G-Nate is a rapper who is a true example of the meaning “patience is a virtue”. While enduring the repercussions of an unfortunate event, G-Nate is now focused on being a positive influence for his son and helping him making an impact with his music. He also plans on becoming heavily involved in the community, as an advocate for underprivileged children. Take a look at his interview to learn more about the artist known as G-Nate.
HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
G-Nate. I used to go by the name “Lil Nate”. That was over 20 years ago when I started rapping and I was barely 150 lbs. I went to prison for two and a half years and gained over 60 lbs. So at 6 foot 3 inches tall, 225 pounds, it would have been crazy to still call myself Lil Nate. So I added the “G”. The “G” was for “Gangsta”. Now it’s for “Gentleman”.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursuit a career in music?
G-Nate. I used to freestyle rap with my potnaz in my hood everyday after school. It started out when I first heard Eazy E and Too Short. That’s when I fell in love with Rap. Eazy was my favorite rapper. The early 90’s was when I knew I wanted to be a rapper.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
G-Nate. Ugk, 2Pac, Geto Boys, 8Ball and MJG, and I can’t forget Jadakiss.
HCM. On your current/upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
G-Nate. I named it THE TRIALS OF NATE MANDELA. Nelson Mandela is one of my favorite people in history. He served 27 years in prison and came home and became president. That’s why I changed my name to Nate Mandela. I really look up to Mandela and I love what he represents. Just like him I’ve been wrongly incarcerated and just like him, I will come home and do great things. I even have his portrait tatted on my arm. The album is available on all digital platforms.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
G-Nate. I have always loved to rap, but now that I’m older, Ima leave the rapping to my son Tyreik. I’m more into the producing and the business side of things now. I’m more into acting now. I love writing and directing and videography. That’s how I really got big on social media. I have over 1.3 million loyal followers, just on Instagram, not to mention almost a million on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
G-Nate. With my music and my acting and directing, I want people to get a glimpse of the trials that I went through in my life. I want them to see both sides of the story. A lot of people glorify the street life, but hardly ever tell the bad parts – the time in prison and losing loved ones. Those are the things you can never get back – time and lost lives.
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
G-Nate. I plan to win my appeal and be home within the next year or two. I’m going to write, direct and act in my first movie about my come up, my fall and the come back with the sound track. I can’t wait to catch up with my kids. I’m going to get into prison reform and continue to help the underprivileged children that need mentors. That’s what my movement Take Care Of Ya Chirren is all about.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
G-Nate. Big shout out to all the people that have been holding me down while I’m going through these trials. I love y’all!
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