Ali Masego is an American rapper, producer and songwriter. He is known for his clever word play and charasmatic flow. His gritty, but honest lyrical expressions will raise the conciousness of listeners while at the same time
keep their heads bumpin'. He is also vice president of an independent artist management firm called F.A.M. E Inc. ( Flavor Artist Mangement & Entertainment Group). Masego has been contacted by music insiders, interviewers, independent label heads and booking agencies to headline shows in the DMV. The story is still being written for rising young rap prodigy called ALI MASEGO! Here is what he has to say:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Hip-hop is my musical genre, but my sound is definitely a mix of every music genre.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I wanted a unique name that meant something to me. My middle name is “Ali-kumar” which means “exalted prince”. I took the “Ali” part for my first name and chose another name of African heritage for the last name. I chose “Masego” which means “blessings”. If you put it all together, Ali Masego means “Exalted Blessings”.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Nas, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, and Young Thug are definitely my biggest influences. Without them, I would probably be a completely different artist.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I actually recently dropped my new project, “Six At The Latest”, and it is available on all the major music streaming services. Other than that I am working hard on new material and I have a collaboration tape in the works with another up and coming DMV rapper named G-Lock Wop.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to touch as many people with my music as I can, and be a voice for a generation. Of course one day I’d like to get a Grammy, but I honestly just want to touch a large amount of people’s hearts through music.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
From my new album...Match That Raw & East Side Junkie definitely because everybody gets so hyped off those songs, and I feed off the energy.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
I’d say wanting to put out more material. I have so many ideas and sometimes its too much to all put out at once. I have to be smart in how portray my art to my fans and to the people.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I have two ways. Either I come up with something in my head and then put a beat to it, or vice versa. I feel the vibe of the music when I’m writing.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It’s played such a big role in getting me a lot of my fans, but also how I make my music. There’s so much going on these days and social media makes it so easy to consume all of it in a cool way.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I listen to many different songs so it’s hard for me to come up with particular ones. In terms of artists lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Daniel Caesar, Gunna, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, Blocboy JB. I could go on forever. My playlist has too much in it.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Graduated High School last year in College right now. Have been serious in sports like basketball and martial arts for over 10 years
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
If you want to make it in music, never give up. No ones gonna believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. Get your education, get in your bag, and grind. I guarantee you’ll get the results you’re looking for.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would change how young artists would be able to put out their music. The industry is really twisted and a lot of young talent is wasted because of who they trust in early. People need to make smarter moves.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think it’s the only thing that makes you an actual artist. When someone draws/paints something that was already made you’re just like “well that’s cool. It looks just like the original.” but there’s a reason why they talk about the original. The original is what everybody cares for in the first place.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
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