Mehki Raine, an uprising star out of London has been applying pressure for over a year. His project “Dog Eat Dog World” was a huge success for Raine, and he kept the momentum rolling with various singles and projects. He has a unique spin on things being from the UK, and utilizes his accent and strong voice to win over the listeners on his tracks. Raine has a rapidly growing, very loyal fanbase and is rapidly growing throughout the US. We wanted to get an inside look on Mehki Raine’s life and mind, so read more below to find out about the future star.
How did you get into music?
Well I originally fell in love with music at a young age, in school I was always involving myself in some way, from learning to play instruments such as the violin and various other smaller instruments to even being part of the school choir and taking part in school performances. At home I was always sat in front of the TV watching MTV in search of new artists and new sounds that resonated with me, I always felt as though I could write music too because it’s similar to poetry in a way and I was always good at that. Eventually early 2018 I thought to myself why not finally have a go at doing this shit myself you know? Watching all my favourite artists come from nothing to something always motivated me to try it myself and experience “the come up” as they call it.
What influence has being from the UK had on you?
I feel as though being from the London has definitely had it’s ups and downs because I would’ve never met a lot of the people I know out here and probably wouldn’t know about certain things if it wasn’t from hanging around these people. At the same time that can be flipped because I feel as though some of those things have kinda had a bad influence on me in a way and may have potentially slowed down my progress in certain areas but all in all I feel as though it’s helped form who I am as a person and I wouldn’t have it any other way, I’m proud of where I’m from and what it’s done to me.
Do you think being in London plays to your advantage?
In some ways yes, for example my accent is very distinct so in music I have something unique which makes me sound different cause of the way I use it, from the words I say, to the way I rhyme and manipulate words. It’s also brought me to a sort of deeper reality because I’ve had to grow up faster than I would’ve liked to out here since it can get kinda crazy, and some of my personal experiences with people and certain situations I’ve been in have taught me a lot of things which have changed my outlook on life. But I haven’t let that defeat me or the goal I’m trying to reach, I instead use those experiences and talk about them in my music and give my audience a feel of what it’s like to be in my shoes, since I feel as though as an artist you’re meant to be transparent with your audience so they can really understand your music, obviously to an extent because there’s just some things people don’t need to know as they’re personal but if you feel as though people can relate to those things, why not let them know you’ve also been through them and have found a way out of those situations.
Who helped your name get spread into the US?
I’ve always had a sort of small buzz out in the US amongst the friends I’ve made through Instagram and Twitter, so they’ve sort of pushed my music to their own friends and people they know, so my name has kinda circulated around different states, the person which really helped push my name out there was one of my closest friends, Billie Eilish who pushed my debut project “Dog Eat Dog World” a lot when it first came out and introduced a lot of her fans and people she’s around to my music, after that it started spreading like wildfire, it’s something I’m eternally grateful for cause it’s even landed my project on the face of Billboard which was something I never thought I would achieve this early in my career. It was kinda of a surreal moment too cause I kinda just got sent the article and didn’t initially know how to react so I can definitely say I’ve had a good run in with the US.
Do you plan on moving to the US?
Yes, I plan on hopefully moving somewhere in LA before Summer 2019 and just going crazy out there making as much music as possible and performing shows wherever I can out there, I feel like there’s a lot of opportunity out in the US, Los Angeles and New York City to be specific a lot has happened for artists who ended up moving out there, and it sort of feels like I was destined to do so.
What is the message you try to get across with your music?
For people to be free and not feel as though they need to conform in any sort of way. I want to be able to be the voice for the kids who I feel as though don’t have a voice to speak out on things they think about or keep caged in their minds. I want to be able to show kids that it’s okay to be different and even the smallest of things you might think make you a “weirdo” or “strange” are actually things you should embrace with open arms because they are what make you unique and a lot of people wish they could have. I don’t feel as though anyone should compare themselves when it comes to anything they do, they should just try and be the best at what it is they do, and take what they already have an push it as far as they can go, “the sky is the limit” type shit, go above and beyond no matter what.
What makes you happy?
Really and truly, music is the one thing I can say that truly makes me happy, cliche? I know. But it has really done a lot for me as not only an artist but as a person too. I feel as though music really saved my life and in certain situations it’s helped me get through things I thought I would never be able to recover from. Family also makes me happy because they’ve been the ones supporting me through this music shit from the day I started it, my mother help fun my equipment and trips I needed to make to video shoots etc and my siblings are always playing my music and letting other people know about it so that definitely puts a smile on my face for sure.
What do you think makes your music stand out?
I just bring this unique, unconventional style which mixes Alternative with hip hop and my accent adds that cherry on top which shows a clear distinction between me and other artists. I’m also very versatile and can make pretty much any style or type of music, so I add elements of that to all of my songs in some shape way of form. I also feel as though people can really connect with my music on a personal level since I speak on a lot of relatable things in my music, it’s like my lyrics run deeper than just the music you know? My music has saved a lot of people’s lives which is something to this day I think about and it motivates me to keep creating.
Who is someone you want to work with in the future?
I have a lot of artists I wanna work with not all of them rap, people like Lily Allen, MIA (Mathangi Arulpragasam) and even The Gorillaz. On top of that of course I’d love to work with some hip hop/rap artists who’ve influenced my sound over the years such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Robb Banks, Chief Keef, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, Skepta and Travis Scott. Even some more new age artists such as Lucki, Smino, Saba, Noname, Rico Nasty, Tierra Whack etc. I feel as though a lot of those collaborations would be fire as hell cause of the mix in our sounds.
What can we expect to see in 2019?
Music. A lot of music. Shows. A lot of shows. Just a whole lot of Mehki. Hopefully this is finally the year people recognise my talent and take my artistry more seriously, I have the ideas and plans, all I’m waiting for now is that audience who’s gonna be in sync with each element of my music.