Our guest this week is locally based DJ Ceddy, who has been on the scene for a while as a journeyman who is an IT professional during the day and dons his DJing headphones during his free time. The entertainer DJ Ceddy (not to take a swipe at the comedian Cedric the Entertainer) is a colourful individual who caters for diverse crowds who enjoyed music in general. A contrast of the man’s personalities is thus created pretty much like Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
We were able to have a great sit down with our Asian brother and asked about him his experiences thus far. He opened up to us about his style and sound, the other meaning of the abbreviation SABC, the shocking sudden departure of Avicii and many other things. He is quite the character despite his mild-mannered appearance.
Who can forget rapper ImproPoe’s bold declaration on who the best emcee was? Of course, his answer was HIMSELF! He made this statement three years ago following the release of his mixtape Body of Proof,which ultimately earned him some rather impressive levels of acclaim. On this project, the rapper who is part of Revivolution had embarked on proving a point to announce his arrival.
Since then the man with more aliases than the entire Wu Tang Clan, ironically went off on a mystical journey to the Far East and landed up in China where he currently resides. By adopting the industriousness of his new host country, he then worked on another solo project which was released a few weeks ago titled Certain Dillusions. The curiosity will always come about when one impresses on debut, as questions arise like what can hip hop fans from him expect now? It can also be rather difficult to try and beat a previous body of work with minimal flaws.
We are excited that ImproPoe aka Shaun Collins aka The White Shadow aka James Caviar, has finally dropped his sophomore project and would not miss the opportunity to catch up with him.
When you think about music, art or creativity in general, the last thing you’d think of are rules and regulations. No artist likes to deal with anything related to federal and centralisation, as that usually involves some form of control of their art or artistry by the government!
Federal above the Law, commonly known as FDL, is a rapper from Soshanguve in Pretoria. Despite what his name stands for, FDL embodies his full poetic license and is all about creating with no restrictions. He is part of the group Sky[Hi]Fed and an emerging solo artist who has been doing his thing for a long time. FDL is one busy man who finds it hard to sit still as he’s always on the move. Lavatory Records was happy to get a moment with him.
We asked him about his solo career, Sky[Hi]Fed and his perspectives on hip hop at the moment among other things.
KING//HER is no stranger to this platform. Avid followers of Lavatory Records are well-accustomed to the growth of DJ KING//HER, initially from her Slayed Selection Mixes. KING//HER’s Slayed selections were inspired by a medieval type “slaying”, reminiscent of another king named Arthur on Slayed Selections (on the turntables rather than the round table). She has since undergone a musical reinvention and has delved into a more futuristic and spacey sound on X-Files. Not only that, but this multi-dimensional DJ has been a feature at numerous events and has also had some commercial appearances.
Much like a game of chess a king can only take one step at a time, whereas a queen is free to roam the entire grid in any direction. For KING//HER (who encompasses both traits), she was able to make gigantic career strides within a short space of a year. What would be the secret to her early success? We got a chance to chop it up with her and get the answers straight from the lady herself!
The bubbly mother of one, DJ and so much more opened up to us about her career gains, the new Slayed Selections, X-Files, the KING//HER store, her music and a number of things.
Out with the old and in with the new! Many people began the year with the theme “a new me” to signify personal change. Although he’s not one for the “new year’s resolutions hype”, 2017 is a different year for our feature today – Crispy T!
The ultra-quirky and industrious dude who was known as Alberton rapper Tikk’n T-Doe, has now embarked on embracing his other alias – Crispy T – as his new “fresh idea”! He is a guy that is an avid connoisseur of apples, the crispness of the crunch will always indicate its freshness. So if it is Crispy, it must be fresh (i.e. he is the self dubbed “Fresh prince of Alberton”).
Interviewing Lavatory Records’ very own creation, is a historical first! Crispy T spoke to us about his name change, what that means for Thato Keikelame and what is to become of Tikk’n T-Doe. He also let us in on The Drive By Design mixtape project, where he will be hosting the first volume. Let’s get straight into the mind of Crispy T!
As the saying goes: cometh the man, cometh the moment! A new artist we have come to know ‘The Major’ like all seasoned musicians has created a moment for music lovers to savour, he backs the new single with a massive campaign to inspire people to value themselves and challenge problems that affect the world.
Music always reminds us of certain moments we attach to particular songs – best encapsulating the emotions surrounding the experience. Simply put, we do not just play back music, we play back memories as to derive pleasure from it…
The Major, whose birth name is Peter Khanda is no stranger to the music business, he is a well-established sound engineer. Going from behind the scenes to the front of the stage is a major step (pun intended lol) as it requires a bold personality and tenacious ambition!
We caught up with The Major and chopped it up about his new artistic ambitions, the meaning behind the new name and, of course, his latest hot single Moment To Remember!
It is quite something special to find a young emcee who knows exactly what he wants from life! In this era, many people choose to conform just so they can “fit in”. Djamben is a French rapper, and stable mate to Yonea at Eighty-Eight Music.
At just 18 years old, Djamben is already in the process of recording his third album, and is looking to adding to his expertise by acquiring smarts and enhancing his skills through formal tertiary education. Lavatory Records had the opportunity to speak to this ambitious young man about his aspirations and much more.
Tre is back in the building with an exclusive interview! Following our special feature on the M.A.D album discussion and press release, we take a closer look at what fans can expect from the album and the concept behind it. Tre also discusses the happenings of the past year, as well as putting your minds to ease on the rumour that TNT Productions have been working on several other collaborations. We also FINALLY get the answer to that all important question that’s been on everyone’s mind, has Tre officially gone “MAD”?
In this current climate of over-saturation, rappers are a dime a dozen and a commonality. So, the question becomes, how does one rapper differentiate themselves from the next? One may look at subject matter, where for some it is about the ostentatious lifestyle and living it up as a dream; and while for others it may be about their current reality and delving deeper into that. There are a lot of facets one can look at, to find ways to either fit in or go against the grain.
For Nikko Grey, “towing the line” is something he embodies. This US rapper comes across as very light-hearted, yet also has medical science ambitions – which shows a seriousness to him. So, for Nikko, the “areas of Grey” could either be about finding a balance, or be willing to mix up different elements (which is something he may have to embrace during his career).
We quizzed Nikko about his coming to being, his ambitions and what he has in store for music lovers among other things.
Hip hop has asserted itself as a global movement by reaching out to all corners of the world. One of the places to have etched itself onto the hip hop grid is Japan. This became evident in the collaboration between U.S. rapper Mos Def and Japan’s own DJ Honda on the classic hit Travelin’ Man. That particular song encapsulated the advancement of hip hop in terms of geographic spread as a unified movement.
Awich (Pronounced as “Aye Witch”), who is a Japanese femcee known for carrying out her all round artistic vision and lyrically holding her own. Born and raised on the island of Okinawa, she naturally embodies the embracement of multi-culturalism, which comes from being a native of Okinawa – which was a satellite colony of the USA. Having been influenced by a dynamic of cultures has given life to the phrase of the “Asia Wish Child”, in which Awich has been taught independence and donning the ability to create something of and on her own.
We had a Q & A with Awich and asked about her origins, her thoughts of the state of hip hop in the world and in the Japanese music industry, her future projects and other things.