Ball State University student and Indianapolis-based rapper ‘Most the Underdog’ is a conscious mind and artist. His flow and lyricism are something to be respected.
When Henry Davis (Most the Underdog) was a kid, he would rap songs off of Kanye West‘s ‘Late Registration‘ record. According to Most, music has always given him the ability to say the things he wanted to say. Henry is a thinker and a conscious mind and that is very much reflected in his music. His ability to tell a story, his tactical word play and his rhythm all compliment each other extraordinarily well on any given track.
Most hits the ground running on his track ‘WVVES‘ where he hits you with bar after bar, telling the story of his grind and come up in music and in life. On ‘Alone‘ Most is at his highest level of introspection and reflection, as he talks about where he’s at nowadays, and how sometimes he’d just rather be alone working on his craft. ‘It’s Just Business‘ is a very tough track, where Most flexes his lyrical muscles and utilizes the support from the catchy, synth-ladened beat courtesy of ‘Theory‘.
Back in February, Most the Underdog and I sat down in WCRD studios here at Ball State for an interview. Check it out:
Max Denari: I am here with Most the Underdog, aka Henry Davis. I just have a few questions, Henry.. and we will have some overall discussion. So.. to get into it; As an artist from Indianapolis, how do you want to represent your hometown?
Henry Davis: Firstly.. shout out to Naptown, the 3-1-7. To start off, just with the schools I went to, I wasn’t technically integrated into the Indianapolis music scene. I was more based on a private-school circuit, and at that time I was never fully exposed to what Naptown culture was. It was still very much a good thing as.. you had plenty of artists covering Indianapolis culture, so I think I brought a different perspective to the table in terms of where I’m from. I was somewhat in the middle of a paradox, growing up in the middle-class, but not growing up affluent by any means. Through music, I want to express the difference in lifestyle that I’ve lived.. people in my situation aren’t perfect people and we have our own struggles as well. Music is just an extension of my life, as a whole.
MD: Who would you say are your biggest inspirations.. when it comes to music?
MD: Overall, more so.. a lot of the younger guys? More artists from the internet generation? Which has definitely become much more relevant in music these days.
HD: Yea, most definitely… I really like music that you know someone put a lot of time into. Of course 90’s Hip-Hop has inspired me.. but seeing people closer to our age make the music they make, that is truly inspiring and relatable for me.
MD: At what moment did you realize that music is something you love, regardless of being a song-writer or a recording artist?
HD: When I was a young kid I would rap the lyrics to all the songs off of ‘Late Registration’ by Kanye West. Other kids would gather around me when I would recite the lyrics, and I was kind of the center of attention… I used to get in trouble for that too. When I got a bit older I started playing the tenor saxophone and that really put me in a place in terms of getting comfortable with playing music in front of people. Music just runs my everyday life, I picture myself in music videos while I’m walking to class and what not. Music just runs my life, man.
MD: Being a student and an artist, what keeps you motivated the most?
HD: I think… just the drive to not fall behind, in whatever I am doing. I am literally haunted with the thought everyday… is it time to just focus on what my real career will be? I always come back to thinking, I can’t drop music.. I have put too much time and effort into becoming the artist I am today for that to be the case. Why quit now? I think wanting to make it big… in terms of music has always been on my mind. It has also been a crutch too, its put a strain on me to really focus on music, at times. Focusing on writing a song that can get me to the big time, versus writing a song based on the love for the art. I know I have a great love for making music or else I feel like I would have stopped a long time ago. It would feel like someone is constantly stabbing me in the stomach if I really stopped trying to make music.
Be sure to check out Verge Campus Ball State’s exclusive recording session for Most the Underdog’s song ‘Fantasy World’ above. Video interview included. Video courtesy of Verge Campus Ball State’s own Cole Callahan and Patrick Brouder. You can also check out Most the Underdog’s SoundCloud below: