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New York rapper MIKE

Ari Marcopoulos

Catch New York rapper MIKE on the road for his ‘Somebody Fine Me Trouble Tour’

New York gave rise to some of the most prolific rappers and lyricists of all time. Think The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Nicki Minaj, Big Pun and more.

His album Pinball is his most recent project created alongside fellow New York producer Tony Seltzer. According to MIKE, they weren’t intending to make an album together. It’s a culmination of music they’d already been collaborating on.

They landed on the name ‘Pinball’ because of the fast-paced energy of the game, the music and the lyrics. It features artists and friends like Niontay, Jay Critch and Earl Sweatshirt.



When you listen to his music, you might hear lyrics about grief, success and mental health, but MIKE said that’s usually not intentional.

“With my music, I don’t think I necessarily intend on exploring anything in particular,” MIKE explained. “It’s like a recap of my life.”

While MIKE makes it look easy, expressing oneself and being vulnerable can be quite the opposite. He shared how the people closest to him help him feel encouraged, not afraid.

“Sounds like you’re surrounding yourself with some good people,” Reset host Sasha-Ann Simons said.

“You got to. You got to,” MIKE laughed.

In his track “R&B” he says:

I look sexy, I look handsome, I hop out the whip

She wan' give me, it's like ransom, I got lotta chip

I threw confetti on this dancer for my confidence

But even behind that confidence, MIKE shared his fear of sticking out too much. Being a big, tall kid growing up, there were times when he tried to minimize himself, but music helped him explore what it meant not to hide.

“I realized by minimizing myself and not speaking up, there’s mistakes that you make where there’s nobody to teach you that it was a mistake,” he said. “I know if there’s people around me that love me then they’ll take me as who I am.”

You can catch MIKE right now on his Somebody Fine Me Trouble Tour. He’ll be making a stop in Chicago at Metro on Thursday, April 25.

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Reset host Sasha-Ann Simons spoke with New York rapper, producer and musician MIKE ahead of his April 25 show at Metro.

You can listen to the full conversation above.

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