Marriatii, a musician, was born in Syracuse, New York. As a child, Marriatii had many close friends and I was very interested in technology, coding, and other related subjects. When he was older, he traveled to Virginia where he began to encounter many phony individuals one after another, which taught him many lessons. For a while, this made him quite introverted, but he ultimately came out of his shell.
He stated, “My mom truly taught me that you can get what you want if you keep your head down and work smart.” I guess I’ve always been like way. I remember when my friend and I first got into cryptocurrency one summer, we invested in a coin called blossomcoin and made $15,000; it was our first experience with that kind of money and it really stoked our ambition. I was able to enroll in a technology school back then, and I also had a really fantastic teacher who showed me how to learn everything on my own by reading books, watching videos on YouTube, and other resources until I understood it.
When I started college, I made some really good friends who helped me understand things more and gained new perspectives. I also realized that many people in society are too afraid to pursue their true passions and instead choose to be lazy or upset by their circumstances, and I came to the realization that I wanted to be the kind of person who created their own life according to their own terms.
I had been freestyling with my brother and his friend for about a year and a half before to this, and the encouragement I received from others who had seen my progress encouraged me to keep going. Could that REALLY ever be me, I wondered as I listened to these people on the radio, Spotify, and Soundcloud? They were always so good.
But I always had that voice in the back of my head telling me that I could be that guy—that anyone could, if they put in the effort—because this is what I loved.
I had no idea how to begin my journey, but soon after I met my producer friend @prodbyfalxx, who was also just starting out. He would spend hours creating a beat, and I would just start freestyling on it. We both spoke for hours about how situations like those always changed people’s lives and how everyone always talks about how we would be successful one day.
He helped me increase my understanding of how to assist me be able to progress with my music by opening the door to teaching me the roadwork of being on social media, building a following, and creating content. He actually told me a lot of information. My buddies came over to watch us do freestyle and support us even.
I also have a friend with whom I’ve had contact since third grade. Before I learned that he was a musician, we got to work, and he has also helped to keep me motivated.
I’ve had some negative experiences, such as being conned into a feature, having to waste my time by driving an hour away, and so on. Despite this, I strive to live the lifestyle and work as hard as I can to make it a reality.
My morning routine consists of eating, exercising, writing a song, creating content, and working.
My friends support me much. For example, during the winter break when classes were over and everyone had returned home, my friend @jec.xf assisted me in filming a music video for a song we had previously recorded. They occasionally help me generate stuff as well.
It took me a while to get going; I had to spend several thousand dollars on equipment, and I had to spend months training myself how to mix, which I’m still working on.
But I would and still do spend hours looking at content to help me see which type of compressors I need to use, or how to make my voice snappier, and so on.
I had to get acclimated to learning how to edit my own videos in addition to recording them. I also failed to realize how drastically different rapping is from freestyling. I recently moved to California in order to gain more knowledge and connections. I have recorded at @100kstudios and am currently working on a song with a producer who created the rhythm for Kanye to freestyle on at @caliveli.
I never imagined I would get this far, and now I have people checking out my content and watching me, people who are in labels that BIG people belong to. It motivates me, but I always make sure I keep my head down and focus on my work, which was also a very important skill I had to learn along the way. Now I’m just practicing, creating content, working out, and seeing what comes next.