Interview with Jamel Tingman (@mr_melly_)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Music has been apart of my life since I can remember. As a teenager, my older brothers use to write freestyle music, which opened my eyes to the different elements of hip-hop. I quickly learned that I was good at writing rhythmic stories, and translating real-life issues into relatable content. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I was doing Biggie’s Juicy song at a karaoke bar named Tonic around Times Square in New York. I was rapping the song word For word when Michael Irving (former Dallas Cowboys player) and Le’Veon Bell (current New York Jets player) came up to me and started singing the lyrics with me. I don’t believe people knew who they were, but it was a special moment for me. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

This is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t be afraid to be you when it comes to music. Being original is much better than being a copy, and it is perfectly fine to step out of your comfort zone some times… Also, soak up as much knowledge as you can! 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I’ve dealt with a lot of heartbreak and turmoil on this road to success. The one consistent lady in my life (currently with now) is the reason for a lot of my changes I’ve made thus far. I had to go into a dark place for a few months to break out into the lyrical Prodigy that I am now. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I would like to believe the music I write is based on self-reflection, maturing, and progressing. I only hope that people hear my songs (which are my real-life stories) dissect them as much as possible and realize that you can turn your life around no matter what obstacles tend to come in your path. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on” -Robert Frost 

There was a time in my life where I had to spend some time away from home for my adolescent troubles. I didn’t know how to cope with the adjustments of not being able to have the freedom I wanted. I soon realized that nothing lasts forever and bad times would only be temporary. I made the most of my situation by realizing that life goes on and this is just a minor setback on a remarkable journey. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Twitter.com/mr_melly_ 

Instagram.com/mr_melly_ 

Facebook.com/mrmelly1 

Soundcloud.com/mrmelly 

YouTube.com/iggiep1

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