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ıll|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|̲̅̅=̲̅̅|̲̅̅●̲̅̅|llıl ♫♫ 22 year old Moses Barrymore is focused on turning L.I.F.E. into his legacy. With over 13 mixtapes to his name, Moses has made music his sole focus and is determined to put Virginia on the map.
Moses, born Barry Hardy, caught the rapping bug at a young age. Inspired by battle rapping, he competed with kids during recess and rhymed for money. But Virginia natives didn’t move him; superstar Kanye West is what opened Moses up to sharpening his pen. ‘I never heard anything like (Kanye’s album) College Dropout,’ Moses remembers. ‘The song choices and the themes for the album (made me say) I wanna say I produced.’ But playing with beats wasn’t the only thing that consumed Moses during his school days.
He struggled through middle school and high school with an undiagnosed learning disability. ‘I didn’t talk until I was three years old and I don’t have good coordination. They used to put me in slower classes,’ explains Moses. But where he had challenges with reading comprehension, he had absolutely no problem with the gift of sound. Moses put all of his frustration into his love for music. He became an audio engineer at 14 years old and began working with local acts to engineer their sounds. During this time, he also kept journals and wrote short stories, reflecting on his experiences growing up without a father and watching his mother struggle to make ends meet. But after years of being afraid of what other people would think of his art, Moses came from behind the booth to create his own sound.
Fast forward 8 years and Moses has proven himself…to himself. His brand new mixtape L.I.F.E. – Learning Information from Experiences – was released on his 22nd birthday earlier in 2015. And his bold new single ‘No Way’ lets listeners know he means business. The chorus goes: ‘If you ain't walk with me, you can't ride with me...no way.’ It’s only a matter of time before Moses is riding high.