Men†al Epademik is a New York based hip hop artist; here is a link to his Soundcloud page:
Q: What made you want to be a hip hop artist?
A: Besides my passion for the art, I would say freedom of expression. There is so much you can say through hip hop when you have the balls, brains, and heart to execute. The commercial industry is embarrassing, they demoralize the public. So I can understand why it looks ignorant to most people. But for example a few tracks I did “Dead People”, “99%”, and “A Verse About Humanity” I am able to use the power of words and rapping (which has been around before hip hop) to get right up in your face and tell you exactly what I think. If you continue to tune in to the track you’ll be forced too listen to what I have to say. Instead of the song itself taking you away, like rock N roll, r&b, jazz, funk etc.Which does have a whole different level of power, it’s pure emotion rather than pure thought. Hip Hop being pure thought, especially considering a lot of the best producers sampled.
Q: How did you come up with your name?
A: My original alias is Nasty Andy, many of my friends, associates, and followers still know me by this.I basically just ended up with the name, people called my old truck Big Nasty, and eventually Nasty Andy came about. My new alias Men†al Epademik, represents the current state of society. I was originally thinking pandemic to be more accurate but Men†al Epademik has a nice ring to it.
Q: What inspired you to write Capo Di Capi?
To be honest I was smoking a nice spliff while my brother was playing guitar. I plugged him into my pre amp and started recording him strumming.I cut a few loops and played with it a bit. Then i laced a drum pattern on it. then the lyrics just came to me. I’m the type of person that processes a shit load of thoughts all day, so when I write my sometimes my thoughts explode on paper.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences?
A: My personal music influences would be Namaste, L’exorcist aka Fredax, Amsterdamish, Infidel Cashtro, Berkowitz, DZL, Veda, Hammond Dee, Frosty Fin, Alpha, Polli, Grolock, Dougy, RoY and few more i can’t remember right now. But all of these individuals are fun to work with, they inspire me to bring my A game.
As far as popular artist, groups, and bands I admire Immortal Technique, Tool, KRS One, Rage Against The Machine, Gang Starr, Sublime, Brand Nubian, Led Zeppelin, Tribe Called Quest, Godsmack, Wu-Tang, Metallica, Rick Rubin, Everlast, Non Phixion, Jedi Mind Tricks, La Coka Nostra, Necro, Mf Doom, J Dilla, Madlib, and so many more.
Q: What sets you apart from other hip hop artist?
A: Well, when I’m not having fun with insane word play, or trying to offend people. I’m usually trying to spread some what of a constructive message by pointing out the strange things about humanity. Not that i have much of a solution, but I certainly feel the need to mock, or address the human race. I’ll never claim to be a spokesman for revolution, but I will always support it in my own drastic insane way. I don’t have any financial success to show for my work, but I believe I’m bound to piss enough people off before I die in one way or another. Even if not through music, we have our ways.
The media put a disgusting label on this thing of ours. Most think about so called ballers, and gangsters when they think about hip hop, but I think REVOLUTION OF MIND.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your work?
A: My job is a typical obligation, I am part of the population that wealthy citizens refer to as peasants. You could say it fuels the fire of revolution that burns inside of me, because music is the best way for me to vent. The darker life gets the darker music gets, the more drugs I have, the better the music is. In one way or another everything does come together in some sort of way, but my day job is annoying and my boss is the devil himself. Sometimes i wonder if its possible he may be a reptile, if such a thing could be possible he’s the first person to examine.
Q: What do you like about NYC?
A: I love the diverse culture, you can almost see the future here sometimes. If you want to be optimistic, you can see how different people from different backgrounds can come together at times. Also this is the birth place of hip hop’s heart and soul. The art originated as voices of the people, breaking, turntablism, and graffiti art. All of which was born here, thats probably the only thing that makes me proud to be a New Yorker.
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: I don’t like the negative energy that swims in the air. Bad vibrations haunt us all everywhere, but in new york and other highly populated areas that negative energy accumulates. It’s easy to loose your empathy in the moment of tension, and have a starring role in a drama filled comedy with a touch of horror.
Q: What is your strangest New York Story?
A: The strangest thing that happened to me in New York would probably be back when I was kid back in like 2001. We used to play “hey mister” quite often. Which is asking of age people to buy you beer or cigarettes. One particular night it took us three hours to get someone to buy us a 12 pack. He was supposed to meet us down the road but instead he took off, and stole our beer. Two days later we ran into the same guy and confronted him. He claimed to completely forget the incident. He was obviously lying, and doing a pretty good job acting like he had no memory of the incident. Guilt was all over his face, he bought us a 24 pack and gave us about a quarter bag of regs . So considering he felt bad its obvious he remembered stealing our beer. It’s strange because, two 13 year old kids intimidated a man in his mid to late 20’s.
Q: What are some of the things you have done to promote yourself?
A: As far as promotion goes the most I do is network with people. I support any independent artist, blogger, internet radio stations etc. Instead of paying for promotion and supporting the system, I prefer to support the people. It’s the only way!!!!!
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