Vincent Van Great is a man of many talents. The Milwaukee singer, rapper, and producer has been showcasing his diverse set of skills for years, but really started turning heads in his hometown and beyond with his attention-grabbing and award-winning Troublemakers EP collaboration he released with Amanda Huff last year.

Coming off a big 2021 and prior to what looks to be a very busy summer ahead, Van Great joined My First Band host Tyler Maas at Milwaukee Record headquarters to talk about recent happenings, his hopes for the future, and where his musical journey began. Over the course of the conversation, Van Great talked about his artistic origin in a church choir, making beats for rappers in high school, eventually adding rapping and singing to his repertoire, and the experience of opening for Ludacris and performing with Eric Andre.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. You can also listen to rebroadcasts of previous My First Band episodes on WMSE every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. CST. Music used in this episode comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and Vincent Van Great featuring Amanda Huff (“Double Strawberry Plush”).