IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – MESN – DENVER’S HOTTEST STAR!

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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. mesn_one@yahoo.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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66 COMMENTS

  1. I feel like talent is hard to come by
    So when its in ur face (mesn) or ill or monster city…play a couple traccz n everything else starts to sound whacc…#we aint seen like drugz in the sock kid#

  2. thats some real shit bruh. i dont have a one way style for listeners i enjoy all types of music myself, as long as you come real come raw and enjoy doing you do ALL THE POWER TO YOU.
    MONSTER CITY!!!!
    OUTTA CONTROL RYDAZ

  3. I’ve known Mesn for about 7 years. In that time I have witnessed his talent an skill level vastly improve. He is an amazing lyricist, artist and entertainer. I’ve had the opportunity to hear him freestyle (which is amazing) and I’ve heard most of his tracks. To me he is the best artist from Denver that I’ve ever heard. Every other rapper that’s from Denver sounds the same. He sounds nothing like any other Denver rapper and quite honestly sounds nothing like any artist I’ve ever heard. He has something special, he’s gifted. His style is unique and not many songs can give me the chills but he has a few that have. I am very proud of my boy Mesn. He deserves everything that is coming to him and I hope that he comes up big. Aside from his amazing rap skills he is a genuine person with a huge heart. He is one of the realest people I know. I keep my circle very small and I don’t like a lot of people but Mesn is in my circle to the fullest. His work is all around dope and I wish my boy nothing but success for him and his family. If you haven’t heard his music then you are missing out. My favorite song of his is called “Everything I Am”. Check it out and check him out, you won’t be disappointed. Keep doing your thing Mesn! Word up fam!

  4. words spoken from a true mc. its crazy to think how for mesn has come,from a kid freestyling about anything he can he can think of to dropping mixtapes and albums and doing interviews! true success story if you ask me, it shows that if you put your mind, blood, sweat, and tears into something you love you can truly succeed. Mesn is my cousin and it has been a truly great honor to watch my nigga come up from a kid with a dream to a full blown rap artist…good shit bro keep up the hard work maine, no matter what anyone says bro!

  5. Monster Mesn doin em’ big!! Crazy to think how far he has come. I remember spending the majority of my days in school kickin back with our crew, and watching him develop his talent. It’s pretty amazing, because not many people commit to their dreams and make it into something real. He is constantly improving, and he’s always chasing the next big opportunity. One day, we’re gonna see this guy at the top.

    #MonsterCity

  6. Met Mesn this year and this guy is dope. With his big heart, down to earth and real personality, hes very talented and expect to see great things happen for him in the future.

    Much love and respect!

  7. Mesn goes in, him and Monster City are a breath of fresh air to an oversaturated Denver hip-hop scene. I get the pleasure of facing off against him and Sonny Nuke (of Monster City) in the battle ring in a 2×2 battle with Spliff (as our battle crew Gen Waggers). We also got collabs on deck as well!

  8. ILL Advisory Monster City. Mesns doin big thangs for the sake of our city, so you better join in and hold hands!
    #ILLADVISED
    #MONSTERCITY
    #THEMIGHTY

  9. Gd to see this yung man keepn unity with in his city.. Its really hard to find gd men like MESN. HE HAS developed a strong motion of knowledge with in himself and motivating others to succeed in life like himself.. He has worked on this push for so long and I am glad I was one of the ones who lead the way for him and being in his surroundings… He truelly understands where music comes from and for that reason he is a great artist and will continue to grow strong.. plenty much love to u lil fam.. Lets finish makn a way..

  10. Been a fan of MESN for a while now, this guy has talent. His music is definitely something you can Bump where ever you go or with what ever you’re doing, an artist to keep on your playlist for sure! Keep doing Big things MESN, ILL ADVISORY &MONSTER CITY!

  11. I’ve known my boy mesn for many years and I know that he has mad skills and crazy talents. And in all those years he’s been one of the best guys I’ve ever known nice , funny aNd one of the smartest definitely

  12. I’ve known mesn for many years he is a great person and artists he has really great talents and a great quality of music and variety of songs and you can listen to them anywhere doing anything he has really great skills as well.

  13. I’m glad to see your doing your thing. Your music is pretty dope. I hope the best for you in the future. I’m sure your gonna do big things.

  14. Mesn is one of the few local artists who really keeps productive with his music and shows great progress. I would enjoy providing him some of services from Flawless Media.

  15. As soon as I met Mesn I could tell he is a unique Individual and a hilarious character as well as a good person. N father but as far as the local underground rappers he is the best My opinion. Keep doing Wut u doing boy.

  16. I HAVE to say that this guy is an awesome artist he has mad skill on and off the Mic. There arent a lot of artist I would say this about but he is honest,smart,talented and real.and being real now days is what =honest,smart,talented

  17. Man you grew so much as an artist!! Personally think your one of the top artist in Colorado and your brand keeps growing bigger and bigger everyday ! And this interview is dope ! Keep killing it Mesn!

  18. Yo iv know mesn almost 10 years and this niga destined for greatness he’s on the up and up and all your old homes are proud to know you. Your a beast mesn keep tearing shit up dawg much love my niga

  19. The homie Mesn is on the come up from the raw city of Denver one of the dopest artists in Denver today he’s got Wut it takes and knows how to get the crowd going
    #monstercity
    #ill
    #shitsfire

  20. Can’t wait to make it to see Mesn live!! My fam always comes to rock the house!! Denver’s hottest star! Shoot for the stars fam!!

  21. Wow this Is just Amazing to see My cousin coming up & doing it big. I always knew he had this kind of Potential! I Love you Cousin, I’m so happy for you. Keep pushing & you will get to where you want to be! & Remeber Always Thank God:) <3

  22. I run a small production company and Mesn was bought to my attention a few years back when we were try to branch into the promotion of musical talent. off the top I knew he was down to earth and ready to work, but the talent was also there. He was already hard to work in the studio dropping mix tapes left and right and putting some legitimate verse down. It has only gotten better over time. I am glad his hard work and perseverance is paying off and the industry he loves is finally really starting to recognize this exceptional young talent.

  23. Hell yeah man, got sum lyricz and metaphorez like damn! Coo interview yo, keep grindin! With time and effort and hard work thingz end up paying off!

  24. Mesn is the man for real, even down here in Nigeria he got dope fan that got mad love for him……Monster City all the way #Monster City #ILLADVISORY

  25. Known Mes’n since he was a little kid. Seen him grow up n ish. I am proud to call him my friend and it’s good to see him grow into a little entrepreneur rapper. Kepep up the good work homie!
    Much Love & Respect
    Diagy

  26. maynnnnn… It almost seems no matter what Mesn puts out there, it’s catchin’ somebody’s ear!! He writes music that not just catchy but music that his local Fans of DENVER can relate too.. And to me that’s what makes you!!

  27. This is my little brother from another mother best friends to the end aint got no other but yall did great in finding him he’s one of mine and my daughter’s favourite rapper my daughter love his (bubble gum) song which is call “cold world” WE LOVE YOU MESN MENDEZ KEEP IT UP YOU’RE GONNA MAKE IT!

    #ONELOVE
    #MONSTERCITY
    IN THIS BITCH!
    #303

  28. My boy mesn is a true mc of the mile high city glad to have met a true genuine person! Someone who has mad support from his mostest city fam, but at the end of the day run his own game. Keep pushin mesn you’re on the right track

  29. So I’ve known mesn for bout 10 yrs now. I can remember hanging out at his house after school. Sitting there watchin him and some of the other home boys just messing around busting flows. Who would of thought he’d make it his dream an set out to conjure that dream. I’m so proud of you mesn. Keep showing them what you can do when put to the test.

  30. Good Shit Mesn this Nucka Mesatron doing the dam thang;
    he got some bars for sure lyrics be on point
    murdering beats I have had the pleasure of working with
    him and would get down anytime he’s an artist in the booth on paper with some ink or on a canvas with a can of Krylon My boi is DOPE!
    #nodoubt

  31. its nice to see denver get recognized for its hip hop good cat to represent the city as well! i suggest you find out about this kid and hear his music!

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