By Pacaso Ramirez @PacasoRamirez | August 19, 2020

NXTMIKE is a Charlotte-based creative whose work is influenced by creative collaborations with individuals from all around the city & beyond. His artistic focuses revolve around music, moody portraiture, minimalism & streetwear/fashion.

Although he currently resides in NC, he draws his inspiration from the place he grew up in, New York. In 2010, at the age of 17, Michael began the transition from the north to the south when he began attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He graduated in 2014 with a dual major in elementary & special education.

As his creativity grew & mindset matured, Michael followed his other passion driven by design/fashion & started his own clothing line known as Freshman Year Co. (2016), a streetwear company that strives to make God known by designing quality clothing which, in return, sparks conversations about the creator of creativity. The line has sponsored & continues to sponsor several artists across the nation. Following the line, he began to pursue music. His artist/alias NXTMIKE (pronounced ‘next mike’) represents the concept that the old version of him is dead & gone, and that he’s been made new through Jesus. His approach is composed of raw lyricism, heavy hitters & dynamic performances. Above all, his main goal is to remove himself from all that he does and solely focus the attention on God.

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