“it was a dead time, and I got tired of hearing everything that I was listening to, so I said [forget] it; ima do my own [thing].”-V.I.R.U.
For M.A.P. Records and Hip Hop artist V.I.R.U., music is about more than being king or chasing a crown; being on “top” is infinitive. V.I.R.U. (Verses in Real Understanding) centers his lyrics around life experiences, mainly focusing on his trials growing up in a drug addicted household on the Eastside of Chicago. Being swept into the hustle at a young age, he solidified his creativity as both an artist and a writer.
With vast musical influences such as Tupac, Marvin Gaye, Kurt Cobain, Madonna, and Andre 3000, his goal is to transcend common stigma and stereotypical walls that cliché artists have created. His rhymes paint pictures through a hustler’s eyes, delivering a philosophical outlook of progression and advancement. He has had extensive coverage in Chicago music with appearances in sites such as Ruby Hornet, and Fakeshore Drive. With narrative lyrics reminiscent of the storytelling Slick Rick, he communicates his understanding of the world and his way of life in a raw flow.
His mantra is this: always learning, always writing, and always connecting with listeners while striving to create authentic music. His audience can vibe while taking in the overall message of his songs: that there is power in numbers.
His most recent work, Return of the Bad Guy, can be found here: