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, IKNOWMARK. Mark's melodic bars and success driven content paints a vivid narrative of his life experiences and rap success. We can definitely see him performing on major stages such as Coachella or Rolling Loud. The rising MC is making a buzz in his city so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Mark? Your sound is dope! When did you start making music?
IKNOWMARK: I started making music in 2004 in a small town outside of Harrisburg City, PA.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
IKNOWMARK: I was born in Harrisburg PA and moved to Florida in 2013, I've lived in 5 different counties in florida and plan to travel even more. I'm gonna keep my business operations in florida but where I reside probably gonna change often. Miami is cool, Orlando, Tampa, I be around there.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to those towns! So how did you create your stage name?
IKNOWMARK: My name is Mark and people know me or have heard of me, so when people talk they be like ayy I know mark. Now when they see me they really like Ayyyyy I know Markkkk.
Westleaf Staff: That's a dope name. It's super creative. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
IKNOWMARK: I just remember my older sister watching TRL and MTV back in the day. Up until that point it was classic rock and metal from my parents. When I heard rap for the first time it was over, never looked back.
Westleaf Staff: Cool! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
IKNOWMARK: I look up to a select few people who have made it independently in the music industry, some of those being Russ & Caskey.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. Those are legends. What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
IKNOWMARK: When I decided to build a platform for myself and other artists called Always Active Media and working with some talented people in a small amount of time, but the defining moment for me was performing on stage and feeling the rush.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on the success. So what makes you a unique artist?
IKNOWMARK: I know I don't sound like anyone else and the style of music is different. Like it's still rap and influenced by 90's hip hop and early 2000's rap but its more conscious and I guess. more self aware. Im really just promoting self empowerment and manifestation.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! You're super unique. Manifestation is key. So what does art mean to you?
IKNOWMARK: Art is everything to me, it's creative expression, it's honest, it's whatever you want it to be and that's the cool part.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
IKNOWMARK: Timeless, Relevant, Important.
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