If it were up to Dizzy Major, his interviews would be less a conversation and more of a performance platform.

If it were up to Dizzy Major, his interviews would be less a conversation and more of a performance platform.

“Meek Mill came out of jail [in 2009] and was in the radio station rapping for 14 minutes straight, and that’s what grabbed me and gave me the hunger to go at it,” said Major, 20, in an early September interview at a downtown coffee shop. “That’s why I’m like, ‘Get me on the radio station and I’ll rap for days. I don’t even want to talk.’ I’m a rapper, and that’s what people want to know — how I rap.”

Even so, the Brooklyn-born MC, who spent a majority of his adolescence with his father in New York before relocating to Columbus three years ago to live with his mother in Pickerington, isn’t shy about giving up details about his life, many of which crop up in the dozens upon dozens of songs the musician has posted to his SoundCloud page in recent years, and will form the backbone of his ready-for-release debut mixtape, My Time Is Coming.

“I'm comfortable saying whatever comes into my head,” said Major, who headlines a show at Skully’s Music-Diner on Tuesday, Sept. 16. “Every series of events makes me go write, and I write about whatever's on my mind. I might talk about something crazy that went on with a female … [or about how] I've been shot at 4 [or] 5 times. I've seen people get popped. Somebody got shot last night where I was. But that's how it is in the streets.”

The music often reflects these harsher realities, Major rhyming about death with discomforting ease for someone his age (“Life isn’t guaranteed,” he surmises on one tune). It’s not all bleak, however, and other songs paint a picture of brighter days to come, like the just-penned “Get Rich,” where the rapper details the fortune he hopes to one day accrue.

While the subject matter might vary, a majority of Major’s songs favor booming, foundation-rattling beats, which he said best suit the can’t-hold-me-back demeanor he exhibits both onstage and in the recording booth.

“[In the studio] it's tunnel mode,” said the rapper, who started freestyling in grade school (“I was the ignorant little kid getting kicked out of class for playing around and rapping”) but only began taking the idea of a career in music seriously when he moved to Columbus three years ago. “Can I compare it to anything? You see Kobe score 81 points? That's what I compare it to. You just get so locked in.”

Photo by Meghan Ralston