Issue 47 - 2013 - New

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HIP HOP / 34 RNB Issue 47 / 2013 IEW RV TE IN MICALL PARKINSUN Having just dropped his new album released on YNR Records 'Me, Myself & Akai' this month, big things are on the horizon. Rising to fame with with his first album 'Working Class Dad' he proved his talent with his lyrical flow and raw beats. Having travelled the world and supported artists such as Pete Rock we headed down to the Abuze store at Boxpark in Shoreditch to have a catch up on the album, working with Jehst and his love for his family. changed since then? TAB | So first of all, let's just start from the beginning, when did you fall in love with music? Funnily enough, I got into it through doing bad things! I don't want to incriminate myself so big up to all the writers doing their graffiti and everyone that is still on it. But it was basically kinda through that, and obviously the golden era of hip hop. I was in secondary school at the time and 'Straight Outta Compton' came out and brothers were on the record like rar! So it was really from there and I really thought of rapping when I heard 'Illmatic', and I was totally blown away by it. From there it's kind of rap and I have just been on this rollercoaster love of hip hop. And I ended up making it, despite having kids, being married, I didn't let anything stop me from following my dream and I'm still doing it. You have got the new album out too, tell us a bit about that? The album is called 'Me Myself & Akai', it is totally produced by me, I made it all off a MPC1000. It's a deeper record compared to the other records that I have put out but this Well, it's grown from 'Working Class Dad' it was produced by LG, big up my man LG. I only done two beats on there but I was producing from back then. I would say it has changed by a lot of elements, I have learned from a lot of people, a lot important thing that you have taken from working with him? Working with him to be honest with you, it's hard to describe, he's a family member, he's the godfather to my youngest son, we're family. He's one of the top five best MC's in the world, not making his Pete Rock how was that, it must have been crazy? I still haven't got over it to be honest with you like Pete Rock and C L Smooth, I met a lot of people that night big up TY, big up Posdnuos plug one from Del La Soul. I'll be real meeting Pete Rock was a very humbling experience "That's what I love about hip hop if something is dope, it will last forever." record, it's 100% me on the concept, 100% on the beats and there is a darker side as well. Basically I put my demons out on the table, I'm cool, I can rest now. I haven't got any more skeletons in the closet. I am just quite happy to have it done and to do a record, I'm getting old now, but now I have actually ticked all the boxes- do an album that is produced by myself...that box is now ticked! Your first album was out in 2005 'Working Class Dad', how do you think your style and sound has of producers, a lot of sick producers, I have analysed sounds and you pick up and learn stuff obviously being around Jehst too. I wouldn't say It's my best because I don't know whether I might make a better record than this afterwards but I would say that it is up there, creatively wise I'm proud of it the cards are on the table. You have worked a lot with Jehst and are signed to his label. How did you guys first meet and what has been the most head bigger than it already is! To learn from someone like that is an honour and he's putting out my records...damn! It's a good feeling to be around greatness, authentic, real music no disrespect to any other artists but you can go around the world, which I have been around the world with him and with other people, and you hear his name, people in New york know his name, people always know his name he's a cult hero. You recently supported Pete Rock, the legendary but damn, watch this space I am not gonna say anything but thank you and it was an honour to have actually the same crowd, which is a crowd like me which appreciates Mecca & The Soul Brother, because it was Mecca & The Soul Brother 20th year anniversary and it made me think damn that albums 20 years old! I was 13 when I was bumping that. Anyway it was an honour to share the same stage with this man and to speak with him. That's the thing with hip hop it can be 20 or 30 years old and it's still classic. Yes that's what I am saying, it transcends that's what all classic music is about, no disrespect but you mentioned Jehst, his record is 10 or 15 years old, classic, not a lot of people forget that and it just makes me feel like, wow. Even a lot of shows we do, young and new generations still sing along to it and there the old generation so it's kinda weird! That's what I love about hip hop if something is dope, it would last forever. You're a family man, how important is that to you? I love my family, without my family I wouldn't be me when I first came out I had a family, well I had just had my son at the time but yes that's what moulds my music, there wouldn't be Working Class Dad without it. Get the new album 'Me, Myself & Akaii' at www. and follow @MicallParknsun

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