When any artist starts their songs off with their moniker, you already know heat is about to be dropped. A cynical yet playful “GAWD” heralds a number of GODISMIKEY’s songs right before he goes in and murders the track without mercy. From freestyle remixes (my personal favorite “Daddy Name Chain”) GODISMIKEY is truly worthy of a spot in the upcoming rap generation, leading the New School not merely for the gays but in the art of rap itself. Coming with a myriad of flows, a unique repertoire of production that hints to a true understanding of music, impressive breath control AND a cocky yet intense energy, this is for sure a rapper who will NOT be ignored.
Hometown: Jamaica, Queens
How do you identify?: Gay
SOULE: What inspires you to create?
GODISMIKEY: A mixture of personal experiences and different cult classic movies. I’d say my personal experiences inspire the lyrics to my music most, but the aesthetic of my brand really pulls from a lot of Tarantino flicks, things like that. When you listen to my music, I want you to feel like you’re in an old Grindhouse movie.
Who is your greatest inspiration?
If Rico Nasty & ABRA had a gay baby, you’d get me and my music. I also really look up to Nicki Minaj & Kanye West.
Which of your songs would you say embodies your “story”?
Lost Souls embodies a big portion of my life, I’ve been through a lot in my past relationships, which I don’t particularly talk about a lot. A lot of my story comes from my experiences dealing with crazy toxic relationships I was in during my younger days. That song puts my journey into perspective for other people.
How do you use music to heal others and yourself?
It depends on the mood of the music. With my softer songs, I speak a lot on feelings and emotions that other people are afraid to speak on, like actually admitting how it feels to truly BE lonely without flexing about it. Just listening to someone yell out “why the fuck am I alone” on a song is so raw; it makes people feel like they aren’t the only ones going through what they’re going through. As for myself, after a song is written & recorded, it’s therapeutic to listen back to them and reflect on where I was at in life when I first wrote the song versus where I am now.
Why should we listen to you?
That’s a weird question, I can’t give you a reason as to why. But i can say that as a black gay man, my music is important for us and it needs to be heard.
What upcoming projects are you working on?
I’m currently working on releasing my latest project ‘Are You A Believer’ which will be out sometime in October, barring I don’t nitpick too hard and push it back.
Where can we get updates on your newest projects?
You can get updates on my music just by following me on twitter or Instagram @godismikey. I’m always talking about it there and giving my listeners updates on what’s to come!
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