Your group Misen Lync just released a new webtape called Both Sides of the Mirror. How has the reaction been to it so far? Are you where you all hoped you’d be several weeks after the fact?
The reaction has been a good one, better than we could imagine actually. Lots of feed-back and criticism, that makes us better and we appreciate it. It’s exceeded some expectations, but we want more of course. The downloads were in good amounts and the “special editions” mixed by DJ Tyme left us with only 2 out of 100 and none were given away. We are satisfied not content though.
Recently you have taken on a new business partner for your music. Can you tell how this came about and more about what you’re going to try to accomplish?
Basically, I befriended some great people and we share the same goals and beliefs not only musically, but in life. They really love our music and have helped us tremendously with their connections business wise and great advice personally. They are considered close family to us. We were looking to police Misen Lync’s process and direction and we felt they provided that for us management wise. We are looking to make Misen Lync more marketable with music, not only in Milwaukee, but most importantly outside the city. DC, Detroit, Philly, Chicago, have recently expressed some interest. Also, collaborating with marquee artist, local or industry. We got some good news recently so keep your fingers crossed.
How has Misen Lync changed from when you began to now?
Wow man, we have changed so much. The songs are more conceptual, delivery is crisper, there is more feeling and emotion to the songs, the content varies in every song and the lyrics are better. I feel like we can make any type/genre of songs. We couldn’t do that on Breaking the Cycle or Bars and Beats. However, Both Sides of the Mirror shows our growth and maturity musically and we will continue to change.
I am a man who comes across a good amount of information and I’ve heard a project discussed called Dead Poets Society, and you name is commonly attached to that. That name of course makes me think of the Robin Williams film, but it also makes me think of secret fraternal organizations for some reason. Are you like the Illuminati? What is DPS and what’s planned for it?
Not like the Illuminati *does secret hand signal*. That is more fraternal and chess club I feel like. DPS is like a club of well…poets/lyricists that just love music and decided to form together. It’s sorta like Revenge of the Nerds meets the Dead Poets Society film. We hope to just be an all inclusive hip hop movement, have dope music, and have fun basically. Expect to see thick spectacles, lots of proper usage [of grammar], funny nicknames…the whole nerd/private school garb.
It seems like everybody is a rapper these days, and so many are motivated by the external pleasures associated with the popular rap heard on the radio. Why do you, personally, rap?
Personally, I rap to give my interpretation of things and hope that someone relates. It’s a release for me, a getaway if you will. I want to give the feeling to someone that I get from music. If it’s pure emotional personal struggle, cockiness, reflective, or just flat out manipulating words in a pattern, I want to share that and be happy about it. So, I do my best and I will continue to do so.
When you look around at your peers in the Milwaukee Hip-Hop scene, what do you see?
A good pool of talent who needs to coexist. Lot of big egos and not enough humility. I see them as hungry, talented, supportive and selfish at the same time. I would like us look at music and come up with our own distinctive sound instead of kicking dirt on the next emcee or camp. Overall, I see progress and a thriving movement.
It’s always baffled me that there are so many rappers out there that prefer to hide the fact that they attended college or have some sort of educational experience beyond high school. You’ve attended college, the same school I went to in fact. As a man who has some high education under his belt, why do you think that this is?
I don’t know bro, it baffles me actually. I am proud of my college accomplishments. Maybe it’s not good for their “image,” I don’t know. If you are hiding the fact you are educated you’re what we call a smart dummy.
5 years from now, where do you see Maal Himself?
5 years from now, I’ll be all over with Misen Lync; TV, fashion, radio, actively cultivating Milwaukee music…on a label hopefully. Also, a loving and caring father LOL! Lil monster is gonna be a handful.
Any shout outs?
Anyone and everyone who has supported Milwaukee music in any form, Tks and Toine Jay, our femme fatale manager Sally Schiera, IV Tin Soldiers, UGLY, my big homie UGLY FACE (no governments), the local talent here, the DJs, bloggers, radio stations (WMSE and 88.9), DPS, H20magonline.com, Moda 3, Succezz (CHI), and Misen Lync’s family and friends. Also to you, this is a well written and thought out blog sir.