My name is Stephen, but when I rap: I go by my alter-ego, Sinix Slays. I'm twenty-three years old, and I've been rapping since the age of eleven. The first rap album that I ever owned was the Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem.
After memorizing most of the lyrics from each song, I found myself verbally creating my own lyrics to the beats during the instrumental parts of each track. It wasn't until I was nearly sixteen years old that I discovered that what I had been practicing for years was known as "freestyling" in the Hip-Hop/Rap world. I continued to hone my craft for many years under the influence of various artists, such as: Eminem, Kanye West, Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Lil Wayne, and A$AP Rocky - just to name a few.
At the age of twenty-one, I began the process of formally writing down some of my more practiced and refined raps; with my handy iPhone's note application. After almost two years of writing, practicing, and editing a compilation of note-files containing raps, I decided it was time to get them recorded.
I had no idea what I was doing when I started, but with my Blue Yeti Microphone, and the use of the freeware software, Audacity, I managed to create a legitimate first-effort. The result of which is my debut mixtape (#LLMNT) which was released on Canada Day, 2015.
Since then, I have gone on to release my second mixtape, PIRATED SOUL (on August 30th, 2015), and my third mixtape, ROCK HARD (on November 1st, 2015). When played back to back to back, the trio of mixtapes represent what I have come to call, "The Illuminati Project," or simply, Illuminati.