(Laughs) My approach is the same, I approach my work as a solo artist and as a member of FCC with the same focus and intensity. The inspirations may be different as far as listening to a synthesized beat as opposed to live musical instrumentation. However I just set out to be the best at my craft of emceeing in any venue. Whether it be with other MC’s, rocking solo, or performing with a band.
|A few months ago you released a mixtape called 80’s Babies, and it was received fairly well via the internet. What led you to want to pay homage to those who came before you when the current trend in music is to forget about where it’s been, almost obsessing to a fault about trying to be futuristic?
First of all, I think on a level for an independent artist with no financial backing or major co-signs, the 80s Babies mixtape did extremely well. It received over 1000 downloads within the first 30 days of its release, and is currently 2000 plus downloads through my sendspace account. The torrent has also been picked up by countless other sites throughout the internet. The world wide web is huge and 80’s Babies is being played in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Canada as well as the United Stated. I holler at the people who have downloaded my music and they holler back. It’s a movement…a love movement.
I don’t pay attention to current trends in music. If you look at my music collection, you will rarely find a lot of new music. You will mostly find music that I grew up listening to. I’m an OG. A young veteran. I’ve been around for a while because I was out here when I was 15 putting it down in the cipher’s with the older dudes. I’m 29 now. A grown man. I have no business trying to follow the trend’s of the youth. I am a trend setter.
What led me to pay homage to those who came before me was the inspiration that I drew from my memories of growing up in the 1980’s listening to hip-hop music. A lot of the beats that I chose to use on the mixtape were songs that I actually had memories of listening to when they were first out.
Hip Hop music and culture has gotten too far gone from the people and the original essence. We must honor and pay respect to those emcee’s who put it down before us. I’m just out here trying to get mines like they got theirs. To me it kind of felt like a rite of passage.
That’s a dope question!
On the subject of me rhyming I feel I have worked hard to be considered one of the best no matter if it’s on a local, national, or international stage. I know my craft of emceeing. I believe in myself and I believe in my pen.
Me stating that I am a fan of no man is me asserting my greatness. Which I feel every person should strive to do.
Though I say that I am a fan of no man that does not mean that I do not greatly respect my peers.
Fresh Cut Collective is preparing an album to be released in the very near future. What is the feel and the sound of the album going to be like?
(Kiran pianist/vocalist in FCC) It’s got energy! It’s going to be a great summer jam, it has its own style, it’s got a diverse array of textures, everything from love making grooves to off the wall rock’n’roll. The album combines the energy and feel of contemporary hip-hop along with the organic groove and vibe of late 60’s early 70’s soul music.
(Adebisi) It’s great music. The album has a mature sound and the rhythm’s are very worldly. The music crosses all cultural and genre boundaries. It’s an intense ride of hip hop, r & b, rock & roll, reggae, jazz and soul music. We are scheduling to release the album May 29th @ Mad Planet. It will be a free show so stay tuned.
What is the relationship like between you and band mates?
We’re brothers, we love, we fight, we laugh, we hang out, we chill, we smoke, we build, we make good music. (Laughs)
I love to eat and I remember reading about you not being satisfied with Milwaukee’s choices for African food. I’ve been known to make a stop at African Hut on 3rd. However, if you were recommending a place to catch the best fufu or other African staples, what spot (anywhere in the states) would you give your co-sign?
I’ve eaten some of the best West African dishes in Washington D.C. There is a huge influx of West African people in the D.C. area. My father who was born in Lagos, Nigeria can cook up some mean African dishes. If African Hut’s fufu was the best then my brother you haven’t seen much (Laughs)! Anyhow it is very difficult to find a decent plate of West African fare in Milwaukee unless you know a Nigerian family.
When you look across the Milwaukee Hip-Hop scene, how do you feel about it when compared to the music you hear coming from other cities?
I think we have a good hip-hop scene as far as artists putting out quality music. I feel confident that the music being put out locally can compete on a national level. We have far more talent here than I have seen in many regions that I have been to, but there are gem’s and diamonds everywhere. Like they told us when we were younger “it ain’t where you from, it’s where you’re at”.
There is a lot of anticipation among people in Milwaukee in regards to the FCC album. Are you going to give your solo career a small break or are you going to maintain that along side of the work with Fresh Cut?
I am a member of the band Fresh Cut Collective. I’m one part of a seven man outfit. We all do different things and are involved in projects. We come together like Voltron to form Fresh Cut Collective.
You’ve been around for several years. Give me one war story from your past. It can be something awesome, or something that completely failed.
My first rap group was called “Ill Consequence” and that consisted of me and my best friend Chris Charles (AKA @Chrisconsin on Twitter). We started battle rapping as a group when we were both 14 years old. Chris was actually rapping before I was, I was into playing basketball.
One night we were invited to a battle at a female friend’s birthday party. After catching the bus to the party, we enter with our confidence high as hell. As soon as the battle starts one of the opposing MC’s in the other crew came at Chris. At that time Chris couldn’t get his rhymes straight and these cats are eating us up. We started getting embarrassed and that’s when I jump in and start doing my little rhyme’s. After that it seemed that there whole crew started coming at me! After a while they had the whole party screaming their crew’s name as me and my homie Chris just stood around. That definitely fueled the fire.
Where do you hope to be 1 year from now?
Any shout outs?
Shout out to Milwaukee UP, my homeboy’s Chris Charles and Phil Calvert, Fresh Cut Collective, UniFi Records, Music in Revolt, Reason of 4AR Studios, Dylan Thomas, No Gimmicks, Adlib, JNut, B-Tweezy, StoneFly Brewery, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, 91.7 WMSE, 7th and Locust, BLAX, my kids, my mama, and everybody else I love. If I forgot you….i didn’t, I just got tired of typing. Lol.
I did a post not too long ago about Fresh Cut Collective’s new song “Bumble Bee” so dig a little and you can enjoy it…hopefully as much as I do. In the meantime I’m going to post some videos that were taken of FCC performing music live in the studio for 91.7 WMSE Frontier Radio. Enjoy!