The narrow path to hip-hop greatness can be a winding one. Most often, successful raps originate from the same place: a spiral notebook. That’s where Mike “Texx” Gallegos penned his first rhymes while killing time during his school days. I’m So Colorado is the newest offering from Gallegos and current collaborator, Pom. The mixtape is set to be released April 19 and will feature several of Colorado’s best rappers alongside Texx and Pom.
The Metropolitan spoke with Gallegos about his upcoming show with California rapper Too Short, the local hip-hop scene and what’s next.
WR: Are you excited about your April 19 show with Too Short?
MG: I’m real excited about the Too Short show. After all, 4/20 is my favorite holiday. It’s the perfect way to kick off the festivities.
WR: Is the Colorado hip-hop scene healthy?
MG: I think that it’s getting there. As of late, I’ve been noticing more and more support locally.
WR: Do you think it is recognized on a national scale?
MG: We have a few local artists being recognized nationally but, for the most part, I think we get overlooked by most major cities.
WR: Do you think it will get stronger?
MG: Power is stronger in numbers. I think if we all put our egos aside and come together as one, [rappers] can make it happen on a grand scale.
WR: Can you talk more about the I’m So Colorado mixtape?
MG: It features some of Colorado’s dopest artists; it’s set to be released April 19.
WR: How long have you been making music?
MG: I started out writing rhymes in school, during class; filling up all my notebooks to try and pass time. I got immersed in the hip-hop culture and knew that’s what I wanted to do. I got inspired by Havoc of Mobb Deep [and] started [producing beats] on my Roland MV-8000
WR: What do you have coming up in 2012?
MG: I have a couple of videos in the works. I also have a solo project I’m working on called Still Born. It’s set to be released late summer, as well as a collaboration album with Pom entitled Overdue, which is set to drop early fall.
WR: Do you have any advice for new artists?
MG: Be yourself.
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