A budding rap artist, Frankie Buzzard is excited about what he's been working on and what's to come.
MIAMI- Frankie Buzzard has firsts on his mind. His first music video on YouTube, his first semester at NEO, and soon his first cover feature for national music magazine Skilly.
A budding rap artist, Buzzard is excited about what he's been working on and what's to come. Starting at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College next semester, he dropped his first video on YouTube in late 2016 for his song "Potential," and has several singles released on SoundCloud.
Taking a leap of faith, he submitted his music to Skilly Magazine and heard back from music editor David Mitchell with an invitation to be the focus of a cover piece.
Gearing up for the exposure, Buzzard was spending his Tuesday evening getting professional shots taken in the courtyard of the Coleman Theatre in downtown Miami. As he posed against a wrought-iron fence and then the exposed brick of an adjacent building, a large group of friends and family hung out in the background chatting and laughing.
As a pickup truck passed by while traveling traveled down Main Street, someone from his crowd shouted to the passengers, getting a wave and a holler back. The scene was perfectly aligned to what Buzzard would have to say about his music - it's his story. His reality as a Native American in Oklahoma. His voice.
"We already know about the kid from New York, the kid from Chicago, the kid from like Memphis," said Buzzard. "But no one knows about the kid from Oklahoma. I just want to tell my story."
When it comes to musical influences, Buzzard goes the way of most millennials, opting out of loyalty to specific genres or regions to let it all flow together and inspire him to his own style.
"Everything. I'm influenced by everything, even the old school stuff like Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan," said Buzzard.
His path to music came from a love of poetry. As a young man he was reluctant to share that passion publicly, but found solace in the works of others who he says showed him there was no mold to fit.
"The reason I started making music is because I've always been into poetry, just writing but I never had the courage to record and get out there and be vocal," said Buzzard. "Different artists influenced me. Like, you don't have to have a deep voice, a low voice or whatever to sound like a rapper. You can just sound like you."
Buzzard describes his style as "reality," just his life as it is while he chases his dreams.
"I'm not in the streets selling drugs. I go to school, I have my family, and I don't have much money," he said. "But none of that matters. It's just me, and it's real."
His feature in Skilly will be launching in the next few weeks as he submits the last few media items needed for the cover and completes his interview.
Once it launches, Buzzard's Skilly feature will also be promoted across the magazine's social sites potentially opening his work up to thousands across the nation.
When asked what he would say to other aspiring artists, Buzzard keeps it pure by driving home the importance he finds in staying true to yourself.
"Be yourself. Don't try to be like anyone else," he says smiling. "Be the first you and not the next somebody."
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Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor of the Miami News-Record. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.