Mass Act is an emerging independent hip-hop artist who made his professional solo recording debut earlier this month with the single “Speed Freestyle”. That track introduced a talented emcee from Massachusetts with a verbose lyrical flow. He cites a long list of 90’s rap icons as inspiration for his sound.
Although he has been writing rhymes for years, Mass Act is just now going public. Positive feedback from family and friends about his latest material prompted the elusive artist to share his music with the world. Making up for lost time, he’s already released his second single.
“Days” is the brand new single from Mass Act, released worldwide via all major streaming services on October 18, 2023. A melancholy indie-pop guitar opens the track before the beat lands on a slow and funky lo-fi groove. On the mic, Mass Act drops an introspective relationship post-mortem with a verbose but laid-back flow, as deep bass tones rattle the floor.
Check out “Days” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Dive : Hip-hop and R&B playlist., or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the opportunity to chat with Mass Act. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with Mass Act.
8 Questions with Mass Act
Where are you from?
I’m from Rochester, Massachusetts. A small town located about 45 minutes south of Boston.
How long have you been making music?
I started making music probably about 6 years ago, however it was something I just enjoyed doing in my spare time. I never thought it would be something I’d be able to actually pursue. The last month or so is the first time I’ve created anything in probably 5 years and the feedback has been great so far so I’ve decided I’m going to really buckle down and see if I can make this work.
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
I am Mass Act so I wrote the song, Mass Act consists of only myself. A friend of mine, Alexander Ferreira (AVFonTheBeat) created the best that I used for this track.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I grew up listening to a lot of old school rap/hip hop. Nas, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Big L, Jurassic 5, Mobb Deep, OutKast. I’ve always enjoyed the east coast hip hop scene and enjoy a lot of different artists. Story telling is my favorite and I try to incorporate that in my work as well, music with substance is what I would like to create.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
My greatest non musical influence is probably my family and close friends. They’ve always supported me as a musician even when I’m doubting myself and my work and that’s something I’ve always really appreciated. I’m hoping to be able to prove them right and help with things down the road.
What inspired you to create this project?
I can’t lie the inspiration for this song came from heartbreak. I was in a relationship that I thought was the one and things ended abruptly, it wasn’t something I expected and it really broke me for a bit. Found solace in being able to write out my thoughts rather than allowing them to build up, as soon as I came across this beat everything just seemed to flow out.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
I don’t truly have any concrete plans moving forward musically. My plan is to just continue creating music and hope it continues to connect with people.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
If people continue to enjoy and relate with my work then I’m hoping the rest will sort of take care of itself. I’m just here for the ride!