SCUTI, A NEW BREED IN THE U.K. RAP GAME
Scuti is a bright n vibrant character, blasting a breath of fresh vibes into in the UK Scene, Talking freely and un-consequentially. We’re getting into an introduction on her life, experiences and sexuality in her lyrics, Plus how Scuti takes the simplistic approach of rap and breaks as much information down, so you can understand exactly what she’s saying… with no cares given.
THE RECORDING AND WRITING PROCESS
Killa Kela: What’s your recording and writing process like?
Scuti: I can record anywhere but I have to feel a certain way inside the place, it has to have the right vibe. But there is only two moods for recording with me and that will be either I wanna polish or I want to draft. If I don’t know what I’m gonna do it’s all going to be drafts, I’ll just go in and make choruses and then I can polish them after. If I’m polishing, I have to have a certain engineer with me to do it. If I’m doing drafts, I can record with anyone. During the drafts I’m writing as well. It’s almost like I wrote a play and then when I’m polishing it, I’m actually performing the play. I’ve learned all my words, I know exactly how I want to say it, I know which pockets I want to hit, I know how I want the person to feel when they’re listening to it and I have to put that into the mic.
Killa Kela: Lyrically you finesse your tunes. You’re very sure sexually and you know what lane your in and who you are. You don’t hold back; you’ve got your thing going on. Talk to me about the inspiration on this.
Scuti: My manager who’s my uncle, he always told me me that I have a lazy flow. I’ve grown up with my uncles and my dad rapping and to me they’re the best rappers to me. They are my biggest inspiration so, when I have engineers telling me I need energy and my uncles already told me that my flow is a thing, I’m like nah…
I started getting more secure in my sound, for what I’m writing it makes sense and people are liking it. I know that I need to be calm to convey my message. I want you to hear my music and feel like you know me. My newer music is bit more open and personal then before, but every song has a meaning and its own little vibe.
Killa Kela: Your music sounds like it merges a lot of different influences. What did you listen to growing up?
Scuti: I just listened to what my parents listened to which was funky house and 90s music. When l was age 11 till 16, I was listening to a lot of trap from the US and Chicago drill. When I got older and started doing shows I started thinking about trying to make music that lasts. Because I change what I’m listening all the time, after two months I’m not even listening to it same kind of music anymore so, how can I make sure I’m making timeless music?
I’ve kind of realized I can tell a song is older by the hi-hats so I try to limit the hi-hats, so the music can be more timeless.
I also like to sit with producers when they’re making the beat and figure out know how they do it. What is it that’s making a song have billions of streams? Even when it comes to music like Calvin Harris, that EDM club music, so ultimately, I’m influenced by everything.
Killa Kela: Tell me about how important lyrics are to you?
Scuti: when I first started performing my first thought was that I need to people to understand what I’m saying, because all of these rappers that I think are sick, they are doing all these fun things but nobody knows the words. I try to write with as few words as I can. I’m constantly thinking how can I get this message across with as little words as possible? I want people to know my lyrics. Clarity is so important because how the fuck can I get people to like me if I don’t know what I’m saying.
Killa Kela: How many tunes do you make a month and how many of them do you feel like hits? What’s the batting average of successful tunes for you?
Scuti: Honestly, I take a long time to write a song. I have to sit down and think about and this and that and change my melody a couple of times. I have loads of songs unfinished songs, but I won’t even start recording until I get to a certain point.
Killa Kela: Talk to me about “Lucky” because as a tune and the subject matterI thought it was quite a respite in the the storyline of the tunes on the E.P. All of a sudden it kind of got it to a place it was a little more serious.
Scuti: It’s about a time when was younger and domestic violence was going on in my house. When I was writing the song I didn’t care about anybody else. I was just trying to talk to the younger me and tell myself that it’s okay and it’s all calm now. I just had to let out it all, I didn’t give a fuck about nobody else. But I also realized that I could help other people and it’s a situation a lot of people face. I’m grateful that I was able to be vulnerable enough to write about it.