Austin, TX – Propaganda is one the numerous performers taking the stage at HipHopDX’s “Reflect Greatness” SXSW Showcase on Wednesday (March 13).
Originally found by the Tunnel Rats Hip Hop collective within the early 2000s, the Los Angeles-bred spoken phrase artist, educator, MC and poet has launched a number of solo albums independently in addition to a collaborative challenge with fellow rapper and Humble Beast co-owner Odd Thomas.
Now, the multitalented artist is concentrated on ending one other e-book, recording his subsequent album and a curriculum challenge. His newest album, Crooked, was launched in 2017 and adopted 2014’s Crimson Cord and 2012’s Excellent.
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As Propaganda ready to take the stage for his “Reflect Greatness” efficiency, he had a while to cut it up with DX about being an atypical Christian MC, his religion and the way developing with Project Blowed formed who he’s at present.
HipHopDX: When did you first get into music? What was your family like rising up?
Propaganda: I acquired interested by music fairly younger, initially from the information my dad and mom performed then in a while the backdrop Hip Hop being birthed in Los Angeles. I simply sort knew I needed to be a component no matter was occurring outdoors on the street.
DX: What made you wish to turn out to be an artist?
I used to be kinda thrust into it. My old flame was visible arts. That what I went to school for. But Hip Hop, truthfully it was for the love. It was once I was discovering it tough to stability my job as a instructor with alternatives to pursue music that I discovered myself having to decide on what I used to be going to deal with.
DX: What’s the most important false impression about being a “Christian artist?”
Probably that it’s a aware resolution to be “Christian artist” or that you’ve an excluding perspective. I’m from Los Angeles the place there as no such factor as a Christian trade to exist in, not to mention be a Christian artist. I got here up at Project Blowed and Foundation, the place all kinds beliefs had been displayed. Muslim, Rasta 5%, and many others. You simply spit your bars and didn’t take into consideration being closed f to anybody. I used to be by no means shy about my beliefs. But neither was anybody else. I didn’t know what a Christian artist was till somebody referred to as me one.
DX: How do you fight these stereotypes?
It’s actually one thing I don’t take into consideration. I simply attempt to make the perfect music I can. Honestly, I’ve been actually on the perimeter Christian music as a result of my content material, my political stances and folks I fellowship with. I’m the kid a Black Panther, I’ve married a Latina, I come from a politically lively background. In mainstream Western Evangelicalism, it’s kinda exhausting to parse out the religion from conservative patriotism. I’m neither conservative or patriotic laughs]. I by no means actually been invited to the cool youngsters’ desk, if you’ll. My album has been pulled from Christian cabinets, and I’ve by no means performed any the most important excursions or festivals. Therefore, I personally don’t carry quite a bit the luggage that comes with the identify.
Now having stated that, I’m not delusional. I do know the remainder Hip Hop sees me as within the Christian rap circle, so some associations are simply unavoidable. I’ve discovered a house amongst extra progressive circles within the religion that do quite a bit advocacy in immigration, racial and gender equality and such. Again, I’ve by no means hid my religion, however I by no means actually match within the mainstream Christian subculture, so I truthfully don’t really feel no strain to hold the load taking down stereotypes. I assume I’ve simply discovered, when individuals press play or come to a present, they simply see and/or hear that I’m simply not what they might suppose.
DX: What are you hoping comes out this SXSW look?
I simply take pleasure in performing. I’m hoping actually to proceed to attach with contemporary individuals, cool artists and construct the tradition. The RMG guys — Derek Minor] and Doc Watson] — are legit my mates. I’m not on their label, however they’ve been one my largest cheerleaders. You don’t see that ten. I’m hoping that our exhibits for certain make some noise, open some extra alternatives for all us! Maybe some tour slots with some larger artists, possibly some placements, possibly some nationwide radio. Who is aware of? Possibilities are limitless!
Also, I’ve been someway related to HipHopDX for some time from when y’all lined my label, interviewed me on the Sunset Strip Music Fest, doing DX Live, and many others. Both have been excellent to me over time. I’m actually excited to simply symbolize with y’all. I’m a believer that when the water raises all ships rise, so I’m hoping this present will do this for everybody. Hopefully , I also can may some new mates, get on some extra exhibits and make some good connections.
For extra info on Propaganda, examine his web site out here.