Who: Mike Wing
Location: Hudson, New Hampshire
Recent Projects: Chips & Salsa (2016)
Songs to Check Out:
- Friends & Strangers ft. ets, Wavy (4:33)
- Cookie Dough ft. La Poetica (3:35)
- Who Knows (4:00)
- Ok Now (3:46)
Coming from a state only 30% of Americans can identify on a map, Mike Wing has his work cut out for him to make a name for himself. I guess it’s a good thing that he has the talent to get it done though, just lacking the promotion. Mike’s closest comparison is probably going to be Mac Miller in terms of sound, which is the most predictable and regrettably used sentence in this entire series.
Mike Wing is a surprisingly fun to listen to guy for being a ‘conscious’ rapper. He’s not grating or ‘holier than thou’ like artists like Hopsin generally, he just points out real issues and talks about them in a real way. And he isn’t preaching in his videos or really trying to touch your soul like that either, it will be a comment here or there so if you don’t fuck with conscious rappers he’s probably not going to turn you off. I said earlier he’ll probably remind you the most of Mac Miller. He has the similar relaxed vibes to his music and even actually delivers his lines in similar ways a lot of the time. It’s not a sound you’d expect to come from a guy from New Hampshire, but in all honesty I don’t think any sound is one you’d expect from the area.
Chips & Salsa was a great project from Mike and a step up from Synesthesia on his part. Production has been changed to a sound that I think overall complements his style a little more, and his skits shows he’s really getting to have a little more artistic ownership over his projects. Like I said earlier, Mike has a lot of moves he needs to make if he wants to make 2017 a breakout year, but should he get his name out there, I’m sure he’d have a pretty receptive audience. I’m not sure if it’s a management/promoter thing or just the size of the market in the area, but the dude has the necessary talent and the established sound to get it done.
In my interview with Mike Wing he touched on what it’s like building a rap career out of New Hampshire and what calls him to rap about what he raps about. You can read about it below.