Back on Track: Mex-Am rapper Wayz’s Road to “Mexcellence”

Greatness is not always defined by what you become. There is higher respect for people who were never born with a silver spoon, yet still made something of themselves in their later life. The truth is what we merit as success varies from one another. Sometimes, it can be what promising rapper Michael Ortiz also known as “Wayz World” or just “Wayz” refers to as, “Mexcellence.”

Mexican excellence, when contracted, forms the hybrid word “Mexcellence.” It is Wayzs’s tribute of his origins, the Mexican-Americans in the country. He was born in Chicago and raised in Tampa Florida. But he is prouder to declare that he is the 3rd generation from his family of Latinos who settled in the US.

As a concept, “Mexcellence” is a term Wayz used for his philosophy on how to excel. He believes that being raised in the streets is what led him to his present achievements. He never denied that he began in the streets. As a matter of fact, he is proud that he did. Wayz admits that his early exposure in a challenging environment made him strive for success and prosperity.

Naturally, his target listeners for his music are theMexican-American consumers of rap, hip hop, pop, and street culture. With them having the same ethnicity and circumstance, Wayz figured that his sound is the most authentic portrayal of his group’s shared experience of difficulties. As of now, there is no mainstream representation of them and the problems they face. After the tension involved in the Mexican-American border, Wayz believes that there is no better time than now to reach out to this untapped niche. Through his fresh and unrestrained style of creating tunes, he wants to highlight the issues surrounding it and share it with the world.

His original take on urban lifestyle and his membership on a minority group led him to his debut album, “Machine.” Launched on October 25, 2019, this album is Wayz’s first independently recorded work. He tells us that “Machine” embodies what has become of us all as participants in society — “the soulless version of yourself.” Worldly demands of our everyday routine can turn us into mechanical, heartless beings who no longer think nor feel, but do. “Machine” is his appreciation of this occurrence in a person’s life. Although often left unnoticed by many, what can be mundane can be an inspiration for music. Through Wayz’s single, it can even be your after-work companion to destress.

He believes that this album caters to a unique and specialized audience in the market. At the surface, it can be just mirroring the pain in the mundane. However, a deeper appreciation of his sound can be interpreted to actually promote positivity. With his personal life view of excellence, Wayz’s music, combined with his life philosophy, can even be a fresh and different take on success in life.

Drifting away from the cutthroat workplace and fast-paced lifestyle is a must nowadays. Let “Machine” and its singles entertain you. Access Wayz’s album and his merch on this website:

Glenda Drewery
Glenda Drewery is a Media Publisher Lead at Music Observer. She works with publishers, broadcasters, news outlets, sports and music organizations, education, and lifestyle brands (among others) to create a healthy ecosystem of diverse content. She ensures clients from the entertainment industry are positioned for success.


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