Q. What made you get into hip hop?
From a very young I’ve been into music and writing poetry, and in secondary school Grime/Garage music was a big thing amongst us kids, so l started writing lyrics and just doing it with friends at break times and out of school hours at community projects. Having grown up, and noticing the impact of the negativity in the music I was taking part in, I slowly got into Hip Hop, as I felt it was a lot more real, and I could express myself more so with it in a positive way. I feel hip hop and all genres of music in general play a big role with the lifestyles people choose in today’s age, so I felt somewhat responsible, so I made a conscious decision to only implement thought provoking content in my lyrics. I have always had my group around me, The Rebel Lions Of Creation, who have been a big influence to keep me pursuing with music, and also have been a big influence with the positive changes I’ve made in my life that shows in my lyrics today.
Q. What message do you try to put out in your music?
Any message I feel needs exposure, is knowledgeable or wise, or is positive and will uplift those who listen, from veganism, animal cruelty, government corruption, lack of equal rights and justice, spirituality, self-sufficiency, to just general guidance.
Q. Where do you get your lyrical inspiration and knowledge from?
My lyrical inspiration very much comes from artists such as Lowkey, Akala, Immortal Technique, Lauryn Hill, Damian Marley, Maverick Sabre, Damien Dempsey, The Wolfe Tones and I’m sure there’s plenty more who have inspired me along my journey.
My knowledge has gathered over the years from reasoning and researching with my friends and family. Also from watching and attending lectures (Gary Yourofsky, John Harris, Sadguru, Ben Stewart). Also through reading books such as ‘To Hell Or Barbados — Sean O’Callaghan’ to ’63 Documents The Government Doesn’t Want You To Read — Jesse Ventura’ to ‘Kemetic Diet — Dr Muata Ashby’ and as I came up in the information age, did a lot of searching online the internet to.
Q. Tell us about your recent tracks?
On the 13.3.13 I released my 14 Track-list CD ‘Odd One Out’ (www.IdealArtist.co.uk) which has a mix of different genres from acoustic to spoken word, hip hop to reggae.
I have recently released official videos for tracks ‘Our Key’ Featuring Concise Reality and ‘Keep Pushing’ Produced By Mover from the CD.
I have also released the lyric videos to ‘Not In Our Nature’ Featuring Vegan Activist Gary Yourofsky which is about bringing light to animal cruelty, and how veganism is a more moral and healthier way to live, And the lyric video for ‘Empress’ Featuring Rastickz which is a Reggae / Hip Hop love song, talking righteously about our women, rather then downgrading them like the commercial music industry commonly does.
Q. What other projects you involved in outside music?
Outside of music, I run my own business ‘Conscious Coverage’ which specialises in merchandise such as natural body washes and soaps, natural gemstone jewellery and stones. Also ‘Conscious Coverage’ covers conscious/positive events with photography and I have an up and coming channel broadcasting talent and knowledge in all forms that is beneficial to the people.
I am also involved with a project currently based in Stratford called ‘Feed The Future’. This project is for the community to learn cooking skills, influence more raw food eating and also to learn delicious healthy vegan meals.
Odd One Out Available Now -