Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Phelps.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Growing up, I faced many obstacles and trials. Throughout my youth I watched my mom work hard to provide for five children all by herself. She would work hard from sun up to sun down, which gave me a lot of freedom to discover the streets of LA. Thankfully at the age of 14, my oldest brother brought home a music keyboard, and I instantly fell in love with the drum sounds. Soon enough I found music as an outlet, which kept me out of the streets. While most kids that age were already involved in gang activity and drug use, I was at home working on my newfound passion of making beats. Eventually my friends from around the block started gathering at my house where we would have freestyle sessions.
Our freestyle sessions allowed me to discover a new gift I had, which was rapping. Writing lyrics came easy for me, but finding who I was as an artist did not. Because of this I did not take myself seriously as a rapper, so I dedicated most of my time to producing.
During this time we hit rock bottom, and we were evicted from our home in Los Angles. My mom then moved us unexpectedly to Phoenix, Arizona. Things started out okay in our new living situation, but within a short time things took a turn for the worst. We ended up becoming homeless and moving into a family shelter. We spent four months in the shelter, and this is where I began to eventually find myself as an artist. I noticed I had the gift of storytelling through my music. Sadly, a month after we got out of the shelter and got into our own place, my little brother passed at the age of twelve. It was difficult to keep a positive outlook on life, so I turned to the only thing that could help me keep my sanity, writing raps.
As the years went by, I developed a deep compassion for people from all walks of life going through harsh circumstances. My past enabled me to empathize and connect with many people. I would just sit and listen to others stories, and provide any type of comfort or encouragement I could. This led me to pursue my bachelors in Leadership, Ministry, and Human Services; and take Chaplain education courses on top of my degree.
While achieving my degree, I spent three years writing and producing my first debut album, “The Vicious Cycle. Vol 1”
Please tell us about your art.
The intent of my album is to spark a reaction, or an emotion, and to seriously make you think about life and the choices we make. I want people to open up about their past, and know they are not alone in their struggles. I also want people to realize you should never judge a book by its cover, you never know how someone’s past circumstances, caused them to make the choices they make today.
These short stories in this album are all connected and tell one big story. These stories are things I have witnessed in my youth growing up in Watts. Things I have witnessed as an adult in Arizona, and personal struggles I have dealt with. The whole story is molded around a young kid named Jamal. He desires to do good but finds it nearly impossible considering the cards life has dealt to him. He is searching for something but has no idea what it is. His actions and the previous actions of his parents and others, sparks a chain reaction that entangles these characters in a vicious cycle of deceit, lies, pain, and hatred; as they search for love, acceptance, meaning, and purpose in all the wrong places.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the biggest challenge artist face today is, staying true to who you are. This world is so fast paced, and there are many trends and fads coming and going, an artist may feel the need to compromise their true identity to stay relevant.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
- Website: mrphelpsmusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrphelpsmusic
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrphelpsmusic
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/mrphelps2