For many, taking a year break in Hip-Hop can be seen as sacrilege. Making a come back after ten years may be something of an urban myth. But when you are Wise Intelligent, there is an audience waiting with bated breath.
This PRT front man has never faltered in his message. He has maintained the same lyrical path that he started out on and now as he rears his head after a decade of just ‘living life,’ one can’t begin to imagine just what the ‘Talented Timothy Taylor’ is going to provide.
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HHC: Taking a ten year hiatus nowadays can be considered temporary retirement at least. How valuable was this time to you?
WISE: Well, I never stopped recording! I may have taken a hiatus from the mainstream or commercial Hip Hop scene but I never stopped doing Hip Hop! For nearly a decade I’ve been living my life. I have a family. I have children. My life is not just about a rhyme.
HHC: Did you ever think that you might not go ahead and make the second album?
WISE: NO, I never doubted that I would put it out, as far as making it; it was recorded for a few years before it was released. Like I said, I never stopped doing Hip Hop.
HHC: Was there any pressure from external forces to make the album?
WISE: Not at all! This is the advantage of being independent. INTELLIGENT MUZIK is just that. This particular brand has a mission statement that states its goal of creating infrastructure to support socially relative Hip Hop for the preservation of the culture. So, if there was any pressure it would be from losing valuable time with my seeds in the recording process.
HHC: How important was making this album to you personally, as a fan of Hip-Hop?
WISE: It was very important. I felt and still feel that Hip Hop as well as the Black Community from whence I hail is suffering from a lack of knowledge. This lack of knowledge is evident in the fact that everyone seems to believe that it is profitable to dumb-down. This album is my statement to that idea. I’m saying "It’s No Longer Smart to be Dumb!" The current anti-intellectual, anti-theoretical and a-historical environment in which we are embedded has doubled the homicide rate, HIV/AIDS rate, teenage-pregnancy, etc. We dumbed-down the lyrics and doubled the destructive behavior. As a fan I felt Hip Hop needed a healthy dose of socially/politically relative dialogue and or commentary! It needed some balance and this is my contribution to that balance.
HHC: Did you face any major issues making this project or was it just a case of ‘the time had come’ and it all just flowed?
WISE: The only real issue was how Hip Hop has become so expensive to make and market. One would think that with all the new technology the cost to record and market an album would be substantially lower than say 1990-1996. What I mean is once an artist from my hood has spent his paper recording his record he is expected to pay radio heads, indie promoters, street teams, viral marketers, etc. The business is now marketing and not music!
HHC: What can your fans expect to get from this project?
WISE: Hope! They say that "faith is the substance of things hoped for…" So for all those fans that had faith that Hip Hop would once again speak to the struggles of the people that created it, this album is the crowning of that faith! It is a perfect merger between style and substance. It is the bridge between the mainstream and the underground. It is as "hood" as it is "scholarly." It’s Wise Intelligent doing the impossible!
HHC: If there was one thing that you could change in Hip-Hop right now, what would it be?
HHC: You declined an interview with CNN in regards to the
WISE: This speaks to the answer I gave to the previous question. We (the Black Community) do not control CNN and CNN like most media in the western world has only served the purpose of further exacerbating the problems in the Black Community and therefore Hip Hop. I just believe that CNN does not offer a solution oriented platform but is very conflict oriented. CNN and other media in the west have never worked in the best interest of the Black or Hip Hop community. I did not want to go on National television and let CNN have the Black St. Sabina Church in
HHC: When you saw the segment you were asked to be a part of, did you feel Hip-Hop was represented?
HHC: You are a deep man with a serious understanding of what goes on in communities, can you pinpoint where you believe changes need to be made?
WISE: On a "grand ole scale" it will take a redistribution of the world’s wealth. When we consider that some 10% of the world’s population control 90% of the earths wealth and resources, the problems and solutions become obvious. Look at Africa, the riches continent on earth (in history and resources) constantly portrayed as the poorest place on earth so that greedy mother-fuckers from Europe,
HHC: Another album after this one?
WISE: It’s coming on the heels of The Talented Timothy Taylor. It will be titled "WISE INTELLIGENT IZ…The Unconquerable Djezuz Djonez" you can get some updates and sneak previews soon at www.intelligentmuzik.com . You can also stay up to date on TOUR info as well as the INTELLIGENTNEWZ.NET, PEACE….