AFRO PREACHAH stopped by our headquarters for this edition of Straight Official Sit Downs where we spotlight emerging artists. @TenthLetterMedia got the opportunity to chop it up with him this time and the vibe was dope! Check out their one-on-one down below and click here for more Straight Official Sit Downs.
Q&A WITH AFRO PREACHAH
Introduce yourself. Tell us where you are from and what first interested you in the entertainment industry?
They call me Afro Preachah. I was born in Kansas City, KS and grew up in Missouri before moving to Minnesota. The name was given to me by my producer friend Griff. What interested me was watching music videos from Run DMC, Public Enemy, Morris Day, Bootsy Collins.
Who or what inspires you to create?
My first inspiration was my father and grandfather. Both are preachers. Growing up in church. The rhythm of music in general. Music, words and rhythm have been on auto play my whole life.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say it’s a fusion of then and now. Old and new. Hip-Hop, Funk, R&B, Soul and sounds of Gospel. So folks call is “Sexy Chuuch music”. It makes me laugh.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
Tell us about your creative process. What are your go-to’s for a session?
I like to just vibe out in my mancave when I get the music from my producers. Play video games, watch anime, smoke one. Surround myself with art. I basically “Nerd Out” (laughs).
What artists would you like to collaborate with?
Artists I’m a fan of.include Morris Day, Tech N9ne, Trinidad James, MC Lyte, Chris Brown, 69 Boys & Bootsy Collins.
The music is for you & them, not me. The real grassroot. I’m just the vessel. I could never say thank you enough. Living my dream to do music for folks that want it is a true blessing. Gratitude.Afro Preachah’s words to his fans
LET’S SHIFT GEARS
What’s a skill/talent that you possess that no one knows about?
I practice five different forms of Kung-Fu & Martial Arts.
If not for music, where would you be in life right now?
That’s a great question. I’ll have to ask God and get back to you on that one.
If you could change the music industry in any way, what would you change and why?
Well, in a dream I had all labels support all artists from an independent artist aspect. Why that change? Speaking for myself, I’m an LLC. Yes, I’m an artist but business comes first. So, presenting any kind of business that would hurt personally is off the table.
Important things artists should know. How to balance their checkbooks, understanding sync licensing to running your independent artist website. Labels offer real music business education. In these past years in my opinion, we’ve had why to many negative outcomes in our African American entertainment community. Label can make just as much money by educating their artists to own themselves. Then I woke up! (laughs)
WRAPPING IT UP
Do you have a new project out? If so, tell us more about it and where we can hear it.
Yes, actually a couple projects. “Watch Me” produced by @Lstmusic and “Rap Caviar” by @flamesquadDJMC. You can stream, download and watch video on www.afropreachah.com
Give us your final words. Let us know where we can follow on social media.
You can find me @afropreachah YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and X. For all the content that doesn’t make it to social media go to www.afropreachah.com and subscribe.