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Detroit hip-hop artist Tony Cash (aka Willie Witcher) prides himself on being different. “Everybody in Michigan is Rapping about the same things basically, drugs and killings, I can make the same music because I'm from that environment but I’m different,” he says. “I pride myself on being real and I pride myself on staying consistent with who I am.” Cash has built an international fan base through Twitter, (over 52k Followers) YouTube (70k views) and by releasing mixtapes on datpiff.com. Unlike many artists, however, Cash has not always aspired to be a rapper. While growing up, Cash said he wanted to be a special education teacher, something he says he still aims to do. It wasn’t until listening to Young Money Entertainment’s, Drake “Sooner Than Later” did Cash decide to become a lyricist. “I would listen to music and I kept hearing my story being told so I thought to myself, ‘I can tell my own story. Why don’t I put my own music out there for myself?’” he says. Cash kept a poetry journal while growing up that prepared him to write songs. “I have been writing poetry since the third or fourth grade,” he says. “My dad was incarcerated and it was hard to deal with so I kept a journal, which turned into me writing poetry.