1. When did you start making music and how? Any fun anecdote about your debut as a hip hop artist?
I started composing music in the late 90's. A couple friends of mine and I formed a Christian Rap trio named "Nu Testament Cru". We slowly made the transition to composing secular music. My friends took a liking to song writing and production and went on to co-produce and co-write the 4x Platinum single "How To Love" by Lil' Wayne. I took a different route and focused on my career as a hip-hop artist.
2. Who are your main musical influences and how would you describe your music ?
Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nas, and Common have been my main musical influences over the last decade. If I had to use 5 adjectives to describe my music, I would say : Genuine, Poetic, Regal, Informative, and Intruiging.
3. Where does your album name come from and what is the meaning of your cover artwork?
Summer's Eulogy is the second installment in "The Darkness Trilogy." The first project was a mixtape entitled "The Blackout." I knew I wanted my second project to be an LP comprised of original material and I wanted a simple title that stood out from they typical album titles and also something that was nearly synonymous with "The Blackout." I originally wanted to go with "Winter Solstice" the title didn't go over so well with my team.
I liked the idea of "Winter Solstice" : it seemed celestial and it gave off the feeling of a natural occurrence of a blackout. After juggling different ideas I finally stumbled upon a title I loved "Summer's Eulogy."
The album cover contains the Egyptian solar deity Osiris (center), his legitimate son Horus (left), and his bastard son Anubis (right). Without getting too deep into Egyptian mysteries and mythology these gods represent death (Osiris), burial (Anubis) and resurrection/rebirth (Horus). Given my fascination with Egyptian mythology, I figured what better way to illustrate summer's eulogy than the death of a solar deity.
Maturation and accountability are the most reoccurring themes on the album. This album urges and encourages spiritual and intellectual growth in all humanity but there is a special charge to the African-American male to step up to the plate and require more from himself.
5. You seem to bear an interest in the illuminati movement, did it have any influence on your music?
Lol, not much if any. I believe my interest in Abyssinia and Egypt tend to bring about taunting from my fan base that I am involved in the Illuminati. Instead of shying away from it, I embrace the absurd accusations and may even allude to those accusations from time to time.
6. You shot your first video, could you tell us a little more about this experience?
Shooting, directing, and editing my own music video was quite stressful and presented many challenges. By the end of the shoot (2AM) I managed to spill gasoline all over myself and inside my car. It was definitely a learning experience. Many people came out to show their love and support which made it all worth while.
7. What are the best memories you keep from your performances and why did you choose to upload your music on Jamendo for free legal download?
My best memories of my performances are the fans reaction and interaction. They produce an unparalleled euphoria. It's the best feeling in the world. The reason why I chose Jamendo is because it's a great tool for all artists. At this point in my career, exposure is everything and Jamendo places my music in front of hundreds, potentially thousands of possible fans.
9. Is there a fun anecdote about you that you fans don't know and would be surprised to hear?
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a performer. So much so that I made sure my studies and training were diverse. I've dabbled in martial arts, piano, dance, show choir, and poetry.