VA-EMCEE is a rap artist from Portsmouth, VA. His tracks echo the spirit of quality hip-hop with the warmth and grit of old school releases, while bringing a modern edge to the sound. VA-EMCEE is distinctive for his unique and upfront lyrical flow, following in the footsteps of the greatest hip-hop storytellers of all generations – from Biggie Smalls to Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar, just to mention a few. Find out more and discover releases such as “Untouchable”, “Chandelier” or “Twenty’s”.
Who are your top 5 influences?
Bigge, Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas, KRS-ONE
When are your new projects coming?
I just released my newest single “Untouchable” that is really creating a strong buzz right now. I will be releasing a single that I am currently working on titled “Rainy Day” August of 2016, so please stay tuned for that! I am also working on tracks with several different artists to help promote and build awareness for independent and upcoming emcees.
What helped you get into music?
God and myself! I began writing and making beats in the 5th grade and it gave me an avenue to be heard and receive critical feedback at an early age. I saved up money to purchase the equipment I needed to create music. I started with a beat machine, receiver, tape recorder, mixer, keyboard, and a mic. I did my own research as far as locating live performance opportunities and promotional advancement. I went online and searched for sites that I could upload my music to and I placed my music on every single one that I found. Networking is a major key in my progress.
What is one thing you would tell your fans?
Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart and I will always make great music for you all to enjoy!
What are your biggest goals for 2016?
My biggest goals for 2016 are to continue to deliver creative quality music for the people, network with as many viable music industry professionals as possible, strengthen my artist and brand, and to bring independent and upcoming artists to the forefront of the hip-hop world.