Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The Journey to Hip-Hop ... Milwaukee: SPEAK Easy

Our journey to Hip-Hop continues with Milwaukee born and raised, SPEAK Easy. I dig SPEAK Easy's music. It's real. I was impressed by his "Well Spoken" album and look forward to his new project, "...So To Speak". Catch a leak off that joint below.

I reached out to the homie for a Q&A.

The Mad Bloggers: Where did you grow up?

SPEAK Easy: North/North-West side of Milwaukee. My grand parents were tremendous providers.

TMB: How long have you been doing music?

SPEAK Easy: I've been spittin for over 14 years from cyphers to talent shows to albums and venues.

TMB: I know you have a "9-5" trying to influence young people, how does that impact your music?

SPEAK Easy: My 9-5 is to serve youth in Milwaukee with mental health concerns and their families. My music paints a picture of something they can relate to all the while maintaining artistic integrity.

TMB: Which one of your tracks best describes who you are as an emcee?

SPEAK Easy: On my new album '...so to SPEAK' I have a song called "Who Am I" where I really open up about who I am as a man first and as an emcee second. Off my last album 'Well Spoken' I have a track called "Ice Cold" that you guys put on your site speaks to my lyricism. Another track off that project is called "The Difference" and its an open letter to Black America addressing several things we encounter.

TMB: How would you describe your sound?

SPEAK Easy: Lyrical, inspiring and insightful messages over really dope beats. Essential Hip-Hop Music.

TMB: In your opinion, what's the state of Hip-Hop music?

SPEAK Easy: Hip-Hop music is great. When I can play Little Brother, Mos Def, Reflection Eternal and Slaughterhouse projects non-stop they have to be doing something right artistically. However, the "industry" of Hip-Hop music is suffering due to various reasons. One being that there is no balance/exposure of ALL types of Hip-Hop.

TMB: What projects are you currently working on?

SPEAK Easy: I'm working on my new album titled '...so to SPEAK.' It's put together by myself and my great friends at Grown Man Collective.

TMB: If there was one thing you'd want people to take away from Milwaukee Hip-Hop what would it be?

SPEAK Easy: That we have a lot of quality music here and we're not to be taken lightly.

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