FKN Exclusive – Mercy

FKN Exclusive – Mercy

We’ve got a FKN Exclusive for you today. We’ve got a very talented music artist from Coral Springs, Florida by the name of Mercy. Sit back an relax an get to know how Mercy started out in the industry. Also listen to his latest songs. Shout out to our good friend Michael of Tokenphoto for shooting us over such great talent!

Artist Name: Mercy
City/State: Coral Springs, FL
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So tell us a little bit about yourself?

– The name is Mercy. Born and raised in the Everglades of South Florida. I’ve been heavily influenced by the Golden Era of Hip Hop as well as a bit of alternative. I’m a Marvel Comic/Manga Anime head. I like to be outstanding without standing out. I drink occasionally and smoke passionately. Drawing was my first love but music became my last romance. I’m a crossbreed between Kurt Cobain and Nas. Oh yeah, I also have a schoolboy crush on Eva Mendes. I am the Co-Founder of a music group called Illustrious along with Solidified, Zino, JuGGie, KoJazz and I rep the #SMMB (Self Made Mutual Bond) crew along with Jay, Bishop, and EK.

What inspired you to start rapping?

– Watching Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones” music video was a huge influence. The darkness and attitude of the song helped birth my Hip Hop lifestyle. The rap game during the golden era played a significant role from Notorious B.I.G., Raekwon, Tribe Called Quest, Outkast and others who all definitely made a fan out of me. My oldest brother, Gutta Man, played a big part in my rap career as well. He was the MC of the family and taught me everything from how to write verses to the process of making songs. I would hear him making beats on the SP1200 in his room while I’d be freestyling to myself in the other room. He would have my sister Christyle and I rap battle over beats — it was definitive training for us. I’ve continued to be a student of the game and work on my mic presence. I didn’t just want to be a dope mc or an ill rapper but a real musician…a true artist of all genres.

Were there any challenges you had to face in the industry?

– My only challenge was and is getting into the industry. There are more politics, Hip Hop dicators, and less lovers for the art itself which tends to be a struggle at times for me, due to the fact that I’m from the south but making a strictly east coast style of music. I believe the industry is fickle right now and true talent is being ignored. I’m not one to make excuses but rather prefer to rise to the occasion and overcome any obstacle which presents itself. Anything I UNDERgo…I shall OVERcome.

What ways have you found was the best way to promote yourself?

– Social networking and interacting with new faces have been a good way of promoting. I’ve been performing at local spots and exclusive venues in order to generate more of a buzz. My homies (SMMB) and I decided to come together in order to execute, brainstorm, and create new strategies to provide new opportunities. We want to introduce our talents to many people as possible.

What would be your most memorable moment while rapping?

– I’ve had a few Kodak moments. Most of them have been when sharing the stage with one of my best friends and continuous collaborator, Bishop. Whether we’re performing in front of 1,500 people or 150 people, we always enjoy the experience which has been surreal. I got to meet some of my favorite influences such as Mobb Deep, The Lox, Ghostface Killah, Nature, Noreaga, Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Young Jeezy, The Alchemist, and more which were all very inspirationally captivating & molding experiences.

Are there any goals that you would like to achieve?

– “Can’t wait till I get onnn…just wait till I get onnn…” I just want the opportunity to showcase my talents to the world. I want to be successfully established as well as owning my future endeavors. I’m looking to sign but I would like to have a distribution deal or a possible joint where I can enjoy the fruits of my labor with my IMG/SMMB partners. I would love to have my own Anime or comic book series in the near future as well.

What can we expect from you in the future?

– More music, more shows, and more MeRCY. I like to stay consistent with my work. If I’m not working on songs, I’m executive producing other projects. I’m a true idealist, a big dreamer of my music. In the meantime, I just want to concentrate on promoting my latest album heavily. I do plan working on various projects as well as anxious to get back into the studio to start work on the third installment for “The Prestige”, It’s all a process of progress from here on out.

Are there any upcoming albums you are releasing?

– I just released my latest album called The Prestige 2 on November 11, 2011. So far this year I’ve already managed to release an EP titled “Heroes & Villains” with my producer Solidified (also available for Free DL on my Bandcamp) and dropped the first Prestige album on Janurary 11, 2011 all in one year. I really don’t know what’s next. I got a few projects that I’m interested in pursuing and others that are in the works. Knowing my producer Solidified, anything can happen. Who knows you might get a new album next month..

What do you think of FKN Famous?

– I think FKN Famous is FKN ill! Especially giving upcoming artists like myself the chance to showcase themselves respectfully. I am truly honored & humbled for the opportunity. Shoutout to the boy @TOKENPHOTO for putting me on!

Any last shoutouts?

– First and foremost, I would like to shoutout ALL my family, supporters, fans, friends, and those who truly believed in me. Shoutout to my teams #IMG Solidified, Zino, JuGGie, KoJazz, Bishop and #SMMB Jay and EK. My musical siblings, Christyle and P. Hall. All the people that helped me throughout my music career such as Rene, Al Jazz, Ta-ku, DJ KD, Youngfilms, Oboogz, Planet Marz, Nando, etc. Big shoutout to the first blogger who showed love off top — Sermon’s Domain and others that supported after including Ashley Outrageous, Lowkey, DJ Booth, Lyrical Accountant, ShermanUHTN, etc. Shoutout to the whole South Florida. All the local artists in Broward County. We got next! There’s really too many people to name off top but they know where my heart’s at. I got y’all on the next interview!

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