Introducing This Week’s Featured Artist International!
International is a resident of Jackson, Michigan and was born in 1987 when Hip-hop was on the rise with groups like N.W.A., Kool G Rap, Houdini, and many others. He grew up in a home that was heavily influenced with different types of music ranging from Soul/RNB, Blues, Rock, Jazz, some bits of Country, and ultimately Hip-hop. International would often grow up listening to the different types of Hip-hop his older brother would play around friends or leave laying around when he wasn’t home. His first exposure was an N.W.A. cassette that he would steal and play outside of his bedroom window on a boombox. Eventually around the age of 11 or 11 years old, International began writing rhymes of his own. He would often sneak online and rap inside chatrooms, message boards, and enter different competitions anywhere he could find to enhance his skills and learn from others. By the age of 14, International invested in his first mixer and began recording/producing music on his own venture. Most of his earlier years were spent constructing battle verses both written and freestyle. International would compete in many tournaments over the years winning his fair share of them as time progressed. His biggest victory came with a $2000 win in 2013. As time progressed, he craved to use his skill for more than merely battling. This led to the mixtapes “For the Love of the Art”, “Never Been Better”, and eventually his latest solo CD release “Eye of the Storm”. Since then, he has traveled out to meet many of his favorite musicians such as 9th wonder, Rapsody, Khrysis, John Lee Hooker Jr, etc.
Over the last year of his 17-year career, he has even gone as far as quitting his job to pursue music full time and begin a new journey as a musician strictly He currently works on his music from aspects in recording, mixing, shooting videos, playing guitar, drums, bass, producing, and photography. Without many people to rely on early on, it had become a custom for INTL to take stages into his own hands. He has also booked majority of his shows, battles, and can be contacted for further booking. His musical influences consist and range of many greats from Jimi Hendrix, 2pac, Eminem, Nas, Al Green, B.B. King, The Roots, Big Pun, Big L, Biggie, Atmosphere, 9th Wonder/Little Brother, Jay-Z, and many many others. Look for new features, shows, videos, and media to continue to come out as the next year sets into motion. You can check out currently the “Never Been Better” mixtape as well as “Eye of the Storm” ,both free of charge. Undergroundhiphopblog.com hailed “Eye of the Storm” as being “the MOST original material I have heard in a very long time (2015).”
You can find International on the following links
Listen to some his music below!