The name Mickey Factz might not ring a bell for some modern-day rap fans whose favorite artists include Lil Uzi Vert, Cardi B and Migos, but less than a decade ago, the New York emcee was the very definition of a buzzmaker.
From 2006 through 2010, Factz released seven mixtapes and a countless number of loosie songs. After catching the attention of Jeff Sledge, who at the time was the Vice President of A&R for Sony's Battery Records, Factz signed a deal and started working on his debut album, The Achievement.
Unfortunately, his project was placed on the label's back burner, a common occurrence over the years for rappers aligned with the now-defunct Jive (see also: Clipse), and despite a XXL Freshman cover and heavy acclaim for his 2012 tape, Mickey MauSe, Factz was never again able to recapture his proverbial 15 minutes of fame.
In the music business, out of sight often means out of mind, but Mickey's departure from the spotlight doesn't mean he's currently broke or unhappy. On the contrary, he's doing quite well.
On Tuesday, Factz responded in an incredibly mature and professional manner to hip-hop writer Charles Holmes, a former DJBooth scribe, who openly wondered on Twitter how past-their-glory-days rap artists like Factz, Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth and Donnis survive post-career.
We usually refrain from embedding more than three tweets in an article, but Factz laid down an eight-pack and all of them are undeniable truth bombs:
Factz is no longer the buzzmaker he once was less than a decade ago—though, he has continued to record and release new material over the past few years, often making radio appearances and reminding the world why he was once a coveted artist—but that's OK.
Being able to purchase a home and live comfortably while earning "high 5 figures a year" is the American Dream. Mickey Factz is living the American Dream—he just isn't broadcasting that dream on Instagram.