The European Beatsmith is constant at giving us that flavor. My man ain’t brand new at all. He’s the real deal…………
1. What city do you hail from brother? (Son Ra)
Basically every city I dwell, I move every few years so no particular city,
the Netherlands in general I guess.
2. When did the HIPHOP bug snatch you up? Did you start off bboying, rhyming, deejaying, etc.? (Amriki Aswad)
That’s hard to say really, but it definitely started in the late 80’s. One of my homies from back in the day, always came around with tapes of Public Enemy, Rakim, Wu Tang, Gangstarr, Silva Bullit, Ice T, Black Sheep and what not, we started off taggin’ on walls &
rhyming and stuff, but once my pops collaborated with ice t i really started deejaying/producing and writing seriously. When I first heard
“It takes a nation of millions to hold us back” from Public enemy i bugged out and got bit by the bug.
3. How did you get into production? (Amriki Aswad)
It started of since a kid really, my father had his studio at home so as a kid I was fascinated by all the knobs to turn, keys to push and pads to hit, it immediately caught my interest from jump to be honest.
i guess it’s in our blood or something.
4. Without revealing any production secrets, what type of sounds do you incorporate/use that sets you apart from beatmakers in the USA? (Amriki Aswad)
I use whatever i can find to make a beat sound dope, I like to layer tracks, using a sampled loop, putting other samples with stabs/keys/vocal shots on top untill the whole beat sounds phat. It’s not too different from the traditional boombap from N.Y
5. How has your family’s musical background influenced your music? (Son Ra)
On every aspect, I was literally born in the lab, so it was pretty inevitable. I recall sleeping on the couch as my father played/composed music every since I saw the light of day,
he schooled me on composing, using programs etc. Even when he wasn’t saying anything, i was just watching and soaking up information.
6. Do you plan to get you father on some of your jams? (Amriki Aswad)
I already got him on some joints for my solo, we make tunes off and on, but it would be dope to do a full album at one point, but he’s a busy man and so am I, we’re all dealing with this thing called life and everything
7. For people who may not know yourself on the back and shout out some of your most revered work/production credits. (Son Ra)
That probably would be the joint i did with the House of Repz, Kenny Diaz and DJ Premier, still honored to be on that. Aside from that the joint with C Rayz and Echo1. Still got some crazy stuff in the vaults waiting to be released though.
8. When it comes to Boom Bap, why do you think the world is more accepting than the states? (Son Ra)
Cos the majority of the states looks up to cats who’re fake as hell, they’re not about keeping it real or real music in general, caught up in the hype I guess. (Can’t blame them really, it’s what the radiostations are pushing the lame tunes plus labels don’t like to clear samples so many artists grab whatever cheesy beat they can find that doesn’t have the potential to be a “classic”) European peeps are too grounded for all that stuff and like the rugged street stuff, all that swag/trap stuff won’t stick. Of course you got kids who’re copying American artists, but they’re gone in no time.
9. Last one……….. Where can people find you on the web and/or social media? (Amriki Aswad)
You can catch me at: