RAHEEM JAMAL

 |  January 17, 2007
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Artist/Group Name:

 

RAHEEM JAMAL

 

Reppin’ (What city you reppin’?):

 

BOSTON MASS

 

Affiliation (What crew or artists you roll with?):

 

PROJECT MOVE/ ELECTRIC / 54th Regiment/ RAYDAR ELLIS/ INSIGHT/ DAGHA/ MOE POPE

ANONYMOUS/ M3  

 

Influences (Who inspires you? Not limited to just hip-hop):

 

My inspiration comes from the daily struggles of life mostly. I see life as potential alchemy. The chance to make something out of nothing , take the negative everyday b.s. and make something beautiful out of it .Thats what I try to do with my music . My creativity is also often inspired by the people closest to me,  i.e. All the folks listed above . Also by anyone who is original and not afraid to be themselves.Public enemy /RAKIM / ERIC B / KRS ONE / BDP / PRT / BIG DADDY KANE / KOOL G RAP / RUN DMC / SLICK RICK / DOUG E FRESH / LL COOL J / NWA / WU TANG / NAS / JAY Z / THE ROOTS / COMMON / MOS DEF / KANYE WEST / OUTKAST / THE FUGEES / A TRIBE CALLED QUEST / DE LA SOL / MF DOOM / SOULS OF MISCHIEF / JAY DILLA / DIAMOND D / PETE ROCK / CL SMOOTHE / HEAVY D / SALT N PEPPA / MC LYTE / LAUREN HILL / BIGGIE / PAC / L.O.N.S / DITC / THE JACKSONS / MR WONDER / MARVIN / AMEL / SADE / AL GREEN .. too many to list     

 

Backstory (How’d you get in the game? How did the group form? What work did you put in before getting signed to a label?)

 

 By being just a dreamer …lol watching yo mtv and rap city … wishing it was me instead of them …Met some kids in Hischool who use to write rhymes and that’s when I started…like yo …i can do this …me and Anon decided shortly after that that we wanted to make music ..from my moms basement in like ’93 to this day we haven’t stopped …and it was only out of the love for the music …we hooked up with our boy Mike El who had some equipment and we just started having freestyle/smoke sessions any free moment we could…just having fun rhyming about whatever was on our mind …after years of that we had compiled so pretty decent recordings and we decided we wanted to get them on cd. So Mike El introduced us Anonymous and I to Inisight…=Insight heard the freestyles and the rest is history as they say  …lol …he said he wanted to do a new project and thought we would be dope for it …from that we from the group “Electric”. We met Moe Pope and Dagha thru Insight …we all clicked instantly and then we started on our way …  

 

Current project (What are you pushing right now? What can people expect from it? Feel free to just hype your album here…why did you name the album that name? Was there a theme? Any funny stories during its creation?)

 

As of right now we are still pushing the Project Move album (love gone wrong/Butterfly theory) and just preparing for the spring release of my Solo project called “BoomBox”on Brick Records ,  Produced By Raydar Ellis and featuring Project Move and Raydar Ellis . I think people can expect more of that Good shit that they have been missing the last few years …if you are familiar with any of the people I roll with then I think I know what u can expect . More freshness !!!  . I got some feel good party jams …some more reflective personal songs …some love songs …a lil something for the ladies … some social political songs …

 

Purpose (What kind of impact do you hope to have on the game? Do you just want to go platinum or is there something more?)

 

I Just hope people can respect what I is im trying to do as an artist …staying true to the art while staying true to myself …in all honesty I could care less about platinum status in this industry …ive realized that being slept on has a certain level isn’t the worst thing in the world …

 

Is hip-hop really dead? (Wax philosophical here, break down what you think of hip-hop today or compare it to when you were coming up. Good? Bad? Break it down!)

 

 Hip Hop is like good verses evil …there are the good guys and there are the bad guys …ill leave that up to you to decide who is who …i think if your willing to look outside the tunnel vision mainstream you will find that Hip Hop is very much alive ,kicking and banging loud !!!…in my humble opinion there is a difference between Hip Hop and Rap… 9 out of 10 songs on the radio and in the tv videos aren’t hip hop…they are Rap …to me hip hop is more organic , grounded with more of a message of substance…i like to consider myself a hip hop artist. 

 

Three wishes (If you had three wishes to change anything within hip-hop, what would they be? Bring someone back to life? Get a Kanye West beat? Make snap music disappear?) :

 

 I simply wish she (Hip Hop) would love me and my people as much me and my people love her ….thats all for now …i still got 2 to go .