Underground emcee OptiMystic has been working hard towards his latest hip hop project, the ‘Day of the Guiding Light’ album. Most definitely no stranger to the music scene, OptiMystic has been manifesting dreams, making connections and spreading his vibe the only way he knows how… with raw love and hardcore positivity! His passion and extreme addiction to the art of rap has lead him on an amazing journey from childhood to the present moment.
OptiMystic released his debut solo album in 2005, ‘ReVamp’, an independent release that featured Grammy award-winning superstar and all-round good fella ‘Speech’ from Arrested Development as well as artists such as Maya Jupiter, N’Fa (1200 Techniques), Big Village’s ‘Reverse Polarities’ and Halfcast.
The huge forthcoming double album ‘Day of The Guiding Light’, has seen OptiMystic go further, to work with even more artists. The album brings on an arsenal of international collaborations including New York’s Afficial Nastee heavyweights ONYX, Keith Murray (Def Squad) Krazy Drayz (Das EFX), Mr Cheeks (The Lost Boyz), Rockness Monsta (Heltah Skeltah), Chip-Fu (Fu-Schnickens), Doitall (Lords of The Underground), Afu-Ra, Jeru the Damaja, Big Shug (Gang Starr Foundation) and more!
The album features production by producers such as Dazastah (Downsyde), Creed Birch, Rob Shaker, Loftee Beats, Wisdom2th and Sipn. Already OptiMystic has released music videos from this upcoming album on his youtube channel and website, including tracks such as ‘Fearless’ and ‘Rock On All Levels’ shot in Brooklyn, Brownsville and Queens starring Afu-Ra, Doitall, Chip-Fu, Rockness Monsta and Mr Cheeks. Plus videos for ‘Exquisite’, ‘Sick Az It Gets’, ‘Monster Stomp’ and ‘Chosen Sacrifice’. And there’s more in the pipeline including ‘Spit That Shit’ shot in Times Square with Keith Murray and ‘Madd Rush’ with Onyx.
With strictly hip hop vibrations pulsating throughout the album, OptiMystic spits, rips and kicks a range of flows with variety and passion. This conscious style rhymer delivers topics of love, death, addictions, the great unknown, and just straight up having fun on the mic. OptiMystic’s love knows no boundaries! So be prepared and stay aware, for if there ever was a time for this MC to be unearthed to the masses… it’s now!
Your latest double album features a light and dark side, what come easier to you ?
It depends on the mood I am in, or the vibe of the beat that I am writing to. Sometimes I write early mornings when I feel fresh and energized and sometimes late in the middle of the night. It seems to be a balance of the two.
Who are your biggest supporters ?
Mostly people that love and appreciate good hip hop that see the effort and heart I put into my music, but there are supporters of all sorts from different walks of life, diversity is key… plus my mum thinks I’m cool, haha.
What inspired your name ?
My name came about from being a positive energy person, no time for the bullshit and negativity , stay focused and enjoy the moments you have in this life, and spread the vibe.
What’s your favourite movie ?
I love the Evil Dead movies… and Lord of the Rings trilogy.
You have been filming music videos all over the world, what’s your favourite location and why?
The video I shot with Rockness Monsta and Mr Cheeks, ‘Rock On All Levels’, we shot that on Sackman street in Brownsville and in a studio in Queens. I think these were memorable locations because I would never have visited them if it wasn’t for Rock & Cheeks.
Your renowned for your high energy levels when performing and promoting, where you get it from?
Man… energy is life ! You just need to absorb your surroundings and give it back ten fold with a little twist of your own shit in the mix of it.
What are the 3 most important things in your life at present?
3 most important right now would have to be my fam/friends, my work and my passion… hip hop ! I need all 3 of these to keep me balanced. ‘Oxygen to breathe, hip hop to live’.
Whats your favourite book?
I’ve read a few good books in my life, one that made a big impact was ‘Conscious Evolution’ by Barbara Marx Hubbard. Was an interesting read when I was 19.
You have worked with numerous artists throughout your career, who has been the greatest pressure to work with?
Oh man, I guess I would have to say Chip-fu. Not sure if pressure is the right term, but it was a little nerve wrecking when Chip said he would jump on board. The man has some craaaazy skills… and I didn’t want to let him down or make him regret working with me.… but all turned out better than expected.
Which topic do you find easiest to write about?
I guess anything from personal experience to just having fun with word play and rocking the mic. Once again it really all depends on the vibe of it all… whether it’s writing about the death of a loved one, or about the love I have for someone or something. Timing is impeccable.
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