By Jimmy Blog For Fahrenheit Insight
Q – We all know you been rhyming for a while, but why is that people are just now catching up to you?
A – Well probably because of how i went about making music. Even from the beginning hiphop has been theroputic and I never made a single track with intent of getting noticed or getting a record deal or any of that. I just loved the culture and wanted to express myself and my thoughts. But I guess with time more people got their hands on my stuff so you know. Things grow.
Q – You don’t sound at all like most mcees that come from Sac, how would explain that?
A – I’ve always taking the “Thelonious Monk” approach. Either you get it or you don’t, I’ve never made music for anyone but myself, even now. So that has allowed me the freedom to not feel forced into rapping about money, guns, drugs and all the other commercial directions rappers take to get noticed. I’ve done tracks about Burger King and stuff that only makes sense to me, and maybe the people that know me.
Q – Tell us about this collaboration with Crucial Point that’s got heads turning the volume up again.
A – Well long story short, my boy Crucial was going in for a while, but more publicly, and the whole time I was doing my underground thing. I was always wanting to get down with him and do a group project. He’s done stuff on my projects before as a feature but I honestly just think I wasn’t seasoned enough back then. But you know, beats got way better, rhymes got nicer and I think he just started taking notice. I always thought he was nice, but one day he was like, I’ll come down and well spend a weekend making beats, and that turned into a full album. Without question the best work I’ve done to date.
Q – You seem to be more of a conscious rapper. So is it safe to say that you keep up with current and world events?
A – I try to be very informed. I don’t watch the news or read as much as you would think, but I had a network of very worldly people around me. Different cultures and view points so that by default keeps me drowning in conspiracy theories, world politics and things like that. I do my research, but I’m not fanatical about things. I’m just smart enough to know that I don’t everything and just because things my seems unbelievable doesn’t mean is not happening.
Q – How do you feel about the state of hiphop today?
A – I’ll be honest, I don’t hate it like most people. All things have to change, if it doesn’t change it dies out. And it’s been hiphop’s ability to grow and change with the generations that keeps it relevant. So even though I can’t say I think it’s changed for the better or that I even like most of it for that matter, I will say I’m not against it. Like my man Sadat X said, I you aren’t out there making that good music or contributing in some way, you got not say in the matter. Don’t sit on the sidelines hating and complaining, get up and do something. Give the people options. Otherwise, shut the “F” up.
Q – Sacramento has a lot of talented mcees, how come we don’t see more collaborations?
A – Well, Sac has a strong gang history so a lot of the music/artists are separated by neighborhoods. Sometimes they see passed it and get down and make music but most times it’s just people running with their homies or the people they know. I’ve never really tripped off it but I think once cats get passed the old ways, they will start linking up to get this money. Instead of beef’n, just attack the game together. Their’s strength in numbers right?
Q – How do you play into this Sacramento movement to push the music forward?
A – Hahahh, the only movement I know about is the Fahrenheit movement, so if you not talking about that I don’t know what to tell you. We trying to make people think again, ask questions again you know? We’ve all done that “i’m tight and better than you” rap. I’m passed that now and the people around me are too. It’s about balance and options. I’m not the one to beat you over the head with non-sense and formula. My music should take you on a trip through the mind and soul, a lot like good jazz does. Mathmatix is like the knuckleball of rap. The rest of these dudes are still throwing you fastballs and the occasional curve. Get at me.
United Nations Aug 19, 2014