Tupac Shakur and Eminem represent a distinct era of hip-hop and their influences on the rap game can still be felt till date. Although several artists have come and tried to modify the genre to suit the taste of the listers and the demands of the market; rap music will always be that genre of music that features the use of rhymes, wordplay, and instrumentals. Madman1 is a rap head through and through, and since he burst onto the stage, he has taken a revolutionary path to how rap is delivered, mastered, and listened to.
Madman1 (born Christopher Lee Davenport in March 1979) is an emerging rapper, record producer, songwriter from Indianapolis, where he was born and bred. Despite only being an emerging artist, he has carved a niche for himself, which has earned him the appellation “lyrical genius” in the music industry. His music journey began from a very young age, having grown up in a surrounding that was greatly influenced by music, and at the age of 13, he started developing his musical skills with one goal in mind, going professional to the point of earning a living from the craft.
On the question of “Why rap?” Madman1 says rap music is the only genre of music in which he found relief as a child, and subsequently learning and perfecting the art on the streets set him on the path he is on today.
As soon as his music career had taken off first as a record producer, Madman1 took the next few years honing his skills. This paid off greatly because he has amassed over a million streams on his music globally across the globe streaming platforms. At the same time, he has succeeded in building a unique name for himself in a continuously evolving and unstable music industry.
Describing his love for rap, Madman1 describes traditional rap music as a subgenre of hip-hop music in which rhyming speech is chanted—or rapped—accompanied by musical instruments. However, bearing in mind his unique approach to the genre, Madman1 has succeeded in earning himself some of the industry’s most dedicated fanbases. Rated for his lyrical strategy, which involves distinctive wordplay and syllabic combinations, Madman1’s message broaches a diverse range of subjects: in-real situations and anecdotes, familial relationships, motivational outlook, parables, and other stories. Moreover, his music goes beyond money, women, and drugs; it evokes feelings in the listener’s heart that make them reflect.
Madman1’s music takes the listener on an emotional rollercoaster through the emotions the artist has laced the lyrics with. His debut album, Love and Hate was released in 2020 with singles such as” Amends,” “Shot in the Dark,” “Superhuman,” and “Off his Leash” featuring heavily on the album. The aftermath of this saw him get snapped up by MBMGlobal Records, a record label that is responsible for and catering to many successful A-list artists.
On why he considers himself different from his competition within the industry, he attributes his uniqueness to him constantly moving to develop himself to be the best in the game, having over the years studied the styles of 2Pac, Rakim, Dr. Dre, and a host of other associated acts.
Madman1 acknowledges his many struggles in the music industry, which invariably motivated him to build his music brand and co-found MBMGlobal; however, in five years, in addition to seeing himself verified on Instagram, he also hopes to score more mainstream features with artists who have inspired him the most, like Hopsin and Eminem at some point. With over 10 million streams racked up so far, Madman1 hopes to drop more albums and attain global prominence.
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