Hometown: Aliso Viejo, California
By: Chantae Benson
What motivated you to audition for the show?
I was with another person in a rap group called Indpendnt and we had a deal that fell through. I saw this as another opportunity to get resigned. Personally I went into it just for the exposure.
On the show you and Nilyne seemed to have a love/hate relationship. What changed your attitude towards one another?
What changed our relationship was the editing. Nilyne and myself we talk everyday, even now. When I watched the show they made it seem like we broke up, like there were problems. I’ve seen her twice, she’s been here twice. There are no problems at all.
Many people feel you crossed the line with the comments you made during the battle (freestyle challenge). Do you have any regrets about anything you said?
No, I don’t have any regrets on what I said. I never called her a bitch or a whore, the word that was edited out was not pertaining to her, it was pertaining to myself. It was not personally attacking her. It was a battle and I’m an mc so a part of me and battling for me I went into it with a different mind state then a singer. Battling is attacking a persons’ character. I went into it just like that. We hugged and kissed after the battle was over.
You were portrayed as cocky during the show. Do you think that was a fair depiction of you?
I’m really confident and I know that I can write. I’m very confident in my skills and I’m confident that this is God’s will for me, that I have a purpose in being here. Why would you play a basketball game if you feel you are going to loose? I expected to win and woke up every day feeling I’m going to win. Cocky is when you believe the hype, confident is when you’re light hearted and you understand who you are as an individual or performer. I didn’t really mind being the villain because the villain can be redeemed.
What was your expectation of the show? Did the show meet your expectation or disappoint you in any way?
Once I got there on the bus and I saw how things were going I had to redefine my definition of what winning the contest was. Winning was gaining the exposure I needed. I kind of felt this wasn’t a contest for mc’s. I think Missy and Mona know who they want to win.
What was the most difficult part about being on the road?
I really missed my son, friends, and family. That was real difficult. I think it was difficult for all of us especially being on the road with 12 strangers. We had to find friends and develop relationships really quick and you never knew if that person you developed that relationship with would be around the next day so that was difficult.
Is there anything that happened behind the scenes that you wish could have aired?
I wish they could have depicted my character in a different way. I just wished they could have showed me encouraging other people and praying with and for other people. They kind of depicted my character as a male chauvinist. I was 100 percent faithful in my marriage and I am a good father and spend a lot of time with my son. Those images people respect a lot more; I respect a lot more. I think also the friendships that developed and the respect I gained. They made it seem like everybody hated me and no one respected me for my writing.
Who do you think has the best chance of winning the competition?
My personal favorites are Eddie and Akil. I also think, again it’s tv, and I think the judges and Missy know who they want to win. Those people I respected from an mc to an mc. I respected Akil as a complete artist and I respected Eddie as probably the best mc on the bus. I would have to submit to that, Eddie was a better mc and writer on the bus.
What are your future plans?
Album, tv, movies, you’ll see me. I’ve been in the business for a while modeling and acting and I will be here for a while and I am pretty confident in that.
How can fans of the show contact you?
My website is www.nicholasdemps.com
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