FreeStyle is a special talent from Anchorage, Alaska. He’s a songwriter/rap artist born in Dayton, OH. Along the way he’s worked with industry members in Miami, FL, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA. FreeStyle brings a surprising view point on subjects such as commitment, infidelity, success, struggle, failure, freedom, and love. The honesty and creativity in his music is something unheard of in hip hop. FreeStyle keeps his crowds engaged and his material is always fresh and thought provoking. He manages to make his audience smile, cry, laugh, dance, and remember…His music is truly something you have to hear for yourself, and see to believe.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
FREESTYLE: I’m Alaska’s hottest artist. I’ve been hot up here for 16 winters.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
FREESTYLE: I started writing lyrics at age 10, motivated by the joy of making words rhyme and the confusion from not understanding life’s ills. I heard about Rap City: The Basement the same year I started rhyming. The end of show freestyles by Big Tig remains the foundation for my musical career as a recording artist. The first music I ever heard was Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and “Oh Shelia”. My favorite albums coming up were Tupac’s “All Eyez on Me,” Twista’s “Adrenaline Rush,” and Bone Thugs N Harmony’s “E.1999.” I went from elementary school to junior high passing raps to homies between classes, trying to out-do the verse prior. I still have most of those raps from back in the day. High school is where I took control of my brain and free-styled exclusively. I considered writing raps to be “cheating” at that point in time because I was so gifted coming up with lines on the spot for as long as someone stayed and listened. In college I provided a heavy dose of freestyles and songs to the campus and was well known for it. I’m a rapper at heart what can I say. I use to say to rappers who couldn’t freestyle “if it’s not in your heart, why do you do it?”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
FREESTYLE: I’m here to make albums that people can listen to start to finish. Black, white, poor, rich, smart, dumb, old, young, male, and female…people. Why do I want to do it? The gap between success and failure is huge, but i remind people, the line is thin. I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum of life. I make the hard parts of life entertaining. I don’t pretend to live in some fantasy world. I’ve always been able to sympathize with everybody, I know where they’re hurt, and through me they can heal.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
FREESTYLE: My songs are about relationships. Relationships between lovers, friends, family, and enemies. Relationships between men and circumstances, relationships between women and time. Relationships between right and wrong, relationships between effort and pleasure. My songs aren’t afraid to admit mistakes and failures. My songs glorify the grind. My song’s silence the crowd…as we listen…as we learn, as we grow together.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
FREESTYLE: I want to reach all the people going through something they feel like nobody else has gone through. They come in all shapes and sizes so its up to me to build a platform strong enough to break down the walls of these hurt people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
FREESTYLE: The people that inspired me to create music were my mother, Big L, Tupac, Jadakiss, Twista, and Bone Thugs N Harmony. These artists made the realest music I’ve ever heard. By the time I went back and heard other rap greats I was already converted. I was a student doing his research but the rappers I mentioned…they paid for my first drink of the bars. The other big inspiration to create rap music for me was producers. I sat and came up with my own lyrics time and time again for hours to songs on repeat if the rapper wasn’t my favorite.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
FREESTYLE: I tell people my music is some of the best they’ll ever hear. It sets the tone for their hardest, most honest critique to come out.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
FREESTYLE: I stand out for a lot of reasons to those who enjoy my music…perhaps being from Alaska, looking like a R&B singer, having a deep train of thought every song, the mixture of storytelling and metaphors, the intimate engaging stage presence, the freestyles before shows, the rap talent…
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
FREESTYLE: I’m currently releasing singles to reach the rest of my fans. There’s a hit named “You Don’t Say” addressing several things that aren’t said out loud in relationships. “Love Me Now” is another hit, a response to “You Don’t Say.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
FREESTYLE: My goal in music is to be forever linked to the history of music. I’ve dedicated my life to my craft and my fans. I love to be recognized for my song-writing talent as it continues to evolve ahead of its time. In 10 years I hope to look back thinking “wow everything I wanted to do in 10 years I did in 5…” I hope to be rich in love, rich in spirit, rich in life, and rich from music. I want to make an eternal change to the definition of “rap music.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
FREESTYLE: Check a few songs out at www.reverbnation.com/whocanfreestyle. whocanfreestyle.com http://xenterscreen.com/freestyle-you-dont-say-prod-drumlord/ Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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