23 Feb Breathe It’s Kritikal
If you can make it here you can make it anywhere. That is what they say about New York City the Concrete Jungle. A lot of talented people have come out of this melting pot and Kritical is one of them. Kritical is an artist that is determined to stay true to his music and not just put out music to put out music. A man filled with passion and determination for his craft is one of the best gifts to possess. I am honored to have spoken to him. I hope you all enjoy the interview as much as I did.-Mz. Fierce
Fierce: If they don’t know who Kritikal is, can you please introduce yourself?
Kritikal: I go by the name of Kritikal from Staten Island, NY and I also founded Genius Mindz and the clothing line Kush & Kicks.
Fierce: Tell us who Kritikal the artist and the man are. Are they one in the same?
Kritikal: Well I mean the artist version of who I am is probably a little more outlandish. I am an outgoing person and I am not one to hold back. I am me and I am happy with who I am and as an artist I try to make music with a true message. My music has to have content and has to have a message to it.
Fierce: You started off at a young age writing and recording, what was it about music that caught your attention to drew you to it?
Kritikal: I mean it was just a feeling kind of thing even when I was younger, I was in the school band and my father was a musician as well. He sang and played the guitar and it was something that I wanted to do. When I started to write music it was as a joke, one of my friends said it was difficult being a rapper and what I did at the time was nothing special but I felt at home.
Fierce: You’re from a place that many say birthed hip-hop, NYC. What is it like being in that concrete jungle and getting your music heard and noticed?
Kritikal: I would definitely agree that it is more difficult to make it out of NYC because of the amount of people trying to make it out of here. It is harder to break out it seems but if you are having trouble here you can go to other markets. The market in New York that I had access to started to see what I was doing in other states and they started to let their guard down. Coming out of here we have a lot of showcases but there are also the cold shoulders that don’t want to show love.
Fierce: Listening to the song ‘Breathe’ it sounded to me as if you were calling out the state of music. You know everyone talks about the sex, drugs, money and cars and there is really not enough substance in music now. Is that the reason behind this song or am I off base?
Kritikal: I will say it really was. When I heard those comments that Trinidad James said in New York about New York my producer sent me a folder full of beats and I was expressing how I feel about where music is. They say hip-hop has fell off but we are here. It is not being crammed down your throats by corporate but the song was me getting it off my chest. The good music is out there. Artist are feeling that NY is weak but it is not it is the main stream conception.
Fierce: Do you feel music is heading back into the right direction or do you think that it is in a dire state right now?
Kritikal: I’ll be honest for a while there I stopped listening to a lot of artist because they were not putting out music I felt had any content. I am kind of detached from the scene but my head is in a different zone. I listen to different genres and I just want to hear some genuine music that has some emotion.
Fierce: How would you define yourself as an artist and how would you like to be remembered?
Kritikal: I mean as an artist the best word to describe my music is honest. Like if the situation I am talking about, if I did it or not, might have been someone close to me but I try to keep the music honest. I pride myself on being true and honest. I would like to be known as having a plethora of music carrying on from generation to generation like Wu Tang like Grand Master Flash or Biggie and Pac.
Fierce: You have been in this game for a long time now, you are no amateur, and you have accomplished a lot thus far. What is next for Kritikal?
Kritikal: Right now I am just trying to be as consistent as I can with music. I am getting ready to release an album with another artist from Virginia. We have an EP together for 10 tracks that we are looking to release around May and after that release we are following up with a mixtape.
Fierce: Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans and supporters?
Kritikal: I want to thank the fans, the supporters, otherwise I would not be able to do what I am doing today. And for those who have never heard of me, I got what you need.