ADRIAN, Mich (March 18, 14) – Local sensation Ryan ‘Hitman’ Betz will take to the stage to open the annual spring concert on March 22, 2014. The original rap artist has over 40 original songs to his credit. His music can be viewed on YouTube by visiting www.youtube.com/therealhitman1.
The Hitman, featured in this promotional video produced by the College, will perform from 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. before the main acts, Timeflies and Walk Off The Earth. Tickets are available by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/timeflies-with-walk-off-the-earth-concert-tickets-1.
The Adrian College sophomore, who is reminiscent of Mac Miller with his witty punch lines, notes that he has been performing since the age of nine.
“I always had it in me,” Betz says. He notes that he took it seriously as a senior at South Lyon High School. He began promoting his music through use of social media, much of which has been recorded in his basement.
When asked how he pens his talents to paper, he smiles casually.
“I hear the beat before I write. The beat sets the mood, the lyrics are the perception of it.”
He adds that he has always had the support of his parents who have grown to understand that music was more than a hobby—it was his passion. Through the support of his high school friends, he coins his “homies,” work and college acquaintances, he continues to become a regional sensation. In fact, he credits his namesake to his sophomore year of high school when he was free styling with friends, dropping the lyric “killing tracks, call me the Hitman.”
“I was flowin’ and people were hyped. [The name ‘Hitman’] stuck.”
The undecided major at Adrian College isn’t all about music; he seems to be a star in and out of the classroom as well. In his second year at the small, liberal arts college in southeast Michigan, he plays both hockey and football while maintaining a commitment to his education. When asked what the future holds, he says his main aspiration is to get his degree “maybe in marketing,” and to become a professional rap artist. The next step for the aspiring star is to connect to the events and opportunities that could position his future.
He has previously performed open mic events at Detroit talent shows, talent nights at L.A. Café in Adrian and in on campus events like Mr. Alpha Phi.
Now, the rap artist will take his talents to the largest venue to date—the Adrian College spring concert.
“I am absolutely honored and blessed to have been given this opportunity,” Betz said. But the young artist isn’t taking the chance to shine on stage lightly. “I look forward to putting on a show. That’s my concern.”
“I’m just going to do [my] thing.”