Living as an African American in the United States has always been a struggle, and despite the millions of voices crying out for change, their voices often go unheard. Artists and celebrities use their platform to raise awareness of life’s reality constantly, and AJ Mamba is the newest voice to join the call.
AJ Dwayne, best known for his stage name AJ Mamba, considers himself a “conscious” rapper as he creates music that expresses his political views, disagreements with society, and thoughts on how life should be. AJ is one of those artists who aren’t afraid to speak up on political issues, making his music controversial. He regularly tackles topics that many artists try to stay away from.
The conscious rapper feels that the music industry has strayed from becoming a platform for creative minds to express social commentary messages. AJ has seen how music has downgraded and become too censored with their priority on generating hits rather than making listeners think.
As an artist, AJ Mamba leans more towards hip-hop and R&B. He has seen how most of the newer artists are more conscious about their image of coming from the streets rather than talk about life. Having grown up with a brand of hip-hop that was raw and uncut, AJ wants to bring back a similar kind of hip-hop, which encourages people to think about current events. He wants people to acknowledge and embrace their differences to proudly show the world who they are.
Before he started pushing the music industry boundaries, AJ Mamba had a reputation in the theatre scene. He was better known as AJ Dwayne. AJ began his career exercising his creativity by working as a writer, creating productions from his original ideas. We would eventually participate in other shows like Ghost, Hairspray, Ragtime, and 12 Angry Juror, to name a few. AJ would also get the chance to participate in film and comedy, adding to his tri-state theater background as an actor, writer, and director.
In 2019, AJ decided to take the name AJ Mamba, paying tribute to Kobe Bryant and looking to keep himself accountable in his journey to creating a career in music despite the many failures in his past.
Outside of theatre and music, AJ Mamba runs a YouTube channel called Loud Stone Entertainment. There he posts videos about several topics like anime, music, and wrestling. He also partners with Abram, a gamer on YouTube, to make gameplays of video games like the Final Fantasy series.
AJ Mamba is determined to bend the ideas of set genres, inspire conversations about the human condition, comment on his eclectic tastes in pop culture, and challenge his personal ideas on how to experience life from one moment to the next. Whether verbally dissecting what it means for him to be a black man in a society or being a modern-day crooner sentimentally swooning over various desires in life, AJ Mamba aims to tell his truth in honest and entertaining ways.
His song “Black People” is set to be released on the 13th of November. The song was written and produced prior to the current movements occurring in America. A timely and accurate song, Black People, is a historical and reflective view of African Americans’ trials and tribulations as a whole.
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