the more important aspect of my work is that it is mine. I feel like by producing the music myself as my skills develop we can really start to take more ownership over our sound. Work is progress and all I do is work.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
THE MOST HIGH KID: I make music to live to. Sometimes my music is about something heavy such as spirituality or death but other times it’ll be about something simple, such as like do what you want with your life regardless of what people think. I believe in positive energy firmly and I just want everyone else to feel as comfortable as I am in this world. Follow your passion and you will find your purpose is the message that I live by and over time I think that I can help others to live by it to. We’re going to reinforce this message nonstop through our music, videos, and artwork and leading by example. There is nothing more satisfying than something that you genuinely want to do out of pure love and desire. I want people to feel that freedom and sense of belonging.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
THE MOST HIGH KID: I think as of right now “Something for the Pain” is my favorite. I really did it as a spur of the moment thing for the people dealing with one of the same deaths that I had to this year. I love doing that one because the room really gets quiet once people hear the lyrics. Every time that I perform it, I can tell that someone new was influence by my words and they can take something away from that track. I guess I really like because there is always someone in the crowd dealing with death; at least one person. If I can give just that one person the peace of mind they needed to renter a positive space and push through life then I did my job. That’s what that song was for and why I love to perform it so much.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
THE MOST HIGH KID: I think the thing that has surprised me most is how easy it really is to get started in this industry. If you’re a good person, if your vision is just, if your music is dope; then all you have to do is shake hands, interact with people and actually share your music with them whether you do it virtually or in person. I see people selling their first mixtape when everyone they approach has no idea who they are or what their music even sounds like. If you’re willing to set the cash aside, spend some money on your art and take the time to develop a solid concept , people will at least give you the time of day. All you have to do is show them something new and dope. We’ve been pushing forward using positive energy and open expression. I live by these things.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
THE MOST HIGH KID: My main music influences are Kanye West, Nas, Talib Kweli, and Elvis.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
THE MOST HIGH KID: I’d describe my music as more freedom rap than anything. I’ll use any style of beat or make whatever comes to mind but my message, the whole purpose for my music is pure and unchanging. That message is freedom, freedom from the strict rigid social structure that we live in. We are taught the only success is won through college or the military. I just can’t stand for that. It’s the reason we are in the world we live in today. I guess to save some time I’ll say this. The point I want to get across is that as young people in general; we will live in the future that we create for ourselves. If we want it to be the same we can do what our parents did and follow the outline because it’s the thing. Or we can start to create our own ways to be successful “and happy” with what we’re doing. If everyone simply does what they do better than anything else and love more than anything else, we can really live and raise the next generation in a better world. They’ll only learn what we teach then right?
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
THE MOST HIGH KID: The fact that I’m an artist. There is a very clear difference between being a rapper and an artist. The only factor is really vision and passion. I don’t just listen to other stuff and make something similar. I cut off all other music and create something that came from inside of me. I guess the main difference is when you ask me a question like that, I won’t just talk about my flow or writing ability. I’m a thinker, I’m a creator, and I’m an individual. I don’t feel a need to fit in or ride the wave because I have a message and vision of my own.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
THE MOST HIGH KID: I think I’d really just like to see people start treating music as an art form again. At some point it became about quantity instead of quality. I get why more music would be appealing, but why settle for less thought out, overly used concepts instead of using your own ideas? I really just want people to in the industry to start treating music as a craft and not so much a trade or hustle. From my perspective the creative process should compare somewhat to that of a painter. I know we fam do better as an industry.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
THE MOST HIGH KID: I’m working on a freshman project currently called Blah Blah Fame that features members of my task force Rebel Nation and also members from 9XIPP. The point of this project is to make music that we want to make. If it feels right and it sounds right it’s got a shot at making this project. I will be producing a few songs on this tape. My next project is in production. I will be self producing the entire project as well playing a large roll in most of the video production. I’ve learned a lot this year and because of that, Blah Blah Fame will sound great but my sophomore project will be what I consider my first piece of real work. I’m really just getting my feet wet. I think I can really cast a new perspective on hip hop and rap philosophy in general by the time that I retire.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
THE MOST HIGH KID: Honestly in 10 years I can’t even see where I’ll be. I really plan on hitting uncharted by that time in both the realms of music success and business success. My mom gave me the right mind set and analytical skills to get absolutely anything I want in life. In the infinite world that we live in I don’t see why complete content could be considered too large of a goal. All I want to be doing in 10 years is exactly what I want to be doing with no regards for time or money. My future is only what I make it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
THE MOST HIGH KID: To hear my most recent music you can visit https://soundcloud.com/the-mo-t-high-k-i-d and to contact me your best bet is twitter. My handle is @themosthighkid
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