The mixtape “One Song At A Time” was my pilot release, and this project is where my journey in the hip-hop industry commenced. I had always fantasized at the idea of becoming a rap artist ever since I was a young boy, but at that point it was still always something I thought would be impossible. That was when my cousin, Devin Morales, decided to take a stab at it himself, which was a huge indication to me that music has no “mold”, per se. Anyone can make music and after coming to that realization, the musical floodgates opened and along came the “ØSAAT” Mixtape.
The “One Song At A Time” mixtape, in particular, was made in an effort to get my “feet wet” and to get my name out there for the first time. I was aware of the fact that music takes time to gain momentum, so my goal was to establish myself in my hometown of Queen Creek, AZ before taking on anything larger.
What better way to do so than to release a mixtape coining our brand term and motto, “One Song At A Time (aka. “ØSAAT”)?
The motto stuck. This 7-song mixtape was the best that I was able to do at the time, but damn am I proud of it. “One Song At A Time” feels like it was eons ago, and I often go back and listen to this mixtape just to find myself picking out so much that I could have improved upon. In the end, I guess that’s just part of the process in trying to reach your potential. Every breath of that mixtape came from the heart and that level of sincerity is something I continue to take forward with me with every new release I make.
Although my career officially began following the release of “One Song At A Time”, this all actually started when I was a young child after my Dad introduced me to the work of Tupac Shakur. My love for Tupac’s music eventually manifested itself into music of my own, years and years later. The way 2pac was able to tap into the emotions of the listener, while never missing so much as a breath, made me fall in love with his art. Unfortunately, he’s not here today, but everything I can do and have done with my voice as a rap musician, including this mixtape, has come from his influence. I owe my love for music to Mr. Shakur.