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MP3 Mike Alexander - Mike Alexander

A smooth, witty flow over bangin'' beats with a little bit of humor mixed in

7 MP3 Songs in this album (24:47) !
Related styles: HIP-HOP/RAP: Party Rap, HIP-HOP/RAP: West Coast Rap

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It’s not often that a hip-hop artist as entertaining as Mike Alexander comes along. A past “Independent Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” at both the Hollywood Fame and Los Angeles Music Awards, Mike has an uncanny ability to mix humor, hardship, and story-telling in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what he will say next. “I just observe everything that’s going around me and soak it up like a sponge,” he explains. “When I make music I’m just releasing everything I’ve gathered in a way to keep the audience interested.” Born in Washington, D.C. and growing up in Northern California’s Bay Area, Mike has an array of musical influences, ranging from Too Short and Gang Starr to The Beatles and Metallica.

Mike Alexander began rapping at the age of 17. From the first rap he wrote, he got a lot of positive feedback from his peers, and knew he wanted to make a career out of being a hip-hop artist. “I just loved the attention I got from being an entertainer. In high school I always used to do impressions of my teachers and coaches, and everybody loved it. I was always a pretty good writer and I needed a positive way to express myself, so it worked out pretty well.” In high school he had been a standout athlete in football and track and field, and from the time he was a child he had aspirations of eventually becoming a professional football player. After graduating high school, Mike continued playing football in college until an injury sidelined him. He saw it as the perfect opportunity to stop playing football and focus on making a career out of his music.

Shortly after, Mike moved to Southern California to pursue his dream of being a musician. Participating in rap battles helped him get recognition in the hip-hop community. He won several competitions, most notably the inaugural Emcee Battle for Jammin’ Z90, the most listened to hip-hop station in San Diego. This got him attention from DJ Billy Blast, one of the most recognizable names at the station. Mike made a few intro songs for Billy that were played daily on Z90 and the other big hip-hop station in San Diego, 98.9 FM, for well over a year. Getting attention from rap battles also helped Mike win the award for “Independent Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” at the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2004. Since then, he was crowned “Male Rap Vocalist of the Year” in 2006, and in 2007 Mike also won the award for “Independent Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” at the Hollywood Fame Awards.

When asked to describe his lyrical style, Mike Alexander says that he raps about “anything that is original,” adding, “Hip-hop is so watered down right now and it all sounds the same. I just want to create my own lane and bring something new to the table.” Mike has a smooth flow with witty punch lines, and he tries to focus his lyrics more around humor and everyday life rather than trying to act tough or exaggerate his past. He makes songs about everything from his junky 1987 Toyota Corolla named Lola, to songs where he impersonates George Bush and Bin Laden. “I want to achieve a lot in music,” says Mike Alexander. “I feel like I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. People are gonna know who I am sooner than later…hopefully it’s for something positive.”

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