Although new to mainstream, rapper MJ49 is far from being a rookie to the urban music scene. Before Mario Sims even reached his double-digit ages, he was writing poetry everyday during school. His talent soon developed and a few years later he found himself writing his lyrics to songs and performing them. Gradually, Sims began insinuating R&B and rock into his music while mixing in the literary focused lyrics, all adding up to creating a unique sound and rap style.
“I was writing gospel lyrics at a young age. It grew into writing soulful lyrics. Lyrics with strong content behind them. My rhymes have deeper meanings, more than the typical mainstream that’s out right now.”After graduating Benjamin Banneker High School in 2000, 85SoufsideStunna, better known as MJ49, went on to audio engineering school where he learned to record, mix and reproduce his music. From there he started making demos and sending them out to music executives.
His efforts landed him in front of hip-hop music mogul Russell Simmons, his brother and Run DMC member, Rev Run, and CEO/ founder of Baby Phat, Kimora Lee a few years ago and his name is still buzzing around the industry’s top producers. In 2008, Outkast and the entire Dungeon Family took immediate notice to MJ49′s sound. The same scenario happened a year before, in early 2007, when MJ performed in front of Grammy Award winning artists, Usher and Nas. “I performed for several people a few years back and they loved it. They wanted to work with me”. Unfortunately, a few transactions did not fall through, leaving MJ49 as an independent artist.
All the hard work MJ49 put into his music finally paid off in late 2010. The Atlanta born artist succeeded in catching the attention of one of Gucci Mane’s producers. Since then, MJ49 has been in the studio everyday, writing and recording his next hit tracks. Whether it’s over a heavy bass beat or a slow-moving tempo, Atlanta and the rest of the U.S. can rest assured that there is a new, up-and-coming artist who will deliver the thought provoking lyrics the public has been asking for and the club bangers we all love so much. “I try to be well-rounded and showcase how far I can take Hip-Hop”. MJ49 creates music that will take you on a mental high while displaying his versatility through his work. The world should brace themselves. There’s a new reign of music about to hit the rap scene and MJ49 will be the originator of it all.
listen to his latest offering “Celebrating Something”