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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Expose Toxicc

 

Hello Expose Toxicc, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

I first got into music at the age of 8. At the time my family was very poor, it seemed that every day was another worry or stress about our living situations. As a kid I used music to cope with my emotions and anxiety. I idolized artists like Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kurt Cobain. Everyday I would try to sing notes as well as Chris Brown, along with learning every word to any of his songs I would listen to. As the years went by, I began to wonder what life had in store for me. I became inspired by Justin Bieber to start singing on Youtube, which I did. Throughout my high school years, kids would make jokes and laugh about my aspirations that I had towards music, which led me to become discouraged in myself musically. After highschool, I felt lost and confused about my future. Music has always just found its way back to me throughout my life, so there is no doubt inside my mind that this is where I’m supposed to be.

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

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Vulnerable. My music has so many different styles and aspects. For the most part every song I put out or I write has meaning to me. I try to paint the picture for not only the fans but for myself as the artist. I use the songs I relive or reminisce on valuable moments I’ve lived through and I believe that’s why my music resonates with so many people.

What would you say to any aspiring recording artist who looks up to your work?

I would tell them to stay confident, practice patience and remain humble. Let your hard work do all the talking. So many times people believe that talent can outshine hard work, not understanding that hard work develops talent.

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What quote or mantra do you live by?

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It’s a quote by Albert Einstein that goes like “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” I’m a big believer in value, when people value your work and your energy you naturally become more successful.

What is your hobby outside of music?

If I’m being honest there’s not too many hobbies I have other than music. I play basketball and workout everyday, but I wouldn’t consider those things hobbies. I’m constantly in my head about what I can do better musically to be sure I get to where I strive to be in life as an artist.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

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I see myself with the greats. I see myself living that childhood life I’ve been dreaming of for so long. I strive to have a platinum song or album by this time. I want to hit the billboards and meet my idols. Travel the world and meet my fans face to face. Most importantly I see myself making the best music I could possibly make around that time.

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

You can! This month of May, I’m dropping a small EP project that will be at least 5-7 songs. I’m looking to drop a new single every month this year as well. Along with my second Album dropping sometime in the Fall this year.

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

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So my single “Pretty Little Lies” was actually inspired by the lack of trust I’ve had with a few people I used to call my friends. The song goes into depth, speaking about them talking behind my back about me, spreading lies about me, stalking me on social media to see what they can continue to speak about. So I decided to take that energy and put it into a song that people could relate to. I put a twist of the song’s hook a bit, but make the song feel like it could be related to a couples relationship and I believe that’s why the song is so popular and fans can relate to what I’m saying.

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why.

– The first thing I wish someone told me when I started was to not lose myself in the journey. Sometimes as an artist you may feel like giving up, or that your music will never be heard. So you start to create things that you think people want to hear, instead of the things you want to create. I’ve done this a few times throughout my journey and everytime it has me questioning my abilities and my worth.

– Staying patient is another thing I wish I was told more. Nowadays it’s a common trend to want to create music and be an “Artist”. After all, why wouldn’t you want to live life like your idols everyday? In time you’ll realize who actually is in the industry for the love of music and who just wants the popularity.

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– Don’t ever let yourself feel guilty for taking a step back from music. I know that this can be hard at times since we live in a world where the internet is constantly blowing people up and making them famous, and you’re thinking any day it could be you, and you’re right it can and will! With that though, you need to keep your mental health at the best it can be. Taking a step back every now and again and enjoying life as it passes by can be refreshing to not only our mental health but to your music as well.

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– Don’t compare your success to any one else. This is a big one! So many times I’ve conquered goals of mine that I didn’t think were imaginable. I enjoy and celebrate for the moment and by the next day i see another artist do something on the internet and i think to myself, am i good enough to do this. This is only the fear of uncertainty that haunts my mind.

– Treat every person you come across or meet with respect. Those people are the ones that enjoy your energy and see something in you that you may not always see for yourself. Not only that but if you can respond or give your fans a bit of your time, why should they return the favor by listening to your music? Remember there’s over a billion artists already signed and another billion that’s trying to be signed, stay humble 

What tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

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I would tell those creatives to practice walking away. Sometimes as an artist we may feel we need to be working every day, every minute, every second to get to where we wish to be. Although there is some truth behind that, we still need to experience and appreciate life in the moment. You would be surprised how much it makes your mind feel refreshed and ready to tackle new obstacles.

How can our readers follow you online?

You can follow me on Instagram or TikTok @exposing.toxicc along with streaming my music on any major streaming platform by searching Expose Toxicc

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Linda Carter is the founder of PlexFeed and the official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. She shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.

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Artist Spotlight

MEET THE ARTIST MEL THE PROPHET

Hello Mel The Prophet, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

Mel the Prophet- I first got into music in 2016. I used to freestyle with my friends and I was becoming really good and around that time I went to a NIpsey Hussle concert and an epiphany and was inspired to speak about my truth over music to inspire people how I was inspired by Nipsey  

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

Mel the Prophet- If I could describe my music in one word it would be, [ UNIQUE ] because , my music comes from real experiences while being witty and aggressive with intention to motivate the listener to view themselves and the world in a different perspective. 

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What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

Mel the Prophet- What I would say to aspiring artists who look up to my work is always be a learner and humble but always be honest with who you are before doing music, no matter what!

What quote or mantra do you live by?

Mel the Prophet- The mantra I live by is, if no one existed on the earth but you, how would you feel and what would you do and who would you be? ,,, now feel, do and be that with everyone existing on earth! 

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What is your hobby outside of music?

Mel the Prophet- My hobby outside of music is working out, reading and learning new ways to help others become more self aware.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Mel the Prophet- Where I see myself in 5 years is living on a ranch with multiple acres being a household name in music and the mental health industry providing value in creative ways to those who need help.

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Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

Mel the Prophet- What I have upcoming is a musical project, “SELF HELP” the self awareness guide and I’m also working on a RnB album 

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

Mel the Prophet- The inspiration behind my latest song, “Help 1 Self” (Mental Health Anthem) was experiencing the pandemic when a lot of people became afraid and aware of the fact their mental health was at stake.

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What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Mel the Prophet- The 5 things I wish someone told me when I first started: 

Expect no support from the people you want or expect support from. I was always a good person and a person who was “friends” with many people, not just around me or in my community but all around and thought I was going to get support from them because I was doing something good.

INVEST IN YOURSELF: Even though I did invest in myself, I was expecting others to invest in me because of the ideas I had and how beneficial they would be for others.

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FOCUS ON THE BIGGER PICTURE: As much as I thought I was focusing on the bigger picture, I actually wasn’t. I was rushing the process to become what I knew I am and I would attempt to force myself and my vision onto people without trusting the process of just doing the work day in and day out.

KNOW WHEN TO SAY NO!: Being a good person can be tiring when you’re attempting to help anyone and everyone. Some people do not align with your mission or purpose. I would give my hand out to anyone who asked for it and then be in a situation where the person or people would just attempt to take advantage of my kindness.

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FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE and not your ego 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

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Mel the Prophet- Some tips for my colleagues not to burn out: 

1: SOLITUDE (spend time with yourself and your own thoughts).

2: Spend time in nature without technology . Nature is the essence of our being, being able to breathe in the air and listen to the natural habit of nature is a key element to self awareness to redirect your energy. 

3: SLEEP WELL + REST.

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4: Spend time with family and people you love doing things that are fun and not just work all the time .. finding the balance.

How can our readers follow you online?

Mel the Prophet- Readers can find me on ALL social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube,Tik Tok under @meltheprophet or Mel the Prophet my direct website is www.help1self.com

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Artist Spotlight

BENNIHUNNA LAFLARE: AN EMERGING STAR IN THE MUSIC WORLD

BenniHunna LaFlare is an emerging star in the music world, and he has recently got fame due to his reality-based music rap music.

Hello BenniHunna, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

BenniHunna- I have always been into music. Like I love how it makes me feel or puts me in a mood. I started rapping in 2017, I was on & off. I really just made rapping a career 2 years ago when I decided that this is really what I want to do for a living & that’s where I am now.

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

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BenniHunna- Hustle or vibe. I use my voice as an instrument sometimes to give me sounds the beat can’t give you so I fill in the blanks. My subject of music really about hustling in a financial way or hustling to put myself in a better position like mentally or emotionally 

What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

BenniHunna- Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Future, Giveon, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller 

What quote or mantra do you live by?

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BenniHunna- Treat people how you want to be treated. You never who you need in the end 

What is your hobby outside of music?

BenniHunna- Fashion. I’m in love with fashion. I’ve designed clothes for some of my favorite artist

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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BenniHunna- On tour & starting a label

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

BenniHunna- Yes. Another single is on the way. We’re planning the video shoot now.

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

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BenniHunna- It’s like a wakeup call for the people that aren’t paying me any attention to let them know that they should be & if they don’t I’m gonna make them regret it 

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

BenniHunna- Save your money cause it will come in handy. Rap is expensive & you gotta have money to play this game. I’ve expedited missing out on feature opportunities & traveling opportunities that prolly would’ve had me further along if I was financially smarter back then.

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BenniHunna- Don’t let the lack of support tear down your confidence. I mean everybody is not going to support you & that’s okay. Just cause they are not supporting me now. Doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. You gotta put in that work & stay focused. Keep ppl around you that want you to win so you can keep that confidence.

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BenniHunna- Maintaining your confidence. Once you lose confidence you lose faith & you start doubting your talent. When you lose faith your audience will too. They can only believe in you as much as you believe in yourself. 

BenniHunna- Be more spontaneous. Everything doesn’t have to be planned out strategically. Sometimes you just gotta get in there & go do it. Don’t think about it. Don’t prejudge it. Just go make it happen. & see what comes from it. I’m not saying do that every time. It wouldn’t hurt to do it sometimes because that spontaneous move might just give you what you been looking for that you couldn’t plan for.

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BenniHunna- Believe in your talent at all times. You need to believe it til the point when people that just met you can see that you have a light that can shine way brighter than how it’s shining. You just have to believe in yourself & never stop believing.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

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BenniHunna- I say different flows & beat selection. Try different types of music. You don’t want the audience to feel like they’ve heard the same song over & over. You can even keep the same style but just switch it up lil bit so they can’t predict how the record will sound.

 How can our readers follow you online?

@Bennihunnaaa is my name on all social platforms. & BenniHunnaTV is my YouTube channel.

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