As New York City is known to be the mecca of Hip Hop, Mercedes Mike creates his distinctive mark. Born in the Bronx but raised in Queens, this southside native effortlessly created a name for himself through his meaningful lyrics and relatable messages. He blends in elements of soulful beats, many classical opera samples mixed in with life experiences and struggles for inspiration. His unique ingenious process creates timeless and authentic music.
In 2009, he formed an independent record label, MTM Records, which stands for Motivation to Morals. This platform was established to connect up and coming artists and creatives to innovative and push the culture. He designed a unique and creative process that differentiates him as a an artist. His ultimate goal in being successful is to eventually create jobs and opportunities for others to excel in life and stay motivated. Mike remains devoted to connecting with his listeners and other artist to deliver positive and inspirational music. He recently released his first EP, Dedication that is hosted by DJ Super Star Jay. This project was premiered at Quad Studios in New York City and with a massive amount of positive feedback Mike tells us what inspired this project.
“My life experiences influenced me to tell my story through music. I feel like music has an interesting way of bringing people together, bringing awareness to certain issues and most importantly sharing your story for others to relate. I titled this project, Dedication because I wanted it to reflect what I was feeling. I remained dedicated and consistent to finish my first project in a timely manner. I used all my resources to put together a timeless tape that consisted of authentic music.”
These days many creatives are becoming more hands with their visuals. Mercedes Mike co-directed the first single of the Dedication EP, “Gunz and Butter.” With his keen eye for detail and soulful flow this multitalented wordsmith is destined to be one of New York’s most salient emcees.
To listen to “Dedication” click below!