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I'm a composer turned rapper from the Bay Area. I write semiconcious, meta hip hop. There is a lot of conscious rap out there but none of us are fully conscious. We have moments in meditation or when we're inspired. But most of the human condition is semiconcious. Meta means seeing the thing from a higher perspective instead of from within the thing, like being self-aware.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

My life's purpose. It gives me meaning.

What is your music dream?

To change my culture.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Me. That's where it starts and ends.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

So many......hmmm.....Beatbox by Art of Noise?

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Beastie Boys, DJ Shadow, Beats Antique, Public Enemy, Chet Faker, Marian Hill. RJD2, Flume, Atmosphere, Radiohead. The Russians: Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev.

What inspires you to make music?

Music itself. "It's a bridge between Heaven and Earth".

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Semiconscious hip hop. Bring ministry to your art!

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

At home. Where I belong. But always a little nervous. If you're not then you're doing something wrong!

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Great question. An uphill battle but worth it. "The Dream is free but the hustle is sold separately!" Burying Article 13 would be a huge improvement.

What do you think of Drooble?

I'm new but liking it so far.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not knowing Ableton!

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I perform at open mic's. I host a literary series on occasion. I give dharma talks.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Be authentic. Reach people in an organic way. You can't fool your audience.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Lex the lexicon artist. Qualafox Nervepincher Deezedudes Self HelpTwins