by petercortle | January 9, 2011

With an ear for warm, melodic beats and a grind to match the best, The Incomparable Shakespeare has been steadily gaining buzz for a few years now. We’re excited to continue our interview series with such a unique artist.

Ladies and gentleman, the Life Changing Interview x The Incomparable Shakespeare.

LCA: Who or what inspired you to start making music?

The Incomparable Shakespeare: I can’t specifically pinpoint when, but even before I knew what Hip-Hop was, I wanted to be a performer. I remember running around my house as a child telling my mom that I’d be a “star”. I was always surrounded by music growing up though. My family is West Indian so not only do they like to party, but Soca, Calypso, and Reggae were ALWAYS being played. As far as Hip-Hop, my older sister probably deserves credit for exposing it to me 1st. My dude, K-Bomb out of Baltimore, made it real to me as a kid which later became a career choice. I can honestly say since 9 all I ever wanted to was rap.

LCA: What do you hope to achieve with your music?

The Incomparable Shakespeare: Truthfully, I’d like to touch people through my music. I strive to make music that will define moments in people’s lives the same way Lauryn Hill, Nas, Jay-Z, or Beres Hammond did for me. It’s bigger than making hits, but rather making classics. I hope my music can help someone get through something, help make them a better person, or just resonate in a real way. That all.

LCA: How do you see your style as being different than other artists on the scene right now? Is it your fashion sense? Your sound? Your lyrics?

The Incomparable Shakespeare: I believe its a combination of all 3. I think I walk the very thin tightrope of being a lyricist and making commercially viable songs. I can give you something like “Hometown” which is introspective, but also give you something like “Cloud 9″. Plus my perspective is just as dynamic as my music. In my life, there’s been a lot of juxtaposition which has shaped a unique frame of reference. For instance, I went to private school my entire life, but I grew up in the PJs. They were 2 different worlds & experiences that shaped me in positive ways. So although I was teased by my boys around the way when I was in uniform, I was getting the best of both worlds: streets smarts and book smarts. And I think that’s the common thread in most my music.

LCA: What has been the single most life changing moment that affected your music?

The Incomparable Shakespeare: Without a doubt, losing my mom at 16. It forced me to mature much faster than a lot of my peers. It also left me with shortcomings I deal with today. In a lot of ways, I feel like I’ve lived my life by trial and error ever since.

LCA: What projects are you working on right now (mixtapes/albums/etc.)?

The Incomparable Shakespeare: So I have a bunch of projects scheduled to drop in 2011. I’m starting off the new year with my new single “4.0″. Then I have a project with singer/songwriter Jon Solo that’s incredible. Collectively we’re known as Mix Mssg and I’m really excited about it. I also have a couple mixtapes I’m working on. I think I’ll probably drop a commercial EP or my debut album sometime this year. It has’ been years in the making and I feel like the time is right now.

LCA: What other artists would you like to collaborate with?

The Incomparable Shakespeare: That’s always such a tough question because there are so many. I’d like to work with Raphael Saadiq, Mark Ronson, Janelle Monae, Nicki Minaj, Kanye, and too many more to mention. I’m very much a fan of music, so there’s a laundry list of artists I’d like to collab with.

LCA: If you could change one thing in the world right now, what would it be?

The Incomparable Shakespeare: Such a broad, open ended question. LOL. I guess I’d like to change the perspective of kids in the “hood”. Too often I feel like they have a need to validate themselves by being “hood” I.e stabbed, shot, or locked up.. Like that’s cool. Sometimes I think they see it as earning stripes or some badge of honor. Or they feel the need to over compensate through material things like the newest kicks or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a superficial label whore, but I know the difference. Plus having been around so many people that experienced the ups and downs of the fast life, I know it’s not a lifestyle to glorify. I know dudes that went from being millionaires in the streets to doing fed time behind bars where they can’t see their kids. Real life shit. Really, it’s 2011 and anything is possible. I mean, c’mon, we have a black President who listens to Jay-Z and mentions Lil’ Wayne in public appearances. That’s all I’m saying. lol

LCA: Anything else you’d like to add?

The Incomparable Shakespeare: The industry needs to be afraid…. Very afraid. Thanks for the interview. Peace.