As the old adage goes, what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. Cargo Qell, an emerging New York rapper, can attest to this. The 27-year old, who has navigated through the trials and tribulations of life, has allowed his life experiences to inspire his music. “I treat my craft like it’s the last day I’m gonna be here,” he says. “Everything I’ve dealt with pushed me to go harder rather than break me.”
Grinding all of his life, Cargo Qell started writing rhymes back in middle school. He credits his mother, —an aspiring singer, who would often sing around their home— with getting him into music.
He grew up not only listening to his mom, however. He was also listening to G.O.A.T.s such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Ye, Fabolous and Drake. Traces of his many influences can be found on his first project of 2022, Touchin Base (B.ased O.n A. T.rue S.oul).