This isn’t one of those hero epics where we pull god through some man and make him save the huddled masses from a race of heathens or interbred human species with calcified pineal glands and devilish intentions. This is a story about a guy and his horse. Alright maybe we will get a little Sundiateyee, but only because he goes in on er’ thing we love and we really, really think it’ll be worth the cost of admission for your attention.
People have vision of becoming more than they are today. At least that is the idea. To be alive for most means to grow constantly, ascending to a new level with each lesson learned. Albums can be like people. Albums can grow and become new with each listen.
For instance, a song like Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit can hold a different significance at age 8 then 18. It can transform in its meaning again at 38 and 68 years of age. With experience comes perspective and hopefully… growth. Passionate artists are challenged by this understanding and infuse work with expansive elements that grow with their audience. At least The Black Freq Sheets believe this is what the best gifted artists among us do and guess what?
The reciprocal relationship of the artist and audience can leave a true MC balancing a thin dividing line. Baton Rouge born and bred MC, Mouchee Deeki, finds it easier to exercise a twoness, walking both roads of consummate artist and dedicated Hip-hop head. This may not seem like too magnificient a balancing act until the plight of veteran MCs to maintain their edge with an ever dwindling array of spittas to vibe to is considered.
We thought February would be a good time to step inside the mind of one of our more true-to-form MCs and see how it is to sit high in the underground while looking low on colorful dreds riding mumbled vibrations to Wackstonia. We figured the duality had to be a trip and we were right. Mouchee Deeki gave us more than enough to chew so we had some leftover to share with you.
We believe in getting straight to it in The Sheets (Pause) and we asked Mouchee Deeki simple and plain to tell us what exactly is the goal of his music to which he kept it a full buck. “To make people think about things that they didn’t think about before, or to think about a topic in a new light – even if they don’t get what i’m saying today, maybe a year or ten from now, something i said in a song will hit them,” said Deeki.
Sounds awe-tacular when you think about it. An artist that purposefully and painstakingly inject all of themselves into intentionally crafting the best work for their audience has got to inspire a grin. Consider the fact that many artists have little to no appreciation for the past or the quality of their current work should stretch it to a full smile.
“Hip hop to me is the free, unbridled spirit of the young black experience in America. It’s still the original elements to me, whether that be from new artists or older school. It’s rebel shyt,” insisted Deeki.
See? That’s the type of gangsta mentality we talkin’ bout. While new age artists oftentimes share a belief that Boom Bap music has nothing to salvage, experienced MCs are encouraging them and baring with the horrible odors with unfurrowed brow. Gifted artists find inspiration everywhere. They are both creator and loyal intaker of life’s good grooves.
“My influences are numerous. Probably most significantly the hip-hop of the late 80’s and most of the 90’s. Along with that, I bring a lot of non Hip-hop influence with me. Reggae, Funk, old soul, jazz, pop, country, blues, zydeco & other Louisiana flavors of music, Latin, Afrobeat, rock. I listen to a lot of different stuff. Always have.”
The idea that good artists appreciate good artistry cannot be lost in the world. It would be great if art appreciation wasn’t a topic worthy of debate but the lack of art funding across the country makes it a relevate conversation piece in any room (at least as far as we’re concerned).
“The greats in every style of music that I listen to inspire me to keep pushing for another level. In my eyes, the greats are the 20% that the rest imitate. I take pride in being different, just like they were every time they dropped something. I just keep pushing. I’m an odd-baller and I love it. It’s painful, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” adds Deeki.
It could be argued that many of the world’s problems could be solved by art and through creative demonstrations. No worries, The Black Freq Sheets aren’t setting out to solve the world’s problems today. We just want to get across the importance of artists exercising a duality that allows them to constantly be poured into as they are giving out so much to the world.
Like most human qualities, art appreciation starts at home. We don’t want to know what Lil Uzi Vert’s parents were listening to that inspired his ear, we just want to focus on how TO maintain a wide musical scope. “My parents had a large vinyl collection from the 50’s-70’s. Then I had an aunt that passed that added a whole new vinyl collection of 45’s. I was deep into the sound and feel of music.”
A house, excuse us, a home filled with music is a good circumstance for a budding artist. One filled with great music is ideal. What could be even more preparatory for a budding musician? Live music is what. “A couple of my uncles were avid musicians – One is a a master percussionist that toured with Curtis Mayfield, and both did session work with some major artists. The other was a cousin – one of the baddest bass guitarists I’ve ever heard – who introduced me to the idea of creating & recording,” continued the DWB MC.
“I still get to see my uncle play, and sometimes catch him and his band in Chicago. They weren’t hip-hop, but they are serious artists. I definitely want to credit the influences of the artists that were making waves in the Baton Rouge Hip-hop scene back in the day – both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and other artists that were coming up across the south. The hip-hop scene in BR & New Orleans was off the meter in the late 80’s & most of the 90’s,” he raved.
TBFS likes to keep it nice and simple because we believe the universe works in this way. So dig it, we got a full rundown on how the man has stayed above the fray by cultivating an intense appreciation for and relationship with a wide range of music. All of these colors and sounds are now available to him as he writes or as Deeki exlains, ‘paints.’
“I just dig painting a picture with words and music and have people appreciate the angles and lines and colors. It’s a beautiful thing when people feel that same thing that I felt when I painted the picture,” explains Deeki.
The Black Freq Sheets has long since shun the ‘conscious’ rap moniker to address MCs willing to travel the extra mile to get back to themselves. We prefer to call them ‘subconscious’ if anything. For nothing else, because it does a great disservice to the aspirations of other MCs that don’t share that label.
If they are not conscious, are they unconscious? If they are unconscious, they can’t possibly be live. Let’s use basic logic here for crying aloud. These rappers are clearly living in a zombie-like duality of their own if we are to believe the hype and call some MCs conscious and others not.
A lot of the discontent most feel with the current state of Hip-hop can surely be a product of their lack of study. Unfortunately, there are too many examples of new age rappers disrespecting tf out of the Golden Era and other more experienced MCs. Most of us that were around for the Golden Era of Hip-Hop are very confused by this and wonder when it will end.
Most recently, Pete Rock spoke out against the failing state of rap music and received a less than respectful response. The Black Freq Sheets isn’t here for any Old Head Vs. New Wack Rapper war but we thought it was relevant to drive the point home. There is a lot of discontent with these new *i**as and a lot of times it’s because they have no idea what Hip-Hop is, what it does, how it works, or what it’s for. Are they even fans or are they fanatics?
The universe we all live in is a whole thing that takes every piece to culminate in perfection. When we are not being who we are, someone else is and they may not be the person for the position, but yet, they are in it. When it comes to the more powerful ways of communications like music for example, it takes someone that knows wtf they are doing for it to be done right. It takes someone that understands the relationship we all have with and the responsibility we have to the universe we all share.
“I love to open people up to a different interpretation of hip-hop, politics, and of the black experience. Sometimes I like to just strip the music or instrumentals down to almost nothing and have the listener focus on the feeling, the energy of it, the spirit of the package that is the song. It’s kinda stick-and-a-bucket-on-a-street-corner kinda raw, and people have trouble with that sometimes. But I fugn’ love it,”
The balance that comes from an artist doing what they love is enough to circulate the planet. We firmly believe this and that’s why The Black Freq Sheets will continue to bring you features of artists that fully engage with their craft and participate in this thing we call life. Let’s not wait til it’s too late to gain insight from the people among us that intentionally practice creativeness.
Artists are reborn through every work and that process has to be something worthy of documentation. Who doesn’t want to be reborn? Trees create circles for a living. The process by which an artist achieves art is unique. What works for one may impede the other. The Chicago rapper, Common is notorious for riding around mumbling to a Premier track.
A rich body of work is the culmination of these intricate, sometimes depressive processes artists perform before they hit the main stage. The path of a gifted artist is surely an epic hero journey through the darkness into the light but give thanks to The Creator because where tf would this world be without art. “On The Compound Effect, the subject matter is something I feel only I could do, and it was just something where I felt like I conquered the world because I was basically all alone,” said Sundiata via Deeki.
Little creators feed the soul of humanity and oftentimes have to do the same for one another. “The thing I enjoyed about Fa True was that I had collabs with dope artists and the Hip-hop scene was off the meter at the time in Nashville. It was a fun time in life and I love collaborations,” offered Deeki.
In the future, look forward to more dynamic installments of the Mouchee Deeki continuum. Support and experience his contributions and use them for what they’re for. The Black Freq Sheets features gifted artists as it is a guaranteed mutually beneficially agreement. This is only possible if there is a willing creative vessel and… well… you.
“I hate the music business, but I still love music,” added Deeki. “I’m not forcing anything, so it just has to feel right.”