As the music industry becomes more and more saturated with musicians and artists delivering similar outputs to the table, artistic authenticity has become buried underneath mainstream trends. But up-and-coming music artist CMILL444 seeks to change the narrative for the new-generation artists like him. He strives to bring in fresh and new authentic sounds without riding other artists’ waves.
Driven by his vision of making a distinctive contribution to the music industry, CMILL444 explores and combines several musical genres in coming up with his tracks. Using hip-hop, R&B, and rock styles, he creates a different sound that catches the listeners’ ears for its fresh and authentic approach. Today, the young visionary has just dropped his first album, High Off Life, where he showcases his unique musical style in 17 impressive tracks. “This project is very abstract and combines a variety of genres for all listeners,” he explains. Along with the album, he has released snippets of the album’s visual and audio content in a preview album cover video on YouTube and his website.
CMILL444 is a fast-rising rap artist born and raised in Michigan. Ever since he was young, the visionary always had high hopes of making a name for himself. He first did modeling and acting with the late John Casablancas. He went from going on to several gigs to winning first place awards at the International Model & Talent Association in New York before he discovered his love for music. He began creating music at 14 years old, but it was only two years later that he took his musical endeavors more seriously.
Fueled by his vision of succeeding in life, the 18-year-old artist traveled to California and entered into a couple of collaborations with renowned rap star Lil Candy Paint. Through this, CMILL444 learned more about the music business and how the music industry works. Later on, the popular producer Thomasmbeats reached out to him and eventually became his manager, helping him as a musician and networking with other artists.
CMILL444 stands out in the music arena for the inclusivity and diverse approach he takes in music. Essentially, he aims to make good music, and for him, “Good music means different things to different people.” Hence, his approach is to diversify his music instead of focusing on only one genre and creating only a hit single. Still, the musician sticks to creating music that only possesses positivity, leaving out stories and themes involving violence. Unlike other artists, he prefers to stick with songs that talk about positive and encouraging messages only.
Aside from his creativity in combining different genres, CMILL444 also champions freestyle rap music. For his latest album, “High Off Life,” none of the lyrical contents were ever written down for music production. What listeners hear are candid ideas that the artist thought of as he recorded each track. Indeed, it cannot get any more raw and authentic than that.
As he makes waves in the music industry today, he hopes to show others how his brand 444 is a lifestyle – a motivation that no matter the challenges they are going through, life will lead them to the right path through time. “Keep your head up and never look down,” he says. In the future, CMILL444 has his eyes on topping the charts while establishing his 444EVER music label, an avenue for aspiring artists to explore their talents.
Admittedly, music impacted his life in a way that is unlike any other. With this in mind, CMILL444 hopes to also positively impact his listeners, making a difference in their lives through his music.