Adub Nati – Death By Jew [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Conscious, Christian, Lyrical

Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the story behind it? What is the biggest contributor to the opioid crisis?

A. Beat is by K.E. on the track B. Was sickened by the about of deaths and abuse from drugs and other issues not being addressed realistically C. Being nonchalant

For which lyric you are most proud of?

God is strong enough to heal the pain that you do feel.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Favorite rapper right now I would have to say Bizzle. Favorite Lyricist Iva Joe. Favorite producer right now I’d have to say Hitboy or DJ Ntense.

How Important are political statements by music artists? Can music have an impact on politics?

Very important because “before one can write one can recite”. Music either feeds you positively or negatively. And yes, music definitely can have an impact on politics as it can affect the emotions/feelings of constituents.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

The voice of the black community and or everything it affects.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Ha… I plead the fifth.

Thank you!

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Proklaim – JESTER/ MOONLIGHT [Interview]

Tell us a few things about Jester. What is the story behind it?

Jester was a boombap beat that I came across online and liked it instantly for its high energy feel that reminded me of early 2000s hiphop club bangers. I purchased it online and got to writing to it. As usual I wanted to create a song with a message. The beat reminded me of classic bangers by 90s rappers some of whom are no longer alive specifically tupc and biggie and I got to thinking of the various things that lead to their demise. What came to mind was that wrong interactions and friendships and betrayal and wrong women were causes..I wanted to communicate that and that’s how I went about writing the song. The chorus came to me pretty quick without writing it…I remembered a line from an old batman movie I saw..The Joker used to say..”have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight”…I thought it was memorable and used it.

What Makes A Record Timeless?

A timeless record requires a timeless message that remains relevant no matter what generation itsnplayed in. It also requires the right energy which is created by a perfect marriage between the music and the artists vocal on the music..that creates a feel that immediately will engage a listener even if they are not from the era the song was made in.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always liked music from the time I was a little kid. Certain songs as a kid of every genre would evoke strong feelings in me. My dad had a record collection and when they’d have parties we’d dance for the grownups. I remember loving the feeling certain songs made me feel. When I got into listening to hiphop as a at around 7 years old it really struck a chord with me for its expressiveness and ability to put so much material into a single song..so many pictures would form in my mind listening to lyrics of so many rap artists..it was amazing to me.
I was a fan till I got to college and in my final year of college I began to try writing lyrics of my own and never stopped.

Favourite album of the past year?

My favorite album of the last year is definitely Nas’s Kings Disease ..I was impressed by his ability to rekindle that Golden Era feel of 90s hiphop classics and still sound fresh. It felt good to listen to and Nas also sounded like he’d grown as an artist his cadences were more varied and the production and overall song writing was great.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop is the language of several generations. It has for a long time been global. It is the most powerful genre of music to me. The reason is because so much more can be said in 1 rap verse than any other type of music…therefore more can be communicated to a listener. I don’t think we have seen the maximum potential that hiphop can have in society. In truth it has potty control the world. Rappers have potential to get more power than politicians…the thing is almost none have seen that potential they can create with messages..most rappers today say nothing potent…they cant see rap can be hot and still carry a message

What advice would you give to your younger self?

My advice to my younger self would be to be sensitive to the things I find I’m inclined to..remain true to those and once I identify them be dedicated to them regardless of anyone’s opinions..Carpe diem…have routine and remember to master any craft..practice it consistently.

How do you relate to the music scene of Namibia?

I’m not a keen follower of Namibian music in general but I am aware there is definitely hiphop talent in the country. Hiphop is not the main genre in Namibia and I actually dont follow the local genres of music so wont really be able to say whats really going on in those scenes. I’m aware of talented artists in the rap community here. What I hope to see is hiphop artists from the country and overall Africa in general begin to penetrate the global market and get the respect they deserve. I do believe it is a matter of time before globak hiphop greats begin to appear from other parts of the world besides the US.

Thank you!

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Proklaim – IDK [interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words:

Organic, sincere, purposeful.

Tell us a few things about your new song IDK. What is the main idea behind it?

The song is about remaining true to one’s own yearnings. In it I reflect on various lessons from watching people betray you and not losing sight of what you wish to achieve even when odds stack against you and being willing to press on alone I’d necessay.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“Some who serve time ( in jail), but I’d rather use mine now to really serve me.”

Your flow is really original. Who is your favourite rapper?

Most of the rappers that touched my mind are no longer alive …my favorites are Big Pun, Tupac, Nas, Jay-Z, Biggie and Lauryn Hill.

Why is sexism, and even outright misogyny, so pervasive in Hip Hop culture?

Hiphop was birthed in the Bronx NY amidst a people who were deprived of so much..young people..mostly men could finally express themselves and have a platform of influence and power. It became competitive and mcs felt pressure to outshine other mcs…the end result was trying to put down other rappers …since most rappers early on were male they had to profess their masculinity by lyrically jousting with other mcs and declaring dominance over women became a trend that eventually became outside misogyny and abuse…

Your sound is very atmospheric and with a retro touch. In which state of mind do you imagine listeners may listen to your music?

I envision listeners listening to my songs as they listen to their earphones on a train or bus and go about daily life…I hope to see the music I make becoming the soundtrack to peoples’ lives.

If you could watch the earth from space, which song would you listen to

” what a wonderful world” by Armstrong.

Thank you!

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Mezmah – Nairobbery [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

It’s a combination of melodic, conscious and cross continental hip hop, taking the best of those three and meshing them to create what you hear on my songs

How would you describe your musical progress over the years?

Its been going from strength to strength, I thank God. I think me taking my time honing my craft throughout the years, progressing with each song and reflecting that in the music is showing and reaping the rewards my way. For example, I’ve had labels approach for management and as of a month ago this year, I was recently approached by a big music PR company that wants to work with me, which I’m excited about. It can only mean I’ve been heading in the right direction over the years

What first got you into music?

Boredom honestly. I’d like to say something more exciting but this is whats brought that excitement ultimately. I used to come home from college on days where there wasn’t much going on and just play around with a skype headset and audacity (shout out audacity for all those that know) out of sheer curiosity and from there on, began the journey that’s got me here. I also feel that this, as well as having stories to tell myself, just made it so it came at a perfect time to gel that together

Favourite album of the past year?

I wouldn’t say I had a favourite up until now with Kendrick’s Mr Morale and the Big Steppers album

What would you change in the music industry?

I think education and development on how to strive as an artist, especially for independent artists. Whilst I know this is counter productive for labels and some, I think teaching the ropes and business side of things could be incorporated as this has been abandoned over the years, even looking at how an A&R used to develop an artist for example. It’s now a lot of take take and forget everything else

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t be too be prideful for things and know that any worries you may have are miniscule in comparison to your potential and ceiling

You’d give up making music for…

My religion

Thank you!

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G.Pari$ – Patterns [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Melodic, Catchy, and Honesty

In the end, is it easy to recognize the patterns and change for the better?Tell us a few things about Patterns and the main idea behind it.

It’s never easy when it comes to self reflection. It takes a lot of discipline. When I created patterns I was at a time where I felt that I needed to make a change in my life. I began to notice the loop that I was in and the patterns that I stuck with out of comfort. So I decided to make a change and love myself more. There are so many issues that I’m still dealing with but I learned to take it one step at a time.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Definitely from patterns it was “I’m always stressing thinkin bout life and sh*t my job don’t work for me I think it’s time to quit.”

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

I have so many but my top three in no order would be Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, and Tyler, The Creator

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Symbolizes the art of expression. Some people see it differently I look at it as an art form and people just expressing their lives. There’s so many artists that are putting these bodies of work out. Most People don’t understand that as an artist to put a song out is probably one of the most vulnerable things that we can do because that song is a piece of us that were showing the world.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

When they need a little bit of motivation and just knowing that there’s someone else out there that understands how they feel when it comes to certain issues or situations. Maybe the listener is needing that extra reassurance about life. That’s where my music comes in.

One last thing we should know about you?

i’m someone who loves learning and creating. i’m not a big fan of school. Not saying that school isn’t beneficial for others it’s just not for me. what I mean by learning is learning new skills whether it’s learning how to mix & master music, graphic design, or even learning color palettes.

Thank you!

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Vantreux – Outcast [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Powerful, passionate, and thought-provoking

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘Outcast’. What is the main idea behind it?

‘Outcast’ delves deep into sensitive subjects, such as underage drug abuse, systemic racism, and poverty. Growing up in today’s society, especially as an African-American child, you are exposed to a lot of injustice and tragedies. It’s easy to feel hopeless and like you can’t do anything to change your life. I wrote ‘Outcast’ as a way to process some of those tragedies that I saw as I grew older, as well as hopefully to let others going through the same things know that they are not alone.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Honestly, I would say the entirety of ‘Outcast’ is personal and honest. I put my heart and soul into this song, and the words in it come from things that I personally dealt with or saw firsthand growing up in a small suburban city area. If I had to pick one, it’d probably be, “I just wanna live my damn life, but was only taught to get by.” Schools in impoverished and underrepresented areas really don’t prepare you for the world. They do their best, but for those kids who aren’t already growing up with money or connections, it’s insane how hard it is to just be successful and not have to struggle every day. I feel like I was told how to get by with the bare minimum, but I feel like we all deserve more than that. Everyone deserves to thrive and be happy in their life.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

I take a lot of inspiration from Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Pharell, and Kenny Beats.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip-hop and rap tell stories from the viewpoint of individuals that just want their voices to be heard. It started out as a way for underrepresented and silenced black voices to advocate for themselves and to express themselves in a safe space. It can be something as simple as just wanting to fuck around and have fun, or it can be an outlet to process complicated and raw emotions. That’s the beauty of hip-hop and rap – what it symbolizes is up to each individual. It’s art in one of its purest forms.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

I imagine people will listen to my music in an introspective kind of way. Maybe they’re laid out on the couch, just chillen in their thoughts.

You’d give up making music for…

I’d give up making music if we could have world peace, but that’s about it. Music is my life, so unless it was something that would drastically change humanity for the better, I’m going to continue my passion!

Thank you!

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JOHN QUE – Latta Green [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

in 3 words my sound is classic hip hop

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘Latta Green’. What is the story behind it?

its an anthem for cannabis users that laugh a lotbut also are conscious b.its actually an old song that i rewrote for now

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“now i like to smoke til im damn near in ah coma love this shxt so much i had to move to california”

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

a.krsone
b.Kendrick lamar
c.p diddy

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

hip hop is my way of life its my religion

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

chill mode is usually when u listen to mymusic

One last thing we should know about you?

i am one of the worlds premier improv freestylers

Thank you!

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Ascidzz – WAR [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dark, passionate, triumphant

How many beats do you listen to before you end up using one? Tell us a few things about your creative process.

I’m really a producer first, so usually I’m accustomed to just creating the ideas that come up in my head, which are entire songs. With this project, I really stepped outside of myself to work with other producers. I am very meticulous about how the music sounds — if it doesn’t have real potential , the lyrical ideas I receive I get aren’t going to be very strong, either. There are a lot of instrumentals out there, but there are also a lot of gems. You have to find what works for you.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“Why should I confine to the norm, I have been scorned before I had a chance to be born, planned to abort — still kicking, I’m meant to move forward — still in it. Honesty, confidence, personality, let them witness it….”

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

My favorite rappers/lyricists are Big Pun and Eminem. My father (also known as GSB/Lake Verde, another of my greatest inspirations) gave me an MP3 Player when I was 12 years old with the entire Eminem discography on it with the freestyles, and just no one was on his level. Even to this day, it’s difficult to find lyricists on his level of penmanship. Same with Big Pun, who was incredibly ahead of his time. I place Big Pun ahead of Eminem on my list mostly because of the time period. My favorite producer has changed so frequently (I am a producer first), Alchemist was my first favorite producer growing up. Then it became Skrillex and then Ramzoid… producers have their hots and colds, and I’m extremely picky about soundscapes. I also love ka1, who produced “Goddess” for the I Know I Waited project. Super talented, we’ve known each other for years trying to make it in the electronic music scene.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip Hop symbolizes a culture that mostly people who look like me can call a place for expression, whether as a listener or a contributor to the genre. Hip Hop is the culture that was cultivated out of love during a time where we couldn’t seem to get it outside of our closest communities. It represents Deejaying, Emceeing, Graffiti, Breakdancing, street fashion, Beat boxing, street knowledge, street language, street entrepreneurialism, which have provided a means of salvation for a people who have been oppressed and marginalized for generations to the point of desertion. I may not know my cultural heritage, but I do know that I can represent for it through my culture, which is Hip Hop.

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I love to play chess, I love to read. I also like to go out to events and vibe and connect with more creative people.

Future plans?

I Know I Waited is one of a few mixtapes. There are videos/content coming soon, I’m performing throughout LA, more mixtapes being released soon; we’re leading up to an album, that will be titled “The Stomach.” Stay tuned!

Thank you!

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Dre Day 100 – Ride With Me [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Innovative, creative, and litty

Tell us a few things about your new song Ride With Me. What is the main idea behind it?

Ride With Me is a track that gives the audience a clear background about me. I had a fan one day tell me that they wanted to hear more about my story and what I am about and they were right because I didn’t have many songs describing my story. So I decided to go head and spread my message and let everyone know about what I had to go through to get to where I am now.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

“Working all them jobs working day and night shifts.” The whole song is honest but if I had to choose the most personal and honest lyric it be that one. I still work two jobs at the moment and that just let’s everyone that I grind for mines.

Your music has an old school vibe. Are you into today’s Hip Hop? Or do you prefer to listen to old classics?

I like the new era of hip hop but yes I do prefer the old school more. It was more genuine and different back then and everyone was original back then. 90s rap just gives you that feeling that you never want to let go for a long time.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop symbolizes struggles, triumphs, and revolutionary messages being spread to the masses.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

If they have the mindset of wanting to be litty and enhance their mood but wanting to actually listen as well instead of just bopping their head, then those are the people I can see tuning in to my music.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Besides the weed charge I got a couple years back, there was a time back in middle school when I was 13 going on 14 and me and a homie of mine decided to go scratch up our teachers car for the sole reason of us not liking her. Well the homie that I was with decided to go tell everyone about it and whoever he told snitched on us and the teacher decided to press charges on us. Long story short we got arrested at school, got sent to an alternative school, had to take a tour of juvie, and luckily all we got was probation.

Thank you!

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Dax – A Lot At Stake [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Impactful, Irreplaceable, motivational

Tell us a few things about your new song ‘A Lot At Stake’. What is the story behind it?

Song with the amazing female artist Snow Tha Product. High Energy with a underlying message of staying true to yourself.

For which lyric you are most proud of?

“NEW YORK with my STATE of MIND, every STATUE is at LIBERTY to get DECLING”

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

My parents, Beethoven, Mozart, Tupac

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Rhyme and poetry used to tell the stories of this messed up world for future generations.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Fck with people who fck with you.

Your biggest fear?

Mediocrity

Thank you!

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