SOS Interviews Alkebulan new project “Coup D’ètat”

In a world where mixtapes and albums drop every minute on your favorite music website most artists do not take the time to put together a quality project. What made you take your time in the making of Coup D’ètat?

I believe in quality music. The industry is cluttered with so much half-ass work, so why add to it? I believe people want to hear more of what’s outside the norm. I’m adding some balance.
What was your main inspiration behind this project?
My message is that with unity, leadership, and movement as one, we can solve more of these problems going on in our country today. Haitians revolted against the French and succeeded. It’s possible for us to do the same in our own way. And metaphorically, this project represents overthrowing the normalities and mundane nature of today’s music industry.

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Your music could easily be labeled revolutionary and or conscience which isn’t as common label in your generation. When you are in the creative process do you think about standing out? or fitting in?
I think about what will inspire people. Will this make people think or research. Naturally, as an artist, I create from my soul and that is different from everyone else’s.

How did you link with Childish Major?
Markus (Childish Major) is my nigga! I’ve been knowing him for about 4 years now and working with him is amazing. We’re productive together. He’s very talented at what he does, and when we link, the music we create is timeless. The ‘Pledge Allegiance’ and ‘Solar Phases’ tracks were both made in 2013. Also, lookout for his upcoming project. he’s an amazing artist as well.

We know you also worked with your younger brother Adafa who produces majority of this project. Is music a family thing?
Actually, he only produced the title track Coup D’ètat but yes it is. Our mother (rest her soul), DeeDee Cocheta, was an established Publicist in the entertainment industry in Atlanta. Our father was an artist in his day and went to manage and sign artist of his own. It’s deeply rooted within us whether it be creating it or managing it.

You definitely introduce our ears to some very talented ladies, how did you come about featuring the vocalist on this album?
These gifted women I met in different ways, but all blew me away when I heard their work. Seiko, the most recent I met, was called by a friend of friend to come to the studio and when I heard her voice I instantly wanted her to be involved in what I was creating.

What do you want people to take from this album?
Take away the stories I’m telling, my truths and beliefs, and share their opinions with myself and others.

An album cover is another creative aspect of an album, who did your artwork?

A friend of mine named Jarrett introduced to his work. Evan Luza works over at Adult Swim. He’s really tight. I emailed him my vision and he executed. Hit him on IG: @elu3lu

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Thanks for sharing your music with us, do you ever consider how people will react to your music? I often consider if my music will cause a reaction at all. I enjoy making music everyday I do so. But, I also want my music to spark new ideas, revolutionary action, art, anything positively moving hip hop forward and people closer together without hatred. If I make anyone to begin thinking on their own then I’ve done something right.

What is your creative process? Your inspiration? I draw from my life experiences. I choose not to create 5 or 6 projects in a year because the music can become repetitive. I’m always expanding my knowledge by studying often. I take what I learn, discuss it, create it, and live it. My music is made after that. I speak on what I’ve been through and learned. Paintings, poetry, 808s, gold, women, and my history are a few things that inspire me.

What do you want people to know about you? I urge people to find their own truths. Do not fall for popular opinion. I think for myself.

There is a slight resemblance to NWA’s “Fuck the Police” track and they say everything comes back around, right? So this time around what do you think is different about what you are doing or what you have shared?
Unfortunately, nothing has changed. A lot of make up has been placed but amerikkka is still as ugly as ever. NWA used their voice and platform to share the harsh truths of what went on in that time. I’m doing the same. Either song could have been released in any year of the past 50 and would be extremely relevant. I’m hoping this time, my songs and influence stops the unjust deaths by the hands of police, govt officials, and civilians forever.

You have been producing music since you were like 10 right? What is your favorite piece of equipment? When did you start rhyming, for those that don’t know? I’ve been producing since I was 12. The first installment of the Fruity Loops program was what I first created on. I always played around with rapping since about 9 or 10, but I took myself serious at 17.

Name one thing you do outside of music? I read books.

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