Featured artist: Shorty Mic – Australian Hip Hop is Alive and Well
As part of our ongoing “Rap’s New Generation” series, today we sat down with the upcoming underground artist Shorty Mic from Melbourne to talk about his recent music, his upcoming projects, his career advice and his overall experiences being in the music industry and he did not disappoint…
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Shorty Mic! Let’s go back to the beginning of your career. How did you decide to become an artist?
Shorty Mic: How I decided to become an artist myself was after listening and studying some of the artists I listened to on heavy rotation. For me it all started with Tupac and Biggie and then it branched out to other artists such as Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Daz, Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Eminem then eventually it spanned to the New York heavy hitters. I loved what they did so much I started writing my own rhymes, I always had a pen and pad on my person.
What also made me want to become an artist is the culture itself I just love everything about it. By studying the culture my listening went backwards in time to the pioneers in rap and again it just blew my mind and the respect I have for these artists is tremendous, we wouldn’t have the hip hop we have today if it wasn’t for them.
One of the best pieces advice I’ve gotten was actually from a book and it said
“A man who does nothing also takes a risk”
That got me right there because that can go for all aspects of life.
Advice I would give an artist
“Don’t put off what you can do today, tomorrow, because tomorrow never comes and time waits for nobody”
I follow this one myself because it’s so damn true.
What about concerts? Do you play live?
I do play live quite often, this year alone I’ve supported Obie Trice and Swifty Mcvay from D12, Dj Unk, Cali Swag District and Madchild. In between big gigs like that I usually do smaller gigs like showcases, open mic nights and other hip hop events. Pretty much who ever will have me, I’m there. Keeps the buzz going and keeps the live performance techniques sharp.
Best punchline you ever wrote?
Just like a over head deadlift I raise the bar.