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CMULA Is a Force to Be Reckoned With

"Hard-hitting trap" rapper CMULA looks forward to the day when he's "a real force" in the music industry



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    "I've always been into band and percussion," says 22-year-old CMULA, a generation-now rapper and Chicago transplant who relocated to San Diego during his formative years.

    While his musical entry point was the rhythm section (he was a drum and bass player initially), after graduating high school he matured into a fully formed artist, one with vision and perspective, recording original songs and developing his own material.

    Of his style, it's "hard-hitting trap," he says, with an emphasis on narrative-driven ideas, bottom end and sharp snares. It's music that's of the moment, and it's most recently on display with "Black Boy," a 13-song album released this past May.

    There are rap influences like Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa, no doubt, but he's his own man. One who sounds sure of himself, confident -- comfortable even.

    Maybe that's why he enjoys more than just making music, as when he's not recording or performing he likes traveling and being outdoors.

    So far he's covered a lot of terrain -- the South and Bay Area in particular, but of all the places he's been his favorite is the Bahamas.

    CMULA's focused though -- the vacation days come after the hard work, and with a hustle that's been steady for the past few years, his future looks bright.

    As a forward thinker, not to mention a man with ambition, he's looking ahead to the day when he's "fully established," a major player and "a real force" in the music industry.

    J. Smith, aka 1019, is a San Diego native, rap fan and one half of the rap duo Parker & the Numberman. You can follow him on Instagram at 1019_the_numberman or on Twitter