Tuesday, April 3, 2012
PROFILE: Michael "Mr. Fluid" Norris (Mississippi)
by Cyrus Webb
It's hard to believe that I have known Michael Norris over a decade now, but one thing that has not changed over the years is his passion for music and his ability to go against the grain. A native Mississippian, he and I have been moved outside of the state we call home, seen what's out there but returned to the Magnolia State to bring what we have learned here. When compiling the profile for the music issue of Conversations Magazine I knew that I wanted someone who I believe represents the versatility that the state has in terms of musical influences and talent. Michael is one of those people.
Known today as Mr. Fluid, he began writing poetry around the age of 13 or 14, but it wasn't until a few years later that he realized it was something he wanted to share with others. Not long after that he began playing the guitar, and then the journey began with Hip Hop by putting spoken word over beats.
In 2001 his entire view of his skills changed when he did a show opening up for the artist Pish Posh in 2001. "Being in front of a live crowd and getting a good response told me this was for me," he told me in a phone interview. Today his influences come from all styles of music and books and just the events of life.
When I asked him what keeps him going in such a competitive industry Mr. Fluid told me it was "waking up and continuing to live life."
In 2011 he released his new mixtape Magnolia Magnificent for free download and has been doing shows to promote it and share his skills with all that he comes in contact with. Get your copy of the mixtape at www.mrfluid.bandcamp.com. Discover more about this lyrical talent by becoming a fan on Facebook at www.tinyurl.com/mrfluidfacebook.