Rising above the noise.
“My stage name is V.I.T.A.L. Emcee. V.I.T.A.L. is an extension of myself,” said Californian native recording artist, Noel Vinson.
“I go by both names. People call me whatever they are comfortable with calling me, but musically, it is usually V.I.T.A.L. He is that part of my personality that is more forward, confident and fearless.”
The stage name, V.I.T.A.L. Emcee, has unorthodox origins for this lyrical mastermind.
“I used to go by Mr. Dutch Master when I was younger (Dutchy for short). My content was also much more "young-thinking," he said.
“As I matured in my own life as well as lyrically, I needed to do something that represented where my mind state was going. One day I was drinking a bottle of juice that was called Vital C. Being that I was stoned at the time, I kept looking at it and added the M in between. Vital MC. Then as I started playing with it, I made it into an acronym: V.I.T.A.L. Emcee. I liked the way it looked. The acronyms are: 1) Victorious in the After Life, 2) Visionary Intuition Tapping All Levels, and 3) Virtually Impossible to Annihilate Lyrically.”
“Prior to that, I was always recording over instrumentals on cassettes”, he said. “That was my thing. That helped to hone my craft and style. It helped me to find my voice, so in that essence we can say 20 years.”
Born and raised in Orange County, California...Garden Grove, Vinson crafts music that appeals to a mature crowd of young people.
“My music is made for the individual to identify with. I want to invoke confidence in my listeners. There are issues of alienation on one side of the coin, but when you flip it over then you also get the cockiest son of a bitch on Planet Earth. It's aggressive but also spiritual and humble”, he said. “Gets the wheels of the brain turning...for those who really pay attention to a lot of the lyrics. When all else fails, I use an elevator pitch: V.I.T.A.L. Emcee is a boxing match between 2Pac and Eminem while Socrates referees."