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Meet Johnny Vice, The Rising American Rapper and Producer Everyone is Talking About

Today, we had the chance to chat with Johnny Vice, an American Rapper, Singer, Producer & Songwriter out of Baltimore, MD. Johnny Vice is making a name for himself in the music industry while showcasing his unique style and talent. He consistently delivers unique content true to his craft, which he calls “Rampage”. Rampage is a love story about losing your long-lasting relationship that got rid of your freedom and expression. The theme of the record is escapism. The lyrics “See the Moon Cause a Rampage” captures having the night of your life after this happens.

Coming out of Baltimore, Johnny Vice is a powerful emerging voice on the male scene. He writes his lyrics with fearless vulnerability while weaving in memorable and catchy melodies. This is what Johnny Vice has to say in his recent interview with the Honk Magazine team.

Hey, Johnny Vice thanks for taking out time to respond to us. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

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Johnny Vice – What brought me to music is my father being a musician throughout my childhood. He was always playing songs on huge amps in my basement. He had a band when I was younger and would do gigs after work some nights. He passed away when I was 10 years old and music was kind of my way of having him live through me. Wanted to do something he would be proud of.

 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

Johnny Vice – One of the most interesting stories has been this past year moving to LA. I’m from Baltimore, so that’s like a huge crazy thing to do where I’m from. Most people get stuck there it’s a huge blessing that I figured out a way to go to the place I’ve always wanted to go and actually work hard enough to have relationships with lots of people out here and make it worth it.

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Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Johnny Vice – Maybe one mistake I think stealing all my beats off youtube when I was first starting. I feel like nowadays it’s better to actually just collab with the producers and make real relationships within the industry rather than just keep stealing beats haha. But then again it gave me a lot of creative freedom to just figure out my sound and style before I started taking it all the way seriously.

 

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What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Johnny Vice – I’m working on an album called “Nightstation”. I basically made all of it in a time to where I literally could not sleep at night. I was staying up until Daylight every single night making it. I just wanted it to capture that feeling I guess.

 

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

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Johnny Vice – Not a huge fan of name-dropping but It’s been cool meeting all the people I have met in LA. A lot of them have been super supportive and genuine.

 

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

Johnny Vice – Just stay grateful no matter what. Worry about what you’re doing. You cannot compare your own success to someone else’s. Always think of your background and you’re come up as baby steps. Every single accomplishment is good and a step further. Keep your spirit healthy.

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You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure? 

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Johnny Vice – Honestly I want to be even more successful and really am not even close to where I want to be yet but I’m still so grateful for how far I have gotten. But as for the question just kinda along the same lines as the last question, just keep worrying about your baby steps and stay grateful for your position.

 

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Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

Johnny Vice – Make sure you get at least something thing done before you do any procrastinating. Whether It’s meditation or working on your career, etc. Anything that helps your day feel like you grew that day. This has always helped my spirit feel better.

 

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

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Johnny Vice – Honestly I’ve been super blessed with having people tell me the right things throughout my life and I don’t have many things I regret or look back on and wish I had. If anything I’d say like to just keep being humble and not let anything clog your ego. When I was 17-18 I think some small successes definitely got to My head and lost me some friends. But Im still grateful for that time as a lesson.

 

Can you please give us your favorite  “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Johnny Vice – “you are your thoughts” has always spoken to me. Everything starts with a thought. Everything in the world of humanity has been created and stemmed from a thought. So I try to always think about things deeply and think positively.

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None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Johnny Vice – I don’t like name-dropping haha. But I’d definitely say, my mother and father. My father for inspiring this entire dream and my mother for supporting me by herself for so long. Those are my biggest help.

 

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You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Johnny Vice – Be yourself. Stay free from anything that clogs your spirit. Never lose the light that you were blessed with. That’s my message to everyone that listens to me.

 

 

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We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Johnny Vice – I’d say maybe Kanye West or Tyler the creator. Or even like Bon Iver. I have a lot of influences but those ones probably played the biggest part in my career and influence.

 

How can our readers follow you online?

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Johnny Vice – Y’all can follow me up on my social media account on Instagram – @johnnyvice, Twitter – @johnnyvicemusic, and TikTok – @johnnyvice_

 

Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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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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