Catching up with an artist can be some work. However it is worth it to be able to showcase positive people who are putting positive vibes back into our world. Here we have an interview with the 29 year old Memphis native Rahiim Muhammad.
HHH: Tell us a little about yourself?
Rahiim: I'm a conscience spirit. I try to look at the positives in everything and everyone. The diversity I'm known for in style and in my everyday life; I made it an outlet in my music. Musically I believe [in] being yourself and speaking from experience like the old school. How I feel at that moment is what I write about. Hip Hop and music is an outlet for me. It allows me to be me and feel free in that moment creating, putting everything out there.
HHH: What made you create your own style of music and why did you feel it was needed?
Rahiim: It actually came from over analyzing a lot of industry artists and local artists I know back home. A lot write about things they've never seen or done; impossible stuff you see in movies. So I made all of my songs reality based from things I've done personally or currently doing. Hence, REALITYMUZIC. The ‘Z’ was just a touch of my diversity.
HHH: We can definitely agree that the rhythms of some artist today make no sense. However, it hasn’t always been that way. When did you first get exposed to Hip Hop and what made you love it?
Rahiim: My father always played old school Hip Hop. I always liked the stories of meaning and the fact that back in the days, they were awaking people to the truth of the world. Also they actually made songs based on what they were doing and did. I love it for those reasons and the fact it was something me and my father bonded over.
HHH: Hip Hop definitely has a way of bonding people and is the ultimate form of story-telling. Speaking of stories, you most definitely have your own style that shines through. Tell us the story behind your overall style?
Rahiim: Being unique and different walking that fine line of gray that people say is weird I've always been a diverse individual I don't believe in following the trend of others or doing the so called popular things I always tried to set my own trends.
HHH: How do you feel that Hip Hop can make the world a better place?
Rahiim: Through positive messages [and] sharing personal experiences of failure, people learn what not to do. Making a good sound that raises the spirit to a point of appreciation for life. These are the things Hip Hop does.
HHH: What do you think of the power of Hip Hop’s platform?
Rahiim: The platform of Hip Hop is extremely powerful. I feel a lot of artists aren't fully aware of the influence they have and some or out for the game these days it's just a check to some. Through positive messages [and] sharing personal experiences of failure, people learn what not to do. Making a good sound that raises the spirit to a point of appreciation for life. These are the things Hip Hop does.
HHH: What are your plans musically in the upcoming months?
Rahiim: Continue critiquing my artistry and working on my lyrics. I'm always playing with different methods and deliveries. I can say, that we have something big coming up.
HHH: What is something you want the world to know?
Rahiim: Never say never. We all have the power to change the community within our reach. It's all about perception of success; mental jewels and spiritual stimulation can help anyone overcome.
HHH: We must agree that Hip Hop can definitely touch a person in many ways. Its power is underrated and not appreciated by most. We can appreciate artist like Rahiim Muhammad. More artist like him are needed in the music world, visual art world, the literary world…the world period. We must promote our positive artists. They create our world around us, they shape our future.
Tomorrow, be sure to look for the second artist of the week Kevin Carmody, a visual artist whose visual expressions will certainly stimulate your brain. Check the links before for more information on Rahim Muhammad.
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