THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE 6-17-013


This months feature is a G-boro born Queencity bred former AAU baller and current ATL resident lets bounce out with……. Munchini…………

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

Munchini: There are two parts to it. My college roommate started calling me “Munchie” because people would bring their friends by our crib to battle me in freestyling and he used to say I would eat them or munch them up. He also used to tease me about some crazy girls I used to mess with and he would say I must be “munching” something on them to make them go crazy over me. lol So the name just transformed from that to Munchini.

Mistajay: What area are you reppin? What is the hip hop scene like there?

Munchini: I’ll always rep North Cak aka North Carolina because that’s where I was born and raised. But, like we say in hip-hop…”it ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at” so I rep ATL also since I’ve been here for close to 9 yrs now and I call it home too. I love the scenes in both places in terms of hip-hop. There is a real underground hip-hop scene in ATL that doesn’t get talked about too much because it’s overshadowed by the mainstream rappers. I would say I’ve heard some of the best emcees I’ve ever heard right at home in NC.

Mistajay: In your bio you stated your father was a church choir musician/director. How did that influence you and what are your influences of your music? And what inspires you?

Munchini: Yea I definitely get my spiritual side of the music from my pops. He plays the piano, keyboard, and bass guitar. He used to take my to rehearsals with him to keep me off the street and I absorbed a lot. My biggest musical inspiration is life itself and my three cousins JR, Reg, and Ro who are more like brothers to me and they shaped my passion for hip-hop; from rhyming to breakdancing on cardboard boxes in the hood. I’ve been influenced by near-death experiences, the sudden loss of family and friends, and even by everybody I’ve battled on stage in open mic emcee battles.

Mistajay: How do you describe your style?

Munchini: I think my style is personal. I speak on things that I feel or have been through myself. Even when I do a song that’s not necessarily what I call “brain food,” I’ll still try to put something in it to make someone analyze it beyond what it sounds like on the surface. I want them to buy my music because they feel me, not because it’s trendy.

Mistajay: You worked with the groups Head Swelluz & Seven Seaz …. If you could share the stage with any other 3 artists or bands who are still around and touring, who would they be and why?

Munchini: That’s a great question. First and foremost I’d probably say Nas because I think his fans would appreciate my music and the vibe would be crazy. The next would probably be The Roots because their live instrumentation just makes for a sick show and I love that kind of vibe. For the third, I’d probably say Outkast just because they are a little off-the-wall and they have such a diverse fan-base.

Mistajay: With one of the aforementioned groups you recordedBetta Dayz” What is your best song recorded to date and why?

Munchini: I think the best song I’ve recorded to date is “Let Go, Let God” because it’s so real and I haven’t heard one person yet say they don’t know someone that could be at least one of the people I describe in that song. I’ve had people contact me and say they feel like I was speaking directly to them in that song.

Mistajay: How did you feel when you heard your song on the radio the first time?

Munchini: Honestly, I didn’t like how my voice sounded on the air and sometimes I still don’t. lol I felt real humbled though, as there are so many people who never get the chance to hear their song on the radio.

Mistajay: What is the concept behind your full album Be Water?

Munchini: It’s based on Bruce Lee’s philosophy of adapting while still being yourself. We all change throughout life but we really remain the same in our core-beings in most cases. Water is the most essential thing we have on this earth, yet so many people don’t have access to it. So by being water, I want to nourish that seed in everybody that needs to grow. My music won’t stunt one’s growth, but rather enhance it.

Mistajay: Where do you see the hip hop going in 2013? Munchini: How do you see yourself fitting into that? The true art form of hip-hop is not going anywhere. There are people who have taken that hip-hop oath to keep the culture alive, even if only through the underground.

Mistajay: What are your future plans?

Munchini: First and foremost, take care of my family and make sure I don’t neglect them for the pursuit of something else. I also plan to work more on developing other artists and even work on some short scripts and advertising. I want to take my company Clever Elements to another level. Writing is in my blood so I’ll keep doing that to maintain my sanity. I know God has big things planned for me so I just pray and let Him lead me.

Mistajay: Any last thoughts?

Munchini: Just wanna give a shout-out to my Seven Seaz bruthas and C.E. affiliates. Be sure to look out for my Seven Seaz brutha Skilletz the Galaxy Champ whose album should be out later this year if God willing. Shout out to Nasty Nit aka Verse1 who is one of the dopest R&B writers in the game. Also, my cuz Streetz is dropping his mixtape soon which I may be featured on. He’s young and hungry so y’all jump on the bandwagon now. There’s still a few seats left. lol

Mistajay: Where can fans follow you and get your music? Munchini: Fans can follow me on twitter @ munchiniworld and also on facebook.com/munchinisworld. They can get my music on Itunes, Google Play, Amazon, CD Baby, and my official website www.munchiniworld.com. If you know anybody that needs beats, tell them to come to the Clever Elements website (www.cleverelements.net) and holla at me. I wanna thank you for taking the time to interview me. I appreciate it. Salute!

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Juneteenth


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Celebrated this past weekend……..

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

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