Failure is another steppingstone to greatness, and where words fail, music speaks.
Austin Echols is Austin The Icon. A new up and coming rap artist on his way to living what he calls an “iconic lifestyle” as he becomes apart of something elite. Hints the name, Austin The Icon!
He’s a student at Western Michigan University from Southfield, Michigan. Austin began rapping at the age of six, when he started off making bubble gum rap at the lunch table in elementary school.
It wasn’t until high school when the young rapper developed a serious passion for music. Early in his career he joined two rap groups, with close friends and family.
“My brother, my best friend Henry, and I used to get instrumentals off of YouTube and play them while we recorded us rapping on my phone,” says Austin.
Sadly, neither of the groups were as successful as they had hoped it would be. Although neither groups were successful, Austin never lost his passion for making music so he soon became a solo artist.
“I really don’t have a message I’m trying to give to the people,” says Austin. “I just want to give them good rap music because we are losing that in today’s society.”
Currently he is working on his new project “Lessons Learned”, which is set to release in 2015. For more information, visit Austin’s instagram page @AustinTheIcon or his twitter @MrGrammys
Check out Austin The Icon’s latest single “Hour Glass”