Q. You started as a poet performing at London’s Soho Theater. What then lead you to become a hip hop artist?
I always enjoyed music. I would rap and sing with my mum and her guitar. We did our first gigs together at the Royal Exchange in Camden. I was performing at Planetmans event in Mayfair and he got me to get a DJ and Beatboxer DJ Shorty and Bass6 and we toured the country supporting lots of uk hip-hop artists. I love the power of words and the power of music, hip-hop is the perfect platform for rhythmical poetic expression.
Q. What messages do you try and put out there within your music?
I aim to bring messages of hope, peace and unity, to share my stories and struggles hoping to inspire strength and courage for us to take control of our lives.
Q. How affect do you feel hip hop can be at opening people’s concussion to what is happening around them on a daily basis?
Hip-hop as far back as the Griots in Africa has been used as a tool to inform communities of local news. Now we live with the internet and can globally communicate hip-hop can open minds to international issues and spark a unified voice for change. Hip-hop is a powerful tool for strong voices to be heard, for those wanting to listen to a broader conscience will be reached.
Q. Where do you draw your inspiration from within your music?
Life is the biggest inspiration, connections with other people and artists. The spark when working with an amazing producer and the ideas just flow from the divine. Hardships, lessons, blessings the whole journey, and wanting the beat to feel the passion.
Q. You have set up Lyrically Challenged at Passing Cloud. For our readers could you explain what Lyrically Challenged is all about?
Lyrically Challenged is a spoken word and hip-hop event is Dalston, originated as a spoken word event set up with a monthly ‘lyrical challenge’ instead of being a slam where poets write to gain big points from the audience, we work as a network to inspire each other to write new pieces and to share in a welcoming environment.
We are now a two floor event starting out with spoken word we then move into hip-hop, we have all 5 elements represented. Beatboxers, dancers, rappers, turntabeism, graffiti and singers. Uniting the hip-hop community speaking for freedom through art forms. We have stalls where people sell their creations at the event, promoting a united community creating opportunities and opening networks. We have spoken word open mic, and hip-hop cyphers bringing back the old school with a circle to share rhyming wisdom. Lyrically Challenged is a movement speaking up for change promoting unity, sharing love!!
Q. Lyrically Challenged has just released their first mix tap. What can people expect from it?
Expect, hip-hop, drum n bass, dubstep, dub. Mixed and scratched by DJ Shorty. Lots of personal stories about overcoming our struggles, the mixtape is called ‘trust your struggle’ that reflects in the music.
Expect real raw rap, deep conscious lyrics, catchy hooks and soulful singing! Expect a musical and lyrical journey.
Q. Lastly what can we expect from mc Angel in the future?
International Inspirational artist, touring the world performing and delivering workshops on living our dreams. Lyrically Challenged to be a global hip-hop experience, working for ‘love and growth through hip-hop’.
Follow Mc Angel on twitter @mcangeluk
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