I caught up with the NYC native/ retired battle-rap-slayer turned hip hop hierarchy, Soul Khan this past week and talked about everything from music videos, the Upstate NY music scene, to the #occupy movement. So without further ado, an interview with Soul Khan!
VL: “How familiar are you with the upstate NY music scene and have you considered collaborating with anyone from this area?”
SK: “I generally only collaborate with those in my crew unless the invitation is extended by others. I am a fan of a lot of upstate mc’s though like Hassaan Mackey and Harvey Who.” (Since I am an advocate of goo music, I strongly suggest some of you Upstate MC’s “holler” at this guy, nothing but great music can come from it!)
VL: “What was your favorite video to shoot and why?” (I’m pretty partial to “Speeding Bullets”).
SK: “My favorite to shoot was ‘Fahrenheit’ because it was surreal how the rain began, without us planning, and how we just said, “Whatever” and continued to persist and use it to our advantage.”
VL: “What do you think of the state of hip-hop? (i.e. is it dead, on life support, coming back?)”
SK: “It’s fine, but it’s getting comfortable, so the exciting stuff doesn’t just leap out at you like it used to growing up. That’s the natural course of a musical tradition. I don’t worry too much.”
VL: “If you could name 1 and only artist who influenced you the most, who would it be and why?”
SK: “I’m not sure. I am not partial to favorites or superlatives. I am a mosaic of a million different voices greater than mine.”
VL: “Who is the one MC that you would come out of retirement to battle?”
(I still suspect this isn’t entirely true…maybe someone really good…like Eminem…)
VL: “What artist would you least like to work with?”
SK: “Eh, I try to dwell less on who I avoid than whom I embrace. I am just happy to have my crew.”
(Way to sidestep the scandal there, Soul Khan…haha)
VL: “Do you have any celebrity crushes?”
SK: “No, because my girlfriend is blindingly beautiful.”
(This guy is good…though I don’t buy it, this is rather endearing so I’ll allow it…haha)
VL: “What do you think of the “occupy” movement?”
SK: “I admire it both in spirit and practice. Those who have participated in it have earned my respect and, at some point, I will try to invest myself in it as well. It is the most important protest movement of our generation.”
VL: “What’s next for you in terms of videos? (I might suggest an epic video series for the ‘soulstice’ trilogy, would be DOPE!)”
SK: “I’m doing a video for a song on my next EP. The song is entitled ‘Someone’s Pocket’. That is all I can say.”
VL: “Anything to plug or promote?”
SK: “On December 6th, I will release my third EP, Pursuance, which is produced entirely by Brown Bag’s Audible Doctor. It will be available at soulkhan.com <http://soulkhan.com> . Be sure to check for it and all subsequent Brown Bag AllStars releases. We are at your service!”
And for now, check out Soul Khan’s video for “Farenheit” a very interesting video is which Soul Khan deals with the state of hip-hop in comical tragic way. The visuals in this video are awesome and the lyrics perfectly coincide but check it out and you decide if Soul Khan is making it hot, or if the game is just too cold for him.