As I study the history of hip hop and how music has evolved over the decades, I get this opportunity to interview an ironic being. I was contacted to conduct this interview, and you know me by now, I love introducing you guys to updates of some of your favors. Establishing relationships with people that love the history of music from all styles and genres. That’s why its titled “Get Hip With DJ Mos Precious.” This piece will surely provide you with one on one interactions with MC Bravado world, as he is more than a rapper. Filled with lyrics and a smooth style of swag on the track. He is surely wise with the way he flows, as I listened to his flow on “Grimy/Shiny (Ring of Fire) [click here], he is hip and comfortable with punch lines. I want you guys to witness this talented MC because he has roots in the chambers of lyricism. With a background in battle rap, shows that he has punch lines and can entertain all kinds of music lovers.
Can you tell our readers a little about yourself? What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is MC Bravado. I’m a rapper/English Teacher/writer/publicist from Baltimore by way of New York.
Let us know what your social media is.
@MCBravado on Twitter and IG
How did music come about in your world?
I was obsessed with both Michael Jackson and Elvis as a little kid. Hip-Hop became a thing for me when I first heard The Fugees’ version of “Killing Me Softly.” That led me to “The Score” album, and the rest is history. That album celebrated an anniversary around the time my “Hip-Hop*” album came out, and PaceWon was not only featured on “The Score” but on my new album as well. That was just some universe being crazy awesome type shit.
What do you find most challenging about the music industry? Most complicated?
Most challenging? The dumbed down landscape and the saturation of it all. Because the tech has become so accessible, anyone with a laptop or even a cell phone is a rapper or a producer. It’s a joke, and the quality has suffered dramatically.
Most complicated? Moving through this fucked up industry while maintaining my well-being and some kind of semblance of a family and personal life.
Balancing all of what I do with being a high school teacher in Baltimore can also get pretty complicated and challenging, but lately, I’ve been getting better at marrying the two worlds. My most recent event (my album release party) doubled as a school fundraiser and raised a bunch of money that my school needed for the junior prom.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while performing? Some of the people you wish to meet during your journey?
I’ve met a ton of folk. A&R’s, some of my favorite rappers (Ras Kass, Grafh, Termanology, and others). I wanna meet everybody!!! haha. I’ve got a show coming up where I’m opening for R.A. The Rugged Man (who seems hella down to earth), so I’m hoping to chop it up with him and to just continue to keep it moving on this upward trajectory. The right people will find me and vice versa.
What do you do when you aren’t recording or rehearsing your music?
I’m either hanging out with my lovely girlfriend (Jaclyn) and the various pets in our lives, spending time with friends/family, working as a writer/publicist, watching sports, traveling, or trying to get involved in some awesome shit. “Quando a Roma” is tatted on my back; Google Translate that joint if you need to!!
How do you keep coming up with dope music? Any inspirations?
I rarely actively try to write. It literally calls me. As trite as it may sound, we are all simply the sum of our experiences, so I go about existing and let all of that come to me. I’m more productive after I come out of a particularly trying time or depression. I’m not sure if that’s healthy, but my fans have a lot of my lowest points to thank for much of my best material.
What has been the most challenging moment in your career and why?
It’s not so much a specific moment as it is simply staying consistent in the face of so much doubt. You have to view every adverse moment as an opportunity because a certain number of others quit at that very same moment. The more of those brick walls you encounter and internalize as opportunities (making them easier to overcome because of a positive mindset), the further along you go in this fucked up game of uncle.
Do you have anyone that has influenced you in your career? Who and Why?
The influence question is comparable to the inspiration question: there are too many to name. I love Lupe Fiasco as a writer; I think he has the strongest pen out of anyone. I love how complete of an artist that Andre 3000 is. I think “The Love Below” is somehow underrated in terms of its influence; it really broadened the horizons of what was expected of rappers as well as what could be experimental and “artsy” yet commercially viable hip-hop. Eyedea and Apathy are hugely influential from a technical emceeing vantage point, same with a Wordsworth (whom I’ve shared pages of a magazine with), Copywrite (whom I’ve collaborated with) , or a Louis Logic (Call me, Louis). Aside from respecting his work ethic, well-roundedness, and boldness/bravery as an artist, a guy like El-P is also major from where I’m standing because he’s a testament to the power of longevity and consistency. El-P has been destroying everything he’s touched for years; it just took the nirvana of a union that is RTJ for the rest of the world to truly take notice.
Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
I see myself making the music that I want to make for a loyal fanbase, covering hip-hop for a couple top-flight outlets, doing some publicity for artists that I believe in, and touring the world while working with some of my heroes and making some of my idols peers/rivals. I see myself teaching here and there too because I truly love that shit too.
Is there anyone you would like to give a shout out to?
Shout out my group, The Cypher Junkies. Those guys are my brothers. Shout out my literal brother and my family. Shout out my (literal) dogs Ted and Apollo. Shout out my (literal) cats Percy and Felicia. Shout out my newly formed band because we tore down our first show together, hopefully the first of many, REALLY took my live show to another level. Shout out to my students because I love you guys and shout out to Lineup Room Recording Studio because that’s where most of the magic happens.
If you can turn back hands of time to finish something, what would it be?
I wish I would have continued playing basketball consistently because I love it almost as much as hip-hop. I don’t play much now because I’m afraid that I’m going to get hurt and put myself out of Action (pun intended) musically. We aren’t all Bronson nor do we all have Sideline Stories worth telling. OK, I’m sorry, I’m done. I promise.
Anything else you want to drop on us before we get out of here? Any Breaking News or Exclusives?
I’m not sure when you’re going to be reading this, so keep it locked on my social media as well as www.MCBravado.com for any breaking audio or video. I’m constantly releasing new audio/video content off my most recent baby (“Hip-Hop*”) and am fortunate to have the support of outlets and individuals such as yourself that keep myself and my content in the news. You can stream or download that new album I’ve been talking about here: http://smarturl.it/MCBravadoHipHop
I’m eternally grateful for your time and energy!! Big up!!! Peace, love, and sandwiches.