“Yeah, I’m a SoundCloud rapper!” said Pouya during a recent visit to MASS APPEAL HQ. “Look at my watch! SoundCloud got me this watch… I got this from SoundCloud money. And why not? SoundCloud rappers are better than mainstream rappers anyway. I’d rather listen to SoundCloud rappers all day. Me, Suicide Boys, Lil Xan—all the top rappers are SoundCloud rappers.” In the latest episode of Open Space, the pioneering Florida rapper born Kevin Pouya—who recently released the album ‘Five Five,’ named after his height—breaks down his come-up from skating to hosting an internet show with his homie Fat Nick to shooting rap videos for the Denzel Curry to dropping out of school and spitting bars inspired by Bone Thugs and SpaceghostPurpp. Pouya also speaks on why he turned down a major deal, why he never records in professional studios, and how music has helped him handle his lifelong battle with anxiety in the new edition of Open Space.
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