FKN Exclusive – Nukky Grissom
Every week we love to introduce you to some new talented individuals. Well today to we’ve got a talented rapper from Stratford, ON/Toronto, ON by the name of Nukky Grissom. Check out this FKN Exclusive with Nukky Grissom and see how he started out in the industry. Also listen to a few of his latest songs!
Artist Name: Nukky Grissom
City/State: Stratford, ON/Toronto, ON
So tell us a little bit about yourself?
- My name is Nukky Grissom, a hip-hop artist from Stratford, Ontario, now spending much of my time in Toronto. I swap cities like Magic Johnson swapped bitties and it’s like I’m always rhymin’ even when I’m not tryin’! Ha, I might have to use that Magic Johnson line sometime…
What inspired you to start rapping?
- I was about 11 or 12 when I wrote my first lyrics and I think the biggest influence had to be hip-hop culture as a whole. I’m originally from a small town where hip-hop wasn’t exactly thriving at the time, but the unfortunate deaths of Tupac and Biggie really brought it to the mainstream and that’s pretty much when it caught my attention. I soon myself immersed in The Source, Rap Pages and pretty much anything else having to do with hip-hop and it eventually led to me putting my pen to paper.
Were there any hard challenges you had to face in the industry?
- Yeah, definitely. I think one of the biggest challenges facing a lot of emerging artists is just trying to stand out from the crowd and be taken seriously. There are millions of artists and groups around the world who are making music but a very small percentage of them are willing to go to the lengths it takes to succeed. A lot of them are more-or-less “hobby groups”, which doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t share the same passion or love for the music as a serious artist, it just means they might not be willing to put as much time and money into it…and if you’re REALLY trying to give it a shot, it takes A LOT of both.
What ways have you found was the best way to promote yourself?
- For me it’s all about being personable at shows. I know some artists’ like to carry themselves with a little bit of “superstar” arrogance – which is cool, the confidence is a good thing – but I really like vibing with the crowd after my set and showing them that I’m a normal person just like they are. Chatting them up for a bit and taking the time to pose for a picture or two goes a long way in leaving a lasting impression and it’s something they’re more likely to remember.
What would be your most memorable moment while rapping?
- That’s a tough question because I’m not sure if there’s one distinct moment that stands out more than the rest. However, one of my favorite things about performing is transforming people into genuine fans. I’ve performed at a lot of shows where, for one reason or another, people didn’t really have high expectations prior to our set. It can change pretty quickly though and I always love when people approach BC (my engineer and hypeman) or I afterwards and are beaming with enthusiasm and excitement. It’s a cool experience to see someone go from one end of the spectrum to the other.
Are there any goals that you would like to achieve?
- Probably too many to list! A major goal of mine though is being able to make a living as a full-time songwriter and musician. It doesn’t have to be 6, 7 or 8 figures EVERY year, but if I can make a bank manager’s salary or a teacher’s salary making music then I’m cool with that.
What can we expect from you in the future?
- I just finished putting together a tentative schedule/outlook for the next 8-12 months and the one thing I can commit to saying is that there will be a lot of new music coming out this year!
Are there any upcoming albums you are releasing?
- Like I just mentioned, I have a batch of new music coming out this year and I’m actually just about to release the first edition of “A Side/B Side”, which is basically going to be a continuous stream of small two-song releases that I’m going to be putting out every couple of months. They’re basically just songs that I’ve had sitting in the vault that don’t necessarily fit in with any other releases but that I still want to put out. As of right now I’m thinking there will be about 5 editions of “A Side/B Side” which I’ll be putting out in between a couple larger projects including “Laundrymat Quarters”, which is due in early-May.
What do you think of FKN Famous?
- Oh man, there’s not many other sites out there that cover as many different angles as you guys do! Obviously you do a great job highlighting and repping emerging artists such as myself but the “Fashion” section has me checking in on the regular as well!
Any last shout outs?
- Again, I could be here all day but I definitely have to thank the FKN Famous team for giving me this spot and I also have to shout out the team at Game Records. They’re such a solid group of artists and producers and I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by such talented people. I also have to give a major shoutout to all of the people who have supported me from day one and continue to share and spread my music. It means a lot to me…
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