At the age of 9, I had teachers at my Elementary school tell us that we should have a plan for our future; that it is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do when you graduate. That night I went home and thought about what I wanted to do. I decided that I wanted to rap. My reasoning was that ever since I was a little kid in kindergarden and I first learned what a rhyme was, I just found rhymes fun and exciting (I know that sounds fuggin gay, but it’s true). I had a deep passion for rap music as well as it was all I really listened to at the time. So that night I decided that’s what I wanted to be. I went to sleep, and from then on I never looked back.
I thought about how I was going to do it. I thought, “Well, I could just message Def Jam and tell them that I want to be on their label and they could bring me in. Then when they hear how awesome my rhymes are, there’s no way they’ll say no!” (Keep in mind, I was only 9 lol). It obviously doesn’t work like that. I couldn’t record anything because at the time I was too ashamed of my vulgar lyrics to present them to my mom and ask her to get me time at a studio. I seriously had no idea how things worked and what I was getting myself into, but I told myself this: “I am going to do this. Whether I get the help from a label or not. If people will help me be successful, that’s great, but I will not wait. I don’t care, I will do it on my own”.
Since then, I’ve been taking a long, drawn out path to success. Taking one very small step at a time. It wasn’t until 12 years old that I revealed my abilities to people via class project. It was horrible because it was a group project and we never practiced as a group. We read off of the paper and everyone thought I sucked. They said, “Maybe you could be a writer, but you definitely can’t be a performer”.
Then the next year in Middle school is when I finally decided to start rapping in front of my peers (with a piece of paper held directly in front of my face shakily, so I didn’t have to look at anyone). Then at 14, I finally built up enough courage to sign up for the school’s annual talent show. I made my own beat via the Music Makers game on playstation 2 and recorded it with a cassette recorder. I had them play my song on tape even though they were incredibly obsolete. During the audition process, I almost shit myself, as this was my first actual performance I have EVER done, because I had severe stage fright, but I knew I had to get over it some time if this was what I wanted to do.
From that point on, it was the annual talent show every year. I switched schools after my second year, so it was a different school the next few times around. My shows started getting more and more sophisticated. As I then downloaded a beat on the internet, then the next time I made my own beat via the demo version of Fruity Loops, shortly after I had a personal friend of mine become my own personal beat maker.
It was my senior year that I released my first cd. I recorded it in my room at my mom’s house with a $60 condenser mic and audacity recording software. I did no mixing really, it was just not very good quality wise, but it was known throughout the school and the surrounding areas via my song “POAUC”, which was my first ever music video. Shortly after, I realized I could do better when I received my macbook for college and it came with garageband.
From that point, I made an album with the same setup, just using Garageband. The beats were better and it sounded cleaner, but I mixed it extremely low and left a ton of pops and clicks in. From that point, I tried to do shows. If you didn’t know, when just starting out as a performer at 18 years old, there isn’t very much opportunity. I had to travel to Traverse City, MI from Fremont for my first show. Then I couldn’t find another one. So I went to reverbnation and got booked in Brooklyn, New York.
My cousin and I traveled all the way to Brooklyn with no GPS and I performed for like 2 minutes, and then went home. It was an experience like no other. I was upset, but at the same time, it was very fun to go to an NYC road trip. Shortly after I met some DJs that did local open mics/parties in Grand Rapids, so I was doing those. Then I got booked in Romeo for a real show, but hardly anybody showed up except for the performers (But I met Skitzo Sinz there and they are some cool dudes!).
After a while of doing nothing but these open mics, I met Ill Kontent and he put me on the lineup with some actual shows that he was putting on in Grand Rapids.
Then finally after several years of going to school online, it was time to move down to campus in Orlando, Florida. I booked my first show in Orlando while I was still in Grand Rapids. I got a local opener spot for “The Underground Rebelz Tour” headlined by Potluck and Kung Fu Vampire.I also signed myself up for a Talent Search held by Bizarre of D12 in Detroit the day that I moved out. So I packed all of my stuff into my tiny blue Cavalier, drove to Warren, MI (just outside of Detroit) and did the Talent search for Bizarre and placed! After I was done I kept on driving south to Orlando. When I finally got to Orlando, I had two days to sell tickets for The Underground Rebelz Tour. I sold none, but I performed my ass off nonetheless and I met Potluck and Kung Fu Vampire (Who is a cool ass mother F*cker).
After spending about 8 months in Orlando, this is where I’m at right now: I am 21 years old, I have performed 54 times in 39 different places, Cities I’ve performed in include: Grand Rapids (MI), Fremont (MI), Sparta (MI), Traverse City (MI), Romeo (MI), Muskegon (MI), Warren (MI), Brooklyn (NY), Orlando (FL), Lakeland (FL), Miami (FL), and more; I have performed on shows headlined by Potluck, Kung Fu Vampire, Liquid Assassin, Twista, and many other big names coming up; I have 544 likes on Facebook that I’ve received solely through help of myself and my fans (say no to buying likes), I have my own t shirts, wristbands, web site, studio, etc; I have invested over $100,000 into my future in this business and I am about to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business as I release what I expect to be my first radio quality release and I am putting on my own show for the very first time in a couple of weeks on March 13th.
I still have a long way to go, but I do not depend on getting discovered for my success. If it takes a long time of dirty/filthy/time consuming grunt work on my behalf, so be it. I am RyMic the King, and I chose the hard way.