MC INJA – POSITIVITY, CREATIVITY AND THE 5-YEAR RULE
KILLA KELA: You have such a positive energy on and off stage, but you also have a persona on stage, would you say there is something addictive about that?
INJA: yeah, definitely there is an addictive quality to it. There is self-gratification in that you can pick up a microphone be the conductor, be the influencer, be the person that can guide a group of people in whatever way shape or form.
KILLA KELA: You also have a love of microphones, what is it about them that you love so much?
INJA: It perplexes me, but you can speak into something and plug it into a big system and your voice comes out of it.
KILLA KELA: How do you keep the passion and love for your craft?
INJA: For me it all back to basics. it like a tool. Microphones are voice projection and that is part of the toolkit. I suppose for any person that uses a mic like especially with their vocal chords it’s like any instrument. You’ve got to learn first of all how to project that sound into the conductor that then takes it to wherever it needs to go. It doesn’t matter like what tools you have or what background you’ve come from it’s really about the dedication to the art of it all. You’ve got to have fun with what you are doing.
For me going personally, back to basics means going back to rapping in the car park. That’s where the joy comes from, that’s where the the eagerness to try it again comes from. You want to do it again and want to better yourself because everything is always an evolution. If you stop evolving then you need to stop.
KILLA KELA: Tell us about your 5-year rule.
INJA: You have to evolve every 5 years. We are always growing, the people and the teams around us are evolving. Life doesn’t stay the same everything grows. When you do something for five years after three years, you’re pretty damn homed in on it the skills, by the third year it’s seamless. By the fourth year it’s seamless but then you get into monotony, and it starts getting a little bit boring and then by the fifth year if you’re not in a realm where you’re ready to evolve then you’ll start to see things like leaving and you start to see parts like going in whatever way they go. It’s all stages and you have to evolve with them, make the love for it all go deeper.
KILLA KELA: Is there any artists out there that help influence your mindset as a creative?
INJA: Rodney P, he has no fear of evolution, my man is so happy and at one with himself.
KILLA KELA: How important do you quality over quantity in terms of creativity is?
INJA: I think it’s so important, I think a lot of people lack patience. We are so eager to put content out there that some stuff will never reach its full potential because of that lack of patience.
KILLA KELA: You are very multi-talented with all the different skills sets you have within different genres, talk to me about that?
INJA: It’s all vibes. I come from like the the hip-hop lyricist background you know. My DNA strands go from like hip hop to dance music to reggae to grime to garage like I love things with vibes. I’ve also never taken never take anything too seriously.
KILLA KELA: What is your advice to other creative minds?
INJA: Go and have some fun. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t hold back your abilities. Expose to the world how talented you are.
This week we’re delving into the content and creating of a man with so much legacy for his age, mixing across a multitude of genres, you’d think street culture was his middle name. INJA is not only a rapper and songwriter, he lives and breaths MCing. Whether its hosting, or hyping, dubs or soundclashes, features on Hip Hop or Drum&Bass, he’s there. Today we get into Kings Of The Rollers, DMC World Champs, MC Techniques, his own project merging a one-man Djing with Mcing show, his work with Hospital Records, world touring, music mental health and more.. This is Inja’s Podcast ENJOY!