Mista Switcha

Mista Switcha

His adrenaline-pumping fight anthem 'Messin With A Champion' has slugged its way to the top of the charts. What's next for one of hip-hop's newest and most versatile artists?

Mista Switcha is a rap artist-producer out of Dallas, Texas who is known for his dirty beats and versatile rap style. Fans of Young Jeezy, Pitbull and Ludacris will find much to like about Switcha's gruff voice and immaculate flow. Now, the world is getting a glimpse at this newest rap contender with the explosion of his debut single on national and international radio. Reporter Lauren Thompson recently caught up with Mista Switcha to learn more about this exciting new artist-producer and what he has in store for fans this year.

LAUREN: When did you first discover your love of music?
MISTA SWITCHA: The first time I realized I had a passion for music was when my brother and I heard Notorious Thugs - Biggie and Bone Thugs. I remember jumping on the bed, jamming out to that track on repeat and freestyling. Love that jam.

LAUREN: Your song 'Messin With a Champion' has been big hits on radio for its third straight month. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
MISTA SWITCHA: I was excited to hear the outcome of my songs radio placement. I've had music on the radio before, but this track has seemed to get the best result and feedback. Everyone that hears this track tells me it's one of my best yet.

LAUREN: What was the inspiration behind 'Messin With a Champion'? Was there a particular experience or moment that inspired you to write this song?
MISTA SWITCHA: 'Messin With A Champion' is one of those tracks that you keep in your workout playlist. A high adrenaline, loud pumping, in your face track that gets you ready to take on anything. That no matter what you throw at me, you will not move me or bring me down.

LAUREN: Would you say that the mood of your other songs is in the same vein as 'Messin With a Champion'?
MISTA SWITCHA: I do have similar songs, but a lot of my tracks are very different from each other. I've made real life struggle songs, to fighting song, slow jams and even dance. They don't call me Switcha for no reason.

LAUREN: How would you characterize yourself as an artist?  (ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving...)
MISTA SWITCHA: It's funny because a lot of people who meet me and know my music, can't believe it's me rapper. I am a real laid back, down to earth cat, but when I rap, I am loud and in your face. I like to put all my emotions into my music and I believe you can really tell the difference when someone has passion about their words.

LAUREN: Did you come from a musical background?  Are there other musicians in your family?  
MISTA SWITCHA: My Paps was a drummer in a alternative rock bad and my brother is one of the most talented vocalist I know. I've always had a good ear for music though.

LAUREN: What do you find most rewarding about being an artist?  What do you find most challenging?
MISTA SWITCHA: The most rewarding thing to me is knowing that you, as a musician, have the right to speak your mind and people listen. I love getting feedback that my music really hit a key for someone. Music is art, that's why the call us artists. The most challenging to me is promoting. As an artist that manages and promotes his own music, it gets tiring, but it's worth it in the end.

LAUREN: Who are your role models in music?
MISTA SWITCHA: Definitely Pac and Biggie. Bone Thugs and Busta. I'm a old school type of cat.

LAUREN: What advice would you give to young, aspiring musicians out there who are unsure and need guidance?
MISTA SWITCHA: Do music because you love music. Once music turns into job or a task, it's not fun anymore. So do it because you love it, and always be real. There's a lot a scammers out there that say they can help promote your music. Always read up and check before you invest your money into something or someone. Keep grinding!

LAUREN: What's next for Mista Switcha? Is there a follow-up single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
MISTA SWITCHA: Right now I am working on a mixtape called 'The Invasion', a hot, uptempo mixtape that will definitely keep you on your feet. I will also be putting out a lot of music videos and shows. Nothing but big things in the future, so stay tuned and stay up, the invasion has begun.

LAUREN: Well, it sounds like you've got a lot on your plate! I wish you continued success and good luck!