One of the most challenging yet rewarding careers of the current age is music. Millions of talented artists spend countless hours perfecting their craft, whether it be rapping, vocals, or instruments. With one of the most saturated markets on the planet, the music game is a hard one to win at.
Commanda Keith, however, is currently winning that game.
With his fast paced lyrics and style that rivals today’s top artists, Commanda Keith is taking the Queen City of Charlotte by storm. We interviewed Keith to get some insight on what it takes to be a rapper in today’s society and what it means to keep pushing forward.
Name: Commanda Keith
Current Occupation: Recording Artist & College Student
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do for a living.
To start things out, I was born in Germany in 1995. Home to a military family where my father served 20 years in the U.S Army. I am now 21 years old, turning 22 on February 16th. I was raised in Raleigh, NC. Raleigh was an experience for sure; although, the important thing is that I learned a lot of stuff that molded me into the man and artist that I am today. I had been writing music for quite some time before, but I truly began recording music at the age of 17 in my home. Eventually I found that the “at home” grind was not the way to go according to a couple early industry connects of mine since I did not have actual “studio-quality” equipment. At the age of 19 I began heavily investing in my craft and recording in studios. I have now released multiple projects and many singles, including my biggest single yet titled “Finesse” which released in late 2015. Lately I have been doing shows and I continue to try to develop my craft in every way that I can to become a more versatile/multi-dimensional artist and achieve the dream that I strive for. In December of 2017, I will also graduate from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting.
What inspired you to chase your dreams?
I had always been a big fan of poetry. I wrote the best poems in my classes when I was younger and my teachers began to notice. In addition to that, my father always played hip-hop music around me growing up. As I grew older the poetry began to transform into rhymes, and then into songs. There are many artists that have pushed me into making songs when I was younger. Just to name a few: Kanye West, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Big Sean, but the true inspiration I have with my dreams that continues to exist honestly comes from within. I am a very optimistic man and I am heavily self-motivated a lot of times. Sometimes I like to prove others wrong and sometimes I need to prove myself wrong. Other times I may need to prove to myself that I am correct about something. What really keeps me inspired is what I have seen music do for people. Music has saved the lives of many people, maybe even mine. With that being said, the emotion that comes with it is amazing. There is nothing better than a song that can just flip your mood when you’re down. I want to be the guy that you listen to when you need that emotional boost. Music has done a lot for me and I want to give back that same energy and emotion that it has given me for so long; therefore, my passion in music will always remain a burning sensation of inspiration.
So far, what would you say your greatest achievement is?
My biggest achievement is probably the satisfaction that I get from making music. The satisfaction that comes with making songs for other people and seeing those people enjoy them. There is no better feeling than happiness, and it comes in strong when people like the work that I make for them. Remember what I said above, I just want to give some of that positive energy back. I may not be the biggest artist out right now, but every time a person says that they enjoy listening to a song that I have created will be the greatest musical achievement in my eyes. On top of that, I have seen my biggest song “Finesse” play in clubs, on the radio, in house parties, at football tailgates, in cars that drive by, and all in very strong volumes. That is something that you just cannot beat either.
When faced with a challenge or setback, how do you motivate yourself to keep going?
When faced with a challenge or a setback the only thing that I can do is remember why I push myself in the direction that I am heading. I remember what I do it all for. I remember that I can do anything that I want to do as long as I put the work in and keep my focus along with my determination and ambition. Self-motivation is probably one of my strongest assets and it keeps me in a positive light. It is probably the most helpful tool of mine. You will always run into plenty of obstacles in life, no matter who you are or what you do. What you cannot do is make an excuse for why you cannot do something because of an obstacle. You cannot let anything knock you off of your path, especially for a dream that you feel is destiny. Keep your ambition high and your goals even higher.
Any advice to give to our followers?
Bust your ass everyday. A minute spent not developing towards your goal is a minute that you wasted. Your mind is the only thing that can hold you back. Once you change the way you look at things… the things you look at change.