Hip-Hop pioneer and ever-evolving, socially conscious artist, Professor Daddy-O, answers a few of my questions about him and his soon to be released album, The Odad the Gun and The Children
The SpitSlam Record Group (Kate G): You started in Hip-Hop with your band, Stetsasonic, and after that your career path led you to music production where you produced and remixed songs for musical artists such as Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The B-52's, and Lil' Kim and many other great names. You have your own label and in July you released your solo album, #EveryodyBurKRS. You are about to release your new album, “The Odad, The Gun and The Children". Do you plan to spend more time in the studio recording your own music?
Professor Daddy O: In 2016, I will be releasing an album per quarter.
In the1st quarter, they will be as follows: "The Odad the Gun and The Children" This will be dedicated to the lives of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Donte Hamilton, John Crawford lll, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Tanisha Anderson, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Rumain Brisbon, Jerame Reid, Tony Robinson, Phillip White, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland.
In the 2nd Quarter: "El Dolor de Las Calles" The pain of the streets.
In the 3rd quarter: "No Tablecloths" Depicting the class and the classless. Tablecloths = class. No Tablecloths = classless.
In the 4th quarter: "Personal" My journey, family, religion and life.
I also have the 1st quarter 2017 album slated and titled "You Play Too Much."
Where do you see your career headed now?
Professor Daddy O: I see myselfsigning artists to the Odad/Truth label with my partner, Lion Lindwedel. Keynote speaking. DJing. Building the digital platform iHeardright.
Okay, so the album is entitled, “The Odad, The Gun and The Children.” Is there a story or concept behind the title of the album? Can you give me a preview of what you have planned next?
Professor Daddy O: I describe it as "An overdose of Black misery", a description of countless senseless killings, and the pain of the black community in 2016. People are hurting, and seldom is there a voice of reason or protest. “The Odad, The Gun & The Children” is an audio/visual depiction of a culture under siege. Produced exclusively by Bamba Nazar, this multi-level sonic experience takes listeners to the land of justice with no return. Once again, this is dedicated to the lives of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Donte Hamilton, John Crawford lll, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Tanisha Anderson, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Rumain Brisbon, Jerame Reid, Tony Robinson, Phillip White, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland and others not mentioned here. As an MC, professordaddyo gets as autobiographical as political on “The Odad the Gun & The Children.” It is loud and truthful, and raises a question we seem to be afraid to ask: should we arm our children? In 2016, I will be releasing an album per quarter.
The single, “Method of My Madness” features Chuck D. Tell us how this single developed?
Professor Daddy O: Exposing fake MC's is built into the fabric of Rap and Hip-Hop culture. Chuck and I do just that.
How is it that you became associated with Chuck?
Professor Daddy O: Chuck and I are old friends.
Stetsasonic was one of the first Hip-Hop groups. How do you see the evolution of hip hop from that time to today?
Professor Daddy O: We have a misunderstanding between content and experience. In the past, content and experience were married, practically one and the same. The release of a song or record automatically constituted experience. Record stores, in-store appearances, and levels of anticipation are seldom experienced in the digital age. The key will be to sell experiences and not just songs and videos.
How do you want to be remembered professionally?
Professor Daddy O: I'd like for my legacy in hip-hop to be remembered in the following ways: The first Hip-Hop Band. Free South Africa with Nelson Mandela. The Self Destruction record. Being Chuck's inspiration for Public Enemy. David Banner starting to rap because of me. Wyclef learning to rap because of me. Starting Kedar Massenburg in the business. Starting Lance "Un" Rivera in the business. Developing Junior Mafia and most importantly, the new records I'm making.
NEW album will be released Febuary 5, 2016
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