“The NY General”
Mysonne, a Bronx native has a ridiculous amount of drive, talent and an undying love of hip hop. Although, he has faced his share of heartache and pain, hip hop has always been there to see him through his darkest moments. With his impressive resume of mix tapes and videos, this experienced MC is out to prove that he’s making an indelible mark in rap’s history.
Born in the late 70’s he had to grow up quickly when he lost his Father at the age of 11. He and his siblings bonded over their loss. With the unwavering love and support of his mother and late grandparents, the family managed to get through some challenging times. Even though, he was showered with love and he found solace within the walls of his home, outside he had to navigate a treacherous, poverty stricken world of drugs, violence and gangs. Mysonne, kept himself out of trouble with sports and education. He competed in the famous Rucker Park Basketball leagues with NBA greats, Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury and Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston. The same way that he made a name for himself on the courts he was putting in work in the hip hop community. Mysonne was learning the rap game battling artists like Shyne and DMX, and taking over the mix tape circuit. In the late 90’s it seemed like Mysonne was on top of the world. He was appearing on magazine covers, killing the mix tape game, his first son was born and he scored a major deal with the iconic record label, Def Jam. However, things quickly took a turn for the worse, his debut album was never released and he was convicted on two counts of armed robbery. To this day Mysonne maintains his innocence, but unfortunately he still had to serve years in prison.
As soon as he was released in 2006, Mysonne rededicated his life to his career. He has been working diligently reestablishing himself in the trenches, constantly releasing new videos, music and rocking stages nationally and internationally. He is known for the brutal honesty in his lyrics over ridiculous, heart pounding beats. His astonishing first person accounts of street life always push the envelope of rap music. He has numerous music collaborations with ground breaking artists such as; Rick Ross, Pusha T, The Game, Cory Gunz, Hopsin amongst others.
Yet despite this injustice—despite losing his career, his passion, and his family for the years he spent behind bars—he left prison in 2005 even more determined. Determined to keep a promise he made to himself and to those neighborhood kids that he would be the one to make it out, to push back against the obstacles and win. Redoubling his efforts, Mysonne returned to the studio to produce his own music not only as a rapper, but also as a motivational speaker and a mass incarceration activist.
Well aware of the challenges he has fought, Mysonne believes that youth today face even greater hurdles. Aside from the overwhelming love and support of his family, Mysonne looked up to his heroes in the civil rights movement for motivation. He looked to actors, musicians, and activists who “rapped” in their own way about building opportunities for themselves and the black and brown community. Who preached that life didn’t have to be a series of misfortunes and injustices. Today, youth are hard pressed to find folks they admire who talk about success outside of “street cred” and monetary gains; those are the ideals, those are the goals. But as Mysonne says, “if you don’t give them another option, if you don’t give them an alternative candidate, then the status quo just wins by default.” Mysonne is that alternative candidate. And with each song, each speech, and each teachable moment, he is out campaigning for young and disadvantaged people across America.
Even though, record labels have thrown contracts at him left and right, Mysonne has decided to remain independent to deliver exactly the type of music that his fans want. Mysonne is ready to prove to the world that the “General of New York” is here to stay.