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More so giving attention to and express who they are in essence, TrailBlazzor Muzik and Barz Damu, along with Cali Dream, communicate how the lack of self knowledge affects us in our present existence and the consequences of it. The twin emcee duo also edifies master teachers that go unrecognized from time to time such as Amos Wilson, Professor Griff, Umar Johnson -- just like Public Enemy did for Malcolm, Farrakhan and many others. Seeing themselves more so as poets than emcees, they are conscious lyricists delivering southern hip hop music.
A Fly Minded Duo
JOYCELYN RENETTE(JR)): As twins, I'm sure you both are a lot alike, but very different. So who's the good twin and who's the bad twin?
BARZ DAMU(BD): Lol! We get this question often! Well, it depends what your perception of bad is. My brother, TrailBlazzor Muzik, is more shoot from the hip with his words unapologetically. I tend to be more quiet, but when I do speak often times I come off intense and/or militant depending on the situation. My bro has more of a positive self-pride spirit, and I have more of a purest spirit. But we are both rebels so we are both bad lol!
JR: Considering myself as a Goddess, you can only imagine how hyped I was when I heard your new single "Goddess", off your upcoming tape NationLeaks. How did the song come about?
BD: Goddess was inspired by a real good friend of mine. She has awakened to the spirit within her thanks to her graceful path of pain and openness to truth. She has also expressed that part of herself and as a evolving spirit myself, I wanted to show my appreciation of her exhibiting her higher self and also inspire and encourage her to further expand the Goddess from within her. And me wanting that from her, comes back to me wanting to continue expressing the God within me as well. Abstract huh? Lol but as a creative Goddess, I'm sure you understand.
JR: Yes indeed. As a Goddess Woman I feel a powerful essence at the core of my being aligned with the universe. There are times I feel this energy awakes energy in others as well, similiar to the exchange of enegery from your friend that causes you to want to tap into the God within you. So, what is a Goddess Woman to you?
BD: The Goddess woman is the woman who expresses her core natural self. One that realizes her infinite potential and exercises it. The woman who moves in her own rhythm.
JR: What can folks expect on Fly Minds?
BD: Funky, gritty, intellectual, honest, audacious, and raw. It is both abstract AND straightforward, with a groovy southern vibe, yet far left compared to the common southern Hip Hop approach.
JR: Is there a literal meaning to Barz Damu?
BD: My Mother use to call me Barzee growing up. It was short for my "government" first name, which I will not share here lol. But my homie who makes beats that go by Dynamic Arrangement, advised that I go by Barz since it is associated with my nickname as well the fact that I spit bars. Damu is the middle name my father gave me which I fully embrace. Of course Damu means "blood" in the Swahili language which I wear as a representation for the blood of our people.
JR: What's the hardest thing about being an emcee? How does Barz Damu stand out from other emcees?
BD: I don't waste songs talking about BS. Period. The most challenging thing about being an emcee is mastering the ability to stay relevant yet authentic while appealing to the listener's ear. But what makes me stand out from other emcees is my daring experimentation. Because honestly I think way out the box and abstract so every song is experimental to me. I don't feel like an emcee but more like a poetic songwriter who happens to put together sick metaphors, double entendres and rebellious delivery from time to time.
JR: Has pursuing a creative-based career helped you in any way, emotionally, spiritually or physically?
BD: Tremendously for all three! It is all spiritual work for me. It allows me to get more in touch with myself and constructively express years of emotional build-up and radical thought. My music is really written to help me stay on my path. And due to our goals and visions, we are forced to stay in shape due to the high demand of effort that is necessary. BBall and jogging keeps our stamina up, lots of fruits, veggies, tea and water keep us clear and creative, along with yoga. I realized that when you follow your highest calling, it calls for optimum health in order to keep your body vibrating at a high frequency to align with higher dimensions of yourself.
JR: What do you have to say on the condition of black culture?
BD: Hmm. Well all I really want to say is that with the disconnect from our identity thanks to the public school system's distortion of Black History and culture, our youth will not identify with the highest expression of Black Music, and Black Fashion will not be congruent with our current community. Racist institutions is the cause of it so as a people, we must tend to our identity, love ourselves truly, expose and become more independent of these institutions and help the coming generations live Above The Ruckus.
Goddess will be featured on the #NationLeaks tape which is a compilation of songs that have been released for extended family (fans) as they anticipate #FlyMinds. This tape will be released after #FlyMinds. For inquiries or booking info on Barz Damu and Trailblazzor Muzik contact 360 Nation Muzik at firstname.lastname@example.org.