CMILL444, a rising 18-year-old rapper and vocalist from Detroit, Michigan, is fast becoming the rock star that he is destined to be. Armed with a deep passion for music that was fuelled when he was only 14 years old, the promising artist launched his debut album titled High Off Life last October 2020, surprising both music fans and executives with his uncommon yet very likable style in music.
High Off Life showcases a total of 17 songs, each very distinct from each other and oozing with positivity, good vibes, and fun. His songs also reveal a plethora of raw emotions, which the artist reveals was his way of overcoming depression as he attempts to achieve balanced mental health. It is for this reason that he chose a theme that highlights choosing to be happy despite the challenges the world offers each day. Inspired by the musical stylings of Swae Lee, Juice Wrld, Blink-182, Nirvana, Paramore, and GreenDay, CMILL444 is a unique cross between alternative rock, the extremely fast wordplay of rap and hip-hop and the danceable melodies of R&B.
“When people listen to my music, I want them to get the feeling of freedom. You can be yourself, you can be happy, you can do whatever you want and be whatever you want in this life. 444EVER is a lifestyle, staying positive ’til the end of time,” the artist explains.
Working with music producers RaySouth, Prod. June, and Klimlords has brought out the best in CMILL444. One of his greatest dreams as an artist is to influence music fans to be deeply involved in his music as he is, and he successfully achieved this when a continuously growing number of followers gravitated toward his art form, as seen on social media and various streaming platforms.
CMILL444 started out independently with his music until he was discovered by Thomasmbeats on Instagram, who eventually became his manager. Thomasmbeats, who is also a music artist, has been guiding the young artist on how to navigate the music industry without losing his authenticity and raw passion for music. He has also been responsible for connecting the rising artist with other rappers and musicians in the business.
One of CMILL444’s most notable abilities is his unique way to incorporate ’90s classic vibes to the current hip-hop trend, attracting both the younger generation of today and even those who are way older than them. For him, this is a clear gauge of how he is maturing in the industry—being able to stay genuine and still cater to what people really want to hear.
“Music changed my life, and I want others to experience the same feeling. I love the youth because they are always on what’s next. Also, they are the quickest to pick up on my wordplay and lingo. The older generation is hard to impress, which is why I add a taste of the original sound they love mixed with a totally new sound in hip-hop,” CMILL444 reveals.
Before deciding to pursue his music career seriously, CMILL444 was a thriving model and actor under John Casablancas. Interestingly, he won several first-place awards at the International Model and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York. In the end, however, it was music that truly captured his heart. Once he identified the kind of personal brand and the musical message he wanted to introduce to the world, he dove right into the game without once looking back at his life before the music industry with any hint of regret.
Even at his young age, CMILL444 can already see himself establishing his own music label in the next few years and sign new artists who are trying to find their way in the industry. He also sees himself breaking records on the Billboard charts, collaborating with big names in the music industry, and doing world tours to showcase his music. Determined to live his best life and create the best version of himself, he aspires to be a positive influence among young people and show them that anything is possible when they put their heart and soul to make it happen.