Australian Hip Hop is Alive and Well

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.

Shorty Mic

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.

Shorty Mic

What are you currently working on? Did you release something in the past?

I’m currently working on two more singles and another EP and planning on shooting a bunch of visuals for these tracks.
I’ve released so much in the past with solo projects and collaborations and also released heaps with my crew Rippin’ Rhymes. Always got something popping.

Last but not least: Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

Yes but it depends on the record label.
The pros for me would be the connections you’d make and the financial backing being signed to a major. The cons however is the feeling of being stuck in a contract when music sales are declining, if you aren’t selling, the major won’t push you as hard.
I’m going to keep it short I can keep going on an on with pros and cons on this subject but again yes I would sign to a major if it feels right to me,

Any last words?

First of all I want to shout out all my supporters who have stuck with me through my ups and downs through my career so far. Without you there’d be no Shorty Mic, so thank you and know I appreciate you.
I want to shout out my City which is Melbourne and where I currently reside which is Ballarat.
I want to throw a shout out to my promotion team, my fellow artists and promoters who I work with, it’s been nothing but a pleasure to work with y’all and may we continue to work in the future.
I also want to shout out to my doubters, haters and undersetimaters, keep doing your thing you’re keeping ya boy strong in the game.

Where can people follow you to stay up-to-date?

Shorty Mic:

Thank you for your time. We wish you much success in your further career.

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