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GRMPA

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posted Saturday, March 16, 2019 5:37:16 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for GRMPA   Click Here to Email GRMPA
Next level shit my guys.

Hip-hop heads love to talk about that feeling. Itís a nebulous concept, at times an old-head argument to dismiss new folks, and in other instances†a passionate plea to try and articulate what can be so powerful and transformative about hip-hop. That feeling, while oftentimes trite, is the best way to convey to a latecomer what makes Mach-Hommy the most exciting MC today. Since self-releasing his opus, Haitian Body Odor (HBO), in 2016, the masked griot has been supplying an inundation of that feeling to the discerning listener.†
The flood has included†over a dozen independent releases across the past two years, with not one breaking the standard set by the last. As an MC heís swift and changeable, weaving a dense lexicon to create†imagery thatís equal parts menacing and vulnerable. Heís produced formidable collaborations with established beat-makers, and heís mined gold from a generation of rising talent. The legendary DJ Muggs shared that†ďonce Mach and I connected everything just flowed. First of all, you must understand we vibrate on a higher level than most. Mach-Hommy moves with grace and ease through the creative process, and he has an intelligence that comes along very few and far between. There are originators, and there are imitators. Mach-Hommy is one of one.Ē†
Despite his prolific output, thereís not a whole lot of corroborated background information on Mach. Heís a Haitian artist from New Jersey who is polylingual and talented in many artistic disciplines, often playing the role of a traditional producer as well that of an artist. He charges triple-digit price tags for his albums -- and has found a dedicated audience in the process. Designed with pride and self-respect, Mach thrives without the usual music industry formalities and co-signs. He keeps†to himself, hand-picking collaborators, consistently covering his face in any imagery. He's restricted†himself to just two interviews in his career. Youíre reading his third.
Mach and I first spoke on the phone in 2017 for an interview and recently reunited in person in Los Angeles for a second conversation. During our meeting, Mach provided†insight into his creative process and the artistic principles that undergird his work. He also†discussed†his approach to collaborations, including a glimpse into his new album with DJ Muggs, Tuez-Les Tous, set to be released March 29.††
Itís been a little more than two years since you released HBO†on Instagram. Since then, itís felt like youíve been consistently blooming. How do you feel about the impact youíve made since 2016?
I feel like I injected a lot of new good life where there was no good life. Iím not going to go so far as to say there was no life at all, but there was no good life. Some people might say it was dead. Thatís a bit much. I donít claim to know that much but I know for a fact that there was no good life there and now there is. There is a clear path for a lot of youth. I see it. Iím not mad at anybody.
Was this your intention with the wave you started?
The people who are really tuned into this are really deep thinkers and theyíre quick, perceptive people. You can tell I had some sort of intention from the beginning. I was aiming high, everybody knows that. All the other stuff, all the ďhappy accidents,Ē itís not my business to like or not like that. I am limited to my interactions. I havenít interacted with anything that would go so far to say, ďyeah, itís being done correctly.Ē I wouldnít go that far because Iím not the authority on that.
I wish people would leave it alone and figure out how freedom looks to you, not how my freedom looks on you. Get your own freedom. Find your own freedom. I would prefer that. I canít tell you how to be me. Iíve had conversations recently, just one or two because I limit myself, where itís like... ďcan you show me...I was thinking you could tell me how to...Ē
Tell you what? Show you how to be Mach-Hommy? Because that is what Iím doing. Iím totally dedicated to that. I canít tell you shit. You should be able to glean. Youíre looking close as fuck. I think youíre looking close enough. Some folks getting it and they understand:†ďOh, just be myself!Ē But then, you have people trying to do what you do verbatim, piece-by-piece. That is off-putting to say the least. And it ainít hip-hop.
Thereís nothing wrong if what youíre doing is pop music because thatís the platform: "copy, copy, copy, copy, copy-paste, copy-paste, copy-paste."†Thereís nothing wrong with that in that world. The thing is, donít claim no kind of integrity or supremacy or nothing when you copying. You gotta just go see if you can be a pop star, because thatís acceptable there.
What does authenticity mean to you?
I think that the only way for us to really evolve, which is always the whole grand scheme of anyone crazy enough to want something beyond life, anyone wild enough to think that there is something important going on after you leave the mortal coil and after your body withers away to nothing, those that would like to imagine they can prepare for whatever it is thatís coming, I want to function on those levels. You really being yourself is the key. Once we get all the nuances out the way, the similarities, I believe, will just lock in naturally like some sort of genetic evolution.
I think itís as simple as getting the awkward shit out of the way. Once you start to do that, I feel like you wonít develop any strange impulses. Iím not a clinical psychologist but I want to say that when people express themselves without any kind of filter, theyíre more likely to be well-adjusted with their fellow man. Itís key. Thatís just me wanting to think that thereís something else beyond living. If I could be so blunt to say that you dead longer than you alive, I feel like thereís something going on after we die.
What is your definition of reciprocity in terms of your art?
Initially, all you want is the love. You want the recognition. When I say initially, I am not saying in a linear sense. Iím saying in a simultaneous sense where several things have to be happening at the same time because this is just the way we live. All different parts need to be addressed and need to be taken care of. Then, we gotta survive and pay bills. Thereís practicality. ďOh wow, this dude is so deep and so vivid!Ē Yes, life experiences that come from living life from someone who has family, friends, who breathes, who eats, who needs somewhere to sleep and has to have gas in the car. Maybe he really wear the shit heís rapping about. Think about this shit, what the fuck do you think is going on? As far as time is money, and donít nobody have any time to be playing around.
I know a lot of people that work more traditional 9-5 situations, which is going to be the case for most people, the consensus is, ďI ainít got the time to be playing around with the rap shit,Ē right? Theyíre looking for the little wealth signifiers to make them feel like this is safe and comfortable. Scarce is a word I guess we could use but I donít think it describes what Iím trying to pinpoint when I say there was no money in this shit at all. Now, people that were homeless have somewhere to live. Cats who didnít have industry now have industry. I am not being facetious. I am not being colorful with my language. I am talking about facts, big fucking finni-finnacks, big time.
For those people that Iím in contact with that give the reciprocity on the level of gratitude, which goes a long way in life and I feel like maybe beyond. The gratitude does so much to transform you in the living that it must have something to do with the rest. Iím thankful for that. Iím overwhelmed by that. I went to a dispensary the other day and it was like when Hakim went to the St. Johns game with olí boy. It was overwhelming, to say the least. An individual recognized my voice and obviously everything else, I mean, very little of me is actually covered. Itís funny how people get hung up over that. Iím very distinctive in everything else: height, stature, gait, skin tone, hair, all that shit. Itís screaming. I cover this little piece and people go ham. People really get upset.
Iíve noticed that. It seems like some people feel entitled to your likeness. What was the impetus in covering your face? What are some of your reflections on the way some have responded?
It turns out to be that way, that they feel entitled to my likeness. That was not a part of my initial thinking. It wasnít to solicit any kind of response in particular. Itís the oldest... people say "oldest trick in the book,"†but itís the oldest tradition as far as time and before time. Every major civilization -- I only say major in the sense that information most people can come in contact with without breaking they neck -- from what most of us can gather, there is a traditional role of storyteller in any given community throughout any given epoch of time. The storyteller has always been played by masked men and women. That is because the story-teller is not his motherís son, sheís not her fatherís daughter, not when they are telling the story. They are the storyteller, that is something completely and totally opposite. It is a civic duty in a sense because the tradition is older than time itself. Iím not my motherís son when I put that shit on my face. Donít check for me, itís not me.
People take it how they want to take it. I know that where Iím sending it is where itís going. In that sense Iím very confident. Everything else is ďhappy accidents.Ē
Tell me about your relationship to language. One of the things that sets you apart as an artist is your command of the language. Itís a language that intimates a very large worldview.
When I was very young, I was formally trained by some of the greatest minds that were available. I already had an innate ability to teach myself and then I was able to come in contact with certain persons who gave me what I really needed, not always directly. Just being able to be around these people where I could take some of those behaviors and bring them back to my own little baby world and apply that grown-man attitude, like a real cub. I was looking for the biggest lion in the jungle to be my example.
As far as the language, those kinds of people made me understand the importance of Latin, not just the written, dead Latin but the sounds and the roots that still exist in the modern system of speaking. I speak all the Romance languages. I understand about the anchor thatís keeping a lot of shit grounded in this reality. All of this shit is driven by language, written and spoken.
Marie Gironda [a Latin professor], she really helped me. I was able to mimic her passion for Latin. Remember, by the time I met her, I was already full to the brim with that shit, with having to be involved in the Roman Catholic church and memorizing Latin this, Latin that, memorizing entire masses with the kind of mind I got. I got a different mind. I always thought it was dope but I had no one to share it with. I had never seen anyoneís love language like that and love the fact that this is the keystone to an entire hemisphere of communication. That was a lightbulb to me.
That was the first time I acknowledged that I really love language, period. You have to understand that Port-au-Prince, Haiti is like, French-Kreyol, D.R. right there, Spanish, Roman Catholic church, fuckiní Roman Mass. I was always engaging with many different languages on an intense level. Salsa music was getting played all the time and then English, we watchin'†movies. I never just heard one thing. It was never a problem. There was always four or five languages running. That was my norm as a boy, so itís only natural that thatís how I express myself now.
What makes collaboration fruitful for you?
Synergy is important. Itís not just you play the beat and I have to jump out of my seat and whatever. Iím not a trained monkey. Real synergy is all about the nuances, developing a rapport with patterns as a creative mind and a creative thinker. Because thatís the most important thing you have, your patterns, your loops. Those things exist in behavior too, not just in the music youíre making. There is a creator that is a very important part of the creation you seek. You seek some sort of unity, the unification of minds or souls or however you see it. You want unity so there has to be synergy. There has to be A-to-B and B-to-A complementary forces. Itís physics. Thatís what I mean by synergy.
You also have an upcoming collaborative LP with DJ Muggs, Tuez-Les Tous. As a selective and intentional collaborator, how did you develop the relationship with Muggs?
Whatever the diametric opposite of grossly misinformed is, that's him. But what was most impressive is how he managed not to make any of the many preconceived moral value judgments about me, my creative process, or even my immediate circle, all the faux pas that many others before him had made up until then.†But, you know, as they say much too often, real recognize real. He's not afraid to teach and at the same he's not afraid to learn as well.
I wanted to touch on your relationship with Tha God Fahim. If we can go into the peanut gallery for just a second,†some people gripe about Fahim being lucky to be around Mach-Hommy, or heís getting looks because heís with Mach. What is your relationship dynamic like with Fahim?
Well, Tha God Fahim -- which is the storyteller, Fahim just happens to be his real name --†he overstands up-and-up. Thatís pretty much the whole long and short of it. Itís an energy thing, because without that thereís an expiration date on it. Iím going there because I donít want to waste linear time fucking up eternity. I gotta get with cats that overstand up-and-up. As soon as Iím like, ďyo, up-and-up!Ē Heís like, ďWhooo! Up-and-up.Ē
Itís smooth. Itís not like some people. I just had a conversation yesterday with someone. All I had to say for the entire conversation was ďup-and-upĒ ďyeah, yeah, up-and-upĒ ďyeah...and up!Ē This other motherfucker: ďdown, down-down-down-down-down-down, upĒ ďdown, down-down-down-down-down-down, up.Ē Thatís his pattern. Look at that pattern on a piece of paper, thatís crazy! Weíre going in opposite ways. The intersecting point of our patterns happened within the first three minutes, and weíre talking about a fifteen minute conversation. At the end of the conversation, heís down there and Iím up here. Bad news.
Going back to what you asked me, Tha God Fahim, he understands the pattern. Heís deliberate. Heís not a doppelganger, like I see out here. Thereís a lot of you motherfuckers. This is someone who really created his own universe. The people that buy his shit do not spend money with me, a lot of the times they donít even really care much for my shit. Heís got his own world. Heís doing way more music business that I could ever hope to do at this point. At the end of the day, maybe Iím fortunate to know him as well. Did anyone ever think of that?
Outside of that, son is really focused on his shit. The only way to go up-and-up-and-up is to perfect and evolve. The only way to do that is by being self-involved, concentrate and spend a lot of time on your craft. Heís a fucking master-builder. It takes a lot of sacrifice. On that level youíre not going to run into too many like him, especially not that young, with that much drive and that much know-how. He executes and he closes and he monetizes. Itís insane.
You should stop hating for two seconds and learn something. What them dudes from out here say? ďBow down to a player thatís greater than you.Ē Whenever I take two seconds to look, itís always the broke ones thatís talking down too. When I say ďbroke,Ē bruh, Iím not on no goofy rap shit. I donít know what you make. I don't know how much you got. Iím not going there. Iím talking about you. Youíre fucking broken. Your presentation is fucking scattered, thatís why you canít pull it together. Isnít that some shit you hear a lot in your personal life? I know youíre probably listening thinking, ĎI fuck with Mach but I donít fuck with Fahim.í That doesnít make any sense. See, youíre scattered again. Pull it together. Thatís not going to work.
I also see another layer to it. I think people are reticent to recognize Fahimís work as successful precisely because heís done it on his own. If he was doing the same music and saying the same things but being more conventional about his approach and more deferential to gatekeepers, I donít think people would have as much of a problem. I find it very curious that, in a genre where everyone says theyíre the best, Fahim saying it gets him pegged as too arrogant or big-headed.
Thatís a collective narrative. We decided as a tribe a long time ago that this is what weíre going to do. What is the problem? Oh, ok. People want to be the ones to empower you and tell you itís ok to do that. They pick and choose who they give that power to. To them, you cannot come from within. How dare you? They have a problem with the figure within the storyteller. They have a problem with the traveller. They have a problem with the healer -- they always have a problem with the healer. They have a problem with the communicator. The problem is not necessarily him or his image. The problem is that we are attached to our image. Thatís where we diverge. Donít think youíre going to talk down on my image and itís going to be wavy in the flesh. Thereís no wave. You know what the vibes is.
As far as conventional success markers, between the two of us, he has maybe triple the amount. Think of a big company, a really big one. Tha God Fahim is doing business with them right now and he has been for quite some time. People need to relax. This is big dog shit and thatís my youth. Thatís my little brother. We donít do the same thing. We donít even know the same people and he does very well for himself. I donít have to do shit for him.
I donít hold nobody hand. Everybody who knows me knows Iím notorious for that shit. Iíll drop a project right in the middle of making it. You know how it is, the teacher tell you to work with someone and you smarter so the dude try to get you. My man tried to do that shit to me yesterday! They try to flatter you, hit you with the ďmy dawg, youíre so good at it so why donít you...Ē
I donít fuck with none of that. We ainít doing your homework. Youíre not finna get a free ride.
In the past youíve spoken about how if you werenít going to get your fair share in the commerce aspect of the work, you would be fine with keeping the art obscure and relegated to those lucky enough to know. I find that very interesting in a time and climate when people overshare excessively.
This is the thing, if it was something that you had any real value placed upon I donít think you would just throw it out there like that and treat it like nothing. When youíre doing that, youíre creating a distraction because thereís something else youíre trying to do. Thatís why that shit is treated so low. Thereís no value in the creation for you. Itís all about this other thing that this is a distraction for while you pull this other move. When someone comes that places ultimate value on the creation itself and everything else is secondary. I feel so bad and so low when I put a price on something.
Any price?
Yes.
Does it inherently feel like itís diminishing or cheapening it?
Yes, totally. Itís just something I deal with it. Itís two things: itís the happiness and the repeat value. Happiness. Ask yourself what you would pay for one hour of happiness. Would you pay $300 for one hour of happiness? Now, if I told you that one hour of happiness, that one hour where you will be transported outside of yourself, what if I told you that was infinitely repeatable by you whensoever you chose to do it again with no limitation on it other than you having the time to listen to it. Do you think one hour of happiness whenever you want it is worth $300? Itís that simple. I think itís worth way more than $300 but I created a number where I felt people could engage with it and it would let me know that at least this person is making an effort. I do not want it in the wrong hands.
Why does that matter to you? From the commercial standpoint one could think getting the product into as many hands as possible would be a good thing.
Nah, at the end of the day Iím cultivating an experience where I want to bring sharper definition to a place and even a time thatís all too often painted with the broadest of strokes. Iím not really on that quantity over quality. Iím on a different wavelength. Itís going to be approached with reverence and a whole lot of respect, by me first and foremost. Then, whoever I engage with is going to have to show me that same reverence and respect.

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GRMPA

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posted Saturday, March 16, 2019 5:55:55 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for GRMPA   Click Here to Email GRMPA
lmao this post is not easy on the eyes.

The interview is amazing though I guess just google it my ugghies

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GRMPA

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posted Saturday, March 16, 2019 6:28:31 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for GRMPA   Click Here to Email GRMPA
Rap Godfather

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crOwcaine

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posted Saturday, March 16, 2019 7:06:41 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for crOwcaine
WJ$, nice wall of text fagget.

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GRMPA

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posted Saturday, March 16, 2019 7:14:21 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for GRMPA   Click Here to Email GRMPA
Thanks you too pussy

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posted Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:15:04 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for dj rolo
"Since self-releasing his opus, Haitian Body Odor (HBO), in 2016, the..."

end of argument.

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GRMPA

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posted Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:32:50 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for GRMPA   Click Here to Email GRMPA
Thereís no argument rolo.

HBO AOTY 2016 & 2017.

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posted Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:59:01 AM    Click Here to See the Profile for Lpac
Cool interview and he spot on regarding Fahim

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posted Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:37:06 AM    Click Here to See the Profile for dj rolo
^says the stan

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posted Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:49:26 PM    Click Here to See the Profile for technosapien36
Ever hear of line-break? That wall of text just kicked me in the nuts.

It hurt.

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