Everybody's trying to become a rapper nowadays. Acts come and go and we hardly miss them. It doesn't take a genius to string a slew of rhyming words together. It does, however, take conviction, drive, and a pretty damn talented one-man (or woman) show to pack enough punch to last in the industry. Here's the first in a series of posts showcasing some local talent that might have what it takes in 2013. But you be the judge.
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Genre: College Rap
Sound: “I guess I’m compared to Mac Miller or Sam Adams, but only I feel because I’m another white rapper. My voice I feel like is unique just like anyone else’s.”
“God bless the internet.” It’s what Rochester native and Youtube sensation Bagginz, aka Trevor Eckman, opens his latest track up with. It’s true; Bagginz owes a lot of his success to the mastering and maneuvering of Facebook and Youtube marketing. In 2010, the rapper’s name created a buzz when he tweaked party pop culture staples such as Demi Lovato’s “Don’t Forget” and Rebecca Black’s “Friday” and put them on Youtube. As a result, he gained a large following among college crowds and at his own alma mater, the University at Buffalo. The senior Communication major’s online and word-of-mouth popularity led to student governments taking a liking to his sound and style. He was invited to headline with some of hip hop’s greatest names, including Lupe Fiasco at SUNY Brockport in 2011 and Chiddy Bang at UB in 2012. They were opportunities of a lifetime that Bagginz seized with tremendous pleasure.
Relief is experienced through his Christian faith, and so he keeps his lyrics clean and in agreement with his beliefs, though he doesn't consider himself a "Christian rapper," just a guy with strong values, hustling for a dream. Bagginz is also extremely family-oriented and has little sisters to look out for, which is why he’s not running around rapping about the expected and overrated: thug life, drugs and the materialistic. What saves Bagginz from being placed into the category of “another white boy rapper from the suburbs” is the sincere force behind his words. He doesn’t play pretend. He raps about the real, his experiences; childhood memories have become a big inspiration. After a brief hiatus spent contemplating what he truly wants out of life, Bagginz is back. Download his mixtape, Only a Matter of Time, on Facebook.