Spotlight Interview: Mi'kalibur

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Mi’kalibur, a rising hip hop artist has an amazing backstory from his upbringing in the south and how the east coast rap culture influenced his style. Nonetheless, there is still something unique about him as an artist. He has his own lane as he raps about his life experiences and topics that many can ponder on or relate to. Not only is Mi’kalibur is gifted with the ability to write and rap dope rhymes, but he is also a poet. That fact alone make his music a standout sound. We got the chance to interview the “Check Mate” artist on his upcoming plans, music, and music business lessons.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
Well.. I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA which is funny because when you hear my music it doesn’t sound like it. After hurricane Katrina, it worked for my benefit in the job market because I didn’t have the heavy accent so I didn’t get stereotyped by employers. But musically, some may say that I’m trying to copy a style or flow but
honestly I’m not. Hip-hop raised me so I was influenced heavily by the Eastcoast rap culture growing up.
How would you describe your sound?
I’ve been compared to J-Cole, Common, and even Nas (in some circles), but I would describe my sound as genuine. I’m sure everyone would say that but everything I rap about comes from a real place. If I’m upset about something I put it in my music. If I want to raise awareness on a social issue or theory its in a song. My music is my soapbox so I’m either telling my story or the cries of the people around me.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
For me it’s like birthing and raising a child. I know it sounds crazy because I’m a guy, but to me each song I make isn’t just a song. I don’t know if people are as tethered to their music or lyrics as I am but when I write its not even about making a hot song for me. It’s what picture can I paint, or what verse could I send to the college of hiphop as a classic. So by the time the song is done and I’ve spilled as much ink and intellect as I can.. I’m relieved, worried, and excited all at the same time.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
Currently, I’m working on an EP/Album entitled, I Am G.H.E.T.T.O. which means God’s Hidden Example To True Obedience. The first Single and EP title was birth from a concept I came up with while living in Cali. We was feeding the homeless in Compton, and I was telling a joke to my pastor, and I said, “You know you ghetto when you can feed five thousand people with only fish and some loaves of bread.” Then it hit me. When you think of a ghetto you think what.. Gangs, violence, struggle, and drugs right. But the origin or the term Ghetto comes from when they used to segregate the Jews to live in certain areas of the city. Those same Jews were a community. So when they came to America and various other parts of the world, their idea of Ghetto was hope, love, unity, and Peace. Of course they had struggles and seen violence, but look at them now. Some of the wealthiest people on earth. You know Jesus was ghetto too.. lol.. So when I say I am G.H.E.T.T.O. I’m not talking about hood. I’m talking about The possibilities of making something out of nothing when a community rightfully work together to make a change.
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What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
Well I just recently joined an indie label known as Big Boy Entertainment of Tuscaloosa, so to have that type of support from a key player in the Alabama music scene means a lot. With my single dropping November 22nd on iTunes, Spotify, and various other platforms globally, I’ve been excited about that as well. We’ve been doing some heavy campaigning and I’ve received a lot of good reviews, so i’m hoping the world with catch this G.H.E.T.T.O movement that I’m throwing out there.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
My ideal collaboration would be either a song or album called Project Round table. Lupe Fiasco, Loaded Lux, Eshon Burgundy, and myself all come together to share our views on various topics. With Lupe and Lux being Muslims, and Eshon and myself being Christians I think it would be very interesting to hear our frustrations with the current state hip-hop and society. I feel like both perspectives would be represented well.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
Something Random… I have a squeaky eye.. (laughs).. I’m self-conscious about it because I feel like its super loud. So if you catch me making a weird face or eye twitching in public, don’t trip.. (laughs)… my eye just itching..
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
The One thing I’ve learned is you have to be consistent and the master of your destiny. You can’t rely on someone to open the door of success for you, so you have to knock until break it off the hinges.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Expect everything… The sky is the limit for me music, dance, movies, and novels. But my main goal is to build a youth center for the arts. Teach kids and young adults how to do music, dj, photography, dance, etc., Etc.. I’m also a nominee for the 2017 SCM Awards in Memphis, TN for “Best Lyrics, and best new Artist.” So every one go vote for ya boy at www.scmawards.com.
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Of course I do… Before I decided to pursue music seriously, I was in a bad headspace. Depressed, frustrated, and lost my passion for life. So I want to encourage you all to chase after your dreams and don’t let them die. Leave earth with no regrets. In the words of the motivational speaker Les brown, “It’s possible..” No matter how big the vision is. Just know that it’s possible to turn that dream or vision into a reality. You have to constantly say that until its buried in your sub-conscious.
Twitter: Mikalibur
IG: Mikalibur
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Music site: mikalibur.bandcamp.com

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