Inspired by rappers such as Nas and Ghostface, humble beginnings best describes the background and foundation of the artist, Mandatory. This Founder of Blackbeard Entertainment, owes much of his music ambition and efforts to lessons learned from the musical career of his cousin, Da Stranger from North Philadelphia. Born August 9, in Norfolk, and reared in Virginia Beach, Virginia – Mandatory’s music depicts a life lived with a hustler’s mentality and consequences that follow.
The artist’s musical talents are attributed to Hip Hop in the mid 90s, when creativity and lyrical rhymes were more abundant and preferred. While enlightening listeners to the life of 757 and coping mechanisms for everyday life, Mandatory capitalizes on his creative and lyrical skills, and in notable for implementing captivating hooks.