Give us your bio. AtypiCLE is a rapper from Cleveland, Ohio who has firmly established himself as a clean rapper with thought-provoking lyrics and a relentless work ethic. Although he has released a few projects over the years, he has spent the past year honing and working on his craft to ensure that he delivers the best musical content possible. When he’s not on the mic or in the studio, he works as an aerospace engineer at NASA and is currently working towards a PhD in Aerospace Engineering.
Who are your top 5 influences? There are so many artists that have influenced my style over the years. But if I had to pick 5, I would have to go with Lecrae, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, J. Cole, and Eminem.
When are your new projects coming out? I’m working on an EP that will be coming out in May or June called “AmpliFire” that will have 5 or 6 new songs. It will be available on all platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and more. I’m also releasing a single this week called “Mamba” that will be available on Spotify and other platforms. This song is dedicated to Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gigi and the seven other victims involved in the tragic accident that occurred on Jan. 26th. The proceeds will go towards the Mamba on Three Fund, which sends donations directly to the families of the victims.
What helped you get into music? My love for hip-hop developed at a very young age. Whether I was listening to hip-hop songs on my Walkman, watching rap videos on TV, or listening to the radio in my parents’ car, I was always immersed and influenced by rap music. But I didn’t start writing music until my sophomore year in college when I was 19. Growing up, I was always an introverted, shy kid. Since college is a time of transition and change, I made it a goal of mine to become more confident speaking in front of people and to be more comfortable in my own skin. So one day, I got enough courage to perform at a talent show at my school in front of at least a hundred people, which was a huge accomplishment for a quiet kid like myself. Since then, I’ve done a bunch of local shows, and I’ve released more music videos than I can count. I still consider myself an introvert but my self-confidence and overall social skills have greatly improved in large part because of getting into music and performing.
Anything to tell your fans? I would tell them thank you for listening to my music and for rocking with me over the years. In trying to get adjusted to my engineering career outside of music, I took a longer hiatus than expected but I appreciate their continued support. Like Bryson Tiller said, “I’m back and I’m better”, and more music is on the way.
What are your biggest goals for 2020? My main goals for this year are to be a lot more active with my music. I’m looking forward to dropping my new EP, and maybe even releasing a new video. I also hope to get at least one song featured on a major Spotify playlist this year. All in all, I’m anticipating 2020 to be an entertaining and exciting year.