(AllHipHop Features) Raised in Lake Orion and artistically reared in Detroit, Nate Nixon is on pace to be the next rap figure to rise from Michigan.
The 19-year-old rhymer garnered internet attention with his #First59 mini-music videos on Instagram. One of those clips even included bars by Detroit Pistons player Andre Drummond which led to articles about the collaboration being posted across the Hip Hop blogosphere and on sports media outlets.
It was social media that also played a large role in Nixen connecting with the growing Culture Republic company – the home of buzzing Southern emcee Nick Grant. According to Nate, it was a simple direct message that ignited his association with Jason Geter’s lifestyle brand.
“I’ve had a pretty good track record when it comes to identifying young talent and I feel like Nate definitely possesses that superstar dynamic,” states Geter, the co-founder of Grand Hustle Records along with Atlanta rap legend Tip “T.I.” Harris.
Nixen returns the love, “Geter is the man. He’s a smart guy with a lot of wisdom and a great spirit. The way he moves with artists just seemed like the right fit and I’ve just been trying to soak up as much game as I can from the O.G.”
In the latest edition of AllHipHop.com’s “Three Questions” series, Nate Nixen chats about Snoop Dogg’s debut LP, his favorite Detroit rap songs, and potentially meeting The Throne. Get to know the emerging spitter and skateboard enthusiast a little better in this exclusive Q&A.
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If you could go back in time and personally witness any moment in Hip Hop history, which moment would you pick and why?
The release of Doggystyle by Snoop. That is my favorite album that came before my time. I wish I could have felt the energy when it was initially released.
If you were only able to listen to five songs from Detroit Hip Hop artists for the rest of your life, which songs would you pick?
“My Name Is” by Em, “Two Can Win” by J-Dilla/Big Sean, “Boy Would You” by Blade Icewood, “Try Me” by DeJ Loaf, and “D-Boy” by Big Sean, HBK, Dusty McFly & SAYITAINTTONE. All classic Detroit sh-t.
You’re given a choice between traveling for a week with [skateboarding legends] Rodney Mullen and Tony Hawk or spending ten minutes in the same room with Kanye West and Jay Z, which would be your first choice?
Kanye and Hov of course. I idolize them guys. I would kill to see their writing and recording process. However, I would invite Rodney and Tony to the studio. [laughs]
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