From Richmond, VA, standout artist Moochieee is putting on for more than his city. From being forgotten while being locked up, to being banned from a college’s Spring-fest, we discuss it all in our Exclusive Q&A Interview.
What first got you into music?
I did two years of jail time, and people forgot about me. No one talked to me besides my father. I decided to make a song a day while locked up. Once it was lock-down, inmates would stand at the front of their cells and request me to perform my songs.
How has music impacted your life?
More Respect! I was already getting money, so that was never an issue. People didn’t f*ck with me before, and now they want to act like we’re friends. But it’s all good in my eyes.
How would you describe the music you create?
Not trap, I like to switch it up. The best way to describe it would be universal. I can’t be put in one category.
What is your creative process?
I come up with a hook first. Once I’m inside the studio, the rest of the song automatically comes to me. Sometimes I think about lines days in advance, or it might just hit me when I’m in the booth.
What artist would you like to collaborate with the most?
Andre 3000, of course. He in the shadows right now, but I’ll bring him right out of there.
If you could open for any artist, who would it be?
Lil Uzi Vert or Playboy Carti. I love how they have mosh-pits. People be throwing each other. Just don’t throw me because I’m ready to fight.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Don’t let anybody tell you no; at one point in time, they were trying to say to me I couldn’t rap. Stick to it, you got it, one day at a time. Learn from every person and use it in your way.
What is your hidden talent?
Skateboarding. I haven’t done it since 2005-06, but I borrowed someone’s skateboard a few weeks ago, doing kick-flips and tricks. The kid was shocked.
If it wasn’t for music, what would you be doing right now?
I am making it rapping or back to the kitchen!
Where was your favorite performance venue?
Averett University Springfest, by far! We were so turnt, and we got banned from the campus. They said, don’t ever come back! We had all their girls with us, and it was lit.
How has the internet impacted your music business?
You have to be on the internet. People think you have to be hot in your city to blow up, and that’s a lie! I’m blowing up in third world countries. In April 2016, I had 1800 followers on Instagram. Now I’m near 40k.
What’s the best advice you were told?
When I was locked up, I had a cellmate named Chicago. He listened to my rap, he cried and then told me “PCD;” Promotion, Consistency, and Dedication. Put yourself out there, and never let them put you down.
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
1. D*ck-riding is not a form of transportation. It will not get you from point A to point B.
2. There’s a lot of actors in this music industry. Rap is music, not Hollywood.
What’s next for you?
Everything!! Starting up a YouTube Channel and expanding my brand across all social media platforms. And why is Richmond overlooked? I’m trying to put Richmond on the map.
Any concluding thoughts?
RIP Deezy Montana. I love my family! Shout out Ghost, the Manager, and John Livengood.