This is Nashville, but leave your “dirty south” labels at the door. The most organic rap in the country is coming from this city, and one of it’s leaders is Openmic. In the latest video interview, he talks about his most recent experiences from the stage to the studio. The main theme: the game is changing. Nashville is growing, but in the rap and hip hop community, flourish is an understatement. It’s not just about coming up with lyrics that flow and make sense. Creativity lies at the heart of what Openmic does with his music, and the words seem as though they’ve become natural instinct. But, don’t take my word for it:
As you can hear, this is not just your run of the mill student. Openmic grew up “under the guidance of his father and renowned jazz musician Rod McGaha,” who continues to provide insight into his music to this day. After years of recording and developing his skills, Openmic has had the opportunity to open for artists like artist Wale, Dom Kennedy, Big K.R.I.T, Yelawolf, and more. It’s not just Tennessee that is taking notice. I think you’ll understand when you hear for yourself. Here’s the latest track from Openmic, “Im’a Fool Freestyle:”
Hear it as inspiration and encouragement that anyone can have the confidence to be great at what you do. You’ll hear even more significance on his latest album, “For The Rebels,” featuring other local artists and collaborators that continue to influence the scene. There’s an awareness of pop culture, but an honesty of staying true to oneself, being educated, and still grinding it out pursuing your dream. Keep listening and make sure you check out Openmic when he opens for Big KRIT May 16th at Limelight in Nashville. Click on the album art below to hear the latest and get on all things Openmic.
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC