Interview: Midget Green
A native of Huntsville, Midget Green’s flow and lyricism look to bring notoriety and buzz to an area that is often overlooked when it comes to mainstream hip hop. With tracks including “C.E.O.” and “Ridin”, the Alabama artist is looking to change this with his signature style and energy that he brings to his music. Midget Green sat with DCWS x The CAB Portal to speak about his style, influences and beginnings.
After reading our Q&A with Midget Green, you can find his music, including his singles “C.E.O.” and “Ridin” on his Soundcloud page. Also, be sure to follow his social media and be on the lookup for his new album "In The Meantime", which should be releasing this summer.
How long have you been doing music and what influenced you to begin your career in music?
I have been doing music on and off since a teenager, but it was the same type of “gangster/trap” music you commonly hear today. I almost gave up on pursuing a music career because it seemed like the only way to be noticed was to glorify the street life. Which after living it and maintaining a grand lifestyle. I also started noticing the negative example I was setting, along with today’s music, for my peers(our youth). It made me want something different out of life. Being raised in the church. I prayed about it and the Lord gave me a vision on how to reach my peers through music. Since I already have respect and a type of edge about myself from hustling. I incorporated it into my music to not only talk about the ups, but to also talk about the downs in a way that people would still listen, like, and be motivated to be more than a “trapper”. I’ve been a bad influence for long enough. It’s was time to use the talent I was given to be a positive one. I’m a make this music my avenue to put me in a position to do so. These facts alone have influenced my drive tremendously! I know God's behind me, so I’m a go hard with every rhyme until my last breathe!
How did you come up with your stage name and what makes it unique to you?
Initially I called myself Earresistible because I felt my rhymes where irresistible to your ear. Hence why I spelled it with ear, but people didn’t get it. So I thought long and hard about something everyone knew me for and being truthful. That was being the weed man who kept some of the best mid-grade you could find. The #1 thing I got asked when I was seen out was “You ain’t got no good midget in route?” or “You ain’t got no green in route?” So I just put the two together and became Midget Green. A lot of people look at the weed man as a counselor. So I’m a use the counseling skills the streets gave me.
What artists have been your biggest influences?
Initially I was a big No Limit and Cash Money fan, but I would say Twista, Eminem, Devin the Dude, T.I., Lil Boosie, and Dirty Boyz due to the way they painted a picture with words and I felt they spoke on what they knew.
How would you describe your sound and style in your own words?
Raw with clever wordplay and a southern draw.
Being a proud citizen of Huntsville and someone who is starting to build a buzz in your city, how important do you think it is for artists to build their brand in their hometown before branching out to other cities?
This might just be my point of view, but I feel it’s mildly important. Because, I feel the music industry is similar to being prosperous in the streets. The ones who had clientele based outside of the area they lived were more likely to excel.
What would be one thing that you would want your fans to take from your music?
I want them to simply see someone who wasn’t scared to take a different route even though I still have a love for the streets and prospered in them. I was still willing to give it all up to lead and show you can do whatever you put your mind to.
I want to thank everyone at the Dopecausewesaid staff for their time and effort that was put into helping put my movement into motion.