MajWitthaMagnum was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He began his musical journey as a church drummer at the raw age of 6. As time went by, he used his ability to play drums to move into music production as a teenager. In 2020, he founded HumbleHeart Entertainment at just 20 years old. After being influenced by family, friends and colleagues; MajWitthaMagnum started recording as an artist while still producing for some of your favorite artists.
In our last interview, we got to chat with MajWitthaMagnum about growing up, finding her aspirations for music, and her long-awaited mixtape, among other things. Read the full conversation below.
Tell me through your childhood, what was it like growing up?
I was born and raised in many areas of south central Los Angeles. Growing up, I only had my mom. My dad wasn’t really in the photo and when he was, shit was going to the left. However, a father figure did not hurt me, because I always had my grandfather. I never had to deal with starvation or anything of that nature. Even though my mom had me at a young age, she had her head on and knew how to survive. We may have had to ride the subway several times during my childhood, but for the most part she had a car. My mom has always been a scammer. Regardless of how I could take care of myself and my siblings, I would do things.
Throughout my childhood, we moved around a lot, so I ended up transferring from one school to another. I was never able to sit down because I would be in a new school almost every other school year. I went to 4 different elementary schools, 2 different middle schools, and 3 different high schools as a kid. I used to get into a lot of fights and things like that during elementary school because it was kind of hot at the time. I’ve never been the one to start something with anyone, but they always taught me to be the one to finish it. I was a little smaller than everyone during my elementary school years, so it was what many thought would be an easy target. I had been kicked out of schools and extracurricular programs because of the fights. Third grade came in and I felt like I was where I wanted to be, but my mother enrolled me in the same performing arts school she attended as a child for my fourth and fifth years of grade. It was very far away, so I had to leave by bus early every morning. I slept most of my sleep on the school bus in the morning. I also got into a lot of disputes at this school with other students because I didn’t look like them. The school was in a predominantly white neighborhood and had a lot of diversity, but they could tell which children were riding the bus to school compared to children who knew where they were. However, being there planted the seeds of my love for music.
Where did your love for music begin and who were some of your influences at that time?
My love for music really started being close to my mom and her siblings. Whether at home or at church. I grew up listening to almost everything, so I can do a wide range of music. I grew up listening to a lot of Suga Free, DJ Quik, Snoop, Timbaland, Lil Jon, E40, Hot Boyz, Ludacris, etc. That barely covers a spec of the hip-hop I’ve heard, but I tried to show just a little bit of range. My mother still had me out of all Kirk Franklin and gospel records, as well as all subgenres of R&B, bro-soul, Kelly Clarkson, rock music, and more. It is so much music in the world to enjoy. It’s hard for me to stay one-dimensional because of how I was raised.
In terms of influence, I like to do what I listen to. I don’t really have any established influence and I prefer to let people decide who they think I sound like. Growing up though, Lil Jon, Manny Fresh, and DJ Quik were by far my favorite producers, so there may be a bit of influence there just because those are some of my favorites.
How does it feel to finally share your mixtape, Too Hard To Handle?
To be honest, it feels great. The reception and love I have received is much more than I imagined. People who know me personally know that I am not the flashiest person and that I really do work and try to stay as quiet and under the radar as possible while the work is in progress. So I’m sure a lot of people, myself included, didn’t imagine the amount of recognition and love I’ve been getting for being on this kind of scale.
Which of the records from that project means the most to you?
I love each song on the tape in a different way because the process of creating all the songs had similarities but many differences. Honestly, I think the single ‘Too Hard To Handle’ means a lot to me because it’s the track that sets the tone for the tape and I was motivated because I was literally watching the Grammys while creating the record. However, I must say that ‘Outta Here’ holds a very special place in my heart. I feel like it’s a motivating clue for anyone trying to get out of the hood. As the amount of things that my mother and I have experienced together is insane, so for me to send you a message to let you know that we are about to do it, it is just another feeling.
When it comes to features, how did you select them?
I have my own studio that I run with my engineer AudemarAleyse. So with that being said, we have a lot of artists that come in and record, but we basically went through the best features that it had that fit the mold of the title of the tape and what we wanted. We lock ourselves in with each of them differently. We joined ERIICH through one of our artists, Bankroll Troub. He came to the studio and it was actually the same day as my grandfather’s funeral. It was so easy to do shit with the brother. It’s very humble and laid-back, but it may come with some bars that you might not have thought of. Chloeezy and I locked ourselves in through one of my producers, KouchSurf, my team of producers. I wanted to get her out of her comfort zone to do something different, and that’s how we came up with ‘Dripped Out In Paris’. Getting her out of her comfort zone paid off because that’s a lot of people’s favorite track. DMAR and I have been locked up since I was in the 11th grade. He transferred to my high school once when I was a senior, but since day 1 that has been my brother. I actually did the same thing with him that I did with Chloeezy. It took him out of his comfort zone and forced him to create a completely different kind of vibe. However, I always knew my nigga had it in him because we had smoke sessions and he would freestyle and rip beats for hours until it was time to turn back on. I always told my mom that if I could take my brother to the studio, shit would go really crazy and now I’m honored to have one of my brothers on my debut mixtape.
In what direction do you see yourself going next year?
The direction in which I see myself and my team this year is the only way we can go and that’s it. I’m trying to pin some hit records this year as a producer and artist. I know that I can contribute a lot and it is only about being in the most genuine situations to do things the right way.
I’ve been running an indie label / music group Humble Heart Entertainment for about 8 months now and we’ve accomplished so much more in all of our careers in these last 8 months than we ever did alone. We have a lot of tricks up our sleeve. We have some secret weapons and we are always looking to add more to the roster and our arsenal. I’m just thankful that God is putting us in a position to be heard and to take a different path than any other artist, team, or group.
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