“When it’s time for me to sit down and write a song, I need to detach from the world,” says Mycall Obas, a Haitian-American hip hop artist.
Obas has been in the music industry since 2005, living out his lifelong dream as an artist and emcee. He describes himself as having an innate toughness as well as a sense of empathy and strong purpose in life and career. His goal is to leave a legacy for people who want to enter the music industry, but also for his children. Obas has been described as having an entrepreneurial spirit and relentless drive. Obas’ goes by the artist name O.B.A.$ and his moniker is: only believers achieve success. He wants to help people from different walks of life believe in themselves and work hard to achieve their dreams.
When we reached out to Obas, we asked if he could reveal his process for writing music. His songs have been watched and streamed hundreds of thousands of times on individual platforms and he has millions of combined impressions and streams.
So what is Mycall Obas’ secret for writing bars?
“I just get in my car and drive by the water,” says Obas. “I take a nice drive, put some beats on and open the sunroof.”
Obas says the beat of the music derives emotion.
“The instrumentals are the trajectory that leads to the passion,” says Obas.
He also believes in hard work and the relentless pursuit of dreams. Obas had a difficult upbringing and struggled with poverty in Haiti during the U.S. embargo against the small country.
“The embargo meant nothing came in and nothing went out,” says Obas.
Now when Obas writes his music, he’s in a much more comfortable place. He likes to get into his car and go for long drives near the river. When Obas picks the instrumentals he likes for his music, he usually heads back to his house and puts on YouTube.
“I search for 4K Islands. I like to see the blue turquoise water in front of me. It just inspires me,” says Obas. “You just dream of the white sands, the black sands: Fiji, Borabora, Tahiti, Seychelles, Mauwi.”
This is when Obas puts his headphones on and listens to the music.
“I envision what I’m trying to do, let the music flow through me and pen to the paper,” says Obas. “That’s my process.”
To learn more about Mycall Obas, you can visit his website and download his music at: www.iamobas.com
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