Nine years ago, Micro TDH was rapping on the streets of Venezuela with dreams of stardom. After seeing the rise of his profile in his home country, Fernando Daniel Morillo Rivas, a rapper born in the city of Merida, spent all his money to travel to Miami and stay at the center of the industry. Thanks to his resolute spirit and lively voice, the 22-year-old US micro TDH’s journey ended on his new album 9, where he softened his tremendous rap flow as he explored genres such as R&B, Reggaeton. Funk, and rock music. With Venezuela under-represented in the Latin music scene, Underdog is aiming to become the next big Latin pop star.
“I wanted to show the versatility I have in music,” Micro TDH tells Spin over Zoom. “I can leave my mark on all genres. I wanted to challenge myself. Micro has that hip-hop essence from the beginning. “
At the age of 12 a freestyle war movement was gaining popularity in Merida. After watching people fight, he fell in love with art and dared to take action on his own. His height as a small, dirty kid earned him the nickname “Micro” on the street. At the same time, he uploaded his music to YouTube, which eventually started across the country. In 2016, Micro TDH expanded its reach across Latin America with the lively “Cafuné”, which garnered more than 134 million YouTube views.
The success of Micro TDH has caught the attention of Big Ligas and Ovi on the Drums labels, the producer behind Colombian superstar Carol G. He met Ovi in Medellin where they wrote “Te Vi”, which became the worldwide success he was looking for. The Reggaeton love song featuring Colombian group Piso 21 has garnered over 470 million views on YouTube.
“That song was a hit in places like Korea, France, China, Japan – everywhere,” recalls Micro TDH. “It was like magic. ‘Te V’ was a big door [for me] In the international market. “
In June, Micro TDH signed Warner Music Latina to 9 with Ovi on the drums. Critically, the micro TDH Puerto Rican rapper received a co-sign from Mike Tower who appeared on “El Train”. In addition, he has revealed his fluctuations to sports legends such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Venezuelan world champion Edwin “El Inca” Valero.
“Ronaldo is a world champion,” said Micro TDH “He has a World Cup that puts him on top of many.” Speaking of El Inca, he admits to the “terrible work” of the fallen boxer towards the end of his life. “In his boxing career, he was much older and from my city. He represented the wrath of Merida and the wrath of a champion. “
On 9, Micro TDH also showed a romantic aspect of his music. In his new single “Negro Mate” he has mixed reggaeton and R&B. Micro TDH does some choreography to win over her toxic partner for the last night of rough romance. In “Arrancame La Piel” she longs for her boyfriend’s touch on the funky grooves of a guitar like Daft Punk. The album focuses on the sensual banger “N Soledad”, featuring all Venezuelan artists. Micro TDH’s longtime friends Big Soto are in line with Acapella, Jerry D and Adso Alejandro.
“The song is born out of the idea that we need to include more Venezuelan artists in a larger collaboration,” says Micro TDH. “People around the world can see that when we are together, we are stronger. Together we have demonstrated a strength that can only come from Venezuela. “
This past fall, Micro TDH completed its first sold-out tour of the United States, ending the first nine years of its career, just beginning.
“I want to reach the world!” Says micro TDH. “It is a great honor for me to represent my country. It is no secret that it is full of talent and potential. Venezuela has spent many years in the panorama of Latin music, and now we are opening the way and more space inside that panorama. “