New Jersey is getting back to the bars and Mir Fontane, who hails from Camden is leading the way.
The 23-year-old spitter is known for his lyricism and story telling abilities as he paints a vivid picture of the gritty street life in Camden. He also has the ability to switch it up with a melodic flow as shown on his buzzing single “Space Jam.”
Over the years, the Jersey emcee has released a handful of mixtapes but really started to catching people’s ears when he released his 2014 mixtape “He So Crazy” which was influenced by classic sitcom, Martin. And since releasing the tape, Mir’s buzz has continued to grow. In 2015 he dropped his single “Wanni Wag”, an ode to former NBA player Daujan Wagner (who is also from Camden) featuring Ish Williams. The single became a hit in South Jersey and even received a co-sign from GOOD Music producer Charlie Heat; he loved the track so much that he decided to officially remix it, and even add a verse from OVO rapper/producer and Jersey native Mike Zombie.
Over the past year, he has received a co-sign from Sway after killing his freestyle alongside Mike Zombie and Don Flamingo. And shortly after receiving the co-sign, Mir released his highly anticipated mixtape “Who’s Watching The Kids” which contained the regional hit “Wanni Wag” and fan favorite “Down By The River.” Recently inking a deal with 300 Entertainment, Mir will be dropping his first project under the label later this year.
Putting Camden on the map and he’s just beginning.
New Jersey stand up and salute this man because you will be hearing his name regularly. Learn some more about the Camden emcee in our interview below and stream his latest project “Who’s Watching The Kids.”
1. Where did the name Mir Fontane come from? What’s the story behind that?
- Mir is my nickname since forever, Fontane came from the movie “The Godfather”. Johnny Fontane was a ladies man who was talented and well-connected wit the Mafia and they helped him achieve his musical success. Kinda how I’m connected with the streets without having to physically be there anymore.
2. Who were some of your influences growing up? And how have those influences might have helped you to hone your style?
- Growing up I listened to a lot of 90’s Rnb, Lil Wayne, Biggie and 50 Cent. I feel like they helped me become the storyteller as well as the emotional aspect I like to put in my music. I think my diversity in how I was introduced to music allowed me to be versatile when creating my own.
3. When did you first get into rapping? And when did you decide to start taking it(music) seriously?
- I first started rapping in middle school as like a way of teasing each other during lunch or whenever we had free time. We would just freestyle deadly punchline after punchline until it became second nature to play with words and be clever in your delivery. I started taking rap more seriously when life got more serious. Got my heart broke, lost friends and family, music became an outlet for everything I wanted to say or felt I needed to speak on.
4. You dropped your latest mixtape “Who’s Watching The Kids” in August, explain your approach while creating the project?
- When creating WWTK I wanted to get more personal with who I was behind the music. I approached thinking that I wanted to create a project that FELT like where I grew up. I wanted to create a soundtrack for the city. Next project I want to create the movie.
5. You recently signed with 300. How did it feel inking the deal and what made you choose 300?
- Signing was a dream come true. Everybody thinks that they will get signed eventually but there’s always that sense of doubt when you think it’s not working or moving as fast as you think it should. Patience and consistency are key. I chose 300 because they (more so Kevin Liles) took the most interest in me the person and not how much money I can make him. It was a genuine and mutual respect on both sides.
6. What can we expect from you next (this year)?
- This year can expect for me to drop the follow-up to Who’s Watching the Kids and lots more shows across the states.
7. What’s something interesting about you that your fans wouldn’t know?
- A lot of my fans don’t know that I turned down and internship at Pixar to pursue music. Would have been making that Finding Dory money lol
Bonus: Where do you see yourself in five years?
- In 5 years I’m going to be in that Top 5 conversation.