This here is a personal post, so there really isn’t much you might get out of this, aside from some advice I guess if you have a group and are suffering from that “creative differences” bug that groups tend to get that cause them to split. Read on if you’re on that boat, or if you just want to know more about me. =]
Back in 2000, right before I finished high school, I figured out how to make beats. I always wanted to rhyme, and two of my best friends, Doc and K, wanted in. And so, the group D.i.c.K. (lol at that name, horrible choice, and that was mostly my fault) was born. The name was an acronym built on our rap pseudonyms, Doc L, iLL cHrome (MooN ShynE), and K-Dogg (K-Maculate).
After two years of that, we disbanded over creative differences, or more specifically, I was just too dicator-like. After a few years, I understood that, and it was only then I started to really value what a true collaboration was like. I did collaborate with them a few times, but on separate projects and never together like before.
Years later, after some time apart (though we never truly lost touch, just weren’t seeing each other nearly as often), we all ended up hanging out again and staying connected. Eventually, K and I started Black and Blue Ink. with two albums recorded so far, and now Doc is back.
To say that I’m happy he’s back is an understatement. I feel now that my musical life is complete again because I have my two original brothers with me. The only thing to truly seal the deal is for us to record a track again. Three solid verses from three solid emcees on a beat. If we record an album, I’d be ecstatic, and this time we’d all enjoy it, and we’d all get as creative as possible. It’d be amazing, I’m sure. The BBI albums were great projects, and I’m sure these next projects with Doc will be just as awesome.
The one thing I appreciate about being a solo artist is that you have no boundaries. Since I have the freedom to be both in a group and a solo artist at the same time, I can just divide up my ideas between my solo self or group self, whichever is more appropriate. When I’m in group mode, we make the best of the sum of our parts. Any ideas that I don’t use with the group I can use on my own, and I wouldn’t have any reservations about that.
My goal now is to see how creative my boys can get. I want to see Doc rhyme the breaks off a beat like I know he can do, K hit the track off with some off the wall stuff, and I want to get a couple of moments where we all listen to a mix and go crazy because the illness we are listening to was a product of all of our ideas. High-fives, pounds, and cheering all around. That kind of experience. I’ve been there with everyone I’ve worked with, except the two of them at the same time, at least recently.
Here’s hoping to that! =] And here’s the first track we’ve done in 10 years, called “Our Times.” Hopefully, it’ll be the first of many. =]
More to come from us. 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for MsP, after a fairly quiet 2011. =]