There’s just no telling what to expect from L-Town Records rapper 44 Music. In his music, he may delve into gritty down home blues. He may mix it up with emotional neo-soul vibes. Or he just may hit you with hardcore hip-hop. Regardless of his many flavors that he just may flex on any given track, it is going to be guaranteed greatness!
And that music excellence is on full display with his latest runaway single “Mississippi (Til I Die).” An ode to the state where all American music is rooted, 44 Music has been sweeping the streets with this musical masterpiece while paying homage to the place where he calls home.
“I’m pushing my own genre called third coast groove. It’s really soulful music mixed with hip-hop,” he explains. “For the most part, I’m pushing a revolutionary vibe, putting knowledge in the music. None of my music is about killing or any of that. I’m just telling you about what I’ve been through and what I see.”
Born and raised in the small town of Ellisville, music has been a major part of 44’s life for as long as he can remember. A classically trained musician, he started playing drums in band in sixth grade and mastered the art of percussions all through school. His family relocated to La Grange, NC during his tenth grade, where he discovered a love for rapping.
“They had more of a hip-hop culture up there,” he explains. “Everybody was rapping on an East Coast vibe. Everybody was in ciphers. That wasn’t really the culture down here in Mississippi.”
After high school graduation, he returned home to the Crooked Letter State and enrolled in Alcorn State University. There, he played on the drumline on the university’s Sounds of Dyn-O-mite marching band and majored in agricultural business. His college education come to an abrupt end, however, when he was caught with a gun on campus and kicked out of school.
By that time, he put rap and all other genres of music to that side. That all changed, however, back in 2019, when his friend and producer Patrick “Blunote” Parker let him hear some beats. There was no way he could resist hitting the vocal booth. “I hopped in the studio, and we ain’t stopped since,” 44 divulges.
Since then, he has been steadily pushing forward and creating stellar music that knows no boundaries. And his latest single “Mississippi” is testament to that. But that is just a taste of what’s to come leading up to his forthcoming project set to be released in the Fall.
“I don’t really make hype music,” he contends. “I talk about my family and love…I just put my pain in the music.”