In talks with CUTTA CHASE*
The UK is littered with musical talent, there’s no doubting to be done. The trouble is the ones who are making the big muns are more often than not the talentless slaves making money for the whip cracking executives behind the major labels or reality TV shows we all enjoy eating our microwaved meals to – and don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all mainstream music is bad and, erm, bland? But a lot of it is. There are advantages however; while the dressed up manikins continue on with their sure to be short lived careers, the underdogs and real creatives are fired up, inspired and fueled to keep creating and doing what they do best. We caught up with Cutta Chase, a South London based rapper and creative, and exchanged a few words and thoughts.
Hey man, how’s it going today?
All good man, just here sparking one up, watching the wind out the window pumping out some old school flavours.
Yeah mate the weathers not saying much right now! So what are your plans for 2011 in terms of your music?
Spread the word, and wake brainwashed Britain up as much as I can to be honest, carry on writing day in day out & hope something comes of it.
Would it be fair to say your lyrics are pretty deep? Where do you draw these inspirations from?
I guess you could say I go deep – it’s all about making music with meaning and speaking from the heart for me, my inspiration mostly comes from my drive inside to make change, and the herbs I spark. It all comes from the head and heart I guess. I like to keep things real for myself and the people. Writing’s just a diary to me, just jotting down what comes to mind at the time.
Yeah, so you must have a lot of papers lying around? Where did the passion come from?
Trust me the stack of books like a lyrical library. The passion came from my love for the early hip hop sounds & poetry i guess. Ive been writing since tapedeck days recording myself over the radio etc simple stuff, years passed expermenting with rap & grime along the way when eventually i found my heart with hip hop when meeting up with ASTRO B.
Yeah the early 90′s was a pretty golden point for hip hop and rap, would you say the sounds and lyrics from these early acts shine through into your own work?
I wouldn’t say I relate to any artists when I listen back to my content, just for the fact that hip hop’s never really been a big thing over here in the UK. I guess you could say I was influenced back then though, so I guess the 90′s moulded me into who I am today.
You just mentioned Astro B, tell us a bit about him?
My soul brother, the main man who introduced & influenced me to real hip hop (SOUL AVENUE) He’s produced the main majority of my music & also features on a lot of my material – you could say he’s my combined mind & a lyrical madman when it comes to the mic. He’s a MONSTER in the underground hip hop scene right now believe me.
One to check out then? Can you name one track you’ve done that really stands out as a favorite to you?
Defo one to look out for. A personal favorite of mine would have to be Sky Language – its always been a track that means a lot lyrically and spiritually to me. Then again every track touches me in different ways; each brings back a space in time and alot of moments & memorys.
It’s refreshing to speak to an artist who’s so connected to their own work man, pretty inspiring, so what’s the dream for the future?
The dream’s to live comfortably off music and hope something comes of all the hard work and years put into it i guess. Musics always been a hobby of mine but if ‘NDUBZ’ etc are making millions creating basic bubblegum bullshit then I i feel i have faith in my future as a lyricist. The fame & fortune side of things not ever really been my steeze or motivation but i cant lie it would be nice to get paid for something i love doing, like i said for now its just a diary for me putting points across through my lyrics tryna pickup followers along the way. There’s a lot of bullshit out there getting beamed out and I feel personally I have a lot more to talk about and alot more to share with the world word wise – at the end of the day im just tryna put a smile on my mums face I guess..
Yeah, there’s far too many people making big money with small talents, but I guess in a way the big industry’s sour mark on the music world spurs on and inspires the smaller players to keep creating and doing what they’re doing. On that note cheers for taking the time to have a chat with us, any last words?
Yeah completely, its these blunt rappers & manufactured artists that inspire me to keep doing what im doing, letting out the secrets & answers along the way. My last words would be to CUT2THECHASE and keep your ears and eyes open for whats to come & remember keep it mint with some weed n ink. Peace & love. Cutta