In terms of adjusting musically, it feels good to go back to beat making and working with other artists. It’s almost like a huge weight has been lifted. It’s liberating to see people appreciating the music, it’s like they become a part of the spiritual journey. At this point I feel hungrier than ever. I’m writing every day.
How do you feel your next album will differ?
I’ve already started working on my next album. This album had a lot of heavy production, a lot of stacked melodies with strings, piano and horn parts. I’m thinking I’d like to have my next project be more minimalist and use some unconventional instruments, bells, accordion maybe vintage synths. Thematically, the album will be another concept album, I’m already mapping it out.
Who do you think is the most underrated rapper in hiphop and why?
Besides myself? Hahaha well, there are many underrated rappers and the story is usually the same. To be rated or overrated you have to actually have a platform to reach people. The major distributors have a complete oligarchy over commercial radio, TV and even streaming platforms. I mean for a few years around 2005, you could actually get a breakout artist from YouTube. But those days are over, if you don’t have a major it’s virtually impossible to get heard. In this way, some of the best lyricist of our time may never be heard. So lots of peeps are underrated, you just ain’t never heard of them.
What do you think are the pros and cons of the Montreal music scene now?
The definite pro is that you have a lot of creative people in the arts. You have poets mixing with singers, visual artists mixing with dancers — Montréal may have the best creative art scene in North America. People come here from all over to go to college and to create. The con is that, Montréal is a strange city for industry and local talent. The city itself is so diverse culturally and philosophically that there’s really not enough population density to build a scene. The local politics are often absurd and counterproductive, it occupies a lot of the cultural and economic space. As local artists you’re not even competing with each other, you’re competing with the 50+ festivals every summer, the restaurants and the endless parties — it’s a major city without that major city hustle feel. It’s an easy city to get lost in, people don’t stay hungry like in other places.
What line of yours do you think you should go down in history for and why?
When I write a verse I like to have an evolving narrative. Here’s a couple of lines that y’all could analyze to death, it sums up how I approach hip-hop: “It’s been a long time coming / Harriet Tubman, a brother stay running / Towards freedom flyer than the blackbird / How these dudes lack thought but never words? / The Century is power / My crew show up with the 11 nines like the twin towers / I’m the 12th disciple / Never need a rifle / Swearing on the Bible / Take oath and break the cycle” – from The Century feat. Buckshot