Archangel has designed a lane of his own leaving an example for others to follow. The Memphis native has defied all commandments of traditional Memphis Hip-Hop, creating a sound that is comparable to only what he has created. From exaltation of Halleujah M.U.S.I.C to maturing into the upper echelon of the indie artist realm, this appreciable emcee has proven himself to be a formidable legend among the southern-bred pioneers such as Eightball & MJG, Scarface, and the iNcomparable Playa Fly. Like others finding their way through the music culture as delivery men and women, Archangel took his humble start and transcended into greater heights, all while maintaining a sense of humility, with hit’s like ‘It’s the A”, “Hood N*gga”, and “Dreaming”, he has gained a loyal fanbase which surpasses all categorized boundaries His latest release The Elite EP  gives listeners an in depth view into the soul of an artist who has put everything in him into an 8-track project filled with consistent lyricism and powered by faultless production. On the heels of promoting the EP which was released early in 2014, Archangel has held a consistent tour schedule over the mid-south parring with some of the regions most impeccable talent, and he continues to set himself apart all while embracing the other, like-minded emancipators of what has been said to be a genre held captive, all in the name of Hip-Hop



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

ARCHANGEL: I’m from Memphis, TN. Most can initially recognize the city from the TV show First 48 Hours. The next thing that would be said is that we’re the music mecca, home of the blues. The biggest references here would be Stax, B.B. King, and Elvis Presley.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

ARCHANGEL: I don’t have one. This is so funny to me because the first thing my grandmother would say is that I didn’t talk much as a child, but I would sing any song that would come on the radio. To this day I’m still the same way. I know my uncle used to DJ when he was younger and my other uncle when I visited him in Atlanta had a number of friends who DJ and were around the music scene, but naturally there wasn’t much besides this that influenced my musical endeavors.

 IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

ARCHANGEL: I would say perspectives in life. It can range from a person not wanting to be bothered to having fun at a gentleman’s club. When I was in high school, there was a guy I wanted to battle rap and he told me, “Once you become relatable to the livelihood of individuals even if you don’t know them then you become something.” That has stuck with me along with my English teacher stressing similes and metaphors.

 IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?

ARCHANGEL: I just like to perform period. If I had to choose it would be a tie between Rhythm and Tell EM. Rhythm is more jazz oriented and it can get people to vibe freely and experience a mesh between the two genres. Tell Em is more braggadocios and semi-crunk, and at the same time he makes you remember the hook almost instantly. Outside of those I would perform anything I have that’s done in my catalog.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

ARCHANGEL: I’ve been most surprised by the reception I’ve gotten after the music is heard. When most people come into contact with me they say oh you must be a college student. Then when they find out I do music they ask do I sing. I guess the way I dress throws them off. Once I tell them I’m a hip hop artist they expect it to be party music. After they listen they are shocked and by the time I leave I’ve gained a new fan. I remember having the rough draft of songs and a guy was like I’ll pay $20 for the roughs just so I can say I supported during the process. That was so humbling to me, and I will never forget that act.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

ARCHANGEL: My biggest influence is Jason Riddle, may his soul rest peacefully. This was a childhood friend of mine. I started out writing poetry, but at the time I had no interest in music and he read one of my poems and kept harassing me to make a rap out of one of them. He pushed me on it so much that I actually gave in and started. I’ve always loved songs from Bobby Womack, Marvin Gaye, Eric B & Rakim, LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nirvana etc. It’s so many artists and bands I can name that it would take me months to go down the list. I can truly say I’m a fan of the art in total, so being able to be a part of it is a true blessing to me.

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

ARCHANGEL: Think of your favorite book or movie. The dialogue in it makes you want to watch it over again because you know it’s something you missed when you first watched it. It was the portrait presented in such an astounding frame that you couldn’t do anything but appreciate the image presented. Then you have to speak on it to your peers. This is how I would describe my music to people.    IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?   The fact that ARCHANGEL: The fact that I’m standing is how I stand out. Seriously that fact that everything I deliver has a message to it and it can be visualized. The fact that there’s so much attention to detail in the art of delivering the words itself proves that not only have I studied artists before me, but I’ve actually learned from them and taken steps to do certain things they may not have thought of at the time.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

ARCHANGEL: I wouldn’t necessarily say change I would say mix it well like they did in the 90’s. There is a place for all sectors of hip hop. You wouldn’t want a conscious song playing in the club cause that’s not the place for it just as well as at a children social event you wouldn’t want gangster rap. It’s just we’ve been saturated with one form of this particular genre that we forgot the others are present unless we hear them by commercials or video games. Mix it well and I’m a satisfied customer.

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

ARCHANGEL: I have a collective group of gentlemen (Kemist, Logiq, PromiseTMG, K-I) that I am working with and we have a project called “The Foundation” coming soon under my publishing label name Ground Level Leaders. Also one of those colleagues (K-I) and myself have a number of songs together that we want to deliver on a title project called “Inside Looking Out.” In addition to those I have a specific DJ (D.J. Jemaine) that I worked with to also deliver a project from him solely producing. It’s a number of things as well as my final installment to my Hallelujah M.U.S.I.C. collection.  IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?ARCHANGEL: I plan on expanding my horizons with music by not only being stuck to one genre. I also write R&B music as well. I would like to show that not only can I deliver solid hip hop but also creatively orchestrate ballads for voices people can’t deny. In 10 years you might see me in a tuxedo directing an orchestra as well as doing screen writing for short films and hopefully helping new artist develop and pave a way so they can help others as well.

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

ARCHANGEL: Of course they can find me on IG and Twitter (@Man1stArtist2nd). I have a Pandora station you can add comments to as well as my Vevo page. All of the major outlets display the music that I have delivered (I-Tunes, Amazon, Google). If all else fails they can definitely email me 19archangel84@gmail.com. I love feedback and responding to anyone who takes the time to even listen to what I’m presenting. I am truly thankful for the ears that are put to it. Archangel (@Man1stArtist2nd) http://www.youtube.com/ArchangelVEVO http://www.pandora.com/archangel <http://www.pandora.com/stations/play/1841600655792340981?shareImp=true&isGooglePlay=1> http://www.vevo.com/watch/archangel/go/QMGR31402891 Skype: ItsDaAMannnnnn Oovoo: IsDaAMannnnnn














  1. I feel as that when he lay down a verse is strong and he is 100 percent Memphis but got a international flow. He’s a serious game changer.

  2. Been knowing this guy for years. Not only is he an exceptional artist, but he is a great person who is humble and always tried to help others!

  3. One of the realest in the M……… the game needs to be shook up cause right now it all sounds the same….way to many imitators, duplicators, an perpetrators……. Who else better to do it than my dude Archangel…… an Originator.

  4. I am so proud of this man right here very dedicated to his music and to others and a very humble person and also deliver great music

  5. Very rare to have talent and humility, this guy has never strayed from his belief and it definitely shows in his music. Grade A MC coming from Memphis!!!

  6. Loving this article and loving the exposure you receive. Keep striving and moving forward!! We got lots more work to do fam!!!

  7. Archangel continues to outwork and outdo his prior song, project and efforts. Strong in his beliefs of providing more to the music community while managing his time away from the booth. The music deserves a listen and will gain the respect of the trained ear.

    In a lane of his own and against the grain is how he prefers and its evident through the music. Keep it up and of course you can catch him performing at the 12th Annual SEAs on April 12th @ the Resorts Casino in Tunica, MS (shameless plug)

  8. Dopest interview I’ve read from a Hip Hop “Artist in a long time!!! His response to “What makes you stand out from other artists?”, was classic! Salute to Archangel, man. Classic music for this day and time! #KeepGoing

  9. From day ONE all the way to now Archangel has put out nothing but Good music. One of if not the TOP listen in the city. He started out amazing with his rhyme and delivery and it just gets more and more better. His quality sound mixed with good production and beats is A1. His music definitely leaves u with the feeling of wanting more and anticipating the Next albums, mixtape, or even just another single. Bottom line is…u cant wait for more.

  10. This is a great read of a good brother. The world may never know the full extent of the knowledge and talent Archangel possesses. I enjoy listening to the different types of music that he publishes with different styles and delivery. His music is way beyond the normal artist. I can see that (it factor) with the way he grinds.If given the opportunity I know this cat is going to shock the industry. #GLL #Salute

  11. I’ve been his #1 fan since jump street.. he’s someone that’s consistently put out “hallelujah music”.. real music thats more than beats & truth.. not only that- but he reps our home town to the max.. and for that (and everything in between) I got nothing but love for you baby..the love & support will forever flow✌️

  12. You so Relevent it’s freaking ridiculous!!!! You are as written, “A Formidable Force”, in and out of your element. I consider it a privilege as well as a honor to be called “Sister” by #The Man 1st/Artist2nd…..Generations to come, will soon know you lyrically as the genius you are. Love, remember you are the High Definition, clear resolution, In living color, a Real Transformer!

  13. Awesome article! I’ve known this guy for years artistic character, motivator, powerful guy!!!
    Love you tons!!!! Y’all better be on the look out for him!!!! Cause he’s here to STAY!!!!

  14. Great read with greater understanding of this fellow our paths may have crossed years ago in other aspects of life but I find this article to be both uplifting and inspirin . Me and this guy have had some great convos via Facebook at odd hours of the night who knows I’m a writer all day everyday and maybe through our mutual friends our musical paths may cross as well… Solid content real music real man kudos to you brother Arch.

  15. Great read with greater understanding of this fellow our paths may have crossed years ago in other aspects of life but I find this article to be both uplifting and inspirin . Me and this guy have had some great convos via Facebook at odd hours of the night who knows I’m a writer all day everyday and maybe through our mutual friends our musical paths may cross as well… Solid content real music real man kudos to you brother Arch. Kudos

  16. Being a independent artist like myself, I respect the mans grind. We chopped it up and he remained humble and was patient with the artist to artist decision we carried on. Being that I had worked with Face The Troof a couple times and seein the video “Go” I had to give props to him personally. Just praying for the homie to stay blessed and Go In. Definitely anxious to work with the homie.. A.Le of Kentucky signing out http://www.ALe270.com

  17. Really good song and Acourse everything facethetroof puts there hands on is a masterpiece all really good workers in the music industry keep going
    – Bullyx

  18. Love the music… Especially that draped up song lol… My son be bobbing his head to that one lol… Much respect for the hustle and humility of this man1startist2nd… OneLove

  19. Instant fan from the moment I pressed play. Archangels’ voice and messages are both infectious. Through his delivery and varied content Archangel has a way of capturing your attention and keeping it. With his awesome similes and metaphors it is hard not to feel the or relate to his songs. I always say “his word play and work ethic are “Sick” “Stupid Dope!” lol Angel is a humble, selfless, hard working individual, that speaks truth and spreads knowledge daily. It is hard to find a man/artist of this caliber. I am looking forward to his future works, even more so to seeing him perform live. With all that said… I’d like to salute Archangel for his hard works and success. My hats off to you sir!

  20. Very good article! My favorite part was your description of your music. Very poetic and in depth. Such a raw and creative talent.

  21. He is one of the dopest and most original artist to come out of Memphis… I have been studying his music and I am a big fan of his!!!

  22. Archangel is one of the future leaders in Hip hop not only is he dope he Is also a Dope person 1st his Songs speak 2 the everyday person. All of us

  23. One of the coldest MCs to ever touch a mic. The shine is overdue. Thank you to Industry All Access for recognizing another great artist. This is an amazing artist and an even better man. I’m blessed and honored to watch him take over, and ultimately inspire other great artist. Great interview for another diamond in the rough. Salute!!!

  24. He is a truly gifted artist, yet so humble. Love the music. Love the personality behind the music. This is what the game has been missing. Someone we can relate to. Respect.

  25. I am so proud and elated with your accomplishments. I still have the the 1st song you ever sent me on my phone. Now, if you would agree to let me dance in your video or sing a hook… I’d be winning..lol

  26. A like I said Last year .bro keep writing And doing this thing that u love, soon the world will Be at ur feet fa sho!!!

  27. This guy has a great personality, funny, down to earth and about his business. He does great music and is very motivating to others in the industry. Keep up the good work!

  28. ArchA, has been talented for a mighty long time. Nothing about him surprises me any more. By the time I am FINALLY surprised with his works and efforts, he will have surely been nominated and or earned a grammy, and not a moment sooner.

  29. Bruh I wish you all the success in the world my friend. You are a real rapper something we don’t see much of anymore. Reach our youth bruh they have been so mislead by the garbage that is constantly played. Keep on doing you and doing what you doing cause it’s paying off. Last no lie I would to see you and Gemstones on a track together…lol…I dnt know if they could handle that though!

  30. The rap game definitely sucks right now and it needs an artist like Archangel to bring substance to rap music… The couple of times I met him he was eager to work and collaborate with other artist… good vibe real energy he going places!!! #check out his Pandora station…im listening now

  31. One of the freshest, hottest artists to hit the scene in a long time delivering a mixture or conscious lyrics, street validity, stage presence & feel good music. Hip Hop is being resurrected & ArchAngel is rising frm the ashes like the Phoenix!

  32. Good to hear such artistry from my city! It’s time for Memphis to show our versatility and shut down the negative perception that over shadows us! Keep up the good work! IMC is witcha! M town all day! Peace!

  33. Not only is this young man extremely talented he is also just as intelligent. I’ve been a fan for over 5 years and in all that time he hasn’t disappointed me yet..
    Keep up the excellent work Archangel, Much love from northern cali.

  34. Good to see this over looked artist to finally get a spotlight for all the ground work he has been puttin in #Memphis #Archangel

  35. All I have to say is… “WOW”! I’ve watched this young man grow from a child into a man and I’m speechless. Such talent… such ambition… such drive. I never got that from him because he was always so quiet, nevertheless, I’m proud to say that I know him and will support him in his transformation into a music legend! I love you and I look forward to your much anticipated success!

  36. We talked about this a couple weeks ago. You said you weren’t playing anymore now you showing them. Keep the pace I’m right behind you.

  37. Memphis stand up. This is one artist I will put my name behind. We have to make sure we follow the pattern made business wise in order to reach better avenues. You are giving the blueprint. Shadyville Djs behind you.

  38. #FaceTheTroof glad to see you gaining ground in the music industry. We still have more videos to develop for you. We’ll have a sit down soon to see what we can come up with.

  39. This is a beautiful Interview and very detailed as well. Others can learn from this and use it as a guide to helping answer difficult questions.

  40. I became a fan instantly. Aye you got that song done that we did too? I need that for my whip.We gotta do a video for that one asap.

  41. Just to think I did my first interview on you. You’ve always been special and everyone is starting to see it now. Fly King fly high.

  42. Well I’m surprised and not surprised at the same time. You’ve been gifted every since I’ve met you. People are lucky to have you around.

  43. Thanks bro for shouting me out. We gotta finish this project and get it out. Ill send some more beats your ways to pick through.

  44. You getting famous on me. Glad I was able to be in one of your videos. You’re a very sweet person outside of your music ability.

  45. I’ve supported you every since I knew you did music. You’ve been a great friend and an even better artist and father. You’ve got what it takes and hopefully the industry sees this.

  46. Been a fan for what 5 years now. I still need the cd for the one you did this year I have everything else. You definitely have talent beyond compared.

  47. This is a nice interview. I can say I know more about you now. The way you worded your answers shows how articulate you are.


  49. Yo my nigga keep Grindin glad to see you got your 400 comments I’m workin on mine as well hope to link up and make some hits in the future

  50. “Yo my nigga keep Grindin glad to see you got your 400 comments I’m workin on mine as well hope to link up and make some hits in the future” Absolutely I’d be down if 5 years later you want to make some music.