I chose the name 'Abacus' as I felt it was a great balance between complexity and simplicity. Firstly, at school, I was always mentally very good with numbers, and with maths in general (regardless of teachers telling me I would fail due to a lack of effort), and to this day, I still find myself trying to work out a complicated question in my head, even though most of the time, I don't even know why I need the answer! But regardless, throughout my life, my mind has always been obsessed with numbers.
Despite this, an abacus is actually a very simple device, which can only count a limited amount of numbers. This side of 'Abacus' represents the limitations which I have faced, and continue to face in life, as a struggle to break through in the music industry. It is also represents the importance of the simple things and the small numbers, and simply put, the number of real friends I have made in my life could be counted on one hand.
I first started listening to rap music when I was 7 or 8 years old, when my older brother put a couple of Eminem and Chamillionaire songs on my little MP3 player, however, not one to follow the mainstream, I never really got hooked on Eminem. Instead, by the time I hit secondary school, I started listening to newer Chamillionaire songs, and as he left his record label, his songs became more personal and real, and I loved it. I found it refreshing hearing someone rap in a way which wouldn't appear in mainstream music, and so at the age of 14, I created a YouTube Channel and started writing my own songs, and although my songs at the time were pretty bad, I always kept belief in them, and it was all part of the learning process. I continued listening primarily to American rappers, and was inspired by groups such as Funk Volume, where I felt they were releasing unique material.
By the age of 16, I began listening to more British Rap, as I came across rappers such as Ghetts and Akala, I found that there were MCs talking about even more personal and relatable things than what I had found in the past, and because of this I began to listen to more British music to the extent where now, I listen to 99.9% British rap. As the years passed, I discovered more and more deep British rappers such as Lowkey, Logic, Mic Righteous, Benny Banks, Brotherhood and Splinta, it brought about an influx of development, as I began to perfect my lyrics, and work on my flow in order to put me in a position where I could be at a similar level to the MC's I listened to. Each track was an improvement on the last, and another step in my story, as I saw rapping develop into being more than just a hobby.
Across the past year, I have been entirely focused on the development of my music, improving in every aspect, whether it is my lyricism or production. Meaning that even comparing my Questions of Life Mixtape (released April 2018) to my Secrets EP (released December 2018) or my Humanity Mixtape (released February 2019), you can see a significant rate of development.
And now, aged 21, my story continues, as I find myself willing to commit my life to music, only increasing my rate of improvement and developement. Leaving me in a position where despite knowing there is still a long road ahead, I know that now is the time to start breaking through in music...