For a rap artist, street credibility is the clear and present, possibly tangible, evidence within one’s lifestyle that validates a self-proclaimed, felonious, deplorable persona. Casually stated, you can only do the rhyme if you do the crime. Understandably so, occupying a cell and reciting the very street anthem that inspired your hustle, only to discover that the trusted keynoter of “keys” (kilograms) has no actual rap sheet to their rap, hardly seems worth the investment of money, allegiance, or in this case, time. Credibility is replicable.
So, what authentic music would emanate from an artist whose “street cred” is best symbolized by a streetlight? What lyrics would depict a helping hand instead of a hand-to-hand exchange? What does hip-hop sound like when its herald literally hugs the block, spreading love to its inhabitants? It sounds a lot like noise…and Spence is making plenty of it.
Nicknamed “Spencer For Hire” as a kid, Spencer Jackson
(a.k.a. Spence 4hire) wields the mic intentionally to harness the motivational power of hip-hop culture. Growing in both his faith and his art, from childhood, Spence has always created content with conviction and character, keeping it real and keeping it fresh.
Following a sudden Internet viral campaign and his first self-titled release, Spence paused his rap career to focus on family, schooling, and community outreach – all of which he alludes to transparently in his music. Returning from the hiatus, Spence drops his new EP Make Noise, and has every intention of doing so.
As of late, the message in hip-hop has been muzzled by mumbles — prime real estate for the distinctive, aural capture of clarity and tenacity that is signature to Spence’s delivery. Hip-Hop purists long for lyrics, while the millennial hip-hoppers drowned in sound, and as sure as he hails from the mid-Atlantic, Spence believes there is literally a harmonious medium, and more than willing to fill the gap. Spence is “4hire” to bridge the old school to the new school, the streets to the steeple, and the nobility to the “noise”.