Hip Hop saved my life. The culture and art form are etched in my soul forever. Growing up in Omaha, NE I experienced a lot, good and bad, and saw many different sides to everything. Omaha is a very diverse city, which most would not expect since it’s in Nebraska. The home of Malcolm X and Warren Buffet. My musical influences are extensive bc of the people I grew up around, in the city that molded us. I enjoy creating innovative avenues for artists to flourish, such as the New Generation Music Festival and The New Wave, both of which contribute to our music scene. Check me featured on songs on the following albums: Bluprint by TKO, Leaving You in the Past by Jay Influential & Day of the Dead by Fr!day
FROM INTERVIEW WITH DOPECAUSEWESAID
With so much division in this country and negativity in mainstream rap music, why is it important for you to project positivity in your music?
“I feel like so many people get caught in the obsession of trying to become whatever it is that is prevalent in the mainstream media at any given time. They get used to this new “norm’s” existence and learn to accept it, even if it is detrimental to growth or positive progression. A lot get so bothered by the negativity that they actually become the very thing they despise by letting it infest their heart and soul. Some will even dive into it to learn what it’s all about, so that they can work on defeating it, or just coexist with it. If we can show that positivity and taking a righteous stand against certain evils still looks and feels good, and is done in an interesting way that grabs that part of people’s minds that used to see this sort of thing much more often, we are making an impact already. Starting that momentum with an action, followed by another action, after another action (and so forth), and keep riding that train as long as it takes us. It all counts, no matter the level it may reach. Positivity can spread just as anything can. Our positivity is coming from a place that understands both the light and the darkness, and still decides to spread love and try to do right by our neighbors every single day.”
What can you tell us about the album from which “Impact” will be featured on? Is “Impact” indicative of what we can expect on the album from a thematic and production standpoint?
“‘Impact EP’ is my 2nd studio album and was done with as much, or more, careful thought as anything I have done. I have completely finished, or recorded part of 200 or so songs over the last year or so. For this project I wanted each song to stand out with a unique message and identity, with each one having a separate, yet strong impact on it’s listeners. The world seems to be in a place where negative ways of thinking are the norm, with misguided actions and results following. I love how music is a platform that can bring awareness and inspire. Our ideals can reach the masses and impact so many on a large level. This is my hope for my ‘Impact EP’, and the Impact Movement. So many people think in a box. They need to understand both the light and the dark on new levels, and understand they both matter in existence. The balance is the hard part, but as long as a new understanding is reached, we are headed in the right direction. The extremists on either side are damaging everything. Respect to anyone bringing awareness to others and staying active. Keep fighting the good fight, even if you have to do it from a place with less light.”