I’m a 22-year-old poet/rapper, and all my life I’ve been discriminated against for being an asshole – what’s that all about?
To be honest with you, my only real skill set is writing. Of course this translates pretty seamlessly with poetry because not many people think it’s required of you to have a persona as a poet (even though I disagree with this sentiment, I’m just saying I’m not as uncomfortable being recognized as a poet), but as a rapper, you absolutely have to be more than the words on the page…or in my case, the notepad on your iPhone. I’m white and I’m from Maryland – so culturally speaking, I’m an outsider when it comes to the general perception of rap music. I’m slowly learning to embrace my alienation, my outsider status, because it distinguishes me, but honestly it’s uncomfortable as hell knowing you stand out because you’re weird or different. At one point I rapped – “A stand out, just trying to fit in,” because that’s what I want to do. I want to take the easy route; I want to escape my own lot in life. I feel burdened because I recognize I have a gift. How fucking lame is that?
For a while I was part of a group, KOi (Know Our Influence) with two of my friends, and while we got some respect locally, I kind of always knew that we wouldn’t reach stardom or anything like that as a group. The group dynamic gave me a very comfortable space to “shine” because I was being directly compared to the two other rappers on every track. While I think my group-mates certainly have an abundance of musical talent, it was clear to many, including myself that I sort of stood out. It was time for me to enter that space that really made me uncomfortable – becoming a solo musician.
So here I am – about to release my first solo project, Jokes 2014. I don’t want to tell you too much about it because I just want you to learn by listening. I will tell you this though – I hate being a rapper. You subject yourself to a lot of unsolicited bullshit as a rapper. It’s honestly a fucking stupid role to fill in society – I literally make words rhyme for your entertainment…and expect to get money, women and fame from it. It’s hard to believe I have a college education right? I was inspired to do this project by a fellow rapper, OG Dutch Master, from Baltimore. I was sitting in the studio and he was recording…and actually having fun. He was cracking jokes left and right and it became apparent to me that, like most things in life, rap is a joke.
Basically, I’m a twat and I wanted to create a very honest picture of myself. I think, in the end, I’m more concerned with becoming less of a jackass than I am with being a really good rapper. Honestly, the standards for being a good person and a good rapper are infinitely fucked, so the outside world can’t really make any such judgment, but I know who I am and I know I could do better. Fuck, now I’m sad. -Split
[ First solo tape from rap artist, Split (of KOi & RichWhiteGirls). Entire project was recorded in under 9 hours at @BradleyAtom home studio.
Artwork by @SANDfuckinTOAST
Promotion by @dacornerstore_ & @Amalgamated_
“In the words of Shakespeare, if I was Shakespeare: To die crying and to live with laughter is to confuse the thing entirely. It’s really all a fucking joke. Art x Honesty x Success.” -Split
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