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Exclusive Interview With Norks, a Fast-Rising Young Artist From Nazareth

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Norks, a rising young artist based in Nazareth, Palestine. Began producing at the age of sixteen because he was mind blown by Kanye West’s music and production. He hopes that his music can be of help and like therapy for his listeners, just like the songs that inspired Norks were for him. Norks is an artist to watch. His latest album called “IX・XXVI・MMXX” contains 7 solid songs which has received a lot of recognition from outlets following up with his recent album “God’s Work”, and the single “From New York To Nazareth” which is available on all digital streaming platforms.

 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, How did you come by your stage name?

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I got my stage name from my homies back in high school. I started smoking from a young age and Nork in my city means a person who is a chain smoker I was like that from a young age and so the whole city started to call me that name and I just said ok I will go with that name screw it, and for the “S” it comes from my last name.

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To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?

To be honest, my music is mostly inspired by Kanye West but other things inspire me too, like our own lifestyle. BTW, that is what mostly inspires the album. but to who I give credit  I just accredit myself because I came up with my sound and my unique style.

On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?

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Look, there are a lot of things that made me like oh, hold on, I wanna do that album in this concept, one of the things was the title of the album and it means 26.9.2020  and from there everything changed. some things for the better, and some things for the worst.

And actually what made everything change was a previous relationship that changed who I am as an artist, like who is Norks? You know what I mean and yeah that relationship ended during the making of the album but other things inspired the album too like the lifestyle that started after that exact date and my city of course.

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At the end of the day, I just want to thank god because who knows, without that relationship we wouldn’t get this masterpiece.

Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?

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I’m not the best, yet, but I’m getting there. I know I’m gonna be at some point, like sage said in Slow Down “I’m on my road I don’t need no Waze”.

What are your plans for the near future?

I’m gonna keep releasing singles for the near future and we got some joints coming this summer.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shoutouts?

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First of all, I want to thank god and I would like to thank my homies for believing in me and my fans for supporting me. Huge shoutout to all the people that helped build the album and for the great work that they put in.

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How can fans find you?

You can find me on all streaming platforms just type in Norks and for my social media.

Here’s my IG:- https://www.instagram.com/norks_23/And Twitter:- https://twitter.com/norkgottheebeat

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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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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Rasta Man Jay

Hello Rasta Man Jay, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?

Always stay focused and consistent on your goals,never give up no matter how hard life gets,also never let people bring you down.

What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?

I Would be dropping music constantly and making my fans happy with new music every week so my audience is always listening.

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Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?

When I was younger I always listened to great music from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa,Young Jeezy and many other artists from the early 2000s.

What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?

I would say dropping different tracks constantly spitting lyrics from my struggle and pain in my life that is why I came a long way in the music industry.

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Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?

Getting criticized about my rap flow and will people accept it which eventually my fans started supporting me from out of town.

What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?

When I hit News Weekly, that was the best moment in my life. I started building my confidence again with my music.

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What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

Having 2 Daughters that count on me to win and I won’t let them down so they won’t have to struggle like I did.

What made you pursue being an artist full-time?

Wanting to prove people wrong that didn’t believe in me having a lot of non supporters and hate back in my hometown.

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Would you sign to a label?

Yes but it has to be a label that lets me own my music and doesn’t control my music and all my royalties.

What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?

I just dropped my album with Distro Kid called Don’t Try to Be No One You Not and also has multiple songs and projects dropping this year so stay tuned.

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How can our readers follow you online?

Anyone can follow me from my instagram account @jholder051817 which already has an impressive following already from joining instagram within 1 year.

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