Artist of the Month – Micah “MeeX” Napoli
SDHS senior, Micah "MeeX" Napoli, on his musical journey
May 3, 2019
How long have you been rapping?
- “I would say that I started rapping about three years ago. I’ve been rapping since early high school.”
What inspired you to start rapping?
- “My big brother started rapping and it seemed fun, so I just kind of got inspiration from him.”
Do you have any other inspirations other than your brother?
- “My brother for sure is a huge inspiration, but believe it or not, Michael Jackson is also a big inspiration. Other people I look up to are Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.”
What would you say is your biggest motivation?
- “My Mom. Everything I do is for my Mom. I just wanna make her proud. She’s done so much for me all my life and I appreciate her and all she’s done so much.”
What were some of the biggest obstacles when learning guitar?
- “Some of the main challenges I faced were getting my equipment for recording and the color of my skin. A lot of people tell me I shouldn’t be rapping because I’m white. Another challenge I faced was writer’s block. There was a time where I wasn’t putting any songs out because I just couldn’t write anything.”
How did you overcome all of these challenges?
- “The equipment I got by just working for it. I overcame writer’s block my just writing and writing over and over again. Practicing by writing a lot helped get through writer’s block. As for the color of my skin, there was really nothing I could do except just ignore the hate and negativity.”
What would you say is your favorite thing about making music and rapping?
- “I enjoy rapping a lot, it’s a lot of fun, but my favorite thing is when I put out a new song. Release day is super stressful, but when the song drops I feel so accomplished and proud of my work.”
Do you plan on continuing to put out music and rapping after high school?
- “When I first started rapping my main goal was to be known in the local area. Now I’m pretty well known locally and I’m thankful for that, but I do plan on continuing rapping in the future. Hopefully, I’ll turn it into a profession.”
You were on a song with 350k streams and you just recently put out your own song that has been blowing up with 25k streams. Talk about how that feels.
- “Well, the song “Blue Striptz” which has over 300,000 plays with one of my friends and I’ve been super proud of it. We were very deserving and all the work paid off. I also actually have two songs with over 20,000 plays.”
What are some ways rapping has changed you as a person?
- “Rapping has definitely changed the way I see things. It has shown me that you have to work hard for what you want, nothing’s going to be handed to you. Also, it’s changed me in my style and the way I dress.”
What advice would you give to somebody who would wanna start rapping or making music of their own?
- “You gotta work for what you want. Everybody has this idea that whatever they want is just gonna be handed to them when they ask for it, but it doesn’t work like that. If music is your passion, follow it and work hard.”