What is Hip Hop Palace?
MR: Hip hop Palace is a variety show like no other, where we bring cabaret and hip hop together to tell a rags to riches story.
Muti: It’s a social movement, a cultural landmark and a celebration of the evolutionary forms of hip-hop.
How has hip hop influenced you?
MR: Hip Hop literally saved me from depression and suicide and his given me a way of expressing myself while bringing the most important people in to my life. The culture has infatuated me and given me a reason to be.
Muti: It held me as a child and has given me tools for transformation, while giving me a creative energy to play with and keep me from destructive environments.
How would you describe your relationship as The Jester Kings?
MR: I first met Muti while he was performing at The Place for Fagin’s Twist, but we had many mutual friends who were telling us we should know each other. We have worked on a number of projects together and have forged a deep friendship and business relationship while living together. Our chemistry speaks for itself on and off stage.
Muti: We are brothers in arms, spiritual beings expressing through hip hop and originators. We know we are stronger together and support each other as equals through the highs and lows of our careers and personal lives. We are new school medicine men, manifesting common unity through our self-expression.
How do you define “Royal”?
MR: Royalty needs to be redefined. It’s not a bloodline of élite, dominant white people with resources. We know that our bloodline is royal and are inspired by the great empires of African and World History. We all have the right to feel royal, it’s within us; a mind state that accepts that we are sovereign and have the right and responsibility to build the best lives for our selves and our communities.
Muti: Royalty is the anointment of the self and the title held by self, deciding to not be distracted by the lower aspects of reality, maintaining a level of honour, decorum and autonomy while interacting with life, choosing how to interact with others free from boxes and material trappings.
What is the connection between Hip Hop and spirituality?
MR: Hip hop is alchemy, from the DJs who combine and remix ingredients to make a brand new vibe, the dancers who transform their bodies and embody the hip hop yogic philosophy, the graffiti writers who transform their environment through art and the MC or master of ceremony who inducts audiences into different states of being using the voice.
Muti: It has always been a spiritual engine for transformation, social awareness, empowerment and change. It speaks all languages and dialects. Hip Hop is a movement that encourages and transcends our individuality to enhance the whole through community
What is the future of hip hop palace? What impact do you want to leave?
MR: This is a world tour show that will travel and encourage international communities to embrace their own royalty while showcasing the best in Hip Hop talents. We want to be more daring and flamboyant with our performances. We will utilise this movement for social change, building community and self-sustainability, using Hip Hop as a mouthpiece for expression, truth and taking responsibility for bringing balance back to the world
Muti: We will bring the royalty back to Hip Hop, expanding beyond the limitations that have been enforced upon this movement, bringing it in to new territory. We will widen awareness of the multiple cultures that coexist through the Hip Hop community, transcending barriers while going beyond words and bringing back the richness and diversity of social movements expressed through this artform.
Marv Radio and Muti Musafiri’s Hip Hop Palace on 7 November is at Rich Mix. Hip Hop Palace launches Certain Blacks Presents Circus Circus Circus at Rich Mix and Hoxton Hall from 7 to 22 November. For more info check certainblacks.com