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Published on August 29th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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Who Is San Antonio’s Meta?

Rising artist Meta, recently released his debut album, Metatation, via El Dusty’s imprint Americano! The album produced by the Latin GRAMMY nominated artist El Dusty, focuses heavy on the themes of self-reflection and learning from ourselves, and the people around us. By combining Dusty’s cutting-edge musical stylings with and Meta’s melodic flow and direction, the blend of flavors range from Latin Cumbia elements to catchy Reggae riffs while still delivering a Lo-Fi Hip-Hop feel throughout.

Born in a low income area in San Antonio to a single mother, Meta attended a school where he found himself too dark for the light kids and too light for the dark, forming a reclusive attitude where he found it difficult to make friends. Moving from San Antonio to many small cities and schools during his high school career, Meta finally landed in Corpus Christi, TX at the age of 15. By age 17 Meta was homeless and couch hopping, rapping to people outside the mall and stores selling merch out of his backpack. With this hustle mentality, Meta began Meta Entertainment, curating shows and cultural events that has developed a name for himself in the South Texas area as a lively event host and high energy performer.

From the outside looking in, tell us about the artist Meta and where you are coming from musically!

Everything you hear and see is from the heart. I dress how I want, I do what I feel is right, and I create the sound I want and feel. All of the songs are a reflection of what I see and experience in my life, and I hope to give the youth and my supporters the feelings to never give up, stand for what you believe in, and always chase your dreams.

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

Music was the only thing that didn’t turn its back on me. From being homeless to broken relationships, music was always there for me. I found myself one day in a recruitment office about to make a decision that wasn’t for me and made me feel like I didn’t have control of my life. In that moment I realized I wanted to do what made me happy, and I’ve devoted my life to chasing my dreams and making music.

What do you want people to get from your music?

I want people to feel like anything is possible, and you don’t have to categorize yourself or put yourself in a box. I feel like music is a fluid energy, and you should always do and make what feels right.

Music is my therapy. I strive to be the person I need at that moment whenever I’m dealing with different emotions. I hope I can be there for those people who might be feeling the same emotions.

Tell us about your current project Metatation and what it means for you

Metatation is all about soul searching. We all travel different paths, but what connects us is the need to know ourselves and who we are. I describe this action as “Metatation”.

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?

I would have to say Anxiety. Dealing with mental health and anxiety issues my whole life, it seems fit that I bring to light my feelings on the subject, as well as show my flow and delivery to a catchy riff.

Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music.

I like food, animals, and playing basketball. I take some pictures and videos just to play with the lighting and composition. I’m enjoying learning the editing process. I also enjoy curating and putting together shows. It gives me a chance to bring together all my friends and dope people I want to work with.

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know… what’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment?

Definitely would say linking with Americanos own El Dusty. He produced the entire Metatation project, and once we linked up and started making music it was only up from there.



About the Author

Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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