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I had the pleasure of talking to rapper Cellus Hamilton and his words gave me a different perspective on the way I view art, music and life. Cellus is a new and upcoming artist who moved from Atlanta, Georgia to New York for more exposure for his music as well as more opportunities. His goal is to pursue and make it big in the music industry. He grew up around different genres of music as well as different artists such as “Prince”, “Musiq Soul Child”, “Kendrick Lamar”, “Earth Wind and Fire”, etc. from the time he was young and it inspired him to pursue music as a career. His mom is a rapper and when Cellus was younger he would watch her write and perform her music. As Cellus grew older and started performing he did a showcase for BET Music Matters where he performed and rapped on stage with his mom.
What distinguishes and extracts Cellus from other rappers that I have met, watched perform and also spoke to, is his insight, his passion and experience for life and for music. He uses his environment, his experiences and his influences to push him and to fuel his passions to continue making insightful and life changing music. What differentiates Cellus’ music from other artists is the way he shows his aesthetics through his music. What his two new music videos “Mojo” and “Higher” do is give viewers a look into his visual aesthetics where his lyrics help guide you and tell you the story of that particular piece. Cellus’ work gives me a taste of J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper and Nas all in one; because, he uses his words to paint a story of his life through rap as well as add his inspirations and his beliefs. When talking to Cellus, my mind was opened up to seeing a new visionary world that not many artists do a good job at painting in interviews. This discussion as described and detailed in the video gives a person insight and influences them to see music such as rap differently as well as give them insight and influence to aid others to help make the world a better place.
Check out the video below:
Videographer: Chris The Arkitech