Detroit’s Meech Icewood introduces us fans and listeners alike to new music this year. From hit singles to an upcoming EP, he has been blessing us with project after project. However, there is more to the artist. He has a story — one of which many Detroiters can relate to.
Born Dominique Walls, the artist grew up on Detroit’s East side. Growing up, he was not focused on rap, even though his older brother and cousin was a part of Tank Squad, a local rap group.
“They tried to teach me to rap when I was younger… At the time, I had no interest other than basketball,” shares the artist.
At 16, he began rapping. It has now been two years since Meech Icewood came to existence. He credits hip hop legend Lil Wayne for motivating his drive to pursue music. As he watched the mainstream artist create music, it inspired him to do the same.
So where does his stage name come from? The late Detroit legend, Blade Icewood, was an icon in Detroit music, whose life ended too short. The “Icewood” in Meech Icewood is almost in honor of his life and legacy left behind for future rap artists. As Big Meech is another influence, he incorporated “Meech”, creating the legendary stage name, Meech Icewood.
“I am just paying homage to my two idols from the city,” he explains.
In two short years, the rapper has reached milestones. In 2019, his debut album MotorCity Animal released, and the positive outcome came as expected. This opened the door, actually, many doors in entertainment. This also includes his career as an actor in Detroit’s new hit series “McGraw Ave”.
His new singles “Talk Saucy” and “Is There a Heaven” are new fan favorites. Featured in DJ Drama’s popular hip hop blog, Drama Like the DJ, “Is There a Heaven” was a hit. (Click here to read his feature.) Meech Icewood’s newest project, MotorCityAnimal 2, consists of 6 tracks, all of which fans have been waiting for.
Music is his focus, but before his triumph, the artist experienced personal trials, which left him behind bars. This is the familiar story he shares, and what the title speaks of.
“I once lived the street life. Selling dope, robbing others to get by, all that. I was locked up a few times, but I wanted to be more than a street n***a, so I took life serious in 2018,” he emphasized to me.
His life has taken a different turn, and he wants those living his past lifestyle to learn from his experience.
“Chances make champions, but just know that what comes behind this is death or jail,” he warns his peers. “I told myself last time I got locked up I wanted more in life, so I decided to take rap serious.”
A motto he lives by is “money on my mind, God in my heart.”
I asked if there was anyone he would like to thank and Meech Icewood said:
“Just the God Almighty, cause without Him I am nothing. Also, all the people that really rock with my music. Their support makes me go harder and keep going.”
Be on the look out for his upcoming EP, MotorCity Animal 2, and check out his music below. (Follow his journey on Instagram @MeechIcewood!)
ALL QUOTES WERE ANSWERS FROM A PERSON INTERVIEW- JUNE 2020