Tired of rappers talking about their chains, cars, and lovely girlfriends? Yeah, me either… but sometimes you just need some conscientious music, you hear me? Confucius is an MC from London; this guy is the real deal. He’s worked and opened up for cats like Mos Def, Slum Village, DOOM, and Eric Lau among others! So if this sounds like your type of party please take a listen to his latest project produced by Keor Meteor, The Highest Order. It is off the hook!
Don’t take my word for it though, please read up! Enjoy the his complete interview on the 11th issue of Artnois Magazine. Ehemm… it’s also the 2 year anniversary release issue! Below you can find a short teaser of the interview along with music video produced by Confucius himself.
What is one of South East London’s loveliest attributes?
One of South-East London’s loveliest attributes has to be the resilience and diversity of its residents. For as long as I’ve been alive it’s always been one of the more under-privileged corners of the city, but its energy and vibe has always produced a very unique and creative atmosphere… One of the things that sets it apart is it’s history. When you speak to local residents that have lived in the ‘South-East’ for generation after generation you come to realize that each area is full of stories and a history that has shaped the massive energy that resonates throughout its streets.
What does your MC name represent to you?
In many ways I guess my name is a mission statement about the type of message I’m trying to convey through my art, it’s very philosophical and very conversational. I’ve been a Kung-Fu film fanatic since I was about 6 years old. This later developed into a much broader interest in all things from the East, particularly China. I first heard the name ‘Confucius’ after a villain in Bruce Lee’s ‘Way of the Dragon’ quoted one of his most famous sayings. Later on in life, when I was about 13 years old we watched an animation about his life at school. I was truly inspired and from that moment on that’s what I chose to call myself.
What was the earliest line/bar you can remember resonating in your ears? (How old were you? How did you feel? Etc.)
When I was 14 I heard ‘Nas is Like’ for the first time. “Freedom or jail / Clips inserted / A baby’s being born / Same time a man is murdered / The beginning and end”. When I heard this line I felt like my mind was elevated a few notches. In two bars Nas said more than a lot of rappers do in their whole rhyme book. I knew this was the art form for me after this.
What is the go-to album when you are going through a tough time?
Without question, when I fell like I’m starting to lose faith in the world around me, I almost instinctively reach for Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On?’. It sounds like the oldest cliché in the book, but it truly gets better every time I listen to it. It’s like a sacred piece of art that’s been left behind for all lost souls, to pull them back into the warmth and beauty of life on this planet.
It is obvious that you write your bars/lines/lyrics with consciousness, what is your inspiration?
I’ve dedicated a large portion of my life to working with and empowering children and young people in my community. I actually work in the same primary school that I went to as a kid, and the main focus of my work is centred around the development of personal expression through creative forms, predominantly rap. When I first started working with children it made me really re-evaluate the impact that rap can have on a young mind. This made really strive towards writing lyrics that had substance rather than the hollow meaningless words currently being pumped into the minds of the young people across the globe.
You have had the privilege of working alongside artists like Mos Def, Slum Village, DOOM, Eric Lau and others; what stands out the most about those past experiences? What have you gained from those experiences?
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