When asked during an interview for a media production internship, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Milán replied, “Selling out Madison Square Garden” without hesitation. Needless to say, his application is “still being processed” at the moment.
For now, the 21-year-old NJ-based emcee continues to build an impressive resume. While pursuing a physics degree at Rutgers University, Milán often honed his musical skills in his free time. Though just a few years removed from his first written raps, Milán has developed a braggadocios persona through his pen while maintaining a heartfelt lyrical core with smooth, melodic flows. Upon returning home from a six month stay in Japan last year, Milán combined his newfound inspiration and eagerness for experimentation with his already-evident poetic prowess to underscore his debut album, “All That Glitters”.
In some ways, “All That Glitters” operates as a two-part autobiography. The first half establishes Milán as a fiery, aggressive emcee through a series of hyper-confident bangers. The album’s second half, though, sees him dig deeper into his family roots, relationship history, and growing pains of being a twenty-something Indian-American son of immigrants. While the album is telling of the young rapper’s struggle to find balance in his ever-shifting environment, it also reveals a significant truth: Milán’s resilience and uncanny talent are obvious, making him one of hip-hop’s most exciting young artists today.
Milán cites Kanye West as his greatest musical inspiration, and even credits his album “Graduation” as being his most fond introduction to hip-hop when he first heard the record in middle school. His own style has been described as a mix of J. Cole and Mac Miller, with a bit of a soft-spot like “Take Care”-era Drake. He personally sees his music blending with the likes of younger, more vibrant rappers like YBN Cordae and Aminé, and has often had his vocal tone compared to Kota the Friend’s (who he is also a big fan of).
Milán’s debut album, “All That Glitters”, was released on May 29, 2020 and is now available on all streaming platforms. Fans can now find his newest release, past discography, essential information about him and links to all of his socials on his official website: https://www.milanraps.com/. His instagram, twitter, and facebook handles can all be searched @milanraps as well.
In order to learn a bit more about the young artist and his new album, we recently asked him a few questions:
Q: What inspired you to start your journey?
A: A few things led me to this point. For starters, I’m an Indian-American and the product of two immigrant parents. For a long time in India, rap culture wasn’t really poppin’ nor was it wholly accepted as an art form (I’m sure that’s changed by now though), so for a while it was hard for my parents to accept that this is the route I want to go. They always wanted me to be a doctor, and for a while I was convinced I wanted to be a neurosurgeon. I even majored in Physics in college and just graduated from Rutgers University. But I’ve put the medical dream on hold to chase this one, and I’m doing it for the same reasons I wanted to be a doctor: I see the healing power and catharsis of music, and I want to be able to be there for people in their good times and their bad ones. That’s how my favorite artists like Mac Miller, J. Cole, and Kanye West (just to name a few) have been for me, so that’s how I want to be for my fans too.
Also as a kid, my parents didn’t introduce me to much music, so I had to create my own tastes. I fell in love with hip hop in middle school when I first heard “Good Life” by Kanye and T-Pain. The vibes on that track are euphoric, and it was the first time I realized how elegant rap could be. Eventually I started trying to rap and write bars on my own in my senior year of high school. What started off as a bunch of whack incomplete punchlines just a few years ago has turned into me greatly developing my bars and my singing voice. I’m still learning how to balance my aggressive, ego-driven flows with my more introspective, self-evaluating side though, and that’s something that’s definitely evident on my debut album, “All That Glitters”. I treat my music like an autobiography with everything I write and reveal about myself. And the songs on this project are like time-stamps of the important points in my life.
Q: What can fans expect from the new album?
A: This album is a glimpse into the life I’ve lived over the past couple years. Everything in here comes from experience and the lessons I learned. Sometimes I’m rapping at hyper speed and delivering punchline after punchline, and sometimes I’m slowing the tempo and taking time to reflect on myself and my surroundings. It’s not all of a particular flavor. I think there’s something on here for everyone to connect with.
Q: What are your upcoming projects for 2020?
A: I’m already about halfway into the follow up album, which I was originally planning on dropping around the end of the year. But that could be subject to change, it depends on what’ll be going on in my life and our world at that time. Right now everything is unsteady and I’m finding it hard to make the music my #1 priority with all of the civil unrest going on in our country. So we’ll see. I do plan on dropping a single in the next couple months and possibly putting out a Deluxe Edition of the album though.