After brazenly taking on his personal struggles with mental health on his new Ricky Vaughn-produced single “Talk To Myself” Pt. 2, Queens rapper Otis Clapp shares the song’s official music video, premiered today (7/16/2018) by HipHopDX. Serving as the second part to the first “Talk To Myself,” the track walks listeners through Otis’ journey through depression, self-doubt, and fear of change. The Nyenteenatey2–
“As a dude that goes through periods of depression and deals with anxiety quite regularly, mental health is a super important topic to me. It’s a topic I’ve probably been too embarrassed to talk about in the past. I saw first hand what it’s like to keep it all bottled in, it was empty and damaging. “Talk To Myself Part 2” is a journey through that struggle, but also, a transition out of it. There’s no doubt that the topic of mental health is more popular now than its ever been. And that’s a beautiful thing. Awareness is a beautiful thing. When we released the audio for this song, I literally had people hitting me up on Instagram to thank me for being brave enough to do that. I wanted to share my story and possibly have the chance to inspire someone to open up about their own struggles because I’ve learned how helpful it’s been. I still struggle with anxiety, it doesn’t go away like a cold, or an injury, but I’m starting to learn that there are things I can do to ease it.” – Otis Clapp
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Hailing from Queens, New York, Otis buried himself in music from a young age as a means of escaping an unstable and abusive home life. His passion for hip hop drove him from lunchroom cyphers to sharing stages with heavyweights such as Action Bronson, Diplo, J.Cole, Mac Miller, Ab Soul and more. While Otis always scribbled rhymes in the back of the classroom, it wasn’t until he heard Common and Sadat-X on “1999” that he realized he wanted a career in hip hop.
By 1999 Otis began writing, producing, mixing and mastering his own music. His diligence paid off in 2011, when Otis was afforded the opportunity to mix and executive produce three projects for YC The Cynic (now known as Kemba), including his 2013 GNK album. This led to a performance opportunity at the four year anniversary of “Comedy at the Knitting Factory,” hosted by Hannibal Buress. Here, Otis performed before Chris Rock‘s surprise performance and comedian Amy Schumer later co-signed Otis‘s song “Fiona.” In 2014, following his second straight appearance at CMJ week and a special guest performance at the NY Loves Dilla event, Otis performed alongside YC at the Heineken Green Room with Ghostface Killah, and performed at the 2015 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Named one of the top “underground” artists of 2011 and 2012, Otis is set to rekindle flames with his forthcoming Quentin EP.