THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE 6-18-012


This month’s feature is an emcee with international flavor and interesting influences step into the world of Calligraphist……………

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Mistajay: What is the story and conception behind your emcee name?

Calligraphist: I wanted a pseudonym which is distinctive and highlights my affinity for writing as well as my lyrical abilities. A calligraphist is a person who is skilled in the art of writing beautifully, except in my case the beauty lies within the meaning of the words I write, not penmanship.

Mistajay:What area are you reppin?

Calligraphist: I am currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria. However, the content of my music doesn’t necessarily represent any local customs or specific elements of Bulgarian traditions.

Mistajay: What do you feel is the future of international Hip-Hop?

Calligraphist: The mainstream pop culture labeled by corporations as “hip-hop” has poisoned people’s perception of what hip-hop really is on a worldwide scale. This has led to millions of “blind” followers globally, which has resulted in underdeveloped local scenes as well as general misunderstanding of the culture’s essence. It’s a matter of debate whether such exposure to the mass population is more of a positive than a negative phenomenon or the other way around. On one hand you have it as an income machine deluding the listener or viewer’s perception. Eliminating the intellectual aspect of the culture, the unity it preaches as well as its rebellious spirit, replacing it with materialism, gender discrimination and violence. On the other hand, even though that may be true, tons of people get to find out about hip-hop through the media and eventually gain knowledge about the movement’s history and access real artists and not ring tone slaves. There’s no doubt in my mind that underground rap music has generated such a vast following across the globe due to the mainstream exposure that rap has been receiving.

What has happened so far is only natural in a capitalist society where art goes hand in hand with business. Corporations modify tastes in order to push units to as many users as they can outside of the hip-hop subgroup. As a result we have a horrific percentage of people defining themselves as hip-hop without knowing the likes of Big Pun, Big L or Kool G Rap for example. I believe that this art form and its original values can only preserve their true shape in underground music.

In regards to the future of international hip-hop, every genre has a lifecycle. I’ve witnessed a lot of speculations from the “death of major labels” to completely opposite opinions. Every time I say that I can’t see how it could get worse in terms of intellectual composition, I get proven wrong, so it’s difficult to say what will happen. The most successful period of mainstream rap music has passed. In my opinion, a large chunk of what you hear on the radio and see on TV is offensive towards all supporters educated in hip-hop and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind seeing it go “out the window”. I cannot support any rap movement which disregards literary skills. As far as independent international hip-hop, I believe its peak is yet to come.

Mistajay: What are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Calligraphist: I was and am influenced by numerous emcees as well as bands. Here I can mention Chino XL, Celph Titled, Ill Bill, Rhyme Asylum, Sage Francis, K-Rino, Crooked I, Taboo of Bad Karma and the list goes on. As far as bands – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, R.E.M, Alanis Morissette, The Cranberries, Ramones, all the hair bands and pretty much all classic groups in all variations of rock music. Besides that, the respect and acknowledgement that I get is inevitably a motivating factor which inspires me to keep on working.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Calligraphist: A lyricist, a punchline artist.

Mistajay: In Your bio you have an oath to remain loyal to the art of hip-hop at its purest form without making any compromise being against all forms of artificial modification can you explain a little further?

Calligraphist: I briefly described hip-hop’s current state. I refuse to modify my music in any imaginable way in order to comply with anyone, but myself. The moment art is customized to be liked it’s no longer pure, it’s no longer your original expression, it’s artificial. I’m a hip-hop supporter & activist and I make music exactly the way I believe it should be made based on my personal understandings and preferences, with no compromises about pretty much anything. I’m not in it for the money, I’m not in it for you to like me, I’m here because I love hip-hop, this is my life and I want to be as best as I can lyrically, driving lyricism forward. In case you like me and my work I’m appreciative for it and I’m interested in interacting with you. In case you don’t, that’s all good, as long as you don’t disrespect my music, because in case you do, I’ll hurt you.

Mistajay: What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Calligraphist: The best song I recorded is called “Everything To Me”. It’s a track I wrote about a special girl. I like it best because I managed to perfectly capture what I felt at the time on paper and eventually on track. I had written 2 more verses that I feel weren’t inferior to the current 3, but it would have been an 8 minute track so I had to trim them.

If you could share the stage with any 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Calligraphist: No one in particular, celebretism doesn’t present any value to me whatsoever. I like to be part of all types of hip-hop conventions and gatherings. I like to acquire information about different international scenes and interact with local hip-hop heads. I guess this is where I say to all promoters and fans – get me to perform in your country!

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2012? How do you see yourself fitting into that?

Calligraphist: Like I said, I don’t want to fit into anything, but my personal understanding of how things should be done. Whether it’s 2012 or 2021 I know I’ll continue writing, I’m 20 years old at the moment, so it would be interesting to go through a stage of maturity and then trace back what I’ve done, with my music being the footprint that I left behind.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Calligraphist: I plan on releasing a debut album with a working title – “Scribbles”, as well as releasing a couple of music videos and do a few shows abroad maybe.

Mistajay: Could you give us a more information on the album, features, release date etc.?

Calligraphist: Well, some of the songs I released so far will be on it and of course a lot of new material. Hopefully, the album will feature most of my favorite emcees; interestingly the majority of artists on it will be east coast rappers. There is no release date, but I’d like to finalize this project before the end of 2012.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Calligraphist: Not any I can think of.

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music?

Calligraphist: You can add me on Facebook – George Calligraphist, I try to respond to everyone; in case you’re a supporter, I’m open to discussing hip-hop as long as I have the time to do so; I also try to provide advice to youngsters about rap and lyrics. So feel free to contact me, this also valid for any offers you may have.

YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/calligraphisttv

Facebook – George Calligraphist / http://www.facebook.com/calligraphistfanbase

Twitter - @GCalligraphist Calligraphist

ReverbNation – http://www.reverbnation.com/calligraphist

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