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 email@example.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
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