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Over the weekend, we had another chance to catch up with Nashville’s Mike Floss, as he made his stop at Philly’s Trocadero Theater for the …Still DTF? tour. Among his tour mates listed on the bill, Cherub and Gibbz, it seems as though Mike Floss is the man with the plan…or at least the man with a relatable story to tell in his music.

Along the 21-city nationwide tour, Mike Floss has just released his latest single, “Kerosene” produced by Shmuck The Loyal via Noisey‘s Beats1 radio show. Talking to DamagingTheStreets about the new single, Mike says “Kerosene” is about destroying his old life and turning himself into something greater after the ashes fall away.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever had a Kerosene heater, but that for me represents the struggle. It’s something I don’t want to go back to…[with] artists from the south, there’s an expectation for me to act or sound a certain way, and I just refuse to play into the stereotype.”

After getting to know Mike Floss through his music on our own time, we can say that that quote definitely holds up. He’s always thinking 10 steps ahead of his listeners by combining actual skill, lyricism and rapping talent with some of the hardest trap beats or boom-bap instrumentals, making Mike one elusive character in the booth. His self-awareness in his lyrics while still appealing to the hood by way of production isn’t easy to do as an artist. As much as we hate making artist comparisons, to us, Mike Floss is essentially J. Cole meets Future meets Joey Badass.

At 24, Mike Floss has opened for legendary acts like Wale, Big K.R.I.T., Dom Kennedy, Stalley, Pusha T, and fellow Tennessee native, Yo Gotti.

During our chat, we learned that Mike has never had an authentic Philly cheesesteak (tragic), and although we find this extremely hard to believe when it comes to his DM’s, Mike says nothing really goes down in there for him. “My DM’s are DRY! (laughs) There’s absolutely nothing happening in there for me,” he says.

Currently, Mike Floss is prepping the release of his joint mixtape with “Kerosene” producer Shmuck The Loyal to release this year! Download his previous mixtape Don’t Blame The Youth available on iTunes now, and check out our last convo @ the 2015 Budweiser Made In America Fest here.

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Special thank you to Marcus Speller, Mike Floss, DJ True Starr, and the Trocadero Theater.