Myles Cleveland: Starting Fresh
After a brief stint with a boy band, rapper Myles Cleveland decided to fly solo and is now preparing to enter into the new school of young rappers. Already a pro at navigating the ups and downs of the music industry, the Connecticut native is starting over with his mind on gaining the respect of his heros rather than fan adoration.
Edge: So who is Myles Cleveland?
Myles: Well I’m simply Myles. I’m from Bridgeport, CT and currently living in Los Angeles. I was formerly in a group called “Too Much” and now I am a solo artist on a solo journey to gain success.
Edge: How did your career initially take off?
Myles: Four or five years ago, Omarion went on a tour with Bow Wow, one of that many Scream tours. I went to the show and while I was walking around the arena his assistant approached me. He asked me where my mother was and I thought I was in trouble to be honest but then he told me to come backstage when Bow Wow’s set was over. So I went back there and they asked me what I did and I told them I was a rapper. I performed for Omarion and for who would become my other band members and they told me I would be perfect for the group. Right after that, I flew to Los Angeles and signed a deal with Music World and Interscope.
Edge: How would you describe your rapping style?
Myles: I’m east coast all the way. I’m definitely an east coast lyricist. I freestyle, I write, I do it all. Being in Los Angeles has given me a little Westside feel to add to my style but I’m still all about my roots.
Edge: If you had to use one hip hop classic to describe yourself, what would it be?
Myles: “Mass Appeal” by Guru. It’s a little arrogant and I am not saying that I have mass appeal…YET. (laughs) But you know he’s kind of saying “you’ll do anything to be like this” and I’m that fly type of dude.
Edge: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in the business?
Myles: Mind your business, that’s the main thing. Stick to what you do and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Stay on your own path.
Edge: What do you think defines hip hop?
Myles: Hip hop is self definitive.
Edge: If you could change something about hip hop right now what would it be?
Myles: Instead of people getting on by controversy or embarrassing themselves, I’d like for it to go back to being about the talent. Back in the day, you had to really be ill. Today you can just throw on a costume. If it could go back to being about raw talent instead of gimmicks, that would be dope.
Edge: If you could put together an all-star team of 5 rappers, dead or alive, who would you choose?
Myles: Bizzy Bone, Tech9, Jay-Z, Eminem–and the 5th one is hard because there are so many ill rappers but I’d have to say Big Pun. Em and Jay are the top tier, point blank. Even if no one liked them, their flow would still be as impeccable. Tech9 because he’s so underrated. He’s been around forever and no one’s given him the respect he deserves. I mean, he can rap BACKWARDS! And Big Pun’s flow is like water. He’s so smooth and uses big words but still finds a way to make it sound street. So those are my 5.
Edge: What should people expect from you?
Myles: I want people to expect excellence because that’s what I put into my music. I try to hit every word perfect, make sure the flows are exactly perfect and every word is clear. Expect good music, you can hear my hard work in there.
Edge: What do you want your legacy to be?
Myles: I want to be the illest. And I know a lot of people say that but I work towards it everyday. I want to be respected, it’s not even about being famous. I’m big on lyrics so I want people to see me as a lyricist.
Edge: What does living a life on the Edge mean to you?
Myles: Living life with no regrets and not being afraid to take chances.
FACEBOOK MUSIC: Facebook.com/MylesOfficial
SOUNDCLOUD: (Free download) http://soundcloud.com/mylesofficialmusic
Photos By: Ashley Nguyen
MUA: Sydney Milan