Lately, in the mainstream hip hop and rap world it has become a handful of similar artists who don’t understand the importance of individuality in their craft. That isn't the case with this up and coming hip hop, rap phenomenon and entrepreneur, "Mick Mersse". Equipped with an unorthodox delivery, clever word play and fresh hooks, this Jersey native began acquiring a fan base that spread from his hometown all the way to Sacramento CA. Currently not signed to a label, Mick embodies the elements of a independent artist by creating and building his music portfolio and self-promoting himself daily. His influences vary from Gospel to Rock which makes him more than just an hip hop artist. Mick also has many rap influences varying from Nas, 2Pac, and Biggie, LL Cool J and Jay Z.
You can hear how Mick uses all of his influences while creating a relatable and conceptual approach to his current music including his new single “Sun Down”. in this song, Mick transcends from rap to R&B while sticking to his hip hop roots of the hit. Showcasing his versatility as an artist, Mick includes a sort of electric and funky vibe to the song. You can tell he’s inspired by some of the rap greats due to his ability to create great lyricism and flow effortlessly to his beat. Don’t forget to check “Sun Down” out and be on the look-out for Mick! Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Mick below!
Listen to "Sun Down" on Spotify.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
What up world! I go by the name Mick Mersse. Founder & CEO of 100Gz Music Group. Jersey stand up! Shout out to the 609 all day!
The love for music started at young age for me. I grew up listening to all types from gospel to rock and being exposed to that wide range allowed me to have a step ahead of others. Channeling that electric variety into my own music allows me to be able to create on any style/type of music. I started to push the music, outside of my own close circle of friends and family, after I did few local open mics around the Tri-State area and a few shows back in New Jersey. Seeing the reaction from everyone, had me like "wow, I might actually be good at this". So fast forward to now, a few mix tape series (Ground Work Vol. 1-3) later and what some are calling an album (Leavin' My Legacy), here we are.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
My stage name came from a close friend of mine/artist by the name of Jase Harley. It initially started out as a joke from a studio session on how I was rapping so aggressively. He and a few others would say "yo, he doesn't show any "mercy" on any song he gets on, he just goes in every time". They started calling me that and it just stuck with me. I just added Mick years later to give it a full name and I changed the spelling of "mercy" phonetically to "Mersse", to make the name stand out. So, blame Jase for the name, I just took it and ran with it.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I write ALL my music. Any song that has a feature non-rapping, was composed by me. Sometimes my wife will be in the studio with me and she'll give me a dope line or a perspective that'll sparks an idea and I'll just take off and run with it. My writing style is pretty much based off pure inspiration from all faucets of life. I try to highlight my highs and lows of my own life, pull from conversations with friends, people in general, and just my own realities. From there, I try to make them as relatable as possible through song and sometimes i just go in the studio, turn a beat on and just let the beat drive my emotion and create whatever comes to mind.
We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
The song "Sun Down" was inspired memories and conversations from when I met my wife. We met at 18 and even back then I knew what I wanted. So the hook starting off the way that it does is me just telling her, "look, cut the games, this what i want, and here's how it'll go down".
D. Banks just murdered it by taking my idea and bringing it to life. Shout out to D. Banks!! The verses are 100% from actual conversations that my wife and I had that I just cleverly elaborated on. I think the organics of the song, make it relatable because every guy has said some of the things I say in this song when they "shoot their shot" when courting a woman.
What’s next for you?
Next for me is my Ep which is titled "I AM..." that I'm shooting for a October/November release. I'm spending a lot of time on getting things situated with producers, features, and how the material sounds sonically, so hopefully I can keep that time frame. Knowing me being my worst critic, it'll drop first quarter next year.
I want to thank BuzzMusic LA for the opportunity and blessing to be on their platform!! Hopefully, I can come back after I release "I AM...". Once again, thanks!
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YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/mersse1