What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is rapper Big Maddie Mad. Big Maddie is a southern rapper with the ability to perform in a variety of styles. Her southern twang reminds us of some of the South's greatest female artists such as Trina, Diamond, and Monica. Her instagram page reveals her carefree and personable style. The upcoming artist has a massive following and engaged fans on every post. Her latest track "Church" shows that Big Maddie can produce dance hits and soul music as well. With Maddie's momentum and talent, we're positive that we'll be seeing her name on the charts soon. But enough from us, we recently linked up with Big Maddie Mad to discuss her musical origins and southern hip hop style. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up Big Maddie? We love your sound. When did you start making music?
Big Maddie Mad: I started making music at the age of 9. My dad was the music pastor of a baptist church where I learned to play the drums, guitar, piano, and trumpet. I also used to rap and sing during the worship service.
Westleaf Staff: Who is your biggest musical influence?
Big Maddie Mad: My biggest musical influence is probably my dad. He was a rockstar back in the day. He was the lead singer & keytar player of his band, “The Flesh Concern” and even opened up for “The Spindoctors”.
Westleaf Staff: What has been the defining moment in your music career?
Big Maddie Mad: The defining moment in my musical career was when I went fully independent and put out my first mixtape in 2021, “Rich Bitch Shit Vol. 1” hosted by DJ Swamp Izzo.
Westleaf Staff: What makes you a unique artist?
Big Maddie Mad: What makes me a unique artist is my authenticity. I am me & living in my truth in all of my music.
Westleaf Staff: What does art mean to you?
Big Maddie Mad: To me, art is therapy. Music is therapy. It gets me through.
Westleaf Staff: Describe music in three words.
Big Maddie Mad: Music in three words is therapy, freedom, & confidence.
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