Finding my voice…

Howdy… I’ve been rapping today. No, wait, come back…

A few years back, I made a few EPs in the guise of MC Spacecat, a twelve-year-old kitten from the tower blocks, who is backed by the taciturn DJ Tyrone. It was weird, yet fun rapping in character, quite liberating actually. This year, I’m writing a mini-series about Spacecat and Tyrone which also traces the history of hip hop from the early 80s to the present day. It’s going to be a multi-media affair, with music and videos too.

I’ve written some raps for Spacecat in the first chapter, and worked on some instrumental tracks in the guise of Tyrone, based on 80s synthesiser sounds from Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. Where does the rapping come in, you ask? Well, you need to hear Spacecat’s words too, so I’m doing them. When I did the earlier EPs the raps were almost comedic, with a funny ‘street’ voice, as it was a cheeky kid rapping. This time round, it’s different, as ‘Spacecat’ is writing more conscious words and raping more clearly. I’m learning how to flow, emphasise and pitch words, what works, what doesn’t, and how to sound, well, good.

I’ve been reading some really good articles from some of my favourite MCs, and the major thing that comes through is that you have to love hip hop, to really feel it, live it and be it. I get that. Not in a fake, gangsta swagger kind of way, but in your heart and soul. It’s not about money, cars and booze, it’s about craft, respect, lyricism, truth, honesty, what matters to you as a person and other people too.

I’ve rambled a bit here, but my point is, I’ve started on a journey which really started when I was 12 and heard hip hop for the first time, like Spacecat, and was transported by words and beats to another level. Finding my voice is the missing piece, and something I’m learning by doing, listening and being. Hope it makes sense to you all. Thanks for reading…



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