Victor Lil' Feet
June 3, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
Victor Arista-Medina is a senior at McNary that has impressed both student and staff with his skill and passion in the art of rapping. He raps under his stage name “Lil Feet,” which is a nickname he has carried with him since his childhood in Madras, Oregon. The name is derived from his father’s name “Feeto.”
He started rapping his Freshman year, and has built his talent largely with the influences of Tupac and Snoop Dogg. He raps, mostly, about his background in Madras and his former involvement in gang activity. “I found it to be a better outlet than bloody fists,” Arista-Medina said.
He wants to use this outlet to not only empower himself, but other people as well, and criticizes the modern rap scene for pushing away lyricism and empowerment as a main element in rap in favor of lyrics about materialistic pursuits like money and luxury cars. He criticizes artists like Lil Wayne for using repetitive themes and unskilled rhymes.
Arista-Medina had an experience in Madras that has shaped both his lyrical content and content of his character.
“My friend Beto got out of jail for stabbing someone. I was a junkie – he said he was a different person. His family prayed for him and my knees got weak,” Arista-Medina said, which led to him visiting a friend’s baptism where he “showed up at church, red bandana and everything.” The church there had asked him if he wanted to be baptised, and while not particularly invested in it, he decided to go along with it anyway.
“As soon as I got dumped in that water, I came back up and the old me was gone,” Arista-Medina said, “[I] came back to the church wearing white button-up khakis.” His transition from being a “street kid” has provided him with an insight that he wishes to pass on. “As a Christian, I wanna rap about the Bible and Christ, this is what I’ve been through, and I know what it’s about,” Arista-Medina said.
Arista-Medina hopes to return to Madras and use his passion for rapping in tandem with his faith to empower people that are going through similar experiences as he did. “[I want to] show people the path that I took.” Arista-Medina said, “People look at me and they see a gangbanger.” He doesn’t have any music released at the moment, and hopes that his return to Madras will provide him the opportunity to open a studio and use it as his platform for empowerment.
“Victor is an articulate, kind, bright, focused young man who takes his craft seriously, and pours his experience and heart into it deeply,” said Mrs. Carla Bell, a teacher at McNary.