Hip Hop • New York City, NY, USA •
“I am an early warning system for those paying attention.”
Unraveled Artist Interview:
Q: Why did you make this song? What does it mean to you?
A: I wrote the lyrics to Ayahuasca Metropolis after sitting with the beat provided by the producer, Wanderlust, for awhile. The beat had a very cool boom-bap and mystical feel to it. At the time of writing this song, I had spent a number of years exploring the realms of Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a plant based psychedelic tea that many people take as a medicine. People congregate, and drink the brew under the guidance of a person or persons who have lots of experience with the plant. Shamans, if you will. Ayahuasca is often referred to as “The Vine of the Soul.” It’s a Soul medicine, in this regard. I like and appreciate the idea of Soul. Soul Music. Soul Medicine. Soul Expression. Living With Soul. I’m with that. Whatever that thing is we call Soul, I seek to let mine shine when performing my music. So it just made sense that I include a song like ‘Ayahuasca Metropolis’ on my album ‘Squat the Condos.’ In my mind, that album deals with the interactions of one own’s Soul with The City.
This song means a lot to me. I end all my sets with this song still. I love the beat. I’m happy with my lyrics for it. In my set I perform a medley, and I layer samples into the medley. So the sample I layered right before the beat starts for Ayahuasca Metropolis is The Reverend Martin Luther King’s ‘I’ve been to the Mountain Top’ speech. That was the last speech he gave before he was murdered. I Love that Speech. He is expressing his Soul in a deep deep way. The combination of that sample and Ayahuasca Metropolis makes performing it live a special thing.
Q: What do you want listeners to understand from this creation?
A: I want them to understand good music.
Q: How can people support you further?
A: One, come to my shows when you see that I’m in your city or town. Two, buy my ‘Squat the Condos’ Album off of iTunes, BandCamp or wherever it’s sold. Three, click “Like” on the ‘Prop Anon‘ and ‘Propaganda Anonymous‘ Facebook pages. Four, check out my wesbite. Five, follow me on twitter. Six, Bury $5,000 in your backyard or nearest public park and wait for further instruction.
Q: What is your ultimate vision for your work?
A: I have a few different visions involving my work. I’d like for people to gain a deeper understanding of how Propaganda affects them. The ultimate vision includes reflecting on Identity, Communication, and Technology. As far as my music goes, my vision is to keep growing. Keep expanding the live set. Keep developing different musical and recording skills. Keep it all moving towards the center of the cyclone.
Q: Do you consider your music to fall within a genre(s)?
A: My music, thus far, coincides most with Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop culture has provided more to me than any other genre, scene, musical perspective than anything else. Hip-Hop has allowed me to travel the world. It’s opened doors of communication even when we have spoken different languages. That said, I am not concerned with conforming to structures if I’m not feeling it. So I am not beholden to just making certain types of music. I feel like I can make a Stoner Doom Metal Album and it will still be Hip-Hop. Because, the way I define Hip-Hop goes beyond what type of clothes you wear, whether you are rapping or playing the harmonica, etc. It has more to do with a state of mind. A mindset and an approach to life. Because I hold that perspective, I create Hip-Hop even if some of my music sounds like Punk Rock or Electronica style music. At this moment in time, if I had to describe my music in 5 words, it would be either “Hip-Hop Oriented Post-Punk Electro Soul Music’ or “Fuck the Bullshit Soul Music”. Either one fits for right now.