Ypsilanti native Anthony Strickland II is a mentor and musician who desires his lyrics to encourage others with related backgrounds as himself. Strickland II launched “F Clout” EP.
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It’s all up from right here.
That’s the angle Detroit hip-hop artist Huge Strick, Anthony Strickland II, 30, retains as a younger musician etching out a path for himself whereas bridging the hole for these coming behind him listening to his songs and watching his story unfold. And what a narrative he has.
Proper on the heels of releasing a brand new album, “F Clout” EP (accessible on all streaming platforms), Strickland desires his easy rhymes and storytelling “paying homage to hip-hop greats like Nas and Jay Z” to be an expertise for many who wish to hear greater than songs, however a message.
The EP that includes the one “Movin Through The Metropolis” spans precisely three minutes and 13 seconds, a homage to Detroit’s “313” space code, and presents a modern-day tackle an old-school vibe that paints a scene for listeners of what the common hustle and grind expertise is like in Detroit, based on a press launch.
Huge Strick is gearing up for his “F Clout” tour with dates scheduled to be launched in August.
The EP is described as the complete package deal of supply in his music and philanthropic group work outdoors of the studio via his nonprofit, the Decide Distinctive Fearless Youth (DEFY) Program. The previous member of hip-hop duo ASDR (All Songs Finished Proper), Huge Strick is on the cusp of the antithesis of stardom – the alternative of clout.
The EP, “F*** Clout,” is a undertaking that’s as actual and uncooked as he’s when he sings about his path within the music business, Detroit’s fixed grind in doing arduous work and authenticity.
Additionally, the “F*** Clout Freestyle” reveals how deep Huge Strick’s affect goes; the freestyle is a canopy of Huge Sean’s “Deep Reverence” ft. Nipsey Hussle.
The 30-year-old Ypsilanti native advised the Michigan Chronicle that he didn’t develop up simple — he and his sister misplaced their mom they usually needed to depart their household dwelling amongst different challenges — however that didn’t cease him from staying motivated and true to himself whereas benefiting others.
“The ending results of me going via all these items and seeing issues and being conscious of what’s occurring and surviving on the identical time … [allows me to] give again via a mentorship program,” the Japanese Michigan College alum mentioned, including that he desires others to expertise the skin of their group as he has via basketball. “I needed them to get hip to what’s occurring on the earth.”
Strickland mentioned that his ardour for giving again was birthed via his nonprofit, DEFY, together with his godbrother, Stanford Wilkinson, in 2020.
“Me and my godbrother got here up with this concept to start out a mentoring program and go particularly to our neighborhoods,” he mentioned of the Detroit and Ypsilanti/Inkster space.
Wilkinson, the manager director of DEFY, advised the Michigan Chronicle that mentorship is essential and this system, which caters to metro Detroit college students sixth via twelfth grades throughout southeast Michigan, has “completed fairly nicely.”
“We bought some traction,” he mentioned of the efforts to increase the attain of this system, which presents monetary literacy packages, assets, improvement, mentorship and extra.
Wilkinson added that Strickland helped construct this system from the bottom up.
“He’s an enormous mentor for lots of scholars in that space and hands-on, particularly with boys via sports activities improvement,” he mentioned. “It’s very important for younger children now, particularly boys.”
Strickland, additionally a instructor at a juvenile detention facility in Detroit, agrees and mentioned that his life experiences proceed to be a recreation changer to his mission in life: get children free within the thoughts who could be trapped in unfavourable considering and patterns.
“I work with children in these methods who’re locked up and in amenities,” he mentioned, and added that everybody is influenced by music and messages and what they suppose is cool.
He added that a few of the unfavourable issues that come from these tradition subsets can lead individuals down darkish paths – that’s the reason he’s anti-clout chasing.
Strickland mentioned it’s time to not be afraid to face up even for those who’re alone, which is what his EP promotes.
“Additionally, it’s nearly standing up for one thing and determining what you wish to do being a person,” he mentioned, including that every track is a bit of piece of the journey it takes to get to the purpose he’s at now. “It’s okay to comply with tendencies and do what you wish to do.”
Discover Huge Strick and extra info on his EP on Instagram, bigstrickhwv, and Fb, Huge Strick.
Extra info on the DEFY mentorship program is on the market at http://defyprogram.org/.