B. Shields – El Capitan [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Polyrhythmic Funk Hop

Tell us a few things about your new song “El Capitan”. What is the main idea behind it?

I had a goal of becoming a boat/ship captain. And I did it. Simultaneously, I wanted to give a nod to all the hip hop/funk Gods that paved the way for me to make the sauce.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“Coming in hot, stacks been steamin’, our boat should have been named Karen” WE AINT STOPPING.

Do you think there is a true underground hip-hop sound today?

I think Hip hop has some many subcategories now, that I can’t put a definition on what underground Hip Hop is. Homeboy Sandman is less known, but I’d consider him a genius, but he is considerably less known.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop resembles community for me personally. Along with other cultural values, the community is what drew me into the genre in the 90s. I was alone most of my childhood and found an escape when I first heard Pharcyde and Common. I shared similar experiences and felt a sense of belonging when people would find parking lots to battle in (rap and dance). And I was accepted in, by always hosting the beat! Man, I valued those days!

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Listen to your gut.

What is the most useless talent you have?

I can binge listen to albums. Especially if it is an old soul record.

Thank you!

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