1. When did you first discover your love for rapping?
- I wrote my first rap during my senior year of high school. I was hitting a lot of D.C open mics at the time and a couple emcees inspired me to take a stab at it. Since then I've completely transitioned from a poet to a rapper.
2. Take us through what happens in your mind and body when you're in flow.
- Whenever I spit a verse I try to have fun with it. At that point it's not just about the lyrics anymore. It's all about the energy that they pull out of you. That and breath control. Don't forget to breathe.
3. Would you say that rapping effects your stance on life in a broader sense, if so, how?
- 100%. The rap and hip hop community gets a bad rep for rapping about superficial things like money, sex, and fame but it's so much more than that. Hip hop came from a need for social justice and giving voices to the voiceless in a world of white oppression. Considering that, I try to be as real as possible with each of my verses because there's a lot of history behind the genre. That mentality has also impacted my daily life. There's no point in saying or doing things if it's not genuine.
4. If you could share one thing with someone who is struggling to "surrender" to a practice that brings them joy/inner peace, what would that be?
- Fall in love with what you do. I'm not the first person to say that, but hopefully I won't be the last. If you want to get better at your craft, you have to fall in love with everything about it. The instrumentals, the lyrics, the recording process, post production. All of it. If you want to be a painter, fall in love with colors. If you want to be a dancer, fall in love with movement. Once your craft becomes one of the most important things to you, I'd say you're on a good track.