ATL rapper Malik Allen, also referred to as The Letter M, has a brand new single out titled “Karma’s Revenge.” The Letter M is understood for his melodic raps and vivid story-telling, utilizing his infectious and dangerously sharp stream to recount the experiences he’s endured in life. He makes use of private tales, sparing no intimate particulars, to attach together with his listeners by means of relatable songs, creating music for these with upbringings just like his. I acquired an opportunity to sit down and discuss to him about how he acquired his begin in music and the way his journey has molded him to the place he’s as we speak as an artist, which you’ll be able to take a look at beneath!
Hello Malik! Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me as we speak! I’m tremendous excited to dive into your musical journey. Why don’t we begin with a bit about your begin as an artist? Why did you select to make use of the identify, The Letter M moderately than simply M or your identify?
The Letter M: “Hey! Thanks for having me. Nicely, I needed to captivate folks with a mysterious alias that seems like a band kinda like if you hear a reputation like PARTYNEXTDOOR.”
I’d say you undoubtedly succeeded in making a little bit of thriller! How did you first get into music? Had been there any standout artists, songs, or albums that strongly resonated with you?
The Letter M: “Nicely for starters, my past love was dancing .. I’m speaking dancing like Chris Brown .. I actually get down lol .. however that later led to a convo with my late grandfather, the place he requested me if I ever thought of changing into an precise artist/entertainer .. and gave some examples of Micheal Jackson .. that impressed me to later pursue music severely at across the age of 15 at the moment …
And to reply ya different query.. Man ..so far as artists.. simply to call a number of Tyler the Creator, Kendrick Lamar, 3Stacks, Drake, Thugga, J. Cole, Smino, BONE THUGS N HARMONY, OG Maco..
Albums, I’d say .. Phrase of Mouth, Love Beneath, TPAB, Late Registration, Nothing Was The Similar.”
I can undoubtedly see how all of these may play a task in your sound! However it’s so inspiring that your grandfather noticed one thing in you. It’s wonderful to have that sort of assist. When did you determine that you just needed to take it as severely as making music into an precise profession? Had been others round you supportive?
The Letter M: “I made a decision I needed to pursue music at age 16 formally, everybody round repeatedly reminded me of how certain they had been that I’d blow.. and I’m properly on my approach to proving everybody that believes in me proper!”
Would you say that being from Atlanta has impacted your sound?
The Letter M: “Being from my metropolis is what makes my sound and each different fellow artist from right here sound so distinctive.. we management the waves .. everybody desires to tug so many various issues from the tradition of Atlanta to make them sound like us or appear like us.. or our mannerisms or our lingo .. my experiences residing within the metropolis is precisely what formed my sound outdoors of different musical influences..”
I completely love that! Keep true to your roots. You’ll have the ability to do it higher than anybody else. Is the ATL music scene collaborative or aggressive? Are there any artists from there which have formed your profession or that you’d wish to work with?
The Letter M: “It’s undoubtedly each.. all people really feel like a famous person right here.. however I ain’t actually anxious about everybody else .. I’m simply tryna make myself a family identify, take the burdens off all my family members backs, and alter music for the higher and eternally in my very own method.. Thugga and Ludacris undoubtedly play a giant half in what’s formed my sound that I’d like to work with any day ..”
I feel that it’s wonderful that you could maintain your priorities straight, particularly as you achieve traction. It’s simple to lose sight of these issues. What have been your greatest obstacles in pursuing music as a profession? How did you push by means of them?
The Letter M: “Actually simply discovering myself as an artist, gaining monetary stability, melancholy, and determining the easiest way to achieve a much bigger viewers.. understanding the promising way forward for my abilities. I merely pushed by means of all of this by holding my religion in God, Myself.. assist from household, mates, family members, and being blessed with a powerful sufficient will energy to by no means surrender .. no matter the circumstances.”
I really like to listen to that sort of optimism. The trade can get tremendous robust and discouraging, however in case you have a powerful perception and assist system, it makes it a lot extra bearable. Are there any artists in music at present which might be setting requirements for artists like your self?
The Letter M: “Oh undoubtedly! J. Cole, Tyler the Creator, Drake, Thugga, Future, Lil Child, 21 Savage.”
A few of the greatest within the recreation proper now! I’m certain they’d vibe along with your new venture. Talking of, inform me a bit about your ‘Eastside Normal’ EP.
The Letter M: “Ache is Gas.. you don’t gotta be from the hood to deal wit wrestle.. you don’t gotta declare to be a gangsta for folks to not play with you.. and most significantly I’m seen as a frontrunner/basic and big inspiration for me and mine..”
Wow, that’s highly effective. I feel that’s an unbelievable approach to sum that up, and actually a perspective I haven’t considered a lot. What was the artistic mindset and course of going into that EP?
The Letter M: “Each session was uncooked emotion, and power, majority of the venture.. was recorded punch in type .. I wasn’t actually writing for this venture .. all of the verses and hooks got here from a random place and I laid it down off the highest organically and it got here out very timeless..”
Typically it’s the issues we consider proper then and there that maintain essentially the most fact. Are there any overarching themes all through that venture and your different music?
The Letter M: “No particular steady theme.. I plan to persistently push the envelope and evolve.. so the one factor I’d say is overarching is the connection of tales from my life that I proceed to spew out by means of every physique of labor I determine to launch into the world.”
It’s nearly like your creating an autobiography for your self by means of your music. That’s extraordinarily dope. What’s one piece of recommendation you’ve for any artists that want to make a reputation for themselves?
The Letter M: “Keep true to your self always.. that method nobody on the planet can pull your card.”
YES! I couldn’t agree extra!!! And inform us a bit about what you’ve developing. What tasks do you at present have within the works? What can folks anticipate from you within the subsequent yr?
The Letter M: “All ima say is anticipate a observe up EP to ‘Eastside Normal’ .. assured to knock ya SOCKS OFF !!! A debut album can also be within the works.. so I counsel yall keep tapped in to my journey to see simply how far I actually take this God given factor referred to as music.”
And the way can followers keep tapped in with you?
The Letter M: “Discover me on every little thing and keep tapped by the deal with ..
Nicely, Malik! Thanks SO a lot for such a wonderful interview! I’m extraordinarily excited to see what you’ve within the works. In the event you’d like to attach with The Letter M, you could find his socials beneath:
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