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Formerly known as Felony Fame, artist Feli Fame's only crime is serving his listeners impactful statements with gritty punchlines and euphoric metaphors. A Newark, NJ native who understood the complexities of going the wrong route, he utilized his music as a successful medium to express himself and connect with other like-minded individuals. From musical projects and collaborations to film ventures, Feli outlines how his aspirations have come to fruition and upcoming projects we can be on the lookout for.
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Fame is no stranger, to, well — fame. An early predecessor of a business mogul, Feli continues to expand his ventures beyond music. He has had his share of celebrity-rooted enterprises that have both kick-started and expanded his brand, MND$.
From early contributions to MTV's American comedy series My Life as Liz, a casual appearance in Hip-Hop mogul Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson's action-packed film, or humbly accepting the crown as Coors Light's Coldest MC, he stands as a representative for those who seek virtuosity. “I just wanted to make myself different from other artists. I wanted to put more on the table and bring more to my company. So that’s why I decided to do a movie,” said Feli in a previous ThisIs50 interview.
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Fame was graciously brought onto the RED Distribution label of Sony's entertainment division. His work exudes ambition and passion; coupled with a sick flow and an exuberant persona, his new project, "The New Elvis," continues to hit the mark with each stride he takes on his passage to becoming the next household name.
Rashaunna: What attracted you to music?
Feli Fame: What attracted me to music is the fact I could express myself (and feelings) and connect with others that feel the same way I do.
For someone who has never heard your music, describe your sound in five words.
I can think of three. Your favorites: Drugs, Food, and Sex.
What was the inspiration behind "Love or Sympathy?"
The song "Dilemma," by Nelly and Kelly Rowland, inspired the duet-style that I used on it — the words were just things that had been sitting on my mind.
How did you come up with the title for your project, "The New Elvis"?
I gave my project that title because I wanted to give it that classic vintage feel and make a statement at the same time because we all know Elvis is iconic.
Who are your mentors or people that influence your work?
All of my friends that I surround myself with: #MNDS.
What major accomplishments have validated that you ‘made it?’
I have quite a few. I had my own documentary on BET for my last project, "Everything Starts From Now" tour with Coors Light. BET and MTV have been rocking with my music and videos for a while — the list goes on and on.
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What is the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part of my job is everything that does NOT involve actually making the music.
If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Go with your own instinct! I was told my "Love or Sympathy" song didn't sound right with the girl singing and me harmonizing on it together. Then a few months later, I get signed because of that same song. Trust your instinct!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Happy. Being happy is important. If you're rich but you're not happy, then you aren't rich.
What's one of your favorite songs out right now by another artist?
Travis Scott — "Butterfly Effect."
What upcoming projects are you working on that we can look forward to?
Movies, artists on the MNDS label coming out — Sony got their hands full now!
Connect with Feli Fame on Twitter and Instagram.