Bigal Harrison is in a race to become a legend. The mass communications major emerged from New York’s Sullivan County to earn a track scholarship to Virginia State University, but Bigal’s ultimate goal is to stamp his name among the list of celebrated emcees.
The Harlem born artist first fell in love with Hip Hop in 2003 after hearing 50 Cent’s classic album Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Other East Coast rap icons such as Ma$e, DMX, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, and Nas provided inspiration for the aspiring rhymer to pick up a microphone as well.
While he was honored as a 2015 First-Team All-American at VSU, Bigal also released 845: The Hometown Project last year. With song titles like “Legendary” and "Ambitious,” the 21-year-old is brazenly forecasting his future spot in the culture.
In addition, Bigal’s second official mixtape served as an homage to his hometown of Loch Sheldrake, New York. 845 is more than just a musical presentation. The project is a physical representation for the youth of Sullivan County that no matter your life circumstances, you can live out your dreams.
AllHipHop.com spoke with Bigal Harrison for the “Three Questions” interview series. The C.O.N.T.R.O.L. Hip Hop Collective member breaks down why he is destined to be legendary.
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If you could achieve only one of the following milestones in your life, which one would you choose: winning a gold medal at the Olympics or earning a platinum album plaque?
What’s more realistic to me now? Both are hard to accomplish, but if I was to choose one, I would probably say the platinum plaque. Not a lot of people go platinum. It’s rare. Especially rappers in this era. If you’re in that platinum range, you’re really one of those top dudes. So definitely that platinum album. I feel once I get that first platinum album the only way is up.
If you had to pick a 5-man Hip Hop team to represent New York right now, who would you pick?
I would pick Jay Z, Joey Bada$$, Jadakiss, Fab, and Styles P.
You have a project called Young Legend and a song called “Legendary.” How would you define what it means to be a legend?
I feel like I was born into it. You can make yourself a legend from how hard you work, but I speak things into existence. So if I’m saying I’m a legend, then it’s going to eventually come. I know I’m on the way to becoming it, but I got to accomplish more. My pops did a lot of crazy stuff. My sister is an Olympian right now. I think my path is on that way to becoming a legend. That’s why I speak it into existence, and eventually it will come.
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Stream Bigal Harrison’s 845: The Hometown Project below.