Hip-hop artist Mic Trey is on a mission to be the sound of Austin.
He’s been rapping since 1999, and after writing, recording and distributing his own mixtape he realized that this is what he wants to do.
Mic believes it was divine intervention, and now 22 years later, he has found he signature sound.
He plans on sharing it with the world, so if this is your first introduction to Mic Trey, do yourself a favor and turn up the volume, play the newly released video below and get to know this Issue 21 contributor better.
Why do you make music?
The reason I’m doing it has nothing to do with me personally. I’m just a vessel. I feel like I can create every mode that people want to be in. I can take them to deep dark modes, but I try to stay out of that. I make feel-good music.
Performing live in my gift. Spitting to you raw with a beat, that’s the best of it.
Who do you want to inspire?
The world. I want to help people who want to make music find their style or give them ideas of riffs and melodies. I can give them a blueprint.
Austin, in my opinion, doesn’t have a certain sound. I could be the blueprint of what Austin music could be. I feel like I have all of the elements to have a consistent sound.
What message are you sharing?
I’m trying to make people believe that they can do anything they want to do. The way other people are trying to get through life, I’m with you. I’m trying to figure life out.
So I talk about what I’m going through instead of saying what you need to do. Saying I need to do this–be a better person, man, father, or make better music or whatever we’re talking about–people can see me pushing myself and think maybe I need to do the same thing.
Storms will always come, but you need to be balanced through the storm. It’s the law of rhythm. You have to be balanced.
What Lyrics reflect your message?
“Know where it’s coming from, invest in my soul, in my struggle, bitch more than once. Trust me, got more to come. Still thinking about Niquo and up till the morning sun.”
I’m saying we got more to do. We up early in the morning, we don’t go to sleep until we feel like. I try to maneuver where there’s no time. I honestly feel like music is a spirit and sometimes you can’t put a time limit on it.
Sometimes you have to conjure it. It’s a spirit. There are melodies in the air and lyrics in the ether that you have to grab. For me, I can connect with that. Sound, vibration, is everywhere. You hear it, it resonates.
What’s the secret to rapping so fast?
Start with two syllable words. Say those real fast. I pick certain words that I can say right and easily. I found my style in 2001. Before, I would sound like influences I have. Now I feel like I sound like Mic Trey.
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