Ypsilanti native Anthony Strickland II is a mentor and musician who needs 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 perspective Detroit hip-hop artist Massive 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 (out there on all streaming platforms), Strickland needs his easy rhymes and storytelling “paying homage to hip-hop greats like Nas and Jay Z” to be an expertise for individuals who need to hear greater than songs, however a message.
The EP that includes the only “Movin Via The Metropolis” spans precisely three minutes and 13 seconds, a homage to Detroit’s “313” space code, and provides 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, in line with a press launch.
Massive 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 neighborhood work exterior of the studio by his nonprofit, the Decide Distinctive Fearless Youth (DEFY) Program. The previous member of hip-hop duo ASDR (All Songs Completed Proper), Massive Strick is on the cusp of the antithesis of stardom – the other of clout.
The EP, “F*** Clout,” is a challenge 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 exhausting work and authenticity.
Additionally, the “F*** Clout Freestyle” reveals how deep Massive Strick’s affect goes; the freestyle is a canopy of Massive Sean’s “Deep Reverence” ft. Nipsey Hussle.
The 30-year-old Ypsilanti native advised the Michigan Chronicle that he didn’t develop up straightforward — he and his sister misplaced their mom and so they needed to go away their household residence 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 by all these items and seeing issues and being conscious of what’s occurring and surviving on the similar time … [allows me to] give again by a mentorship program,” the Japanese Michigan College alum stated, including that he needs others to expertise the surface of their neighborhood as he has by basketball. “I wished them to get hip to what’s occurring on the planet.”
Strickland stated that his ardour for giving again was birthed by his nonprofit, DEFY, along 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 stated of the Detroit and Ypsilanti/Inkster space.
Wilkinson, the chief director of DEFY, advised the Michigan Chronicle that mentorship is essential and this system, which caters to metro Detroit college students sixth by twelfth grades throughout southeast Michigan, has “accomplished fairly nicely.”
“We received some traction,” he stated of the efforts to increase the attain of this system, which provides monetary literacy applications, assets, growth, 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 by sports activities growth,” he stated. “It’s very essential for younger youngsters now, particularly boys.”
Strickland, additionally a trainer at a juvenile detention facility in Detroit, agrees and stated that his life experiences proceed to be a sport changer to his mission in life: get youngsters free within the thoughts who is likely to be trapped in unfavourable pondering and patterns.
“I work with youngsters in these methods who’re locked up and in amenities,” he stated, and added that everybody is influenced by music and messages and what they assume is cool.
He added that a number 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 stated it’s time to not be afraid to face up even when you’re alone, which is what his EP promotes.
“Additionally, it’s nearly standing up for one thing and determining what you need to do being a person,” he stated, including that every tune is slightly piece of the journey it takes to get to the purpose he’s at now. “It’s okay to observe developments and do what you need to do.”
Discover Massive Strick and extra info on his EP on Instagram, bigstrickhwv, and Fb, Massive Strick.
Extra info on the DEFY mentorship program is out there at http://defyprogram.org/.