Marcus Gad is a reggae and hip hop singer from New Caledonia (South Pacific Ocean Island) who released 2 albums and 3 Eps since 2015. This new single “Brave New World” released on 04.02.21, is the first from his upcoming new album “Brave New World” . The song has been written during the 1st French Lockdown, the music video has been shot in Paris during the second lockdown, and it just has been released during the third lockdown in France.
Back then, we had spent weeks speculating about what was going on behind the curtains, but somehow had the feeling that something we had fore-sensed for years was unraveling. After two months in the peace of our countryside dwelling in the south of France, going up to Paris to record songs with my beatmaker Tamal was quite an interesting experience. As I was walking out into what seemed to be yet another dystopia, I couldn’t help but thinking about Huxley’s Brave New World. Going up to the studio, I had to sing about it, in the same satirical fashion, and this song was born. Overall, I believe the way we face the challenges that await us today, as a humanity, are of utmost importance. We cannot run away from the factual reality of what is going down. However, the way we decide face it is entirely our choice. I chose love and trust.
I was inspired to write this song after I finished watching Mike Newel’s movie “Donnie Brasco. I do worry a lot and I guess that’s what this song is about, I suffered a tough loss and I’ve caught myself to be slightly paranoid at times so I wanted to put it in the song too. This song is another one of those blunt impulses so I wanted to drop it right away, for no particular reason. I’d like it to make a bit of noise since.
The last clip of the Set Sela album, Sunu Gal (La Pirogue) is timely given the current situation. Featuring with the young rapper ISS814, Sunu Gal isan ode to the values of Senegalese society, dialogue and cousinship with jokes, real peacekeepers in the country. Aimed at young people, this clip recalls the fundamental principles of Teranga, the importance of others, the dialogue and grounding necessary for living together.
Since March 3, Senegal has experienced an unprecedented popular uprising with unprecedented violence showing the anger of the people at the current policy which hinders the freedoms of expression and the democracy of the country yet taken as an example for many years.Through this video, Guiss Guiss Bou Bess hopes to send a message of peace and calls on the youth to peaceful protest and the government to respect its people.
This clip is dedicated to all the young people who perishedat sea and on the streets in the hope of a better world.
You blend different genres in your music. Tell us a few things about your creative process.
It’s everything in my brain, my life & what I like into musicorganized into certain sounds,my diary& going through my giant biblical sized Rhyme Bookfrom there I try to construct what I want to say around intresting flows And keep adding or taking away from there.Choruses are the easy part for me…
Laying down a track, I have a certain little secret formula that helps me out.
Why sexism, and even outright misogyny, is so pervasive in Hip Hop culture?
So I think people take their pain & emphasize it in Hip-Hop Lyrics. A lot of those rappers actually probably treat women right, so it’s not across the board. A lot of rappers who say don’t rap about those things, may treat women worse. Because mentally they’ve not grown, or been considerate of others feelings, and been influenced by this kind of stuff. It can influence people but i do try to see them as just lyrics. As i hope most others do.
Which is your most personal and honest lyric? I’ve never been this committed To suicide Especially cause my friend just died or
In a cage,I’m the one, With the keys to the place Only prison that I fear is the one in my mind.
You released a full album. Do people still listen to full albums? What was your favorite album of the past decade?
Ooof… I don’t think my generation appreciate albums. It’s not like it used to be. Not only is music more fast food now, so it’s watered down frequented singles… but also not many are putting out pieces of art. It’s oversaturated. The last Albums I really liked were probably back in 2017. I was a huge fan of J.Cole’s Album “KOD” was everything! It had a message and it was all inside of interesting beats. I liked Blackbears “Cybersex” Album… or “Digital Druglord” They were AMAZING Albums. XXXTentacion’s Albums are like notes he left behind I feel… Like Diary’s. Jarren Benton’s “Grandma’s Basement” was so entertaining. This is what I find cool about Artists but it’s not like that anymore. Also other mention that isn’t so much Hip-Hop but the band the 1975 releases some amazing albums & one of my all time favorites is their self titled album “The 1975” as well as “I like when you sleep, for you are beautiful yet so unaware of it”
What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion? Strength, But also a place to talk bout your weaknesses. A place to fight the corruption in this world, a place for you to talk about what angers you. It’s in your blood and it helps you cope.
Any future plans?
Become one of the best female rappers in the world. Or die ;p Lol
Francesca is a London based actress, singer and model from Italy. Moving to London from Italy to pursue her dreams, she is originally from a beautiful culture rich town in Italy called Perugia blessed with old town charm, jazz festivals and delicious Italian chocolate delicacies.
KD Mukasa is a London based British Hip Hop Artist, singer songwriter and Art entrepreneur. He has a passion for thought provoking rap freestyles, art and running culture shifting art exhibitions blending philosophy and pop culture at the Saatchi Art Gallery in London. They met in London and together they are Hip Hop/Jazz/Pop Duo Band KD Mukasa and Francesca. As part of their new adventure, they are releasing a NEW EP titled ‘Fairy-Tales in Perugia.’
The EP, with fantasy stories inspired by their experiences, has 3 Chapters and is intended as a soundtrack to a short film. The music weaved with both playful and heartfelt lyrics has themes of romance and adventure over curated beats, laced with piano and guitar instrumentation and the pair’s charming vocal harmonies.
My lyrics/tracks always have a message and/or draw on my personal experiences that we can all relate to in someway. This track reflects on the good times, going out and getting lit with your people!
It was inspired during lockdown where it made you appreciate the ability to be able to go out and have fun. Like many people, I missed going out and having a great time.
When I first heard the beat for this track it reminded me of moments that I can imagine many relate to; good energy, out with your mates, drinking the night away. It gave me that feel good aura when you feel on top of the world and unstoppable. The feeling that you don’t want the night to end, just pure good vibes.”
I hope that this track ignites the same feeling for others, reminding them of being out with their friends and taking them back to their most memorable party days, when they felt euphoric. Hopefully it gives the listener a sense of power to do what makes them happy – unswayed by others’ negativity.
Why is it still difficult for UK rappers to break through to America?
I believe there are a culmination of reasons that contribute to this and it’s not just as simple as one thing. I believe stylistically UK rappers are very different in their delivery, cadence and flow. This can be a positive in some markets globally as much as it can be a negative one when taking on the American market. Another thing that can’t be ignored is the difference in culture and lifestyle, all these aspects add to the authenticity of UK rappers but also create some hurdles for the American listener to overcome. That being said there are a lot of listeners in America who are fans of UK music/rappers but perhaps not substantial enough for UK rappers to make their mark.
What are the main ingredients that make London one of the world’s leading music cities?
Diversity is the main thing. People and cultures all across the world have come here through the years and left their mark in London. This causes original styles to be a hybrid and a mish-mash of others styles creating a unique sound.
One thing I admire about music in London is that people are not afraid to be experimental and the general public are open to this which endorses creativity and innovation from artists.
Favourite album of the past year?
I find it hard to usually pick out one single album but over the course of the past year I’ve been listening to a lot of Chip, Dave, Stormzy, AJ Tracey, Aitch, J Hus & Young B.
Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?
I wouldn’t describe them as a hidden talent but I think Aitch & Dave have a lot of years ahead of themselves to hit even higher heights. I think Young B has also nailed his style and consistently brings out those banging smooth tracks.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I genuinely can’t think of any right now but I can do a one arm push up!
Above the Law is a six-track EP is a sonic snapshot of New York City today, an uncompromising blend of the multi-cultural and multi-genre artists that call it home. Grammy nominated artists Theo Croker, Roots Percussionist, and Mike Larry Draw highlight the thriving jazz, reggae, and hip-hop communities that make up the foundation of QNA’s unique sound. A sound that’s as much NYC as it is global.
QNA sees Above the Law as a representation of their “pirate” way of life. As Míng, the bandleader describes, the EP is “a call to pirates everywhere – those forced to carve out their own way of survival in this world. It’s a call to immigrants working multiple jobs, fighting for their visas. To those who started new businesses so they can put jobs in the hands of those who deserve them. It’s a call to those feeding their communities instead of waiting on their politicians.” Above the Law embraces this grassroots, immigrant-survival mentality and creates a sonic landscape that is equally self-empowering and exploratory.
Tony Schwartz who is credited with creating Donald Trump by writing Trump’s book Art of The Deal, teams up with exciting rapper Kidavelly, and US rappers Evander Griiim (Major Lazer, Lil Yachty, Quavo) and Migo Domingo (Migos) in the music video for the epic song “Donald Trump Jr.” He pulls no punches in describing Donald Trump as a danger. Youtube Originals breakout star Kidavelly comes in hard, referencing key Trump supporters such as Donald Trump Jr and Charlie Kirk (TPSA). Migo Domingo adds his ATL flow and Evander Griiim gives a heart felt pledge in his Texan flow. A Truly great combination of Trans-Atlantic talent which needs to be heard!
What made you use a lofi beat in “Young”? Tell us a few things about your creative process in general.
I love lofi. It’s relaxing and simple, yet creative. It allows my mind to wander and create more. The beat itself was created by a producer in a musician group I am involved with online. He’s got a cool sound and when he sent me the track, I immediately knew I could write lyrics to it. And here’s the final result!
Your music is definitely melodic driven. Tell us your favorite melody you wish you have composed yourself.
Debussy is so unique in his melodies and note composition. His sound is everything I want, adaptive, piercing minors, and provoking. How many emotions do you have when you listen to a Debussy piece? It’s incredible how he takes you through a series of emotions and not one word is spoken.
Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?
Yes, in fact “young” was my first collaboration. It was eye opening to see how collaborative work can inspire you, sometimes even more then when writing alone. Songwriting is not a lonely process. The mind has many voices, lol. I’m just trying to make sense of my experiences when I write.
What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?
Interesting question but nothing stands out. I’ve recently started some TV series though that I’ve really liked. House of Cards, Last Kingdom, Timeless, Queen’s Gambit, Ozark, and Survivor.