By: Bre Nicole J Instagram: @bre_nicolej
What’s in a name? For the past five years, Serbian Hip Hop artist, Valid, has been working very hard on his artistry, gaining recognition in Toronto, St. Louis, Chicago, Serbia, Africa and his hometown, Detroit.
The upcoming star has just released a new album called ” Reach High”, that introduces who the rapper is with a song called “Validation”. The song, produced by Fresh Kills and cut by Dj Los, paints a picture of how any rapper can “touch mics, bust flows, but the real reward is that you touch souls”. He makes it clear that rap is bigger than the paper game and fame. What he wants listeners and fans to understand is how hip hop was and still is a movement that unites all people and paints a story illustrating a revolution, artistry, power, and creativity. With lyrics such as ” to me authenticity is a stamp of approval”, he needs no validation because Big Valid is his name.
While signed to Titan Records, Valid has gained the respect and notoriety of Dj Butter, Producer Topp, DJ J Mac from Beyond Physics. Receiving radio air play at FM 98 WJLB, Detroit’s home for hip-hop and R&B, Valid has also been featured in an ad inside XXL Magazine and on Vladtv.com for the song Competitor, that was a collaboration between him and SupaEmcee. The artist has worked with 7 The General, Mr. Cliffnote, Pierre Anthony, Keith Murray, and Ellie Sandiego.
Valid , who received the name Mr. E aka “Mr. Everywhere”, was even requested to do a feature on one of Topp’s, albums called, “View from the Top”, which featured Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Kuniva and Bizarre of D12.
In 2012, Topp produced a track and used Valid as an artist along with Fat Ray, Stretch Money, Moe Dirdee, and Marv Won , called All in All, that hit No. 1 on 89.3 FM Top Twenty Hot List.
Recently Valid stopped by to holla at Dj Sic Musiq at WIDR 89.1 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to drop the new album. The two sat down and talked on Valid’s musical influences, such as Common, Mos Def, Nas, Talib Kweli, Slum Village and Andre 3000 just to name a few— as well as the new project , some special remixes coming up with familiar voices from Detroit, where the artist is heading in the hip hop game and who the artist wants to work with in the near future. Some of the artists named drop include Freddie Gibbs, Dwele, and Big Sean.
Valid lives by the code of being authentic, allowing his listeners to savour every word he says in his verses. Valid’s music is poised with conventional substance of his struggles in the hip hop world trying to pursue his dreams while having many doubt him. Currently his new single “New Nasty” , produced by Nick Speed (producer of G-Unit and produced for Musiq Soulchild, Talib Kweli, Phat Kat, and many other artists), is expected to ring bells, as Valid promotes the new definition of a classy “ride or die” lady in the streets and freak in the sheets.