Why MelloSoulBlack is your new favourite hip hop outfit
If you love A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots then MelloSoulBlack are the hip hop outfit you are going to fall in love with. Their your new favourite hip hip outfit straight out of Texas and have just released a delicious EP dubbed ‘SexamaliciousRambunctification.’
We sit down with MSB and ask them why they love to name things without spaces, their tell us who their top 3 favourite hip hop groups are and why J Dilla is the most under-rated producer in their opinion.
How do you guys come up with your group name and your EP name?
MSB or MelloSoulBlack is a perfect explanation of who we are. Mello and peaceful as apposed to some of our counterparts, full of soul, and unapologetically Black. The title from the EP is just a unique expression of how the music sounds to us. Mike B's masterful production mixed with our respective styles sounds like SexamaliciousRambunctification... to us.
Who are your inspirations?
The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Wu-Tang, Slum Village, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, Big K.R.I.T., Nate Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Ice Cube, Mos Def, Rakim, Nas and Snoop Dogg.
Top 3 favourite hip hop groups and why?
The Roots - We admire their use of live instrumentation and how the lead vocalist Black Thought commands the microphone in such a way that it almost demands respect.
Tribe Called Quest - I love how the group gave off a light hearted smooth vibe and traded back and forth over masterful production heavily influenced by jazz grooves.
Outkast - The duo are like no other due we’ve seen before. They were both lyrically potent MC’s and they had so much soul and taught so many valuable lessons.
Who is the most under-rated producer in your opinion?
Probably J Dilla (he’s loved by heads but not many others know him)
If you weren't doing rap what would it be?
GEA: Probably somewhere helping people in some other way. Clue: Military. CREAM: Stand up comic
Favourite dish to cook and why?
I love cooking chicken wings
What stimulates your soul?
GEA:What stimulates my soul is anything that can is real and authentic that I can apply to my life. Clue: Music, good food. CREAM: Family/love, music, good food.