Sulphuric Talks “KEEP THE FAME” Mixtape [Interview + Free Digital Booklet]
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By Byaruhnaga Felix (@TheNinjaFelix)
Finally we get to release this mixtape. It’s been a long journey since 2013 when we (The Tribe UG) approached Sulphuric about the release of this particular project. Back in 2013 it was known as “U.G .’NOMICS; When Pain &Success Rhyme” but along the way communication, determination, dedication and focus among parties was lost until of recent when I caught up with Sulphuric and we had a conversation about everything to do with UG hip-hop, change of the name of the mixtape, future projects and his personal career. Sulphuric is releasing the mixtape tomorrow (03.12.2015) under the title ‘Keep The Fame’. It consists of projects that you may or may not have listened to before but we are attaching a digital booklet (PDF Version) about the mixtape that you can download here (665KB).
The booklet should give you a quick preview about the mixtape also show you who contributed to the final product of this mixtape but for now here are a few excerpts of the conversation we had.
QN: Whats good boss? Its good to have you here At The Tribe. To start off why has the mixtape taken this long?
I went through a phase creatively where I was trying to fit in and trying even harder to stand out. Its like i got caught up in the hype quite honestly.
Initially when i made music i made it for myself, to inspire myself. If it inspired another person, that’s cool. But I didn’t care about their opinion whatsoever. It was for selfish reasons quite honestly. So yeah, like i said I got caught up in the hype and started to care about opinions. When that happens, as an artist you get writer’s block. You like start second guessing yourself. That’s the moments of doubt Drake’s talking about (laughs) But yeah, that and a 9 to 5 don’t make for a great combination.
Yeah but after this project I have a collaborative EP album we’re working on with Mr. StoneTown. What we’re doing is, we’re sampling music from the African continent’s greats: Fela Kuti, Yvone Chaka chaka, Lucky Dube. So we’re fusing an african sound with the 90’s Newyork boom bap sound to create a whole new sound. No one has done this before, so i know its going to knock down barriers. So far, I got Santana on one of the songs. I’m hoping to score more features of artists I’m already fans of. Female Mcees preferrably. After that i will drop my full LP that we’ve been working on for the last 2 years. That one is not free (laughs). So yeah bro, we’re stepping on afew toes this year.
You can listen to that song or “Dark Nights” or “I’m not mad” or “Used to know” 10, 20, 30 years from now and still feel the freshness. Because my secret is simple: I don’t focus on the “Sulphuric” brand. I focus on the “legacy”: what will I be remembered for? When my time is up, what was my contribution? How many did i inspire? When in actuality the only person i’m trying to inspire is me. To me that thought process is the secret to making timeless songs, bro. I really believe that. And that’s what i feel sets me apart from any other artist not just in U.G but on the entire continent, period. Not to come off cocky but its kind of the truth (laughs)
I don’t have to create an image. I can just be myself because I don’t care about the next man’s opinion. Or what popular culture dictates i should act or dress like because I have nothing to be ashamed of. And I’m very observant. As any artist should be. So my writing process is like… sometimes i’m the observer, sometimes i’m the participant. So when I say, “I’m bumpin’ Pac looking forward to better days/ girls laughing cos i got on the same clothes i wore yesterday” its like, no one ever laughed at me for wearing the same clothes I wore yesterday (laughs). But it has happened to someone i know, and when they hear it and the way i say it, they will relate. And that song will stay on their playlist forever. Again, kind of like how Rick Ross makes lyrics that will push his brand. Jay-Z makes lyrics that will sustain his legacy. That’s the difference. But don’t get me wrong. As you can see on this project, I never imprison my creativity: I will give you that real; then give you style; then give you bars; I even switch and go Bobiwine local (laughs). So you cant categorize me. Therefore even 30 years from now you wont be bored of Sulphuric ’cause I have a lot of diversity to offer as an artist.
We just never talked about whatever happened. There was a lot going on but just on some personal shit. But i kept it moving. He did too. From me its always been love and respect though. Actually, Respectful enough that i did a video for that particular record and didn’t put it out. People don’t know that i have a sick visual for that song. I have it to this day man. I had Enygma, Krac and a whole bunch of big weaves come through to support the shoot. But like i said, i make music for me man. So no one has to see that video. Besides, i was trash talking everybody, not just one person. Everybody.
When you listen to “The Muganda” I was angry, competitive, caught up in the hype. Now, i’m just chilling tho (laughs). I’m peacefully in my zone. I don’t want to compete, or impress. I don’t even want you to be impressed by my music, bro. Man, you could tell me i’m the best rapper in U.G. You’re getting the same reaction from me as you telling me i’m the wackiest. I could careless, honestly. No one here is getting NBA player money from rap. So its not that serious. Its really not that serious. Shout out to Atlas, man. Shout out to the hip-hop family, man. They can keep the fame. 2015 is ours though (laughs).
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