Rapper and Emcee Master Malice Selfie on the cover of The Selfied magazine

Master Malice, A Rapper & Emcee from Jeffersonville USA 

What was the situation in which this photo was taken?

I was out in town just about to go rap battle people, and was also about to go meet some of my fans.

Could you tell us something about what you do?

I usually chill out in my studio and write rhymes to improve my delivery and I work with my Hip Hop Group members to help them out. The reason I make music is because, hip hop is my life. I started rapping at the age of 9 and recording at 13, it helps me take my anger out and express myself. Another reason I rap is because, mainly it’s what I’m meant to do, and it’s my goal to get noticed pretty soon. Daily I work and work on my lyrics to better myself. Now I’m focused on my near future, when I get to go on tour which I hope is soon.

How did you first become interested in rap and hip hop?

It all started when I was a child, I never really had a great childhood and have done a lot of stuff I regret. I would try fitting in with the wrong crowd of people, I’ve lost a few friends to suicide and faced depression before, that’s when I started writing poetry and then listening to hip hop, and ever since then I have set this goal to achieve, as soon as possible. Another reason is because, a good friend of mine used to freestyle with me when we would hang out, and I promised him I would never stop making music and that I will be sure to achieve this dream. A few months later I lost him due to his depression catching up to him, so I promised myself not to go back on what I promised him I would achieve.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I mainly enjoy meeting new artist from around the world and gaining fans, it makes me feel great about myself.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment me and my Hip Hop group Lyrical Godz are working on increasing our members, and right now we are going international with members from all over.  We are also working on a new album which will be my best, until newer ones come out.

What are the challenges in what you do, and how do you overcome them?

The hardest challenges would have to be when I face haters. Sometimes I just want to stop rapping and give up. Recently I dissed the haters and let them know that they’re not going to bring me down. A challenging task would be when you make a long rap and have to memorize the lyrics, especially when you have to memorize 60+ song lyrics. I overcome all that by first off ignoring my doubters because, ever since this year came along and I’ve been making moves. not many haters are around anymore, just people who ask me for my opinions about the industry. To overcome the memorizing of lyrics, I started studying 1 song at a time for a full week or 2 or until I memorize them all the way.

Could you describe your personal style?

My personal style is really mixed in between 3 different styles. There’s my Silent Life style where I make heart-felt lyrics, my King DMC style where I brag about myself in some songs, and my best and main style, Master Malice style where I make music about anything from regrets, to what I love, and sometimes I goof around in my lyrics.

What is your present state of mind?

My state of mind right now is just focused.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Right now I’m listening to my first album. It’s not extremely good but I love listening to my songs.

Which artists or designers inspire you?

My biggest inspirations would have to be Eminem, Tupac, Vengeance, Cali J, Sav Young, Token, Hopsin, and the whole rap label Ghettociety.

What is the purpose of art, in your view?

The purpose of the musical art, to me, is just expressing yourself like telling people stuff about you through your lyrics that you don’t normally come out and say.

How do you spend your free time?

I spend my free time writing lyrics, hanging with fans, hanging with members of the hip hop group, and recording in the studio or free styling.

Rapper and Emcee, Master Malice on the mic