“You are your own boss, I’m not giving myself a day off,” began AMiAM.
AMiAM is one of Orlando’s hardest working emcees. His artist name is the best reflection of who he is. AMiAM is representation of self and being the best you, you can be. His music is genuine and mosaic of life experiences.
This “New Yorican” with a established flow and eloquent delivery is one of Orlando’s hidden gems. He continues to put out quality music and works to unite and uplift all parts of Florida. He is all about building with others and always plotting on the next show. Hip Hop is his life.
Born in Manhattan, New York, AMiAM grew up in Orlando. Influenced by a family of Puerto Ricans who grew up in New York, his parents came from where Hip Hop was born. His mother recalls seeing RUN DMC promoting shows on the streets. His parents didn’t put him onto Hip Hop though, it was his brother and local emcee, MyGrane McNastee.
His journey begins at age of 6. He recorded his first verse with his brother. He encountered Hip Hop while his brother was recording on an analog system. AMiAM used to bboy and was one of his brother’s biggest fans. His brother’s Hip Hop duo with local emcee Murdoc, Open Campain, was the group that got him into Rap. He started writing and recording seriously early 2000.
During his time recording and writing, he has worked with plenty of local studios. He has worked with Reel Feel Studios, Studio 18, and has collaborated and stayed at the Solilla Manor. Solilla Manor is the home of Solillaquists of Sounds which some of the members have been on tour with and worked with Lauryn Hill. He currently has been working with CTC studios located in Downtown Orlando.
Influenced by NaS, Jay-Z, Big Pun, N.O.R.E., Cannibus, Eminem, and everyone in his close circle being a rapper, He grew up on Hip Hop. He is also one of the original members of Vets of Kin, an Orlando Hip Hop group that has opened for Nappy Roots and Wu Tang. He has rocked shows with Joell Ortiz, Rakim, and Slick Rick. He also opened up for Redman and Method Man with Jorok of Project Eden.
“What sets me apart? Passion, Dedication, I’m willing to compete with the best,” he expressed.
One of his favorite shows includes a show at a small venue in Gainesville. The event was hosted by Marley the Messenger. There was a freestyle cypher that included E-Turn, Shinobi Stalin, and Jorok. He said even though it wasn’t packed it was one of his favorite shows.
“The Hole in Wall show is where the best energy is,” he recounted.
He travels across the United States, but has recently been rocking shows in Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Gainesville, Lakeland, and still loves what Orlando does. He will be in Puerto Rico, New York, and Atlanta this Summer.
“People know Orlando is that spot. A lot of places in Florida look to Orlando. with high regard, we have a lot of good talent,” he asserted.
His current project #TuneintotheAM is only available at his shows, but make sure to follow the hashtag on social media for updates. He will be dropping it soon on iTunes and other online stores. He has a few music videos up his sleeve and on the way. His current project features NIKO IS and Project Eden.
Always working to build community with his music, he connects Hip Hop lovers with each other and is never afraid to hop into a cypher.
“I want to inspire people and do this full time, but mainly assist all the people I know. I want to see the people that should have won, win by now,” he admitted.
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