Project Azalea Cypher 2015
During Alabama Hip-Hop Week, we had the chance to talk with local artist Money about this music genre in Mobile and its presence.
Q: How important is music to you in your life?
A: It's in my DNA. It's a part of who I am and has been predestined before the foundation of the world. This is how God reveals Himself through me. It's how I give Him glory and to colonize Earth with the culture of Heaven. Music is my why, so to be given this gift and platform is an honor and I cherish it everyday.
Q: Do you think the city of Mobile can hold its own compared to other cities with an established Hip-Hop scene?
A: I know we have the potential to impact and dominate the whole hip hop landscape. The talent is there, the hunger is there, the drive is there. Many of us just lack the structure, wisdom, ingenuity and support system to manifest it. However, I do think it's coming together, and as long as those who are gifted and passionate about the craft can pool resources and build this collection brand, it can happen. When you reflect on the history of our city, and pay attention to its decor and heritage, I feel like all of those things are ingredients that can transfigure into the recipe of our artistic identity. It just takes the right creative people to display it.
Q: As an artist living in Mobile, what would you like to see different or improve within the music scene?
A: 1. Enrichment of the culture and passionate, purpose-driven people to fertilize it. I feel we have yet to establish a presence in hip hop.
2. A signature sound that articulates the definition of where we come from that will resonate with the rest of the culture. When you think of New Orleans or New York hip hop, they have a sound. We need to materialize our own trademark and protect it so no one can forget it. We have to stop pretending to be caricatures of other rappers.
3. Balance. We need to see a balance of push and support of artistic expression, not just one form. You can't just get behind this artist that mirrors the exploitation of street life because that's not speaking for the city as a whole. With everything that's going on in this nation now, the message and image is not relevant nor is it useful.
They say art imitates life well life imitates art too and artists. We need to be mindful of what we're putting out there. It can shift the atmosphere and color perspectives. Start taking responsibility for everyone who is listening because art creates culture and culture shapes values, attitudes and behaviors.
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