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I recently sat in on a studio session with Mickey Factz as he knocked out track after track for his upcoming Y3 Mixtape. Moving around the studio like a worker bee in production. From the booth to the boards to his cell to communicating with his fans via social media then to his playlist and back to the booth. He took a few minutes to talk about his Y3 Mixtape – G.A.T.M. (Gospel According To Me). This is the third installment to his “Y” Trilogy. Mickey talks about his growth as an artist and why he feels it’s important to produce music that can reach the everyday person by making music that takes the listener into his world.
Mickey via his Facebook page “this is really special. Art, Lyricism, Video Games, Love, Heartbreak, Politics, Religion, Honesty, Style and History. Couldn’t ask for a more well rounded body of work from myself…”
The mixtape comes with a collection of amazing beats from producers like 100 Bulletz to Just Blaze. It is also expected to feature some of today top lyrical emcees such as Cyhi Da Prynce, Elzhi, Charles Hamilton and few more surprised guests.
What does it take to be a HipHopeuner? It takes commitment to do the work to drive your brand and music, it takes focus and consistency, one must have a deep appreciation for the art and culture of hip-hop while being true to your expression of the art that you contribute to it.
“… I’m hoping that people are appreciating this, man, that’s pretty much it for me man. I want people to love what I’m doing…. I just like to rap, and I like showing people I can rap…” says Mickey
On 28 June, Brooklyn’s CariBBeing held it’s 2015 Caribbean-American Heritage Film Series at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. CaribBEING proudly presented the final screenings of Closer Encounters: The Caribpolitan Experience. Select film features were “Doubles With Slight Pepper”
by director Ian Harnarine, and “PAN! Our Music Odyssey” by director Jérôme Guiot. This day was formally chosen by President of Borough Eric Adams as Steelpan Day.