NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT:MAJVR
POSTED OCT. 10TH, 2017 | BY TONI POSTELL
MAJVR is a rapper and poet who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Despite her busy schedule, last week she took the time to chat with CSUITEMUSIC Music Editor Toni Postell.
What inspired you to become an artist?
Honestly, writing spoken word and poetry has inspired me to become an artist. This type of art is what rap is. It went from me just writing poetry to performing it over instrumental music and the rest is history.
Who is your inspiration?
I would have to say that my friends are my inspiration. Since I’ve been at UCLA, I have met so many talented people that I have built strong relationships with. Watching them grind, whether it be music, film, fashion, etc, and them supporting me inspires me to go hard in the music.
What is your overall goal you want your fans to see in your work? Who is your favorite artist?
My goal is to have my fans see my growth. The fact that I have found my sound, I want my fans to see the change too. If you listen to my earlier songs, it sounds nothing like the stuff I’ve been making recently. All of it is good music but recently I’ve been making some REALLY GOOD music and hopefully my fans will like it too. And favorite artist? I would have to say Andre 3000. I mean who doesn’t like this man? He has inspired me to play with my flow which has had a huge impact on the way my new music sounds.
How would you define Black Lives Matter and the importance?
Black Lives Matter has been a movement that I’ve supported 100% from the jump. I think BLM is understanding that a black life is just as important as the next life, no matter the color of their skin or where they come from. It’s also about unity and realizing that black lives have been affected so much over time and the last thing we want is to become another hashtag on social media.
Where do you see your career in 5 years? 10 years?
In 5 years I’ll be 25 years old, I will have a BA in Theater from UCLA and I WILL be in the music industry. I like to speak things into existence so yes I will be in the music industry, whether I’m rapping, producing, mixing & mastering, whatever. As long as I’m getting paid to do what I love to do, I will be forever content.
What is your favorite song you have created?
I have two favorite songs. The first one is On Me that I released this year and the second one is DON’T TRIP that’s on my project THE BLVCK EP. These two songs have to be my top two. It was one of those songs that I couldn’t stop listening to. I thought I went hard in the production as well as the way I executed them.
How do you feel about the current events that are occurring in politics?
Where do I even begin. Sometimes I forget that Trump is our president. Maybe it’s because I don’t pay it any mind because every time I turn on the TV or go on social media, he’s wildin’ out and pissing off the whole U.S. All I can do is just pray that he makes good decisions for our country because right now, things have not been butterflies and rainbows since he became president.
What is the importance of supporting independent artists and the new wave and attention it is now getting? (Ie Chance the Rapper winning the Grammys)
Supporting independent artists is very important. “Support Your Friends” is one of the things I’ve been living by. I have friends that are like me. They want to be in the industry, they wanna make money, they want to be rich, change their current situations so that they can be content. I learned that supporting artists can get you a long way, it can take you places that you never would think you would go.
What advice would you give to the new generation of artists especially girls who want to go into music?
Don’t be scared to go into something that’s male dominated. Yes, the rap world is definitely male dominated but it has accepted so many female artists. Being a black woman and trying to make it in this industry is tough because there are people who think that females have to present themselves a certain way but don’t let that stop you. Embrace your image and what you bring to the table. Also, keep grinding. Keep making music, keep writing, take breaks, don’t stress yourself out, drink water and spread peace and love.