Art + Fashion + Music + Culture
Art + Fashion + Music + Culture
What was the process of creating this project? How long did it take, who did you work with?
The process of creating Scene C was very special as far as the concept. I wanted to create something artistic, but still very dirty enough to reach the common characters of this world we live in. It’s a different sound from my other works. It has more of a bouncy feel to it, while my other releases tend to be more abstract and sonically serious. The creation of it took about a month and a half due to some of the craziness that has been popping off in my life since November. I had to learn how to distribute new types of situations to my teammates. Usually a Scene takes me about a month to write, record, produce and mix. I also didn’t work with anyone. I don’t like risking my art being tainted by someone else who doesn’t share the same vision as me.
How would you describe this sound?
I would describe it as maybe urban art. It’s really for my ank clique when we out just flawssin. I’m glad the world is messing with it though. I would describe it as a sound that we listen to while we’re out in this world trying to provide and make a way for ourselves and our people.
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I’m really interested in the way you portray themes of brotherhood, companionship, love and sex in your work. Where do these ideas come up in Scene C?
These ideas come from my upbringing. I grew up in a very gang/brotherhood-influenced world. I didn’t start wearing shirts that were the color red until maybe last year because wearing certain colors could get you jumped, shot at or killed. I’m not from the toughest neighborhoods, but growing up we had certain rules that we followed or [we] could become a statistic. That way of growing up stayed with me to this day. The love and sexual aspects come from me being a very dark mirror to humanity. We all watch porn or love sex. You can front like you don’t like some of the things you do, but when you’re alone and it becomes dark outside, another part of you comes out. I just don’t hide it.
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Are there any other major themes that are important to this project?
The theme of having heart. The theme of being genuine. Those are the undertones of the project that may not be seen by those who don’t listen fully. “FLAWSSIN SWAHILI” is the arrogance of someone who has been in the dark so long that now they have a moment of bliss and confidence. They’re asking someone, “do you want your true love or someone rich? Do you want somebody who doesn’t hide their flaws or another person who is clearly fronting but you have a crush on them? What are the morals and loyalty of the ones you call your friends?” This is the attitude of someone who just got out of jail, or has been broke for too long and they’re just completely being themselves and are going to question your motives and character as a human. There are no right or wrong answers at all. Just simple questions. After spazzing for the whole song, I say to the person, “do you still love me even when I trip?” It’s questioning whether you’re really down for me or not. What if the world gives me too much pressure and I trip for a minute? You still love me? Is it real?
I know you’ve talked about how Scene C is a bit different than your previous work, how is this new territory for you?
It’s new territory because it’s shinier. It’s a little glossier. Every Scene has a different sound but this one is a little less tense in mood and movement.
I’ve also read you talk about that FXXXXY is best described as being more of an idea rather than you as an individual, can you elaborate on that? How does that play into Scene C?
I think when you solidify yourself as more than an idea and into a category as a certain individual, people will kill you. I’m not conscious nor am I unconscious. Look at almost every artist you listen to. They are either this or that, stupid or smart, murderers or innocent, good or bad, right or wrong. I am none of it. I am undefined. I have contradictions. I’m not perfectly one thing or another. I’m flawed up. I have flaws. I am simply an idea. If we are constantly growing and learning, how can I label myself? Tomorrow I may wake up and say something that will contradict what I said right here because I learned something new. I’m constantly growing. I’m a free idea. That’s what allows me to make a song like “FLAWSSIN SWAHILI” and still come back and make a song like “01134” which so understands women, specifically black women, and praises them and shows them that I feel them and understand their struggles are worse than mine as a black man. We both are the have-nots, but I recognize your pain in the midst of mine. One song is filled with arrogance and questioning while one is filled with love and compassion.
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It seems like your ideas are really rapidly progressing. What do you have coming up next now that this is released?
Thank you for saying that because I grow with every one of my works. ANKIEYENT: Scene X is about to be released along with DVRK WXNTVR SVXSXN 1 which is a collaboration with my ank Loko Los. I do not mess with other artists at all. If you get a feature out of me, you’re super lucky. I’m very lowkey, but Loko Los is special. We gel as brothers and then we gel as artists. I can see me and him being tight 5 years from now. It seems we both share the same morals. That same loyalty and we both are artistically different from the mainstream. That’s my ank. I speak very highly of him. When I win, he wins and that’s on ank.
Listen to ANKIEYENT: Scene C
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