What’s your full name and where are you from?
My name is Michael B. Carroll Jr., but I am professionally known as Mykii J. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, north Philly to be exact. My family and I have lived in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area ever since.
Tell us a little about your business:
I am a singer, songwriter, rapper, and poet who defines himself as a hip-hop/pop artist. However, I grew up listening to music from many different genres, compliments to my parents, and have developed an eclectic palate for music — ranging from artists such as Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Fleetwood Mac, and The Cranberries. My brand harnesses the very best elements of all musical genres, creating a unique sound that will enhance the current pop/hip-hop scene.
What makes you different as a person and also what separates you from the rest of your peers in your industry?
I am a Black, openly pansexual, male singer/rapper, which I don’t think has been represented enough, especially in the realm of hip-hop. I believe that my incorporation into the rap game if done successfully, could break down barriers for others like me who are considered “different” in an industry dominated by homogeneity. My music is for all those eclectics out there who aren’t afraid to be authentically themselves, no matter what people say or think about them. I believe that each of us has a hidden gift, and it wasn’t until 2018 that I found mine. Now, I make music for all those unafraid to be different. I make music for the uniquely gifted, for the so-called “mutants.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself touring and doing what I love, which is creating music and inspiring people to be their best selves. I would like to have 1–2 albums under my belt and a platform to further display my talent.
What legacy do you wish to leave behind?
I think Beyoncé said it best when she said, “I want to leave my footprints on the sands of time.” I feel that is so important and inspiring. I want people to remember me as an artist who never compromised who he was, nor the integrity of his music. Whether I am singing or rapping, I want to be remembered as a real lyricist. I want to be able to provide my fans with new lyrical meaning every time they listen to one of my verses. I hope to create music that will move people for generations to come.
Email/Social Media Handles:
Youtube: Mykii J