10 Things You Didn’t Know about Mickey Factz

Mickey Factz and Natalie Harewood

Mickey Factz is the stage name of the American rapper Mark Williams. He is known for a number of things. One excellent example would be his extensive involvement in battle rap music.

1. Came from the Bronx

Factz came from the Bronx. Said borough isn’t the birthplace of hip-hop because that isn’t a single thing. However, the Bronx can claim the honor of being one of the birthplaces of hip-hop. After all, it was where DJ Kool Herc extended an instrumental beat so that people could dance longer than otherwise possible. Furthermore, he is credited with starting to MC during the dancing. Both of which have proven to be very influential in the development of hip-hop.

2. Went to Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Speaking of which, Factz attended Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Said institution is famous for producing students with musical skill. Of course, Factz would be one of them.

3. Introduced to Hip-Hop at a Young Age

There are artists who were introduced to their chosen genre at later ages. However, it is very common to hear stories about artists being introduced to their chosen genre when they were still young. Factz is no exception to this rule. He has stated that his father would rap to him to keep him from crying when he was still a baby. Later on, Factz continued to be immersed in hip-hop because of the people he interacted with as well as the environment that he lived in.

4. Influenced By Big Daddy Kane

Naturally, Factz was more influenced by some hip-hop artists than others. For instance, he has mentioned that Big Daddy Kane was one of his biggest influences in this period. In short, said individual started out in the mid 1980s, meaning that he has been in the entertainment industry for three decades and counting. Generally speaking, entertainers don’t make it that long without some kind of skill, so it should come as no surprise to learn that Big Daddy Kane is considered to be one of the greatest MCs in hip-hop. As for his name, it is interesting to note that its two components came from a couple of sources. Big Daddy refers to a character played by Vincent Price in Beach Party. Meanwhile, Kane is a variation on Caine, referring to the character played by David Carradine in Kung Fu in the 1970s.

5. Influenced By LL Cool J

On a related note, Factz was also influenced a great deal by LL Cool J, who was one of the earliest hip-hop artists to achieve mainstream success. As such, he played a major role in propelling the Golden Age of hip-hop from the mid 1980s to the early and mid 1990s, which replaced the old-school hip-hop that had come before it. Besides his music, LL Cool J has also been known to act from time to time. In fact, some people might recognize him as Sam Hanna on NCIS: Los Angeles, who has been a main character since the very start of the show in 2009.

6. Had an Interest in Law

It seems safe to say that Factz had an interest in law at one point in time. After all, he went to law school after he graduated from high school. Law isn’t exactly the first subject that most people would expect when they think of artists. However, Factz did indeed go to law school.

7. Went to New York University School of Law

Speaking of which, Factz went to a pretty well-known law school as well. To be exact, he spent some time studying at the New York University School of Law before he dropped out for the purpose of focusing on his music, which speaks volumes about his academic capabilities. This is because the New York University School of Law is highly-respected, so much so that it is considered to be one of the best law schools that can be found in the entire world. For that matter, the institution is more than capable of backing up that reputation, as shown by the students who have gone on to positions of prominent as well as its bar passage rate of 98 percent.

8. Extensive Involvement in Battle Rap

Factz is famous for his extensive involvement in battle rap, which is believed to have started up in the East Coast hip hop scene of the 1980s. It can happen through recorded material. However, it can take the form of live battles as well, which are that much more exciting. In fact, there are now huge, well-organized events oriented around battle rap, which are even more prominent because of the frequent involvement of hip-hop artists with mainstream renown.

9. Became a Honda Spokesperson Before He Released His Debut Album

It is very common for artists to receive endorsement deals for one thing or another. However, those opportunities tend to happen after the release of their debut album rather than before the release of their debut album. Amusingly, Factz became a Honda spokesperson in 2009, with the result that he was the face of the motor company’s “Rhymes & Reasons” marketing campaign. This was long before the release of his debut album The Achievement, which came out in 2016. In any case, this was possible because Factz managed to build up a great deal of credibility for himself before he recorded his debut album.

10. Released a Mixtape Called Mickey MauSe On His Own

Factz released numerous mixtapes before his debut album. One of those was called Mickey MauSe, which was unusual in that he released it on his own rather than through his record label. That happened because it was deemed to be too artistic, with the result that his record label decided not to back it. Factz’s decision to release Mickey MauSe on his own turned out to be a good one for a couple of reasons. One, it was met with a positive reception. Two, it enabled him to make new contacts, thus propelling his career forwards.

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