Rapping to overcome a stutter
He hasn’t signed with a label and he works at a local grocery store to help his funding, yet 19-year-old rapper Logan Newark has already established a fan base as well as inspiring others.
Newark, who performs and writes under the stage name of Mayhem, grew up in Brunswick, Ohio listening to the likes of Eminem and found early inspiration through the Detroit based rapper.
“He gave me inspiration and that’s pretty much the reason I started making music, because I wanted to be that person to somebody else,” Newark said.
And inspiring others is something he finds extremely rewarding and is just what he set out to do when he realized that rapping and performing would exceed being just a hobby for him when he was in the tenth grade.
“I wanted to write music for people to relate to, for them to not feel so in the dark, to give them hope or inspiration, and I already have inspired some people not only to get into music but to do other things in their life,” he said.
While dreams of becoming a professional rap and hip-hop artist may seem like just that, Newark is ready to give it his all and do all he can.
While Newark works part time at Heinen’s grocery to help fund his himself into the professional world, his real dedication to his craft can be witnessed when stepping into his bedroom.
What he describes as being, “just a little home set up right now,” will transition from a small set of equipment in his room into a professional music studio in his basement. His bedroom houses a sound board, multiple microphones, professional recording equipment as well as lighting. The cost as well as the construction of studio further emphasize Newark’s determination to stick and accomplish his goal of becoming a professional hip-hop artist.
A goal that has not been smooth sailing from the start, while he is definitely comfortable and confident now, initially getting started was an unpleasant ordeal that involved huge obstacles.
“A big thing I overcome is that I have a stuttering problem,” Newark explained.
“I still have a stutter here and there and when you’re rapping, which is all about articulation and fast talking, stuttering doesn’t really go hand in hand with that, I really do credit making music and rapping to helping me get over my stutter,” he added.
The results Newark experienced after he started rapping are not rare either, music therapy has repeatedly been proven to be effective, pointed out in a CNN article discussing the discovery that when listening to music, the brain releases chemicals associated with pleasure
Through inspiring others, to overcoming feats of his own, Newark does not see any other way his live will play out than a life that involves music.
“I know I want to do something with music, even if I’m not the star, I want to write for other people, or make music for other people, that would be my dream.” he said.