After pounding the pavement and making the rounds in the Valley's hip-hop scene, Powell has witnessed enough to make him smile about choosing to stay in Arizona.

"I like the fact that it's untapped. You know what I mean?" he says. "There's so much room for growth out here that you could pretty much do whatever you want. And if you do it well, it gets respected. I like that a lot."

Although there is something he'd like to change.

Mouse Powell: Mighty of mice of men
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Mouse Powell: Mighty of mice of men

"There are quite a few artists out there that sit on a high horse, and that bothers me," he says. "As much camaraderie as there is in some circles, there's a huge distance in others. But I think I'm doing a pretty good job of bridging that gap, because I don't have a hidden agenda."

Agenda-less or not, Powell's already succeeded in a small way, crafting something worth tuning in to when you're plugged in.

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