ON THE RISE: Mann
DEF JAM artist Mann has attracted a huge celebrity following, including rapper 50 Cent, since the release of his hit, Buzzin.
Here, the West LA rapper, who is gearing up for his performance at London’s Proud at the O2 on July 20, alongside UK stars Sway, Mz Bratt, Starboy Nathan and GFrsh, talks to Janelle Oswald about ladies, lyrics and life.
How excited are you to be performing at Proud2?
I’m pretty damn excited to keep it real! I've spent a whole lot of time in the UK last year so I am more prepared for what I'm about to experience and I already know where I want to go and visit. Also I am very excited to see my fans.
Did music find you or did you find music?
Music found me. I originally wanted to be an actor and I was put into an acting institute where I was taught acting, singing, and dancing, so I kind of stumbled onto music.
Who are your musical influences?
I am musically inspired by Mase, Lil Wayne and the whole new LA sound, which has helped to influence my music to date.
If you could make a quantum leap in the next three months, what would it be?
I would love to be in my first feature film and go on to win an Oscar.
Who is your hero and why?
My hero is Kanye West because he has no limits when it comes to creating music and taking a risk.
Who would you like to see win the Olympics?
I am really excited to see the US men’s basketball team bring home the gold!
You already had 50 Cent jump on your music. If you could chose anybody else who would it be?
I recently got to sit in a session with Pharrell; I love the vibe of his work and can't wait to work with him.
Best chat up line you have ever used?
‘Have you ever heard that song, Mann, I feel like money?’ (A line taken from his song Buzzin.) It works every time (laughs).
What is your ideal woman?
I love a confident woman; I've been in situations where confidence has gone a long way.
How does it feel to be signed to Def Jam?
It feels good; it's also a lot of competition with Justin Beiber, Rihanna and Kanye West it just makes me go harder.
What do you think of UK rap artists?
I'm good friends with Chip and last year I learned about the grime scene. On a whole, the UK rap scene inspires me, I actually did a dub step record inspired by Skrillex titled 4am and shot an amazing music video for it.