Today we’d like to introduce you to Complex.
Hi Complex, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I would definitely say I started playing around with rapping when I was about 15ish. Somehow my friends and I ended up writing raps for fun, but this one time, my friends really liked a verse I wrote to some song. So, because of that and the way we would play around with rapping, it lead me to start thinking, I could really get paid for this. It wasn’t until I was 16 years old that I actually made the decision to start recording myself and actually putting myself out there.
I got to where I am today because deep down I never lost that “want factor.” The desire for me to just be super successful is really what drives me to chase my dreams. I keep hitting milestones with music, it’s definitely something in my life that just always felt right. I love music, and now I do research to learn what’s necessary to really take it all the way. I always have fun with it and just remind myself that consistency and persistence got me this far and it’s limitless to where it can go.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely not, lol. I’ve dealt with faulty engineers, I’ve been beat fishing before. Sometimes I learned things way after the fact, so it’s too late to fix something. It can be mentally taxing; I always feel like I should be doing something, even when I’m relaxing somehow my mind will come up with something I need to jot down. There were times that I had writer’s block and thought I wasn’t gonna rap anymore. But at the end of the day, the need to be better than I was before sits heavy on me. I want to impress myself. I’m so ready to see myself with the #1 song. It just excites me when I think of all the possibilities.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an independent lyricist. I write my own songs. I wish I could say there’s some elaborate routine or that I spend a lot of time analyzing my lines but most times, I write my songs really quickly. After I write the first verse and the hook the rest pretty much writes itself. It doesn’t take me long to figure out if I like a song or if I wanna trash it. But what does take some time is deciding how I’ll actually present whatever I’m working on. I just plan for the best and appreciate whatever results I see.
I’m definitely most proud of my growth. It feels so exciting to watch all your numbers go up. I love hearing that people recognize my progression from album one to album four. Continuously learning and getting better understandings of how quality over quantity easily brings the quantity. I just see things with a more refined mind now and I only want the best of everything.
What sets me apart is that I come with a message. I’m not just turning up and making you think with intricate wordplay. In my discography, you’re gonna feel. You’re gonna feel like you’re the shit, you’re gonna feel sexy, you’re gonna feel powerful, you’re going to feel like you can do anything you put your mind to if you stick around and listen to me. In my love guide I write “In order to truly love yourself, you have to first know yourself so you can unapologetically be yourself.” I’m here to let everyone know that life is limitless and being who you are is exactly who you need to be.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
My advice would be to just keep going and never stop teaching yourself because things are always changing and it’s better to know what’s next than to see what’s next. And be sure to do your research! Especially if you’re in major cities like ATL like I am. Everyone in ATL knows everyone and has everything if you let them tell it. Don’t get caught up in what looks good because usually that’s all it is, looks. You want real tangible results and honestly, the only way to do that is to really study what works and make that work for you.
And most of all, do NOT let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. Block out any negativity and stay focused on your path, your goals and your desires. In one of my unreleased tracks I say “dreams ain’t for 2 or more,” God gave YOU the vision and it’s up to you to bring it to life. I know it’s hard sometimes, especially when the lack of support comes from the people you care for most, but it’s so important to recognize the more you grow, the more people will gravitate and remind you that your work is great. No matter what you do, there is always an audience out there waiting for you too.
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