Milly Warbucks’ blood. The 29-year-old emcee began his career at the age of nine when he was featured on a mixtape created by his older family members. Over the years Milly sharpened his skills by engaging in local cyphers and freestyle competitions throughout East New York—introducing his skills and unique name to the borough.
The moniker, Milly Warbucks is actually a derivative of a nickname given to him by his grandparents. “When I was younger I always talked about millions, so that name stuck.” He later added Warbucks (not to be confused with “Daddy Warbucks”) to his stage name to symbolize what he stands for. “The War part is because I’m always prepared and bucks is for the financial level I will achieve through music,” says Milly.
Unfortunately, with one foot in the industry—rapping and working as a promoter—and one foot in the street Milly eventually got caught up and was sentenced to four years in jail. Though he was incarcerated, it did not stop his love of music or his hunger for success. Once he was released, he attacked the NYC hip-hop scene with equal skill and aggression.
The diverse emcee/songwriter’s first post-incarceration project was the critically acclaimed This is How it Shoulda Been Done mixtape. The release featured Milly interpreting various popular songs and putting his own spin on them. The project was put together so well that many fans assumed the songs were official remixes, which is a testament to Milly’s talent.
In 2009 Milly made a splash nationally with the single “Chea Chea” featuring Princess of Crime Mobb. The single got spins on various stations and several hits on influential blogs and websites. Later that year he also recorded a song and video for “Everything I Need” with R&B singer Qui—who is also the daughter of NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.
Milly is currently working on what he says is the first project that fully represents him. The currently untitled project will feature production from Joshua Mirk (Jay-Z, Ciara, Anthony Hamilton). Milly hopes to give listeners all facets of his life as an artist and a person with the upcoming release.
With wisdom and experience under his belt and undeniable talent, there is no stopping Milly Warbucks from realizing his dream and letting the world hear the next big thing out of Brooklyn.
How do you describe your music to people?
"Motion Picture Music," [because] every song you can relate a visual, the music transforms like actors do when [they're] mastering [their] acting roles, so that [en]ables the consumer to get drawn in to see the actual picture that's painted through the music.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I have been around music my whole life. My grandfather and grandmother where members of the Magnificent Four soul group whose song "Closer You Are" reached the billboard charts in 1961,so its in the blood, but it was more relevant growing up in Brooklyn. Huge rap scene, so it was only natural I took interest.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Working out; hitting the gym eases my mind no matter what. I love the after feeling, also being home around my family and I like to cook
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Challenges are I feel bridging the gap from artist to companies, but I enjoy the challenge, I enjoy the grind, and hard work pays off.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I've always wanted to be in the music industry. That was my dream and being in the position I'm in today makes me feel good and able to say I've come a long way.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Brooklyn East New York was rough growing up, but it played a major role in the development of my music career, because I've seen so much bad and good that it gives my music a balance, so it makes me able to convey my stories of life through the music and touch all people of life.
What other artists out there do you love?
Jay-z - not only his music but for his hussle and what he has achieved with his career, Diddy because he's the best entertainer out there, he's like a hiphop Micheal Jackson in my book...
What does your future hold?
Future for MillyWarbucks I see BIG things a lot [of] hard work finally paying off, taking my career to the next level, hopefully some acting, and chart topping hits.