TLC has a summertime jam on their hands.
The first I heard of ASADI was when one of those videos of him crushing it on a drum machine (the one on the bridge if we’re being exact) popped up on my feed, I was instantly compelled. The guy is insanely talented and extremely smart; his sound isn’t something that has never been created but his twang and ease is uncanny. His Persian roots definitely leak into almost all of his tracks and this to me is what makes his music so dope. I mean lets be honest, has anybody ever heard of Persian trap music before ASADI?
He’s come a long way since those videos; his debut EP, I’m Coming Home, is set to drop at the end of this month. He’s booked on a ton of festival lineups and he continues to release fresh tunes, it’s only up from here! His most recent release is called “Cryptic” and I honestly cant think of a better word to describe this dude. The track starts off with an echoing background voice, then in typical fashion ASADI breaks out the Maschine and laces it with some trap drums. Give it a listen below and stay on the look out for that 4 track EP coming soon!
ASADI-Cryptic Buy on iTunes
What’s up Decay the Llama!
Much love your latest album “Acid Blue And Other Demons”.
Where are you from?
My fam is from Guyana in South America but I was born on the south side of Chicago.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been rhyming since I was a kid but as far as actually making full songs? I’d say a little more than 10 years.
How did you get your MC name?
When I first started I was very focused on social issues and politics and I went by Inner City Decay back then. Shortened it for a while to just Decay. Then when the realization hit that there could be legal trouble around the corner or I’ll forever be tied to some other people with the same name, I added “the Llama” to the name. There is a lot of Decay’s out there.
Was your name inspired by an actual Llama?
Nah. haha. That’s a shout out to my crew, Green Llama Movement. We address each other as Llamas and it just made sense.
Your style is very original and unique, How can you describe your sound? We have never heard any rapper that sounds like you!
It’s really just the way the music hits my ear. Also, the way I fit with the music. I try not to have too much of my music be that straight forward. Production or lyrics. In the years I’ve worked on music, I’ve also been a student. I’ve learned that I could follow the wave of more popular music but my creative nature would probably be bored. This style is just how I react to the music and what I would like to hear.
Who are you biggest Hip Hop influences?
The artists that really made me want to rhyme were Rakim, Nas, Mos Def, Ghostface and Doom. I feel like I’m influenced by a wide spectrum of music and not just hip hop.
Where were you when you wrote your first song?
I think I was on a CTA bus scribbling in a note pad. I wrote verses before that but this was the first song. I think it was called The Fist Song. Don’t ask.
Please breakdown the creative process of your album “Acid Blue and Other Demons”. Also tell us a bit about the cover artwork?
Originally the project was going to be called Mother. The title was connected to an old Nintendo game I loved and to some extent, my own mother who passed a couple of years prior. I had beats but couldn’t write anything. I’ve always had little bouts with depression through life but I think having the project called Mother was too much to deal with. I realized the name had to be changed but I wanted to deal with some of the emotional things I was going through. I started with trying to be lighthearted to get the ball rolling so Mother became a placeholder title and I wrote Ewing in like 15 minutes. I recorded it and sent it Lanzo, the producer, in the next half hour. After that I wrote more songs and with each one I eased a little more into the emotional aspect of the album. Some of the songs created during this process went on an album called “D.” that I dropped in July to tide fans over who were waiting to hear what I was working on. After I wrote Acid Blue with Psalm One the name just came together. Blue is associated with sadness but there were more issues than that alone manifesting themselves on the album. Hence, the other demons.
The album art is from a good friend of mine, Elyse Martin, and it’s titled “Endementia.” Endementia was at one time a potential title for the album. The blue in her work was deep. I felt like I saw something familiar in it and asked if I could use it for the cover. Another friend, Chantala Kommanivanh, photographed Elyse’s work and did the layout for the album. Chantala also did the layout for my last album with City Slick. The painting on that cover was his.
How do you feel about the mainstream propaganda pushing nothing but trash Hip Hop. Artist all named Lil “???” We can count a whole of these clowns. Whats your view on the current state of mainstream Hip Hop.
On one hand, we’re in a capitalist society. The actors who are part of the mainstream music business are cogs in the machine. That machine is fueled by money. I’m not a fan of it all but I understand it. On the other hand, I think the allure of hip hop for me was artist having some complexity to their music. In either the message or composition, there was always more. I’m not going to discount what these artists put into their music but if there is something more, it’s hard to see that. It all feels very limiting. It’s as if there is a formula everyone is following and listeners haven’t grown tired of it. So why should the next one try to be different? The people are still eating it up. Obviously, I’m from a different mold. I’m not trying to get rich or famous. Just doing my part to give back what I took from hip hop.
Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.
It’s all following how we are acting socially. Nobody has time for patience. Listeners or artists. The internet is an invention that has truly changed our trajectory. For better or worse, record labels are no longer the curators of what makes it to people’s ears. Listeners are bombarded with so much shit daily that it’s hard for some artists to make an impact. Unless you have the money for major promotion and placement, you’re most likely not getting heard. Repetition and perception are powerful tools to make music that isn’t so great appear to be the hottest song for the moment.
How often do you perform LIVE. Shows lined up in the near future?
I might have some shows in the near future. I stopped performing live for a few years since having my kids and working full-time as a teacher. Now that my kids are a little older, I’m getting active in music again.
Where do you see yourself in 5yrs time?
Helping other artists pursue their dreams working through our label. Machine Wash Music.
Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?
Independent. Rap that’s below the radar. That music you have to seek out. The MCs and producers you hear putting their heart and soul into the music for little or no return on investment. Innovation. Hunger. Respect. Real. That’s underground hip hop to me.
Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.
Lastly, and shout out?
Love to my wife and our 3 sons. Shout out to everyone who worked on the album. Machine Wash fam. My Llama fam. The whole Chicago music family. We support each other heavy. And my brother Rawle who set the bar high. Peace.
When the name Promnite comes to mind I think of producer who is always pushing the boundaries. Whether it’s a Hip Hop track with layered 808s and hard snaps of the snare or an Electro House tune with a sensual R&B undertone, Promnite is always delivering the perfect soundtrack to seize the day. His latest tune “Gunsmoke” off his upcoming project to be released via Fool’s Gold is no different. He absolutely bodies the beat with a futuristic bass approach while blending in a stacked line up of guest verses from Denzel Curry, Nell, J.K The Reaper and Twelve’len. And in case you thought this sounded like it had some Carmack flare, you’d be right. Mr. Carmack also had a hand in production. Be sure to keep an eye out on Promnite because if this is just a taste of what’s to come then we are in for one hell of a treat.
Promnite- Gunsmoke (feat. Denzel Curry, Nell, J.K. The Reaper & Twelve’len) | Purchase |
If you’ve payed attention to what’s going on around the globe recently, it might be kinda easy to get a bit down from all the ugliness running around. Thankfully we have incredible artists, like the one and only Griz, to help remind us that the world doesn’t suck so bad.
This new track “Can’t Hold Me Down” almost reminds me of a 1960’s rock song with that signature Griz flair thrown in there. The guitar absolutely shreds and the bass-line has that crunchy filthy goodness we all know and love. Throw everything together and this one is just a straight up future funk jam.
Griz – Can’t Hold Me Down (Ft.Tash Neal of The London Souls) |
Griz is gearing up to drop his third album Good Will Prevail which will easily go down as one of the best releases of 2016, so you can cop this amazing track plus all the others in the near future. Also be sure to check out Grant’s tour dates below. If he’s coming through your city you’ll never forgive yourself for missing Griz sax it up live. Enjoy.
Molly Williams aka MOONZz has had a huge year. She has dropped two singles off her upcoming EP that will sweep you off your feet like the magical carpet in Aladdin. This week we are proud to share “Every Every” with you and I am telling you this EP doesn’t have a bad record on it. My personal favorite releases next week, so make sure to check back soon. Grab your copy of this single and enjoy the rest of your hump day.
MOONZz – Every Every | DOWNLOAD |