Peace and blessings. Hope you have been good out there. Congrats to Hootie & The Blowfish (the monument is long overdue!!!). Time has been breezing by. 2010 is almost coming to a close, but the music keeps on rolling. It would be poor of me if I did not at least give you guys some valuable information to use this month. October has been deemed National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for unfortunate, yet obvious reasons. With that in mind, today we will be talking to an artist that is using his music to make sure that the â€˜bright lightsâ€™, â€˜fast carsâ€™, and â€˜pretty peopleâ€™ are not the only topics you may find on the average personâ€™s iPod.
FAT RAT DA CZAR- â€œSomething Ainâ€™t Rightâ€ THE INTERVIEW
CCP: â€œSomething Ainâ€™t Rightâ€ is a video that deals with domestic violence, an issue that is unfortunately prevalent in American society. Why did you decide to tackle it?
Well to be honest, at the time I did not know I was â€œtackling it.â€ I often make records about my own experiences and some of those records deal with unpleasant subject matter. This was obviously one of those times. It just so happened that me speaking on the subject raised some awareness, which ultimately turned a negative into a positive.
Many feel that domestic violence is a â€˜womenâ€™sâ€™ issue. In Hip Hop, Eve is normally credited with bringing the issue to the forefront for many with the release of her song, â€œLove Is Blindâ€. It is rare that we see and hear about the brutality of domestic violence thru the eyes and mouth of a male. Is there a personal connection to this epidemic for you or was this just a jolt of the right side of the brain?
Actually, this record was based on a true story, which is kind of unfortunate all in itself. While recording Da Cold War 2, my man Frank Hustle threw me the track and I initially had a different concept, but the womanâ€™s voice in the sample just started sounding like someone that was hurting. At that point I started to scribble the hook. I was a bit hesitant about writing about something that hit so close to home especially when it involved someone elseâ€™s real life. I did it anyway and let her hear it first. I think she was shocked at initially but was all for the record making the cut.
CCP: Why go the route of mini movie for the visual of â€œSomething Ainâ€™t Rightâ€ as opposed to keeping as an album cut? Who directed it? Where is it available to be viewed?
Well my man SMD, who shot â€œDo Whud I Doâ€, was talking about doing another video for the project and that he wanted it to be something that was somewhat shocking. He had the idea of presenting me and my music in a way that was so different from â€œDo Whud I Do.â€ He was feeling the record so he pitched me the treatment and I loved the idea. I was even given the opportunity pencil in a little bit of the script; which was a great look for me personally. We did not technically make this record a single; rather we tried to highlight a song that we thought people would feel. The video is currently on YouTube. Search Fat Rat Da Czar and it should pop up with my other videos.
CCP: For someone going through that terrible situation, what words of reason would you provide, as opposed to the option portrayed in the video (i.e. - â€˜â€¦letting the heater blazeâ€™)?
I would tell anyone to preserve their life at all costs. The tricky thing is not allowing oneself to be placed in such life threatening situations. That usually involves loving yourself enough to know when someone is toxic in your life. People can only give you what you accept. They only sell what you will buy. So donâ€™t overlook the warning label.
If you could sum up why someone should view â€œSomething Ainâ€™t Rightâ€ in 4 words, what would they be?
Rhymes Equal Actual Life (R.E.A.L.)
WORDS OF WISDOM
The life you live is one to be preserved. â€œPeople can only give you what you accept. They only sell what you will buyâ€ --- Fat Rat Da Czarâ€¦.I couldnâ€™t have said it any better.
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