Anthm talks to ThisIs50’s Jack Thriller about going from Wall Street to rapping
Rap was always just a dream for ANTHM, a Virginia native whose roots go back to Ethiopia. It wasn’t until the 2008 financial crisis, when he saw his Wall Street co-workers losing millions of dollars they’d spent their lives working for, that he truly reconsidered his path.
Given a new perspective, it wasn’t long before the 26-year-old left the corporate grind behind and began working to master his craft under the guidance of a former co-worker. After spending the past two years building his sound from the ground up, ANTHM emerged last April with When We Were Kings, his debut mixtape and a declaration of his polished, singular sound. Now, the sharp-witted wordsmith is picking up momentum. With Joy & Pain, a free EP he released online in June, ANTHM established himself as an artist to watch moving forward. Featuring appearances by Freddie Gibbs and Blu, the project showcases his skill for creating music that transcends genre and sets high expectations for future work.
With more big moves on the horizon, including a collaborative project with Blu, XXL spoke with the MC about everything from his time at Duke to his belief that 50 Cent is hip-hop’s most respectable mogul. Without further ado, meet ANTHM. —Calvin Stovall (@CalvinStovall)
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German born, northern Virginia raised rapper ANTHM has been building a nice rep off quality music and consistency, rather than co-signs (like his Twitter handle, @NoCosign, reflects). We caught up with new jack lyricist and he told us a little about his origins and why he chose his rhyme nom de plume.
“I felt like it was a reflection of my life,” ANTHM tells Hip-Hop Wired. “I feel like I’ve been through very diverse experiences in several walks of life. From even my experience at Duke to working on Wall Street…I started, not even like music, just as a person, I feel like the diversity of my experiences has put in me in a position to be able to relate to people easily. I just wanted to make music that people can vibe with and people can feel like that can connect to, but to a wide audience.”
ANTHM’s latest project, the Joy & Pain EP, is out now and available for free download here. Check out ANTHM discussing how Eminem made him actively want to rap, relating to Tupac Shakur’s single parent upbringing wanting to “explore a wide range of sound, skillfully” the video below……….
Anthm kicks knowledge to the guys at BET.com during his promo for the recently released “Joy & Pain” EP
I rarely post personal stuff on this blog but this image had to be shared. Behold the flagon of Patron purchased for my belated birthday celebration at SOBs this past Wednesday in New York. Shouts to David at AMG for the love shown and to SOBs for always being amazing. This is what pushing 50 looks like lol!
For the latest episode of Outside the Booth, DJBoothTV catches up with ANTHM to talk about his former life working on Wall Street, his Manhattan video, his new Joy & Pain album and much more.