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do not censor myself at all. I say exactly what I want to say and
how I want to say it: An interview with Outspoken the Humble Neophyte
Phiri , Kubatana.net
June 17, 2013
Outspoken the Humble Neophyte. That’s quite a mouthful.
How did that come about?
Well, to be honest, I usually have to share my piece regardless
how it will be taken and so the "Outspoken-ness" of me
came to be, but I also found that as much as I like to share my
point of view and opinion, I remain predominantly a student in life
in all its multiple manifestations. My
entire name is basically complimentary elements that I seek
to discover myself in, hence I am: Outspoken Alpha-Intellect, The
Humble Neophyte, True-Indeed, I-Am-Proof-Of-Emcee aka IdaKeptBrutha,
Inner Silence, LoveThyNeighbor, Johnny Unstable … Spikiri-Spokoro
BlazVaBlaz (Long right?)
us about your new project and what inspired it?
To be honest, this project has been in the pipeline for close to
five years. I started recording late 2008, some tracks that we used
to perform when we made the group in November 2007 fell to the way
side as the different emotions evolved. The project is a necessary
release in order for me and my band to realize any growth. We have
had crazy ideas and not enough time to focus on anything due to
the nature of our lives. I am either stuck touring certain poetry
circuits and workshopping all over the world and back home there
is now a 9-5 (that wasn't there when I wrote The Slave-Masters
Whip mind you!) and my band members also have lives to lead
and mouths to feed. But we had to get this work out or it would've
been a stillbirth. The inspiration of the double album Uncool
and Overrated: God Before Anything was growth in hip-hop and
in life . . . realizing what I personally feel as being important
in life, the less glamorous and not-so-polished existence! I even
decided to keep it sonically unclean, grittier, brash, adultered
in essence and far from the glitz and such. It’s a sweaty
album, dusty and heavy, very impolite in nature and delivery and
you touring to promote the album?
I hardly promote myself. I will share a few links and reach out
to a few individuals that I know, but I want it to have more of
an organic life, the most important thing was just getting it out
which it shall be soon!
have one of the funkiest videos produced locally; take us through
The concept was to represent a duality in man. That was the main
theme. You can see that there are parts where there is a call and
answer element, the irony of it was how it was both militant and
comical in execution. Similar to how people Toyi-toyi in protest,
as much as it is a militant endeavor it is very much peaceful and
almost fun. Liberation is always perceived as being a bloody beast,
but in actuality those are the characteristics of bondage! So we
decided that the video should capture the elements of militancy,
peace, fun and straight up lunacy all in one go. After all . . .
most of these wars and confrontations that nations find themselves
in, the root causes are only known by a few men behind the scenes
- the rest of us are left arguing over which form the idiocy should
did you become involved with the The Nomadic Wax Diaspora Mixtape
project works? Can we expect more projects like this?
I am actually a signed artist to Nomadic Wax. I have a distribution
deal, and you will notice that my album will be available for purchase
on their website soon as it is released. I have worked on over 8
projects with them and time willing I will be working on more.
is the state of Zimbabwe hip-hop right now? How big or vibrant is
It’s bitter sweet. There is the Hip-hop industry that is doing
better financially - it is more visible, regardless what the form
or identity is, but the actual movement is divided now more than
before. There is a greater rift between "underground"
and "commercial" "real" and "fake",
a bunch of words that are really thrown around to the detriment
of the culture. I personally hardly listen to hip-hop. It’s
too tedious and childish (even this interview could get me into
flak in the "hip-hop community").
of the issues that emerge in Zimbabwe’s arts scene is censorship
especially concerning politics. How do you as an artist handle this
where on one hand you are expected to enjoy poetic licence, and
on the other, have to be careful not to ruffle political feathers?
I do not censor myself at all. I say exactly what I want to say
and how I want to say it. I personally feel that one shouldn't live
and die with a chest full of his/her unshared self. One is always
certain of death, but how you live your life moving towards it should
be entirely ones own doing. But don't be stupid in your freedoms,
there has to be a level of responsibility to it! hahaha.
are you listening to now?
A few drunks arguing just outside my flat in the avenues, some crickets
and cars passing with odd sounds coming from my laptop that actually
have me a bit concerned!
all-time favourite MCs locally and internationally . . .
Forgive me as I go through my list: Kingpinn, mUnetsi, Godobori,
Aerosol, Thot Illectrik, Metaphysics, Mizchif . . . Mizchif and
Kingpinn have the most influence, but my all time favorite has to
be Upmost MyBruthazKeepa aka Rhymez4Dayz. I am lucky enough to have
a brother, a friend and a mentor in how dude masters his being in
the craft of Hip-hop . . . you get to know that hip-hop transcends
beyond hot music into purposeful growth in life. Internationally,
also tough, I gravitate towards Yasiin Bey (Formerly Mos Def) Andre
3000, Lupe Fiasco and C-Rayz Walz.
I’m frigging vegetarian! So I will say Rice rine Dovi neNyevhe!
Boom! Caught you completely off guard with that one right? Hahaha.
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