Redd Fidel - Hipocalypse Now Mixtape
Redd Fidel - Hipocalypse Now Mixtape Sampler
Exclusive Dj Scarface Interview with Redd Fidel
Q: So lets start by letting everyone know where you from?
A: I'm from Miami, Florida, by way of Opa-Locka. Known as The Bottom to some, and The Gunshine State to many.
Q: How long have you been rappin?
A: I've been rapping for over a decade now. It started out as a hobby that soon turned into a passion.
Q: How did you come up with your name, Redd Fidel?
A: For many years in the game I was known as Jahalla; but just shy of 2 years ago I felt I had evolved mentally and spiritually. So with that evolution came a desire for a new name, hence, Redd Fidel was born. As a jit i was always being called Red, and Fidel just kind of rolled off the tongue with ease. So the name just stuck with me. .
Q: When is your mixtape coming out and what is it called?
A: The mixtape is slated for a July 10th release, and it is going to be entitled "Hipocalypse Now." .
Q: I love the title, can you explain how you came up with this title?
A: Merriam-Webster dictionary defines apocalypse as prophesying a cataclysm in which evil forces are destroyed. So what i did was take hip-hop and the word apocalypse and fuse them into one word. because i feel hip-hop has been sold out to forces that work to serve the demise of the listening youth. So i come as a reminder and redeemer. Ase!.
Q: How do you label your form of Hip-Hop?
A: Without a doubt i call what i do Hip-Hope Music. Reason being is bcuz rap music today serves the corporate interest, and hip-hop as we knew it is a relic amongst the silent majority. Hip-hop serves the interest of the people and should never be compromised for avarice and greed. And being that i am a student of the latter, i felt the need to label what i do Hip-Hope as a brave attempt to instill hope back into the artform that made me the thinker i am.
Q: Who are some of your favorite Hip Hop artists now and all-time?
A: When i first started my favorite artist was the D.O.C., no one could do it better. But as of now i have no favorites, just positive competitors. True indeed a lot have influenced me, like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Chuck D, Ice Cube, X-Clan, LL Cool J, Trick Daddy, Outkast, Goodie Mobb, Nas, Pac, BIG, Method Man, Joe Black (R.I.P.), and more. But now i strive to be their influence; for the student has arrived.
Q: Are there any artist you would like to work with?
A: Yes. Nas, AZ, Rick Ross, and Talib Kweli.
Q: What is the state of hip-hop right now?
A: A state of emergency!!
Q: What do you think needs to be done to bring hip-hop back to where it used to be?
A: We have to kill rapping and resurrect real emceeing while doing what's in our heart, period.
Q: What is the state of the nation? The world?
A: I feel the nation is in a shifting state. And when i speak of shifting I'm speaking intangibly, for those who overstand my right reasoning. Before our heavenly state of mind manifests itself, this hellish state of mind has to perish. So the nation is a slave to it's own spiritual and mental imbalance, therefore, the worst is it's only reward. As for the world, it suffers from the methodical rule of a nefarious oligarchy..
Q: Any advise to upcoming artist?
A: Make sure your heart is right and your intentions are pure. Success, quote unquote fame only magnifies what's in it.
Q: What should we expect from you in the future?
A: More hip-hope music to feed and help heal the soul and mind of a people who have had theirs stolen.