From the blogs to the big time, the Bronx’s Mickey Factz prepares to drop his new album, The Achievement.
HHW: How did you get the name Mickey Factz?
Mickey Factz: Mickey came from Natural Born Killers the story of Mickey and Mallory. Mallory was his love interest, and Mickey woulda did anything for Mallory, like kill, rob, steal, whatever. I compare Mallory to hip hop, so that’s where I got the name Mickey from and facts is all I talk about. The z at the end is for the style.
When did you first get introduced to music?
My father used to rap to me when I was in the womb. He was trying to be a rapper as well. But my first memories of hip hop was listening to Big Daddy Kane on a record player that my cousin had, speeding him up to sound like a chipmunk. My cousin was like you’re not supposed to listen to it like that, listen to it like this…And when I did, that’s my first earliest memory of Hip Hop. I had to be about, 5, 6 or 7, around there.
When did you start to become an MC?
I used to listen to everybody’s raps and write them down. Like Biggie, 2Pac…I used to listen to Bone Thugs and try to write every word down. It was the hardest thing ever, but I got it down. That was when tapes was out… aw man, those was the days! Then I kinda started substituting the lyrics that I wrote from them with my own and I started to gradually learn how to put words together and make them match and that’s how that all started.
How did you go from putting words together to pursuing a career in music?
Well I battled in high school and lost really badly. So I promised myself that I would freestyle and practice over the summer for next year. When I did I came back and was better than everybody. Then I took a little hiatus. I was doing it as a hobby for a little while and then in 2007 I just decided to kinda go full-fledged with it; dropping out of school, and quitting my job to pursue music. And I am where I am because of my determination.
What did you do to take it to the next level? How did you get your buzz going?
At that time, nobody was online. Everybody was hand to hand in the streets, selling stuff out of their trunk. I didn’t have any money but the Internet was free. We were the ones who started up like the song a week, having the words with it, and a picture and blasting it out and getting it on these different sites. Just trying to create a fan base like week by week by week. Eventually the name got out there and everywhere you turned your head you saw Mickey Factz because of my innovative tactics.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m just trying to finish up my album… Its like 90% done, it should be out sometime later this year, like around September [on Jive] it’s called The Achievement. My whole focus is on that right now. We got the video with Marsha Ambrosia called “For The Culture,” its doing really well. After that, my very first single from my album The Achievement will be dropping, its called “Dusk Till Dawn.” It’s a very big record and its gonna change my life and the peoples’ lives around me. I think people are gonna be really impressed with my song writing skills.
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