Fayetteville rapper Morray was named one of HipHopDX’s 2021 Rising Stars in February, and now he’s ready to make an impact with his debut project.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday (April 15), he announced that his new mixtape is titled Streets Sermons and later confirmed an April 28 release date during an appearance on The Breakfast Club on Friday (April 16). Morray hyped up his fans with the simple but engaging caption, “you ready.”
Fellow North Carolina native DaBaby showed his excitement in the comments by typing his “LET’S GO” adlib, with the chart-topping 24kGoldn also adding, “we ready 4 that.”
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Still in the early stages of his career, Morray has already received co-signs from big names such as JAY-Z, J. Cole, Rick Ross, G Herbo, Tay Keith and Yella Beezy. His song “Quicksand” has over 55 million YouTube views and even managed to break into the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
During his chat with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, Morray talked about the significance of church and how he got started singing for an audience.
“The church played a good role in my life, I ain’t gonna lie, God is always first, I don’t care what I do, I don’t care what I say, I don’t care how my life is, he number one,” he said, before explaining how his mom making him sing [R. Kelly’s] “I Believe I Can Fly” got him into the choir. “No cap, she embarrassed me but it’s cool, that’s what mothers do. She put me in the most purple-ist suit she could find, I don’t know if she went to like embarrassyourkid.com and ordered that shit, but her and my grandma put me in front of the church and made me sing ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ in front of the whole church.”
He also described how a call from Moe Shalizi — his manager who also works with Grammy-winning producer/DJ Marshmello — changed his life forever when nothing seemed to be going for him.
“I was at a point in my life where I felt like I was gonna go nowhere,” he admitted. “I felt like my wife was probably gonna leave me ’cause I had no job for a while. I felt like it was really over. And this n-gga called me and I looked up like, ‘Yo, this was supposed to be.’”
Watch the full interview below.