IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
MESN: I’m from Monster City. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. A lot might think were a state full of cowboys and farmers, but to be honest with you Denver is a pretty raw city. Of course there’s ghettos everywhere, but what I’m saying is Denver is far from ranches and farms, this is Monster City.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
MESN: The first time I picked up a pen I was 8 years old. When I was a young kid, Michael Jackson was my favorite, and he still is. I remember when I was 4 maybe 5 I wanted a microphone for Christmas instead of toys. Between 2002 and 2003, I really became interested in music. I was only 12 and was so hyped over The Eminem Show and Get Rich Or Die Tryin! Today, I can proudly say I’ve dropped 9 mix tapes and have done numerous shows with acts such as Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru, Esham, and Twista. I will be opening up for Bizzy Bone and Rittz this month. I’m also in a battle league called Kush n Koffins affiliated with Body Bag Battles and Heavy Hitters League ran by Colorado’s very own Spoke In Wordz. As an M.C. musician, and entertainer I try to reach out to every aspect of the game. This way I am recognized for everything I do, and not just know for rap.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
MESN: That’s actually something I’m still trying to figure out. Honestly I’m more into the entertainment side, an Eminem fan will have you rapping about some crazy stuff! But at the end of the day I have a song for everyone and everything. My topics include smoking, drinking, partying, killing, loving, hating, and everything in between! I try to relate to the fans and listeners as much as possible. So I guess to sum it all up my music’s really for and about the people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
MESN: Wow, that’s a hard question to answer. I got so many. “Mile High City,” “I’m The Man,” “Retros & Bad B$#ches,” “Not Equivalent.” I love performing all those songs cause they’re just hype. I’d have to say my all time favorite song to perform is “I Came To Get Money.” I feel it’s so perfect for the crowd. The vibe, energy, the words, just the whole meaning to it. I mean who doesn’t love money right? It’s really like a party/anthem song; I always end the show with it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
MESN: I’ve been doing music for a long time now, I started rapping when I was 8 and started recording when I was 15. In the past 7 years I guess what has surprised me the most is the life changes. When I say that, I mean you really find out who rides with you and who doesn’t. I know friends come and go but it’s like some cats love you cause you from the same hood, or went to the same school. On the other hand some cats hate you because you’re from the same block or went to the same school. I also never knew how many sneak haters there are. They love you to your face and hate on you behind closed doors. Honestly, I can only imagine what’s in store for me in the future, especially if that’s what I find surprising now. I mean I know I’m going to run into snakes, haters, fans, all that, but do I really know what I have ahead of me? At the end of the day I guess that’s what’s most surprising to me in the pursuit of a music career, not knowing what tomorrow has in store for me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MESN: My biggest influences in music would have to be, in order from most to least. Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and Tech N9ne. I’ve Liked Michael Jackson since I can first remember hearing music in general. He’s influenced me in so many ways, singing, dancing, (even though I don’t do either) charity wise, business wise, and most of all as an all out entertainer. I feel he really changed the world, not just his block, state, or country, he made a difference in the whole world. I want to do that same thing. He also taught me the hardest thing to do is one up yourself! I feel Wayne is the best in hip-hop! Not just because of his raps but everything he does he is almost the best at. It’s really inspiring. Hip Hop and business wise he is a big influence to me. I don’t know if this is true so don’t take my word but I don’t know if anyone has a catalogue as big as Wayne. Maybe behind the scenes but definitely not released, and for sure not as diverse as Wayne is. Not just lyrically, but musically he has done a lot R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, and Rock. To top it all off his work ethic is out of control. There’s not to many rappers that got signed at the age of 12 and got bigger throughout his whole career like Wayne did. Not only did he stay relevant but also he rose to the top. I feel he will stay there till he quits. Eminem is jus the best lyrically hands down and always will be! What more is there to say? From originality, to freestyles, shock value, he definitely is my whole flow, scheme, and rhythm. Tyler and Earl are jus so creative. Not necessarily original, but they are super fresh! They came outta nowhere so young. Not only are they dope they jus have this DGAF attitude and I think that has a lot to do with their success. I mean from albums to shows, to clothes, worldwide tours, and TV shows, I don’t think anyone’s doing what O.F. is doing right now. Now I don’t think anyone can compose a trash the way Tech N9ne does. When I listen to him all I can think is how many tracks did it take to make this song? Now that’s perfection! He really knows how to relate to the listener as well. He always has a story to tell, never just dumb ish. So when you see how hard I work, when you hear my fast, diverse, shocking, humorous, creative lyrics, and especially when you see me perform, each one of these artists have influenced me with my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MESN: I would describe my music as unpredictable and undefined. Unpredictable because its energetic, with lots of attitude, fast paced and really in your face with plenty of shock value. A lot of my music can be very offensive, but I like that. I say undefined because of how many different types and styles of songs I have. So it kind of makes it hard to describe in one word other than diverse. I always try to touch and relate to every type of listener.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MESN: I’d have to say what makes me stand out the most from other artists is of course my physical appearance, but really I’d have to say its my personality. Honestly I’m a very shy person but once I’m comfortable I’m actually pretty weird. My personality plays a big role in my music, especially creativity wise. I mean, I’m a very respectful and respectable person but Mesn isn’t that. Mesn is raw, grimy, dirty and offensive, so I definitely get to be a child when I want to be! But what makes me different from other artists is my idea of what ‘dope’ is. When it comes to my ‘dopeness’ I’m very humble, What I’m trying to say is in my eyes there is no more originality in 2014 unless its wackness, and that’s not original that’s just wack! It’s about doing what you think is dope and what you think is fresh because not everyone likes the things you do. So I would say what makes me different the most is the fact that I do what I think is dope.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
MESN: I honestly would like to see more true talent and more cats trying harder. We hear a lot of rappers talk about the lack of talent, but Kendrick always comes to mind in this case. He really set the bar for us and did it at such a young age. That’s what I like to see, people like myself, young people, doing mad work in the game. But if there’s anything that needs to change its the lack of talent.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
MESN: I have so much coming up I don’t even know where to start. I just recently dropped my 9th mix tape titled “Will Rap For Food Vol.2”. I’m currently working on my new solo project, which is still untitled. I’m also working on my movement Monster City. My boy Silla from T.M.E. and I are really cracking down on things to have that done by this month. As I mentioned before I’m also in a battle league and on Dec 13th me and my partner in thyme Sonny Nuke will be battling The Gen Waggers at C.O. Reeds barber shop. Also I will be performing with Silla and Onit from T.M.E. at the Bizzy Bone show on Dec 21st in Grand Junction. Shout out T.ME. tme303.com, we will also be performing on new years eve at Casselmans for the Rittz “Next To Nothing’ tour. Last but not least I will be doing a solo set Jan 31st at Krizz Kaliko which will be at the Roxy Theater (shout out slopain.com and LSP)
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MESN: I have way too many goals, but to sum it all up into one word, my goal is success. What success is to me is not what most see as success. Success to me is not money; fame, girls, and cars. Success to me is happiness and love, plain and simple. The day I can do what I love and be happy and stress free will be the day I have succeeded. As far as the future and where I see myself in ten years, well I don’t know. That’s like worrying about yesterday. I can’t worry about yesterday because it no longer exists. Just like tomorrow and ten years from now, it doesn’t exist. But c’mon, who doesn’t think or imagine the future. I’m only human. I just try not to worry about that and be more concerned with now!
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
MESN: You can get at your boy on twitter @M3SN1 on Facebook at Mesn Oner on instagram and tumbler @mesn1 for features cameos shows etc. email@example.com you can also listen to and download all my music on YouTube at YOUNGMESN www.mesn.bandcamp.com and reverbnation.com/mesn
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