by Chris Conde
When Mike Green moved here six years ago from Atlanta, the goal wasn’t exactly to grow roots here in San Antonio. Rather he wanted to spend about a year here with the manager he had at the time, and then eventually move out to LA to get plugged into that music scene.
But life happens, and sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Still, as far as we can tell, Green staying in the Alamo City definitely worked out for the better.
Last year, the singer landed a vocal feature on the track "So Much Pain" with the hip-hop group Outlawz, who rose to fame in the early 1990s through their relationship with the late Tupac Shakur. The track was then selected for use in the Tupac biopic film All Eyes On Me which came out on June 16.
The video for “So Much Pain”, which was released on BET Jamz, was shot by Houston heavyweight producer John Tucker, better known as Dr. Teeth, who’s worked with folks like Mike Jones as well as local rapper Milli Mars, and has has helped shape the image of Southern rap for decades.
Earlier this month Green did a few appearances in New York City to promote the song, including an interview and performance on the Sway in The Morning Show, likely a first for any hip-hop or R&B artist representing the 210. “It didn’t set in ‘til we flew in and walked around Time Square” Green told the Current.
With a style similar to the scratchy, soulful vocals of singers like Erykah Badu and John Legend, Green said that he grew up performing in church and has always been more comfortable singing in a higher register – stating that even at 13 years old, he was still able to hold his own singing in the soprano section of the choir. He also named the aforementioned Erykah Badu as one of his favorite singers, as well as Stevie Wonder and Sade as some of his top influences, who he says “aren’t necessarily the most technical or best singer[s]”, but have a unique vocal quality that can’t be duplicated. “You [couldn’t] just get up there and do karaoke of them” he laughed.
Since his move to San Antonio back in 2011 Green has been steadily playing shows opening up for R&B artists like Tank and Carl Thomas as well as writing and producing his own music. “We have an arsenal of stuff ready to release” said Green, who said that he writes a song a day and has also submitted a track for Justin Timberlake’s new album.
With a song on the Tupac biopic, a video that premiered on BET Jams, and a performance on the Sway in the Morning show, Green might help change the stale perception of San Antonio as a town that’s only known only for Tejano and rock music, but rather a community of richly diverse artists pursuing a vast spectrum of musical genres... something us locals have been privy to for quite some time.