IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: I am from Raeford, NC , but I reside in Silver Spring, MD. I moved to this area when I joined the Air Force in 2004.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: I started out playing the clarinet and the drums in middle school. In high school, my best friend started a label called Expressway Records. I started out making beats on Fruity loops. I didn’t get into rapping until later and started actually pursuing a career with the group 2uncool out of DC. We performed around DC and also in New York at the M.E.A.N.Y fest. We dropped an album called, No Excuses, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. Eventually, just like most groups, we hit our bumps in the road. We couldn’t agree on certain things so I left the group and went solo. One member, K-Kreate, committed suicide about a year ago, R.I.P. He was a very smart a devoted guy; he will always be in my heart. As far as the other members, J-Ra and JP da Flame, we are all still friends to this day and keep in touch.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are your songs about?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: My songs are about a lot of things. My mind is everywhere so my music is everywhere. I like to rap about my childhood, exes, sex, smoking weed, having fun, religion and not giving a f**k about what people think.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite song to perform and why?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: When I was with too uncool, my favorite song to perform was The Weekend. It was about letting loose on the weekend. I wrote about getting drunk out of my mind and would act it out with my partners on stage.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: What surprised me the most, is realizing that it’s possible to achieve. Music has always been fun for me and also relaxing. Now that I know I have what it takes to be at the top and live my life the way that I choose, I won’t stop for any reason.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: Surprisingly I wasn’t inspired by hip hop, I was inspired by R&B. I grew up sheltered so I only really heard of Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and Gospel music. Growing up, I would watch Michael Jackson’s “Moon Walker” movie every night before I went to bed. I like the way Michael was naturally quiet and timid, but when he was on the mic, he could make the softest lyrics come across strong. As I got into rap, I was listening to Hot Boys. When I started caring more about my content I got into Outkast, Jay Z, Tupac, Biggie, JadaKiss, Nas─ a lot of New York rappers.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: My music is hypnotizing. When you listen to it, you can’t help but feel it because I feel it. A lot of rappers just rap the words, I feel every word I speak. That’s how I would describe my music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: My catchy hooks. There are a lot of nice rappers out here, but I believe I write and record the best hooks, and also my mysteriousness.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: Honestly, I don’t see anything I’d like to change. I like the direction that it’s going. I will have to revisit this question as I advance in my career.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
MASSEY THE TRUTH: I’m working on my first solo mixtape , Fucha Suthun Lejind (Future Southern Legend). I’m claiming it and working very hard for it.
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