I was born in Philadelphia, raised by my mother and father, along with other siblings until 16. I left because I thought rules were too strict even though I knew it was for my own good. I used to go toe to toe with my mother everyday about me beating on the table and rapping all the time; she thought it was nonsense. I use to think she didn’t like me as much as her other kids because I was always the one she picked on the most. When I moved out, I was going to school but after a while that became boring. I needed money to keep up with the latest fashion so I started working at a corner store making enough money every week to buy name brand clothes. I became friends with someone from my hood that was a DJ. He used to throw parties every weekend so I had to be fresh with gear all the time. I used to rhyme on the mic at times when he threw on instrumentals and the crowd went crazy; that became a routine after a while. We started a group called “The Dream Childs.” It was three of us: his brother, another guy and me. His brother and I knew he was the weak link so he had to go. His bars weren’t tight enough, so we just stopped the group. I tried to do my solo thing, but no one was serious like me at the time so I stopped. I became a drug dealer, caught a few cases, did jail time back and forth until my last case. It got serious and I was looking at eight to sixteen years for two dope cases. That’s when I woke up and said, “God if you get me out of this, I will never sell drugs again.” I ended up doing time, but not what I expected. When I got out, I had 3yrs to walk off and immediately got a job. While working, I was back and forth in the studio – song after song – doing local shows and promo. Now, I’m just looking for an opportunity to get heard and let the world know what I’m about.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
MONTY MACHETTY: I’m from Philadelphia born and raised, North Philly to be exact.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
MONTY MACHETTY: My music background is rap, R&B, pop, jazz, oldies, country, gospel and even rock. I was listening to everything that was good music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
MONTY MACHETTY: I want to give the world a different sound and let people hear some good music with real content and meaning and not just the same flow Joe y’all used to hearing. I have a good ear for music and I can deliver that.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
MONTY MACHETTY: My songs are about different things like how I feel at the time. I have songs about fashion, females, personal relationships and street stuff etc. I have no limit and I would make a song about bubble gum if I have to.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
MONTY MACHETTY: My musical influences, from past to present are: New Edition, Michael Jackson, Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Jada Kiss, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj because they are hard workers and take their music seriously.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
MONTY MACHETTY: I would describe some of my music to be club, party, trap music and even R&B.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MONTY MACHETTY: My music is unique and I come from many different spaces. I have the potential to switch my style up at any time.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
MONTY MACHETTY: My first performance where I forgot some of my words because I was nervous so I had to make up lines along the way, but I completed my song in the process.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
MONTY MACHETTY: I’m currently pushing a single “Getting’ So Fly” and working on my Mixtape “Definition Of Da Hood,” in the process of dropping freestyles on the regular.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MONTY MACHETTY: My career goals are writing songs that become number one on the billboard and seeing myself as the Michael Jackson of rap. I know it sound like big goals.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
MONTY MACHETTY: If my fans want to connect with me and hear some music, here is some info:
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