Interview – Mali Osage

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We were fortunate enough to catch up with Mail Osage, check out our interview with the talented rapper below.  

First things first, tell us about yourself? 

I’m a very determined person. I try to live my life like God is involved in all I do. I’m not really concerned with what people think of me, at the end of the day I need to be proud of anything I’m apart of, musically of just living in general. I feel like I’m at my creative best when I had tunnel vision.

What is your songwriting process? 

I like to listen to tracks before creating a song, it’s more about creating the vibe versus trying to make a sound.

Tell us about your latest release? 

Working on a Paper World. We can’t escape materialism but we should never compromise artistry for money. It’s a combination of personal things I’ve been dealing with but staying true to my goals.

What has been your funniest gig moment?

I was invited to perform at a spot with a live band. I wanted to do a freestyle of a Cold Play instrumental, the band which catered to Hip Hop primarily had no sides what the song was. Even when performing it, I knew my lyrics resonated with the crowd but it was an out of the box collaboration. Both the band and I received a lot of feedback but when they were initially hesitant I thought the set was going to backfire.

What message do you think your music conveys to your fans? 

If you have a different point of view, don’t be afraid to be different. Creativity happens when we block out any pressure to meet other people’s expectations.

Who are your musical influences? 

Jay Z, Kanye, Black Thought, Drake, Fabolous by name and for different reasons.  When I hear these guys it pushes me.

Who are your non-musical influences? 

I admire LeBron James’ story and growth. TD Jakes, Les Brown, Andy Wilcox (my barber when I was coming up) Robert Kiyosaki. Again, maybe a strange mixture but spirituality is just as important as success.

What do you think are the biggest obstacles for artists today? 

Understanding the business of music and the business of people. It’s a lot of sharks in this water.

What advice would you give to other artists starting out? 

Create, critique and don’t be afraid to be innovative. Secondly, surround yourself with people who are going to keep it brutally honest with you, don’t settle for “yes men”.

What are your hopes for next 2 years?

Continued peace and health. If I maintain those there’s nothing I can’t do. I might hope for a sunny day or whatever but my achievements rest in my drive. I believe success hinges on taking advantages of opportunities, big or small.

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Interviewed by FVReviews April 2019

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