• Tallie Spencer

Meet iV Pokko: A first generation Dominican artist who's just getting started

iV Pokko is a newcomer to the music industry and is just getting started.

The artist spoke with REMIXD Mag and discussed his journey into music and why he wanted to pursue a career in the industry.

"Being of Dominican decent and first generation born in America, I seen my family struggle and overcome a lot of obstacles," he said. "Seeing where I came from and seeing where I am today humbles and inspires me to go further. I'm hungry and pour my soul into every bar I write because of my upbringing."

Pokko hopes to establish a name for himself as he continues to grow within music.

"My vision for the future is eventually building a brand name that I can spread into merchandise and entertainment and create a label or platform to shed light on artists with true talent," he said.

Pokko got his love for music from watching his older brother write rhymes and showing him the artists he would listen to. Some of the musicians that Pokko lists as influential include "Jadakiss, Lloyd banks, Loaded Lux, Black Thought, Nas, and Lupe Fiasco."

He told REMIXD Mag that he started writing when he was about 13 years old, but always kept it to himself until he became confident in his skills.

"Growing up in a Spanish speaking household, I never heard a lot of rap, but after hearing Jadakiss rapping i was amazed by the way he put words together, after that I became a student of the game," Pokko told REMIXD Mag.

Pokko puts his heart and soul into every lyric he writes and sees no other route for him to take in life.

Currently, the artist's main focus is building a catalog of music that will be respected. He will be releasing his debut 7-song EP on July 2nd, called Out The Blue -- We'll make sure to be on the lookout for that.

Recently, he released a new single called "What Can I Say," which is available to stream on all platforms.

He wants his audience to know that although he's new to the music scene, he hopes that his fans tune into every bar and all of their meanings because he has "a lot on [his] mind that [he] wants to share."

You can keep up with his journey on Instagram @ivpokko and be on the lookout for any new releases!