Born in Santa Rosa, California and growing up in North Carolina, italic had an interest in art at a young age, ranging from drawing to playing several instruments and video editing. Yet it wasn’t until sophomore year of high school when he found his passion: writing.
Beginning with spoken word poetry, italic quickly transferred his newfound skillset to rap due to his infatuation with the genre. In 2015, he released his first two mixtapes, Thoughts and Other Occurrencesand Most Likely To…, which have accrued 8,600 plays.
While working on his second mixtape, italic formed a close friendship with JDT. This transpired in the the release of two collaborative projects after Most Likely To…, with the second capping off their high school output. It wasn’t until summer’s end that italic released another solo project, the EP Transitional Stress,after which he left for UNC-Charlotte. This project would mark the beginning of a shift in the artist’s music towards a more personal direction.
During a time he claims to be “the worst,” the writer reached a much more personal place with his art at UNCC. Starting with “Masquerade,” he went on to very hesitantly release the song “headspace.” Almost an EP, the track consists of three different moments italic broke down and felt he had nowhere to turn to but the page. Nearly withheld for being too personal, this went on to become the artist’s most played song with over 1,800 plays. During his year at UNCC, italic also released his first music video shot by oldest friend Tippletine, and his third solo mixtape The Misfit Priest.
Deciding not to return to school, italic began working on the next phase of his career, shooting five more music videos with Tippletine and building a rather large stash of unreleased music. Videos for “Backwoods,” “Bad One” by Fifth Point, and “Jupiter Jazz” by JDT were all released over the course of 2017, as well as italic’s EP burial. Near the start of 2018, italic made the move with JDT to Norfolk, Virginia to fully focus on his music dreams. With Tippletine now a part of Fifth Point, a number of projects underway, and a growing dedication to the craft, there was no telling what’s next for italic.