Rapper Addy M is only 20 years old and is already being idolised. His music consists of real life events and things that were happening around him. One even sounded like he was living in the game of Grand Theft Auto…
I performed on the first day of Surf Festival and Marine Drive was literally packed. There were elderly people listening to me which I thought was different because my songs can come across as offensive. There were young children, which had no idea what my songs were about, dancing and having fun too. When I was onto my last song of my 30-minute set, an elderly woman around the age of 60 started to walk up to the stage which was surprising because it was ridiculously loud and contained a lot of profanities. I thought she was coming up to me to complain but she got to the stage and reached out her hand to me so I went to grab it. When I did she held it and said to me that I was amazing and to keep doing what I’m doing and I’ll go far. It was a very humbling moment.
But life wasn’t always full of such amazing moments. When I was only in primary school my mum developed something like a brain tumour, called Encephalitis, which messed with our family massively. It affects two in 250,000 people so growing up was quite difficult. At 12 years-old I had to grow up really fast and ignore all the problems going on in my life and focus on helping my family. My dad was amazing with me and my brother, though, He has been both my father and mother figure so I really couldn’t ask for a better role model. He is my main support for my music and always will be. He knows how important music is to me and believes in me no matter how long it takes for me to be noticed.
I performed my first real rap in a year ten talent show. It was called Acceptance and since then I haven’t stopped. Being a rapper means you can talk about what you want to talk about. No one tells you what to rap and no one faults you for something you rap about. You can talk about experiences and dark subjects that you usually wouldn’t talk about in lyrics to a pop song.
I’ve always listened to music ranging from Pink Floyd and Nirvana to stuff like Eminem and N.W.A. I went through loads of different genres but soon realised my main interest was rap music. When I was a child I used to randomly write poems and short stories and when I hit 13 I realised I had quite a dark imagination and I could set scenes quite vividly with little effort. So from my poems I just thought about trying to turn them into raps instead and from then on I did. I began with really typical cheesy stuff, which I didn’t really like, but after a few life experiences I started to write about them instead. I used my ability to vividly set a scene and combined it with my personal stories to create songs.
Through my music I want people to see that no matter what life throws at you; things will always get better. It’s not about how many times you get knocked down, it about how many times you get back up. The whole point of my songs are just to simply inspire people and help people who have been in situations similar to me. I would tell them that it gets better. Things come into everybody’s lives and everyone has different ways of dealing with them. If someone could just put on one of my songs and relate and feel better, then my job as a musician is done.
In the future I want to be headlining stages, changing people’s lives. At the moment I am in the process of being signed and have so far collaborated with J-Short, CHL and Nyne Lyves. I am also releasing a second album; I don’t know how long it will take or when it will be out because I want it to be amazing before anyone hears it. I am still at college studying too, I’m only young but I will keep pushing through the struggles you call life to pursue my dreams and so should you.