“I want to be known for pure skill. I don’t follow trends, I still have love for hip hop the same way I discovered it. The best way I can describe myself is if you want bars and no bs, then get on board.”
Check out the interview with MZM exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
MZM: This all started in the 90’s in Chicago. I started off rapping on park benches, to cyphers, to battles, to dropping music locally in the early 2000’s, to taking an unplanned hiatus due to life to being back now. I’m just sharing my soul with people. I just dropped my album Downpour that features Ras Kass, Emilio Rojas, Emanny, and more. It’s a highly personal album which talks about many demons and life in general.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I’m not 100% sure. There’s not many emcees of Bangladeshi descent like me who don’t follow any gimmicks. I don’t use my race or anything to piggyback off of. I want to be known for pure skill. I don’t follow trends, I still have love for hip hop the same way I discovered it. The best way I can describe myself is if you want bars and no bs, then get on board.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
Ultimately I’d like to work with all the artists I respect and eventually find people I want to help get where they want to be with music and assume a behind the scenes role but still have a hand in this hip hop I love.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing now is that music is microwaved. It’s not retained. People expect new music every two days where as before sometimes you’d wait two years for your favorite artist to drop a CD. The streaming services are a gift and a curse. Gift because your music can spread but a curse in that indie artists don’t recoup what they spend to make great music.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’m from Chicago, IL. The local music scene is crabs in a barrel. Not as much unity in the city as I’d like to see. Even if you become famous and make a name for yourself, you’ll have a group of people who knock or question how you got there.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Make music from the heart. Aim to be timeless rather than what’s hot on the radio now.
What is your inspiration?
As of now, my inspiration is my own life and my own pain. I draw inspiration from that. I’m just brutally honest in what I talk about. Be real with yourself and everyone will notice.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
It depends on what the definition of success is. Anybody can make music nowadays, but to me success would be the longevity of the music. Can you play it years from now and will it still sound fresh? To me, that’s successful.
Where can we find you on social media?