Ever since Lebron James uttered those famous words, the Akron and Canton area of this wonderful state had been looking for something they can brag about. The town should look no further than hip-hop performer Mitch McCurry.
Under the name Mitchell Esquire, McCurry has produced his own material since the time he was 12 years old. Son of a truck driver and office manager, McCurry was not phased by his upbringing in the country and rural parts of Ohio.
McCurry recently released his first mix-tape entitled “Rotten King.” The album consists of mostly Top 40 Instrumentals with his own personal twists on them. When asked about the lack of own personal production, McCurry replied, “People are not generally receptive to new material; recognizing the beats with my twist on it grabs their attention.”
McCurry says that his story isn’t entirely unique, but his talent, delivery and production skills are light years above average.
One of the tracks on the mixtape is entitled “Good Vibes”, a mellow track, that is a good opposition to his usual “banger” mentality. McCurry wrote it about friendships that he had with people that show support for his career and then go and trash his name.
“I take people[‘s] criticism and I know that I have been doing something right. Being able to do this means that people have taken a position and at least listened to what I have to say,” McCurry explained about the challenges of trying to market yourself in a college town.
With the release of “Rotten King,” McCurry would like to start his adventure in the music business to eventually make it and become known on a national level. If this goal does not happen, he would like to work in the music industry with some sort of record label.
McCurry will also be performing at The Outpost in Kent on March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are six dollars and will be only sold presale. You can get tickets by contacting him via Facebook at