Q. You have been in the Hip Hop industry for quite a long time, how has your style evolved or changed since you started?
I’ve been involved in Hip Hop in some form or other since being a natty headed youth and will continue to do so. As far as the industry built around the movement… I’ve hardly been there and what that industry does has very little effect on what I do. As for me on a personal level, I’m striving for perfection and learning to live in the moments getting there.
Q. When it comes to writing new material, what is the process for you? Where do you get your lyrical inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from all around. Sometimes it’s what my senses report back to me from what I’ve seen, heard, read, tasted or felt. Sometimes it’s the mind and I relate to my higher and lower selves. Sometimes I’m just inspired by weak artists and weak art.
Q. What are your thoughts on the current state of Hip Hop? Are there any artists you are really feeling?
There’s a lot of artists I’m feeling at the moment apart from the upcoming Spinning Compass roster from RTKal to Triple Darkness to staHHr and it’s real interesting seeing Jurassic 5 get back together. I really feel there’s a great power in being able to consolidate what it is you do and build a power base from that. As far as the current state it’s rare anybody even hears or knows what the state of Hip Hop is because it’s become so divorced from itself and its components. Cats are still B-boying to Apache but never Breakers in Space. Man wanna sit around nodding their heads to nothing past 1993 and all of these elements hardly ever meet anymore so the current state can only be me. The current state is the places where new/old/future/art/dance/DJing and style do meet. Those are the artists I listen to and check for. Anyone doing that is Live. Anything other than that flux of the movement is death. We have to study the legends, hone our craft, serve time and keep it moving. Respect your own legend and allow it to move to where it needs to go.
Q. How important is it for you to integrate your views on societal issues and current affairs into your music?
It’s very important to be able to do that. It’s a must. It’s also a must that people understand when you don’t do put all your eggs in one basket. Life is not one thing and I have too many parts to place the whole of me in a four minute song.
Q. What books and films have influenced you?
So many I’m gonna just drop a few on you. Cheikh Anta Diop’s, African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality was a very big insight in being able to actually explain what it is you’re saying in a scientific manner. He and Ivan Van Sertima were sum of the first people I had read who dealt with African history without a lot of hyperbole and simply presented facts as they found them. Also being such a multi-skilled genius inspired my awe. The original Zu Warriors has had me looking at the world of mortals in a very different way. Thinking that at any point a person you meet could be a higher being.
Q. Are you involved in any projects outside of music?
My children are an amazing project I’ve been involved with. Very time consuming but more than worth it. I’m part-time involved with several different organisations bringing music, arts, creativity and literacy skills to young people. it’s been great doing that most recently with Mike Ladd in the Paris suburbs. Also in the last few years, I’ve been doing a few short films, voice overs for animations, video games and such. Things like Kid Acne’s “Zebraface” for Channel 4 and “The Fitz Cayman Experiment”. I starred in a film by Great Coat Films called “The Fitz Cayman Experiment” which was pretty cool as I got to play a scientist, which is like playing myself, which is easy. And makes a change from my usual casting…
Q. Tell us a bit about your new single ‘MoorKaBa LightBikes’
What you’re hearing when you listen is the sound of angels on bikes made of light. Listen deep enough you can get one of these bikes yourself. It’s produced by roots Manuva with a vid by Ben Lister who did Rock My Hologram too and lyrically it’s about moving in and out of darkness as the light. It’s out right now and is backed up by a tune called AnuMal which you gotta blast out your biggest speakers to fully feel what it is. They’re both on iTunes and all that digi malarky.
Q. You have experiment with differently styles on the production of the track and the remixes. How did they turn out?
I am the experiment and have always used different ways of getting my sounds out there. Blackitude always comes correct but Kashmere’s version of MoorkaBa is a monster on its own. A totally different species. That’s what the remix is all about. Hip Hop for me is how I view the world so people may say the music sounds like this or that and they may be right, but it’s still Hip Hop. It’s still the same movement no matter the tempo or if it’s sampled or played, still the same way of being and still the same way of change.
Q. Are you planning on releasing an album/ mixtape in the near future? What can we expect to hear on it?
Voodu StarChild is the full project. Expect to hear yourself being coated in the darkness and the only way out is to escape into yourself. You gonna hear the crossroads between ritual and pure math. Some of the best producers out there and me chanting on top of it all. It’s gonna be good!
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